South Facing House Designs

Leverage every possibility for sunlight with our south-facing home designs


Australia is blessed with an abundance of sunlight, and at Carlisle Homes, we take full advantage of this natural resource when creating south-facing home designs.

Our south-facing house plans are designed with careful attention to orientation to make the most of the available sunlight coming from the north.

And, with our expedited build times, you’ll come home to the perfect south-facing house sooner with Carlisle Homes.

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South-facing house plan that makes the most of the sunshine

If you're looking for a south-facing home design that makes the most of the available direct sunlight, Carlisle Homes has a range of options to choose from. Our south-facing houses are carefully designed to include features that draw light into the major living spaces of the home despite their orientation.

We also use a range of design features to add more light keeping your interior spaces bright and cheerful. Our south-facing house plans also include suggested building materials that promote optimal energy efficiency and airflow.

Explore our Carlisle Homes south-facing home design examples to find your perfect new home.

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We built our house with Carlisle EasyLiving and our overall experience with them has been really great. The best part was that most home designs came with all the inclusions that you would normally require to live in a house, unlike other builders. The house was complete within 3 months, without compromising on the quality of the build. If I happen to build another house, I will not look for any other builder than Carlisle.

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Our experience with Carlisle is very positive so far. The moment we stepped into their display home, we knew it was the perfect house design for us, that was also within our budget. We are thankful for the team and support assigned to us - they're very patient in answering all our questions. Overall, the team from Carlisle delivers well and we are grateful that this experience has been very good and smooth for us.

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From A to Z, Carlisle took care of things for me very well. I had complete peace of mind having them build my first home & I knew I was right! The colour selection process was smooth and the sales rep was very helpful and cheerful. I received a very high class build and after-build support was great too. I'd build with Carlisle again without a doubt!

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Frequently asked questions

What features do you include with south-facing home designs?

Some of the features we use in our south-facing home designs include:

  • Large windows and glass doors to let in natural light
  • Orientation of living areas to make the most of the available sunlight
  • Use of light colours on walls and ceilings to reflect light
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Solar panels
  • Insulation
  • Double glazing on south-facing windows
  • Living spaces positioned to take advantage of the morning sun in summer
What is the best direction for a house to face in Australia?

There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on your specific needs and preferences. North-facing living areas and kitchens are often considered more desirable than south-facing ones because they get the most direct sunlight. 

As we live in the southern hemisphere, a north facing home will leverage the winter sun, providing passive heating and more interior light leading to a more energy-efficient home.

However, south-facing homes present a wonderful opportunity to build your new home more cost-effectively, as homes positioned on the south side of the street are often more affordable.

What should I consider with my south facing house plan to make the most of the winter sun?

There are a few things to consider when designing a south facing home to make the most of the winter sun. In winter, the sun is lower in the sky and the days are shorter, so it is important to design your home to maximise solar gain. 

Some things you can do to maximise solar gain in a south facing home include:

  1. Use double glazed windows: Double glazed windows will help to keep heat in your home and make the most of the winter sun.
  2. Upgrade your insulation: One of the best ways to make your home more energy-efficient is to upgrade your insulation. This can be done by adding insulation to your crawl space, or by installing new windows that are better at trapping heat.
  3. Use shading: Shading can also help to reduce heat loss in a south facing home. Incorporating shading into your home design will help to keep your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
  4. Install solar panels: Solar panels can help you make the most of the winter sun by providing renewable energy for your home. Solar panels can be used to power your lights, appliances, and even your heating and cooling system.
  5. Invest in a solar water heater: A solar water heater can be a great investment for a south-facing home. This type of heater will help to heat your water using the power of the sun, which can save you money on your energy bills.
Is it ok to have a south facing house?

Yes, south-facing homes can be just as desirable as north-facing homes! If you have water views or a beautiful aspect, you may wish to orientate your home in a southerly aspect. 

North-facing rooms can get very hot from the summer sun, too, if the heat load is not adequately managed, but you’re far less likely to come across that issue if you choose a south-facing house plan.

Partnering with a highly-experienced, HIA award-winning building group like Carlisle Homes will ensure you get a home designed to capture great natural light and heating from any orientation.

What are the disadvantages of a south facing house?

Most south-facing blocks only receive late afternoon and early morning sunlight in the summertime and are left without direct sunlight throughout winter.

There are a few potential disadvantages of south-facing homes over those facing north, including:

  • They can be darker 
  • They may not be as energy efficient 
  • They can be hotter in summer and cooler in winter

However, these disadvantages can be mitigated with careful design and energy-efficient features.

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