There are many benefits to living in the countryside. You can have access to better air, it is less congested and less stressful than living in the city, and you are close to nature. Country living also offers you the opportunity to grow your own food, have more space for yourself and your family, and even start a business.
For those of us who want the peace and quiet of the countryside with the convenience of the city, the best option is to buy some land and build either a permanent or secondary home. By starting the construction process from scratch, you can decide not only what type of house you want but also exactly how much you need to spend on it.
If you’re planning to build a house in the country, there are certain things you should keep in mind. These are the elements, a design in harmony with your surroundings, and the importance of sustainability.
Fighting the Elements
It all starts with the right materials. This is especially true in terms of the outer shell of the house, namely the roof and exterior walls. When it comes to the roof, one option you could look into is a roof made of metal. Sure, wood sounds better, more natural, and appealing. Yet, there are many benefits to metal. It is stronger and more energy-efficient than wood. It is also fire-resistant and lighter. Many times it also costs less.
As for the walls, there are many options you could choose from. The important thing is to consider two fundamental aspects of countryside buildings: insulation and durability.
A Natural Design
A natural design is one that blends with its surroundings, a house that doesn’t alter the natural balance of things but rather complements it. If the area in which you decide to build your country house is full of plants, trees, and other kinds of vegetation, choose colors that match this. Examples are different shades of green and brown, light blue, and orange. If your home is near a lake you could choose whites, pastels, and gray instead. These colors fuse naturally in environments with water.
Aside from color, focus as well on other architectural aspects including height and shape. Don’t build a house that is too tall in the shape of a triangle. In the countryside, it will stick out like a sore thumb and upset the natural harmony of the ecosystem. If you find yourself stuck and out of ideas, do some research and you’ll find a natural design that matches your taste as well as the surroundings.
Sustainability and Environmental Protection
A sustainable home is a house that uses natural resources efficiently, limits pollution, and minimizes environmental destruction. Ways in which you can make your country house sustainable include:
- Placing windows in areas rich in natural light. This will not only bring warmth to your surroundings but also decrease the use of electricity.
- Using energy-efficient materials. Metal is one of them as it provides a natural cooling system. There are plenty of others.
- Installing a rainwater collection system. You will probably not take a shower with rainwater. However, you can use it to flush toilets, clean exteriors, and water plants and flowers around you.
- Keeping an eye on local fauna. By being mindful of the animal communities around your home, you will lessen the amount of environmental destruction and preserve natural habitats.
- Having waste management mechanisms in place. Segregate your garbage. Find out where you can get rid of it. Label it. These simple measures will go a long way.
Living in the countryside is a dream for many who want to escape the bustle and grind of city life. It is a chance to relax, enjoy the fruits of nature, and have a simpler, slow-paced existence. If you’re planning on building, remember to be mindful of the elements, create a natural design, and be sensitive to the surrounding environment. It will make your life outside the city much more convenient, pleasant, and fulfilling.