Written by Jake Brady

How to Maximise Your Home’s Orientation to Create Multiple Living Spaces

For those of us who are lucky enough to live on the South Coast, we enjoy the fresh sea air and stunning views every single day. And if you’re looking to build your dream home here on the coast, you can capitalise on this incredible place we call home by bringing together stunning architectural design and excellent building methods and materials.

From inviting in the breeze, to savouring the sun rise and set, there many ways Smartbuild South Coast maximises your beautiful new home’s orientation to create clever living spaces.

Enjoyable, easy living

Working closely with your builder and architect allows you to describe the way you want to live in your home. From entertaining friends and family in an incredible kitchen with a butler’s pantry, to retreating to a relaxing master suite with a view to drink in, it’s important to set your architectural home’s design from the outset of your building journey. That way the structure of your home will incorporate the best placement of living areas and bedrooms for your lifestyle and for your block, allowing you to enjoy the views and natural light throughout the day and evening. 

Floor plan

Sweeping open plan spaces, incredible atrium ceilings, and clever zoning allow you to design your new home to take in the South Coast views from each room. You’ll enjoy every meal in the sunshine with a breakfast nook to the east and dining area to the west. Towering atriums and cathedral ceilings in living areas create mesmerising spaces and allow the light to play as fresh sea air circulates around your home. 

Designing specific areas throughout the home makes family homes all that more friendly with areas for parents to relax away from the kids who can play to their heart’s content.


Our unique environment calls for specific materials that withstand coastal conditions. Natural stone and glass survive the elements and provide stunning exterior and interior aesthetics, creating formal and casual living spaces. Natural stone walls add texture and warmth, and floor to ceiling glass illuminates spaces throughout different times of the day. Plus, interior glass creates inspiring indoor courtyard spaces that create sections within rooms without obstructing light.

Fixtures and finishings can cleverly delineate spaces by providing texture and colour differentiation. Timber flooring with a herringbone feature forms a walkway in an open plan space, and textured ceilings can continue seamlessly between indoor and outdoor areas to create the appearance of one large living space.

Outdoor spaces

Extending your living space to balconies and terraces can add another dimension to your home. Rooftop fire pits are incredible for both entertaining and relaxing, and outdoor kitchens let you enjoy long evenings. Thoughtful placement of walls and screens provide shade from summer sun and shelter from winter winds so you can enjoy your own outdoors year-round.

Smartbuild South Coast was founded on the South Coast and we work with local architects and designers who know our part of the world as well as we do. If you’re thinking about building your dream coastal home, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us today to make a start.