Anne Miller wrote:
We had the children's play area, chickens, and gardens in the sunny backyard.
Edward Norton wrote:I live on a South Facing Slope at 40 degrees North. My problem is too much heat and too much sun.
Edward Norton wrote: If the house is stand alone and north facing and not built into the hillside, then surely the other side is south facing?
Edward Norton wrote: Have you used Weatherspark? Here is a Link comparing the capital of your region with the capital of Marche. As you can see there's a significantly longer growing season for a similar amount of daylight. Winters are warmer and brighter. I doubt a gentle north facing slope will feel gloomy, especially if it's near the coast. The coastal region will also give you maritime advantage of on-shore, off-shore breezes in the morning and evening.
With a 10% slope would I have a backyard at all?
Skandi Rogers wrote: I'm up at 57N and on a Northfacing "slope" you would probably count it as flat. but it slopes about 3% The largest strawberry grower in the area is also on a N facing slope at about the same angle. After talking to them I found they had the same experience as me, my plants are about 1 week later than others on S facing slopes but after that we don't see any difference, the slope is not enough to stop the sun in the winter, we lose the last 30minutes of direct sun to shadows but for us this far north there is no power in the winter sun anyway so we don't lose much there. we're certainly less prone to frost than flat land.
Anne Miller wrote:
Most of my properties had been graded so that the homesite is relatively flat.
Anne Miller wrote: What are your plans for the property you are looking for? That might help our readers answer your question better.
Anne Miller wrote: It sounds like you are looking for a blank slate rather than an established homesite.
Anne Miller wrote: Have you looked at how south-facing properties are laid out in that region?
This is soooo... true and I find it interesting that you've noticed it in Italy as I have noticed it in North America. Despite access to far more intelligent concepts of environmentally sound building practices, all the houses are built to some "perceived desired style" rather than functional from Mother Nature's perspective! We teach our children so much at school, but I don't recall anything about what makes housing efficient to run, comfortable to live in and resistant to local threats.
The south-facing side of the house almost never has a veranda or porch - in fact, when they do have a feature similar to a porch, it looks like it was built as an afterthought (it often is a recent addition) and it's usually placed on the less exposed side of the house. And the roof has almost no overhang. As a result, the entire wall, as well as all the windows and doors on it, are typically completely exposed to the summer sun. And this is true of recent build as well.
Jay said, "Despite access to far more intelligent concepts of environmentally sound building practices, all the houses are built to some "perceived desired style" rather than functional from Mother Nature's perspective! We teach our children so much at school, but I don't recall anything about what makes housing efficient to run, comfortable to live in and resistant to local threats.