New homeowners must make the effort to look at different home designs so that the interior would be aesthetically pleasing and at the same time functional. Contrary to what many people assume, even small houses can be designed to make good use of space. In fact, space in most large homes is not effectively used because of poor interior design. If you are not skilled enough for the project, there are interior designers who can work with you every step of the way.

Transforming a home from summer-friendly to winter-friendly can involve several changes to make it cozy and warm. According a report from New Zealand Herald, Fraeme and Cathie Calman are building a home in time for winter on the hills atop Putiki where they will enjoy a fantastic view of the Tasman Sea. The couple decided to incorporate the no-steps “zimmer frame-friendly” design in order to prevent accidents when the floor gets slippery during wintertime.

The design involves the integration of a revolutionary form of insulation on the foundation. A solid 2mm-thick pad of polystyrene is instilled into the foundation design so that there will be a thermal break and to ensure that the foundation will be able to withstand the weight of the house. Through this type of design, the house will be able to hold at least 80% heat which would be lost if a conventional floor is utilized. During the freezing cold of the winter season, the family will not suffer the cold the way others in the area would.

The Calman family spent about $12,000 on the design. The insulation used on the foundation is an innovative product which is the first of its kind in the Manawatu-Whanganui Region. The amount spent by the Calman couple may too pricey for most homeowners; however, there are alternative winter home designs that are trending for 2016.

Winter 2016 issue of Design Hunting offers a wide range of design choices that can be incorporated into the home for winter. The winter issue also shows exceptional home designs including winter design tips that can help new homeowners. There is also a resource guide that provides new ideas in transforming the summer design to winter design.

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