The country’s economists predict that the situation in the Lithuanian real estate (NT) market will soon stabilize – prices should equalize, and the supply of new apartments should begin to grow. Therefore, according to experts, the conditions for purchasing one’s own home are expected to be favorable again in the future. However, it is not uncommon for settlers, who have planned to settle in a newly built house, still face endless questions – how to plan the spaces, which side of the world to choose windows facing, what are the disadvantages and advantages of the first or upper floors? A properly analyzed housing plan can solve these and other dilemmas. 5 main expert tips will help you read it correctly.
First of all – needs
Planning a new home always begins with an assessment of your needs. Talking about this, Danguolė Akuockienė, the architect of the sustainable urban development and construction company “YIT Lietuva”, says that every settler has the freedom to choose what is most important to him at home.
“The kitchen is connected to the living room or separated from it, the apartment is on the first or upper floor, the windows of the house face south or north. These are just some of the questions you should think about when choosing a new home. The construction market today offers a wide variety of options for the different needs of settlers, so housing planning solutions are truly plentiful. You should evaluate what you want. What are the needs of the population, how will they change in the future, what is the size of the family, hobbies, income, even the location of the future home. All this determines what the dream home will look like,” says D. Akuockienė.
Partial finishing: what to know?
After planning the needs, according to D. Akuockienė, one should start analyzing the housing plan, which sets out the mandatory structure of the premises. However, according to her, this document is important for the designer, and the real estate buyer, at that time, expects the house to look normal: with a kitchen, one or more living rooms, a bath, a toilet, a corridor, a storage room, closets for clothes and shoes.
“New builders often choose housing with partial decoration. This means that the technical project indicates that windows, window sills and entrance doors to the premises must be installed in the multi-apartment residential building. However, in the apartment itself, the premises are only prepared for the finishing process: painting, gluing tiles or wallpaper. Also, the bases for floor coverings are installed here, the engineering systems are functional and meet the established requirements, there is at least one toilet and a washbasin or a washing machine, and other pipelines are blinded or connected to the equipment. At the same time, the decoration of common rooms and other objects was completed, – says D. Akuockienė.
These obligations are assumed by the real estate developer. In turn, the interviewer advises the resident to use the service of a technical supervisor, to write a deed of defects, if there are any, and to submit the latter to the developer or builder before accepting the partially finished housing. “This is the only way to avoid construction defects. However, for example, the heating system, electrical installation is the subject of the purchase contract. The buyer must find out for himself what kind of work he is purchasing,” adds the expert.
The brighter the better
The sides of the world are also an important criterion for choosing a new home. According to D. Akuockienė, designers, when preparing public information on the premises plan, insert a drawing into it. In the latter, an index of countries of the world is marked, which can be deceptive for an inexperienced real estate buyer.
Therefore, D. Akuockienė assures that it is necessary to see the location of the apartment in the scheme of the plot plan, to properly assess the location of the house according to the countries of the world. Because the flow of light is very significant. It determines the choice of apartment wall colors, interior design, arrangement of work and recreation spaces, as well as – direct amount of sunlight – insolation.
“Currently, its mandatory time has been reduced and has become half an hour less than it was until now. Each apartment of 1-3 rooms must have at least one, and 4 and more – 2 living rooms, where the total insolation time on the equinoxes, March 22 and September 22, is not less than 2 hours. In old towns and city centers – no less than 1.5 hours. However, insolation is one of the indirect indicators of urban construction planning, which helps to form a healthy, high-quality, sustainable living environment, microclimate. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to this”, says D. Akuockienė.
There are many advantages in a large space
When asked how to assess whether the square footage of a house is suitable for living, the expert notes that the choice is more often determined by financial aspects. Therefore, smaller apartments are more popular in the market, but the useful area for a person must reach 14 square meters. m. According to D. Akuockienė, if that is enough for a person, then it is worth choosing a more compact option, but if you want to work at home and have quality rest, you should look for a more spacious home.
“Another important aspect is the planning of the space itself. For example, a bath. For a larger family, the toilet room should be separated from it. Also install both a bath and a shower. This will be more convenient and practical, especially when everyone is getting ready for work or school at the same time. If the settlers can choose such an option, it means that they have the financial means to look for a larger home. In this case, the choice of full apartment decoration is very useful. Then we offer functional and comfortable furniture solutions, the latest lighting technologies, the services of professional architects and designers who follow innovations”, says D. Akuockienė.
Living high or low?
Settlers often face another dilemma – choosing housing on the first or upper floors of the house. D. Akuockienė advises them to evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each option.
According to the architect, there is more noise on the first floor of the building, the hustle and bustle of the city is felt more, but the house can be reached faster and easier if it is located here. At that time, living higher, according to her, is quieter, pollution is lower, spectacular city panoramas open up.
“This is what all real estate developers strive for. Therefore, housing on the upper floors is more expensive. In addition, roofs today are covered with high quality. As a result, the attitude towards life on the very top floor of the house has also changed. Residents also have other questions, such as whether the elevator next to the apartment will cause inconvenience. Such dwellings must have standardized sound and heat insulation, so it is worth carefully examining the entire building plan. And if there are any uncertainties, you should contact the designer and developer. They must provide all the answers. At the same time, ensure that the commercial premises located in the apartment building meet all the requirements and do not cause concerns about noise, lack of parking spaces or a large flow of people”, notes D. Akuockienė.
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