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anyone with a se/nw orients house who can tell me about the light?

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timeforsomethingnew Sun 01-May-16 13:23:57

Considering buying a house that facing nw at front and se at back. The reception rooms are at the back of the house - kitchen dual aspect front and back. Some bedrooms at the front, some at back. When I visited in the morning one of bedroom v v dark and suspect it always would be.

Garden v large so would always have sun somewhere but was interested in experience of light in the rooms. Any experience v valuable - fwiw, I love sunlight and bright sunny rooms - currently live in house which is west/East - with most of the rooms and the garden facing west


TheLesserSpottedBee Sun 01-May-16 13:41:25

My house is NE/SW but SW at the front.

Our house is on a weird axis compared to the rest of the street and I don't have any houses directly next to me on either side.

Our lounge is at the back so North facing but I have a French doored bay window with 4 windows and 2 doors in it, plus another window. The kitchen is also on the back, but I have extended it and have a full glass door plus a velux.

The children's bedrooms are on the back which is great for keeping them cool in summer.

It does all depend on how much sun you get. For me having shade near to the house was a great place for my son to play. But we get full sun in the garden in the afternoon because there are no houses to cast shadow.

I like the kitchen being cooler, but there is a darkness to both the kitchen and the lounge on over cast days in winter. This doesn't bother me and you can lighten a room with paint and flooring. In contrast the dining room gets full sun in the morning and we have a strong colour on the walls because it can take it.

I like the fact that either the front or the back has sun, so I can sit in a room with sunshine or escape it when it is too hot.

My parents had a south facing back garden and all the rooms were on the back. It meant we had to close the curtains to be able to see the tv despite it not being opposite the windows plus we baked.

I would want to see a house at different times of the day to see where the sun reached. Hope this helped.

yomellamoHelly Sun 01-May-16 17:09:50

Depends on what flexibility you have to improve the quality of light you get.

We've put downlights into the darkest rooms and created lots of new openings for doors and velux windows to get the light in. Will probably do something more when we address the last room of the house upstairs.

You can tell the temperature difference between the front and back of the house over those months that the heating is off, but don't notice it over the summer months. Is nice having a cool master bedroom (but is painted lovely warm colours).

LoveGigi Sun 01-May-16 20:14:16

Ours is a SE back, NW front, Victorian terrace, small garden. I think my house is gloomy. The house footprint is long with dual aspect reception room. The hall is dark and we mostly always need the hall light on. When choosing another house, I will make the aspect/natural light available in a home a bigger priority.

Coldtoeswarmheart Sun 01-May-16 20:31:16

We are SE front, NW at back (so not quite E-W IYSSIM). Even in December we get sun in the back garden in the middle of the day.

timeforsomethingnew Mon 02-May-16 12:01:53

Thank you all - went back to the house yesterday afternoon while it was sunny - and all sun had gone from house at back. So rooms and patio directly at back of house in shade. It was still still sunny towards bottom of garden. Sun had moved round to front of house but due to design, fewer windows there. On reflection have decided not for us --- going to keep eye out for west aspect of we can.

All your comments v helpful - thank you!

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