When you are designing your home for the first time, you'll want to make sure that it's not only compatible with indoor living, but also for outdoor living. You'll want to design the architecture so that your home will be well-suited for using the outdoors for as many days of the year as possible so you can get fresh air and enjoy the weather.
Use Eaves and Porticos
Use eaves and porticos to make sure that there is shelter from the rain when you enter and exit your home. These are common around the world in areas that experience a lot of rain. An eave will also protect your outer walls, doors, and windows from damage.
Install Outdoor Lighting
An important part of making the outdoors highly usable is to install outdoor lighting. This will allow you to use the space while it is dark out and will also allow you to enhance the natural features of the home. If you cannot afford to install lighting right away, at least install cables that will supply power for lighting when you have the funds available.
Install Outdoor Heating
Consider installing outdoor heating so that you can enjoy your time outdoors even during colder weather. Even during the summer, some climates can get surprisingly cold at night. You don't have to install heating right away, but run gas pipes or electric wires necessary for outdoor heating when you build your home.
Install Outdoor Speakers
Install outdoor speakers so that you can enjoy music while sitting outside. If you have an area that is sheltered from the rain, you may even want to install an outdoor entertainment system. However, some homeowners choose not to do so because they'd like outdoor time to be spent away from technology.
Have an Unobstructed Children's Play Area
Determine where your children's play areas will be and make sure that you'll be able to see their play areas from the house. That way, you can come to help if your children are ever in danger. Think about where you'll be spending your time, such as the living room, and make sure that the windows provide you with an unobstructed view.
Level the Site
Engage in site leveling before you construct your home. This will allow you to make your outdoor space more usable by moving dirt around. Then, you'll be able to create more space for play areas for children or to create an entertainment area.
To learn more, talk to a residential architectural design company.