Consider your environment

After that, think about how much natural light comes into your home at different times of the day and year. The ideal places to be and how you'd want to utilise them at various times of the day. Breakfast in the morning light, socialising in the evening sun? Take account of the best views from your house? This is the site’s orientation and aspect.

Consider your environment

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Finally, when imagining yourself in these spaces, keep in mind the feel you want to imbibe and convey. Take a moment to think about the surfaces you're most likely to touch or view. Is it possible to identify the colours and textures that best represent your intended feelings? Do you like the feeling of bare feet gliding over a soft wooden floor? Do you think that the walls should be tactile and welcoming? Should your possessions be easily accessible and on display, or should they be tucked away?