Flip It! Consider Inverting Your Floor Plan
by Carlisle Homes
Flipping your floor plan can align your garage and driveway, while a front-flip option can draw light and views into your living spaces – here’s what you need to know.
If your driveway doesn’t match up with your garage or your living areas are cast in shadow, have you considered flipping your floor plan from left to right? At Carlisle Homes, it’s easy!
All Carlisle floor plans can be inverted so the garage is either on the left- or right-hand side, which means that if your driveway is in a fixed position, you can match it up perfectly for a seamless look.
So what makes a northerly orientation so desirable?
The rooms of your house facing north or north-east receive the most amount of sunlight during the day, particularly in winter when the sun is at its lowest. East-facing blocks get the morning sun and west-facing blocks get the afternoon sun. South-facing blocks receive the least amount of sun.
By orienting your living areas and outdoor areas to the north or north-east you can maximise sunlight and views. It can boost your home’s energy efficiency too; sunlight from the north delivers radiant heating into your home, which creates passive solar heating in winter. In summer, it’s easy to shade northern facades with awnings and window coverings to prevent heat from entering. As a result, the temperature inside a north-facing home remains more consistent year-round, which means you’re less reliant on artificial heating and cooling (so lower power bills!).
Front-flip options allow you to position your living spaces at the front of the house to the north or north-east, while the rest of the floor plan remains unchanged, so you can maximise light in the parts of the home where you spend the most time, warm your interior naturally so you can benefit from lower energy costs, and enjoy a sunny outdoor entertaining area year-round.
Compare this floor plan with the Matisse (right) above and you will see the Master bedroom a the front is on the same side as the alfresco. A great option if your driveway was on the left but you need to continue to face your alfresco and living room to the north for great solar orientation.