We’re not going to go in-depth about the materials, engineering, and fine architectural details that go into building a home. It’s not just the physical strength of its structure that will see a home stand the test of time, although of course quality of building is important.
Ensuring that a home remains comfortable and inviting for the years to come must take into account various aspects of how it is designed and how it fits within its surroundings. We have explored some of these on our blog recently, and are putting them together for a big-picture look at how developers can put together and build a subdivision that’s more than just a housing development, but a neighbourhood which will serve as home for a variety of households now and into the future.
The longevity of any home starts with great design. Many architectural firms can design a home that is solid and strong, recommend sturdy materials, and ensure that the spaces work together for good flow, energy-efficiency, and versatility that will stand the home in good stead. As we head into a future where eco-friendliness is important, architecture of homes plays a huge role. Sustainable designs will age much better than those which cost more in both money and carbon footprint to run.
Part of designing homes and neighbourhoods that will stand the test of time is understanding not only the current diverse nature of our great nation, but the fact that diversity will likely only increase as the years go on. This means that the needs of homeowners and residents are always changing, and designs must take this into account—on the level of each individual house, but also a development as a whole.
Three-bedroom homes are no longer the be-all and end-all of suburban housing, with so many blended families, multi-generational families and other types of household to cater to. Architectural designers and developers must put thought into how people live now, and make sure that any neighborhood includes a wide range of homes that offer different families from different cultures and walks of life what they need.
For a home to last the distance, it should be designed and built with some thought towards its location—houses, after all, don’t exist in a vacuum. This includes the demographics of the area it’s built in, some of which we touched on in the previous section. It also includes the topography of the location. For example, developers should pick designs that make full use of the sun for heating and lighting when it’s available.
Negotiating all of the different things that go into designing and building homes that stand the test of time is tricky, and having to design each type of home for a subdivision from scratch can make the process very long. ASAP Plans cuts down the time and effort involved hugely with an array of carefully designed plans.
A large development needs more than just great design and good use of space. Knowing the current and changing attitudes of the local population will enable you to construct houses that are architecturally appealing, and suitable for the geographical and environmental conditions. ASAP Plans’ understanding of what works and what doesn’t also allows a greater level of future-proofing and ensures you receive the best advice on how to create a lasting development with lasting appeal.