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If you built your own home today, how would you want it oriented? Rising sun in the East, kissing your master bedroom or breakfast area? Sunsets on a West-facing patio? Shade just right for midsummer afternoons?
With so many choices and compromises to be made in finding a home, I find often that this one is often overlooked.
Most folks know generally that they like light and bright, but many arent great at knowing the compass points and where the sun moves. Every home is different, and its one of those things you cant upgrade by remodeling!
I use a compass often when showing homes. Its a standard app on most smartphones, and it lets you be certain of where South is on a dark day. I find where the suns path falls on the home, including where trees are located and whether theyre evergreen or deciduous.
There are also plenty of online calculators that help visualize the suns path, like www.suncalc.org/. Just enter a homes address and it overlays the lot, the structure and the suns path. Slick!
The other orientation that can be really important is to the prevailing winds/storms, which are usually southwesterly. That side takes a beating, so having some cover to the southwest, whether porch or back patio, is valuable.
Next time you look at a home, grab your phone/compass and give it some thought, and give me a call!
Hasson Company Realtors
15400 SW Boones Ferry Road
Lake Oswego 97035