Does the orientation of the house on its site really matter?
Yes! If the right rooms are facing south, a house is bright, sunny and cheerful. The most important rooms in a house should be located along the south edge of the house spreading the building out along the east-west axis. For example, the common area should receive a full southern exposure, bedrooms southeast, and porch southwest. For most climates, this means the shape of the house is elongated east-west.
Dr. Ronn Phillips, Arch.D., and Bobbi Hauptmann, Environmental Design, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Monday, May 18, 2009