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New homes

The good house redefined
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Unlike existing homes, new homes are pure potential and can be easily designed properly the first time.

The same way a pleasing paint colour is not more expensive that an unappealing one, it doesn’t have to be more expensive to design a home that is pleasant, sustainable and will be a good home for years to come.

Our emphasis when designing a new home is to work with the sun, allowing it to bathe living areas in winter and warm up the indoor air naturally. We locate wet areas, the entry and rooms where people generally don’t spend a lot of time, on the South side whenever possible. Summer conditions are catered for by cross-ventilation, suitably sized eaves, exterior blinds or shades, and insulated thermal mass. These features allow the home to be economical to run and comfortable year round.

Indoor air quality is a topic we pay special attention too. We discuss with clients the materials to avoid and recommend the ones that are effective but benign.

We believe in designing homes that are just right in size, as their smaller environmental footprint (literally and figuratively) causes less air and land pollution. As they are more economical to build and run than oversized homes, they create less of a burden on owners as well. Whenever possible, we recommend and specify either recycled materials or materials that cause less pollution and no deforestation. 

We provide impeccable functionality by designing from inside out, the key to well-designed floor plans that have a spacious feel but no wasted space.

Find out more in case studies.

Check out Planet Architecture's
Top 10 tips for a sustainable new home

You can now purchase our Green Home Building Guide, a guide detailing the practical aspects of Green Home construction in Victoria today and listing recommended green products and their suppliers. To order, please send a $25 cheque ($20 + $5 P&H) and your name and address to Planet Architecture, P.O. Box 104, Mornington VIC 3931.

 

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