plan­ning a house for the fu­ture

In­sight If, like the Coop­ers, you’re think­ing about a major over­haul, here are a few point­ers De­sign so­lu­tions En­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact

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Re­plan­ning or even build­ing your own home is the big­gest in­vest­ment you’re ever likely to make, not just fi­nan­cially, but in terms of time and com­mit­ment too. Mak­ing sure it’s a prop­erty that will last for many decades to come in­volves even more con­sid­er­a­tion. For this rea­son, there are a num­ber of im­por­tant fac­tors you’ll need to bear in mind when plan­ning your con­tem­po­rary home. A nat­u­ral start­ing point for a mod­ern home is to choose the de­sign you want. Ar­chi­tec­tural styles range from barn style to Art Deco and or­ganic to New Eng­land, but the most im­por­tant fac­tor is that it meets the needs of the home­owner – both in­side and out.

A Mod­ernist struc­ture is typ­i­fied by geo­met­ric shapes, flat roofs and large ex­panses of glass, but this style might be out of step with nearby houses and the sur­round­ing land­scape. For this rea­son, the con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als you choose are vi­tal, and tra­di­tional ones, such as clay tiles, tim­ber shin­gles, stone and wood are as valid as the steel and con­crete found in many mod­ern houses, and can age more beau­ti­fully. A build­ing project gives you the perfect op­por­tu­nity to con­sider the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency of your home. And one of the main ad­van­tages of cre­at­ing a state-of-the-art dwelling is that it will be well in­su­lated and ven­ti­lated.

Fit­ting large win­dows and us­ing en­ergy-ef­fi­cient glaz­ing will re­duce heat loss and cut down costs, while in­stalling so­lar pan­els and groun­dand air-source heat pumps will also re­duce your en­ergy bills over time.

‘A well-de­signed home will cost vir­tu­ally noth­ing to run, sav­ing you thou­sands of pounds in the long term,’ says Tom Gre­ford of Ar­chi­tect Your Home. ‘It will also be much qui­eter, more com­fort­able and health­ier.’

Weather­board­ing is well suited to coastal prop­er­ties Con­tem­po­rary homes can in­cor­po­rate lots of glass

This new-build draws on clas­sic tu­dor style

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