If you are building a new house, you want only good vibes from the start. If you are building in Florida, you also want to choose the right orientation and direction to get the most out of the Florida sunshine.
But how do you know which direction your house should face?
This is a question one of our viewers brought up (Thanks Becky!) so we wanted to give you an explanation.
I am directionally challenged, however, and cannot function without GPS, so I gave the question to Michael (the human compass) for further explanation.
You want to find the correct balance between maximum natural light, yet necessary shade in those hot summer months. Many homes in Florida have an open-concept floor plan and large glass sliding doors out to the lanai, so there aren’t many walls to break up the sunlight streaming in. We love this aspect of Florida living, personally, but that should be something to consider when you are building or buying.
Arguably, your backyard and lanai in Florida are probably the most important aspect to consider when determining the direction of your home: focus on the direction that lanai faces because you can count on nearly 300 days of sunshine and you will probably want to be outside for many of them.
Southerly exposure is said to be best in Florida so that your house sees sunlight at all times of year, but not too much sun that would constantly be heating up your home. A westerly facing lanai (back of house) would result in beautiful sunsets, but also blaring sun in the afternoon which makes it difficult to enjoy being outdoors.
The front of your house facing North means you may not get a lot of sun from that direction, but that might be okay if your attention is in the back of the house anyways.
Our own home has an easterly exposure in the front and the lanai faces north-west, so we get sunsets and sun, but just enough to allow some shade at all times of the day throughout the year. In the summer, it gets hot back there, but we just jump in the pool to cool off. And the pool gets sun all day, which helps keep it nice and warm.
In the end, it boils down to personal preference and what you would like for your home and lifestyle. However, understanding how direction can impact the building of your home or the home you purchase is important to living your best life, here in Florida.
We hope this video helped to answer this question. Leave a comment if you want more information or have a question on a certain house.
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