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25-06-2020, 19:36   #16
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So would I be right in saying that

South West is the preferred option,
Then South

Then West Facing is okay as a compromise?

Then North and East are no gos?

I cant visit and check directly as its a new build which hasn't been built.
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25-06-2020, 19:42   #17
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So would I be right in saying that

South West is the preferred option,
Then South

Then West Facing is okay as a compromise?

Then North and East are no gos?

I cant visit and check directly as its a new build which hasn't been built.
Site map will help if you now which number you are buying
If you have not put a deposit down yet check out the site map and take a note of which houses have a southwest or south facing back garden
Then when bookings are been taken you can go with a list of your preferred houses
Houses with south facing gardens tend to be a bit dearer even in new estates as builders will squeeze every penny out of buyers
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I'm wondering this too! I went to view a house today, I think the back garden is north-east facing, the sun was in it when I was standing out there.

If it's mostly fine during the summer but the sun doesn't really reach there at other times, I could live with that.
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I'm wondering this too! I went to view a house today, I think the back garden is north-east facing, the sun was in it when I was standing out there.

If it's mostly fine during the summer but the sun doesn't really reach there at other times, I could live with that.
In the winter you want the morning sun
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So would I be right in saying that

South West is the preferred option,
Then South

Then West Facing is okay as a compromise?

Then North and East are no gos?

I cant visit and check directly as its a new build which hasn't been built.
That would be my preference. Some would pick south first but if your a 9-5 job, west could be better.

I turned down a new build as it had a north east aspect. The houses were on a slope so we would had been overlooked also. I’ll admit at the start I was clueless about it but I had an engineer look at the site layout map beforehand to advise me on the aspect. He was able to tell me what others would have been better but they weren’t available.

New build gardens are on the small side and estates tend to be more closer together so bear that in mind.
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So would I be right in saying that

South West is the preferred option,
Then South

Then West Facing is okay as a compromise?

Then North and East are no gos?

I cant visit and check directly as its a new build which hasn't been built.
Personally I think SW is probably best. If the house has a straight up back wall as in no kitchen sticking out or conservatory then N might be a pain however with a bit of an extension it gives a bit of an angle to get more direct sun in, mid summer when the sun is high wouldn’t be too bad but I’d think March/April And late August into September you might Catch a bit of extra shade. I lived in a N facing before and it’s not ideal but really it depends how much, little or how you use the garden.
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I mean for those taking a hard line - it's fair enough if its your number 1 priority, but the fact is in most cases, you are paying a premium for the privilege. I would personally prefer a West or South West facing garden, and I check for every house I look at, but it's not a deal breaker at all.
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Like the poster above, I’ve rented north facing in the past and I’d never buy anything with a north facing garden. It depends on your personal priorities and preferences obviously but if you enjoy sitting a lot then I would definitely think twice.

We’re west facing now and get sun from about 10am through to sunset. It’s a suntrap which suits us perfectly.
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Fair question though as to what it's worth? Everything has a price. 10% seems reasonable to me. I would pay 50K premium on a 500K house. Beyond that, it becomes very hard to justify. Does anyone know what the price differential is for identical new builds with North versus South orientation?
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Have a west (slight south) facing garden, and I think it is great, especially in summer.
Here's a good page to see the impact of the sun: https://www.suncalc.org/

WSW would probably be perfect, IMO, as you get a bit more sun in winter.
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Fair question though as to what it's worth? Everything has a price. 10% seems reasonable to me. I would pay 50K premium on a 500K house. Beyond that, it becomes very hard to justify. Does anyone know what the price differential is for identical new builds with North versus South orientation?
Estate we looked in Cork had a premium of 10k for a south facing garden. All sold. 300k ish Mark was the house. However south facing in new builds you still would need to look at what’s around to ensure your not overlooked.

The west ones weren’t extra but due to the slope they were lower down so overlooked by the houses to the back and the gardens were small
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I wanted a big garden when i was buying and preferably south or west facing but i actually ended up buying a big north east facing garden. It mostly faces north.

In the summer, i get sun in every spot of the garden except right outside the back door. It's actually perfect because i couldn't in the sun all day long. I have a few seating areas but my favourite is the patio outside the door where i can sit in the shade and enjoy watching the wildlife.

In a south facing garden, i think the heat must be unbearable inside in the summer. It must feel like a greenhouse.
Yea same, there appears to be a misconception on here that a house with a garden that orientates anything other than south or west is not going to get sun. I had the same view tbh, was nervous when we bought our house.

From spring right through to mid-late September we get sun in almost the entire garden all day. The only bit that doesn't get sun is the first ~10 feet outside the backdoor. We are only a few degrees off true north.

Have our breakfast in the sun and our dinner in the sun, no problem.

South West is the preference, but north is not as bad as made out. It really varies quite significantly on the individual house as I said before. You could have the perfect aspect but still get feck all sun.

North gets all the bad press, but east is the worst IMO. You'll have a lovely sunny morning but you're going to lose the sun very early in the day.

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We have an east facing rear garden and it is lovely to have breakfast in the sun. Sun stays in it until about 4.30pm.

I often notice in Ireland it can be sunny in the morning before becoming overcast in the afternoon.
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Fair question though as to what it's worth? Everything has a price. 10% seems reasonable to me. I would pay 50K premium on a 500K house. Beyond that, it becomes very hard to justify. Does anyone know what the price differential is for identical new builds with North versus South orientation?
It's difficult to put a worth to it. For me it's a deal-breaker, I would be prepared to pay 10-15k more to have a house with a south facing garden 100%.


I'm in the process of buying/selling at the moment. Our current house has a south facing garden, so any of the houses we are looking at are automatically disqualified if they are not south/west facing. Even if I was to get a real bargain I wouldn't take it. This is the last house I'll ever buy so I need to be happy with it.


Sitting out in your back garden with the fresh air and tiny bit of sun we get is priceless in my view.
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If theres a slope, it can be a huge factor. Our friends north facing garden gets a lot of sun and I wouldn't regard it as overly steep, a few steps at the bottom help.

I would and did pick west over south facing for the main reason being the late evening sun. It's a joy to sit out with a nice glass after the kids have been tucked away. The only "downside" is that the rear bedrooms are very very hot in the summer evenings. Added bonus for us is in front bedroom is waking up to glorious sunshine.
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