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06 Mar 2011 00:00 by lidenalex Star rating. 4 posts Send private message

I am about to buy a property in southern Spain. Some properties have soth orientation while others are facing north. Which is better? Thanks Alex


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06 Mar 2011 15:09 by claire T Star rating in Torremendo, Orihuela. 689 posts Send private message

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Hi Alex - it really depends on what you want.  Houses in Spain are generally designed to keep cool, not warm, and a north-facing property can be very cold in winter.  However, in the summer the north facing property will be much more comfortable, as the sun will not shine directly on the front of the property.

I have a north facing property and really miss being able to sit on a sunny terrace in the winter months, I am all wrapped up and my neighbours are sunbathing!!  But I also do not need to put on my air con all summer to stay cool.   As the summer is a lot longer than the winter then I probably benefit, but if I was buying again then I would go for south - west facing.

Hope that helps!



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06 Mar 2011 15:15 by JIMMYSMITH Star rating. 5 posts Send private message

For me its got to be the North, Green tree`s and water, skiing





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06 Mar 2011 19:17 by John Wolfendale Star rating in Granada. 54 posts Send private message

There isnt a straight answer to this.

The fact is you need to take a holistic approach. Is there shading for example - either from the local topography or trees or incorporated into the design, pergolas and so on or decent flexible shutters?

Whats is the internal layout like? Are the living areas and bedroom south or the kitchen and utility room?

How are you going to use the house? Are you a night owl or an early riser?.....sunset or sunrise? How will you use it at different times of the year? Some friends of ours cant use their living room in the summer in the afternoon because the sun comes pounding in. The architect apparently gave no thought to orientation or shading. And its not just their house - its a whole row of 30 odd villas all the same!

Is there any insulation to speak of or high tech windows that might mitigate the extremes of summer or winter?

Is the building airtight?

What are your heating and cooling systems like?

All these factors and more will affect the impact of the sun or otherwise on your property.

Good luck!



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06 Mar 2011 19:41 by lidenalex Star rating. 4 posts Send private message

 The townhouse I am considering buying is oriented South West and has balconies and terraces only in that, and no other directions. I am planning to be there mainly from september to May, and I will be in Sweden during June to August. But still I am worried that it will be to hot. On the other hand there is another townhouse for sale in the same community facing north east, and that seems to be to cold during winter months. That's my dilemma.





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06 Mar 2011 19:54 by John Wolfendale Star rating in Granada. 54 posts Send private message

Sweden has had a different approach to construction to Spain which has been quite marked over the modern construction era of the last 40 years or so. There are many possible reasons for this.

Anyway - if you want a comfortable home (warm in winter cool in summer) without burning money and fossil fuels then you are probably going to have to build one. This can be easier than you think and there are plenty of other advantages.



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06 Mar 2011 20:12 by claire T Star rating in Torremendo, Orihuela. 689 posts Send private message

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My advice is to go for the south-west if you are going to use it mainly for the winter months.  It will only be June / July / August when the heat will be a real problem.

The north one will be very cold in the winter months unless you are willing to pay a lot for heating.



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06 Mar 2011 21:00 by John Wolfendale Star rating in Granada. 54 posts Send private message

yes - I think that is good advice from Claire



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06 Mar 2011 21:25 by foxbat Star rating in Granada. 1114 posts Send private message

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Have to agree with Claire and John on this.

Our terraced townhouse is North facing and trying to keep it warm during the winter is a real pain!

Needless to say we bought it at the height of Summer, little realising just how damn cold it can get half way up an alp in winter!

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