In this continuation of our winter blog series, we’ll explore two more Wellington house alterations that matter when the weather gets wild. Whether you need a Wellington architect to make these alterations to your home, or you’d just like to be aware of what to avoid when designing a home in Wellington, we hope you find some helpful information in today’s article.
Too many windows, not enough insulation
We’re all in love with the idea of vast, glamorous amounts of glass walling our homes. This Wellington architecture trend is common, and while it might look lovely, the mostly-windows look can be a costly feature while warming your home during the winter.
No matter how thickly glazed your glass might be, we cannot help but have heat escape through it. Solid floor-to-ceiling curtains can provide a bit of added insulation when closed, but you’re not going to want them pulled shut during the day, are you?
If designing a home in Wellington, try to resist the allure of too many windows. Your talented Wellington architect will walk you through a draughted design that offers plenty of views without compromising on heating and comfort: a Wellington draughtsman will certainly achieve the perfect balance of both glass and wall in their design.
High ceilings: fashion over functionality
If striking high ceilings caused you to swoon when you first saw your home, they’ll more likely cause you to swear when to cooler winter nights kick in. Heating a home with high ceilings is costly and time-consuming, and that isn’t limited to the fact that there’s simply more space to heat.
Physics is at work in the flow of heat through your home: heat rises, meaning that those triangular pockets of unused space in your roof are going to hog all the heat while the ground (or living area) will remain cold. Skylights will leak heat. A thin or old wooden roof without any insulation will too. No matter which way you direct your heaters or heat pumps, you’ll only contribute to the warmth of your grand old ceiling.
It is a problem easily solved by a savvy Wellington architect. With simple Wellington drafting techniques, we can achieve a balanced flow of warmth in a high-ceilinged home.
Some suggestions we can offer for improving your Wellington house design in this regard are as follows:
- Convert your triangular roof to an attic by adding a floor where a more common ceiling might go. You’ll maintain the attractive high ceiling visually when your Wellington house design is viewed from the exterior, and you’ll gain an entirely new room! You’ll also have two smaller spaces to heat, meaning no wasted warmth.
- Ask your Wellington architect to redesign your roof. A simple Wellington house alteration such as a freshly insulated roof or perhaps a more heat-efficient design will do wonders for your comfort (and your power bills).