Tips for building an Architectural home on the coast
Simpson & Co are renowned for their architecturally refined homes, close attention to detail and unparalleled craftmanship. Founded in 1982 by husband and wife team, Shane, and Leah Simpson are truly established and respected leaders in the construction of sophisticated architectural homes in Northern Illawarra, South Coast, New South Wales, Australia.
Simpson & Co Projects have combined decades of expertise to provide you with the following eight tips when considering an architectural home construction on the Coast:
1. CHOOSE A BUILDER WITH EXPERIENCE IN YOUR COASTAL MARKET
Your local coastal builder is more likely to understand what will be necessary to build in this unique environment. They will also have solid relationships with subcontractors and suppliers familiar with the local coastal environment.
When you work with an experienced local builder, you’ll be able to see homes they’ve built and talk to people who can vouch for their quality promises.
2. ENGAGE BOTH YOUR BUILDER & ARCHITECT FROM THE OUTSET
Building on the coast is very different from building inland.
While the coast offers you a rejuvenating view, fresh mornings, and a relaxed vibe, it can also bring high winds, humidity, wind-driven rain, occasional floods, clay, sandy or unstable soil, and corrosion from salt.
When choosing any material, you should consider both its aesthetic character and its ability to withstand what is, at times, a harsh environment
3. CHOOSE THE RIGHT MATERIALS ENGAGE BOTH YOUR BUILDER
Collaboration between your builder and architect from the outset will result in the best possible outcome for your project.
While an architect can design an incredible house on paper, the builder has extensive knowledge of the multiple construction considerations that need to be applied to protect the building and your investment.
4. CHOOSE A FUNCTIONAL OUTDOOR SPACE
One of the joys of living on the coast is being outside.
Creating a connection between your indoor and outdoor zones will allow you to seamlessly move between the two areas seasonally and make the most of the entire space. It’s excellent to create an outdoor niche where you can be protected from the wind, sit back, enjoy the sun, and the view simultaneously.
5 .PRIORITISE A CONNECTION WITH NATURE
Part of the joy of building away from the thrum of the city and along the coast is the vast, open expanses, sea breezes and scenic beauty, so be sure to make the most of this when designing your build.
How your house responds to its environment, how you feel when inside, and what it looks like from the street are equally as important. Consider how the landscape will interact with the design of your house from the beginning.
6. BE LED BY YOUR LIFESTYLE
It is one thing to build a beautiful home, but does it work for you?
House design is not a one size fits all case. Working with an architect will help you create a home that provides long-term enjoyment with improved functionality designed to suit your specific needs. This approach requires creativity and innovative solutions to achieve the best from an existing building and the land it sits on.
Ultimately, how the house responds to its environment and how you like to live is as equally important as how the house will look from the street.
7. RESPECT YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Although this is an aesthetic aspect, it’s essential to respect the local surroundings while deciding on a form for your home.
Northern Illawarra has a distinct feel and community, and this is often what draws people to it in the first place. Take inspiration from the surrounding landscape and climate when designing your home to ensure it works in harmony with its location.
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