Orienting Your Home's Exposure for Best Natural Lighting

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Real Estate Agent with Florida Supreme Realty SL514814

Finding the best angles for absorbing the benefit of natural light takes a lot more than just knowing East from West. I call it the 90% factor if you consider only that criteria when seeking a sunny disposition in your home. Clouds and general weather conditions aside we as humans can only do so much. Have you ever considered that Stonehenge might have been someones home and all they really wanted was to let some light in their life after eons of being a cave dweller. One small point of access and a dribble of light for a few moments each day has got to be depressing, let alone staving off wild animals with only a wooden club and a rock lashed to it. Talk about a daily grind!

The Summer Solstice is a day which has the most daylight to share. Consequently, the least amount received of those beneficial rays of the Sun happens in December just before Christmas on or about the 20th. This is the Winter Solstice and while its temperature doesn't deviate too much from our Summer the 3,100,000 mile difference in distance is plainly visible. Oddly, the Aphelion, or when we're closest to the Sun occurs in Winter and the Perihelion in Summer when we are the furthest away. My guess is that once you reach 90,000,000 miles giving or taking a couple of million doesn't amount to a hill of beans temperature wise. My amateur calculations show that 2017 will be a hot one relatively speaking.

If you haven't figured it out yet all of this cyphering to orient your home to maximize the welcome sunlight is better accomplished with NEW CONSTRUCTION than on existing homes. As our days and hours of light continue to shrink we all want to make the best of what we have while we have it. Darkness may be your preferred environment, as I'm certain you've all entered homes which were poorly lit both day & night. To lessen the brightness reverse the information here for that result.

Many factors are at work and the Earth's rotation and orbital path need to be taken under consideration also. Between all of our spinning and revolving we travel almost 600,000,000 miles a year. That's a pretty wild ride no matter how you piece it together. It can be out of this World!

   

 

 

 

 

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Comments (18)

Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Kevin- interesting and creative.  We do try to orient our homes for the best sun exposure.  When we moved to South Florida, I learned early on to make sure that the back of our house faced east especially if we wanted to be able to enjoy the outdoors. 

Oct 14, 2015 11:01 AM
Kevin J. May

Being an early riser the eastern rear exposure is also my choice Kathy. It makes it easier to see what kind of day we might have.

Oct 14, 2015 11:43 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Individual tastes had one owner contract with architects and engineers to maximize his design and offer the most Sun and longest possible waterfront views available for their $14,000,000.00 Southern exposure masterpiece.

Oct 14, 2015 11:40 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Kevin.  I wonder if any of our new construction will last as long as the one at Stonehenge.  And, will those still around now what it was for?

Oct 14, 2015 09:09 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Gabe, they will last! Plastic and/or polystyrenes have great longevity. Maybe not as long as Stonehenge though.

Oct 14, 2015 10:03 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I've only built a home once and we no choice how the home sat on the property. It had "wetlands" issues and we were restricted in what we could do. It was also set in the middle of woods which limited our light. 

It was a beautiful home, and we were happy there, but it was not a light and bright home!

Oct 16, 2015 02:59 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

It's one of those things we don't think about until after we've lived in the home for awhile. In Florida I have kept a compass at the ready to verify the direction.

Oct 16, 2015 05:43 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

 

                       Thanks Kevin J. May for my Ah-ha moment. 

Oct 17, 2015 10:57 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Kathy, I didn't see that coming, thank you so very much. It makes this post a kind of double exposure in so many ways. I love being here and there!   

Oct 17, 2015 08:22 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Whew, too technical for me.  I chose an apartment that faces the lake with a western exposure so I could watch the sunsets in the evening.  End of story.

Oct 17, 2015 09:31 PM
Kevin J. May

That's what's interesting Roger, we all have our own particular direction that suits us best. You calcualated your needs and went for it. 

Oct 18, 2015 12:10 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kevin. Light is very important! Now, temporarily living in an apartment, it has becomme an issue. Enjoy your day!

Oct 17, 2015 09:38 PM
Kevin J. May

I haven't drawn the statistics Wayne but I will say that those who have Northern rear exposure seem to generally be less energetic and outgoing than other customers I have. Glad thet the temporary effects are recognized.  

Oct 18, 2015 12:16 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good Sunday morning Kevin J. May -

Sunlight is a big deal to the majority here in the high desert.  I know for Debbie and I we wanted our backyard and a lot of windows facing South for winter warmth and the best natural light. 

Oct 17, 2015 10:55 PM
Kevin J. May

John, all I really know is who wants to have an Albuquerque Turkey while sitting in the dark? Not me! I'll never forget that one!

Oct 18, 2015 12:19 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I am glad I didnt miss your post, thanks to Kathy!  Happy Sunday!~

Oct 18, 2015 12:06 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Kristin, it was I who almost missed it after an entire day of business. Kathy had sent me the Ah-ha Moment notice here before she posted her feature. The whole day has been one surprise after another. I'll be heading there now! 

Oct 18, 2015 12:26 PM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Kevin, our house had north/south exposure and is pretty bright with lots of windows.  I could not live in a dark house.

Nov 01, 2015 08:57 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

The return to EST will bring a little less daylight in the afternoon but our beautiful Florida sunrises and sunsets are always only steps away Silvia.

Nov 01, 2015 11:01 AM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Kevin, not all builders do this right but some maybe on the choice of the consumer always wanting to face 'front'...Have a great week!

Nov 02, 2015 02:50 AM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

It's all about the view Ginny!

Nov 02, 2015 07:28 AM
Digital Digital
Alachua, FL
full service

Hi Kevin,

This is a great blog.

Sunlight definitely affects our mood and also shapes our initial feeling towards each day.

Well done!

Mar 03, 2016 05:02 AM