What Is the Best Orientation for a House or Building??
What is the best orientation for my house on the Costa del Sol? South, Southwest or Southeast? That is a good Question.
It’s important to consider orientation before you buy a property. Solar orientation has a big effect on your costs the overall sense of comfort your home gives you.
The two most sought-after orientations of Villas and Apartments For Sale in Marbella and an orientation debate that is unlikely to be resolved, both the Southwest and Southeast of Marbella each have their own merits and a strong case can be made for each. As with most property choices in Marbella, it all comes down to personal preference.
Technically a south-easterly orientation is more energy eficient, offering sunny mornings when the sun rises out of the east but cooler evenings as its set behind the house – so to speak – off to the western side. This emphasis on early day exposure to the sun is perhaps one born out of the Costa del Sol’s tourist trade, and the preference of tourists to soak up the sun during the day.
Nowdays buyers are more likely to choose a southwesterly setting as it means the house is cool in the mornings and warmer in the evenings. This is the perfect setting for socialising after midday siestas. There is, therefore, no right or wrong regarding the perfect orientation of a Property For Sale in Marbella – it all depends on your personal preferences and what you use the property for. Which also has its implications if you are planning to use the property not just as a summer holiday home but to live there year-round.
Full-time Marbella residents, tend to prefer a southeasterly orientation that catches the sun in the morning and warms it pleasantly during the day in the winter months. The fact that this makes for warmer morning temperatures in the summer is neither here not there as many will be off to work in air-conditioned offices anyway, but by the time they arrive at home the house will already be cooling, making for a more even balance between morning and evening, summer and winter.
However, another important consideration is the fact that the best sea views on the Costa del Sol tend to be southwesterly, from Marbella along the Mediterranean coast to Gibraltar and North Africa – so if you want to see the stunning sunset the Marbella is famous for, choosing Southwest is a must. If you want energy eficient and save money South East is better.
A house with two orientations (north-south or east-west) may be a very good idea to facilitate cross ventilation. The choice of the optimal housing arrangement for you in relation to the orientation will also be influenced by your lifestyle and your location.