Liveability is a cultural experience that should be incorporated into all homes and can be achieved by using the design expertise of architects, says Archicentre Australia, the national architect’s advisory service.
Liveability encompasses lifestyle, life-cycle, comfort, sustainability and affordability, says Archicentre Australia director Peter Georgiev, and should result in human scale spaces inside and out as they respond to each person’s time of life.
“These factors are becoming attractive to home owners, with increasing numbers putting them at or near the top of their wish list when considering a new home, town house or apartment. In order to increase control of economic intangibles, clients are finding a ready ear from architects such as those working under the Archicentre Australia regime.”
He says incorporating the expert design services of architects before starting any new build can ensure maximum liveability. Similarly engaging an architect for existing dwellings provides greater liveability from refurbished interior and exterior spaces.
“Liveability is about delivering transformational spaces and experience – it’s more from “the same or less”. It’s about the life it will give you and creating a great lifestyle in your home while taking into account affordability, which includes reduced running costs.
“Previously, the ‘afford to buy’ factor was most important in all residential purchases, but in recent years ‘afford to live in’ has become much more important and increases the appeal of a property to potential buyers.”
Peter Georgiev says natural attributes play an important design role in achieving liveability. The climatic zone of the region, the orientation of the house and the amount of shade or sun determine energy efficiency factors including solar photovoltaic systems, window size and types, density of building materials, cross-ventilation, insulation, use of shading or sun controls, low water gardens and addition of rainwater tanks.
Other features such as the design of rooms and open plan areas, efficient heating and cooling devices, energy efficient lighting, efficient hot water systems and laundry equipment, and water efficient devices also contribute to improved liveability.
Location and community accessibility are also important factors in the overall equation.
“Rather than adopting an ad hoc approach to all of these measures, or relying on the volume-based approach to building that is common in today’s residential construction industry and which almost always pays little attention to the important of design quality, engaging an architect ensures a
holistic approach to liveability, incorporating quality design principles.
“At all stages architects work with residents to make sure their home provides the lifestyle they want within their budget.
“To create a home that is healthy, efficient, comfortable and connected to local factors such as climate, community and accessibility, he says it is vital to utilise the services of an architect as they have expertise in all.”
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