Does it matter which way the house is facing?


Does it matter which way the house is facing?

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Some people prefer front doors that face East or West so the cold North wind doesn’t directly hit the front or back door.

Other considerations include the direction your bedroom window faces.

If you want to wake up with the sunrise, you’d want your bedroom window facing East.

If you sleep in (because you can or because you work 2nd or 3rd shift), you’ll want your bedroom windows facing West, or you’ll want to install blackout curtains.

Some people prefer homes that face East so their backyard faces West and can be used for entertaining later into the evening.

Others prefer the opposite, having the house face West so the backyard is facing East and benefits from the shade of a bright, warm summer afternoon or early evening.

You might prefer a house that faces an ordinal direction (NE, SE, NW, or SW) so as to avoid direct sunshine onto the front or back of the home.

A tree line or berm (i.e. hill) can also help relieve the effects of direct sun or wind; however, tree lines can thin in the winter if they’re not evergreens.

In summary, there are pros and cons about each direction, but at least now you know some things to consider.

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