Here’s How You Should Design a Home for Tropical Weather

Here’s How You Should Design a Home for Tropical Weather

Lydia Lohshini by Lydia Lohshini on Nov 12, 2018
Why you should care

Residential spaces should be designed with weather conditions in mind as they are meant to keep homeowners safe. Malaysia is a tropical country with both wet and dry seasons all year round, so homeowners should take into consideration some of these design tips.

Malaysia is a tropical country that only has two seasons all year long. Rain or shine, your home has to be built to withstand both the extremes.

These tips by professionals will help turn your house into a home that is sustainable in this country’s climate. The guidelines work to help keep homes cool during extra hot days and dry and cosy during rainy seasons.

1 Sunlight and Shade

Weather in Malaysia can be unpredictable, so it’s best to prepare for both rain and shine. When designing your home, consider building perimeter walls that are low enough to allow sunlight into your home.

Prepare for rainy weather by installing awnings and shade outside your home to make the lashing rain more bearable. The awnings can also do double duty by providing shade from the scorching sun.

Apart from exterior shade, homeowners should also consider roofing options that are both sustainable and durable. Metal roofing is an option that is gaining popularity in the industry as they offer trendy, rustic designs that are durable , cost effective, and versatile.

metal roof

Tip: Your home is a long-term commitment, and so your roof should be too. BLUESCOPE ZACS® uses advanced anti-corrosion technology to coat steel with an optimal combination of aluminium-zinc alloy, resulting in superior durability.

2 Natural Protection

Greenery acts as natural protection against mother nature’s temper tantrums. Having plants in and around your home will help regulate temperatures and air during the hotter seasons while tall trees can shelter you from the rain. Homes that have outdoor gardens are said to be able to prevent flooding as the roots aid in draining excess water.

3 Durable Exterior

The outside of your house is tasked with maintaining both the form and function of your home. When designing your home’s exterior, it is important to keep in mind that your materials should be durable. From your foundation to your paint, the outside of your home should be able to withstand both scorching heat and heavy rains.

Tip: Try out the Jotashield AntiFade Colours that have been proven to deliver superior colour performance with UV protection that lasts 50% longer than before and is more than twice as longer-lasting than any other paint.

4 Ventilation is Vital

Proper ventilation is key in tropical climates. Incorporate windows and doors to encourage cross-ventilation in the home. Home professionals suggest that there should be at least two windows or doors in every room to facilitate ventilation and breeze.

Tip: Kitchens can get pretty stuffy during the day so check out KDK’s Raku-Raku ventilating fan that helps eliminate cooking odours and the elevated levels of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide while circulating oxygen in from the outside.

5 Incorporate Cosy Colours

While the weather fluctuates all year long, it’s important to have a cosy and comfortable home to take shelter in. Incorporate warm and inviting colours into your space like yellow that is sure to complement sunny days and uplift gloomy days.

Want to design a home? Click on the ‘Request Quote’ button on any of the images to receive quotations from Malaysian interior designers.

You can also check out other local interior design portfolios.

Why you should care

Residential spaces should be designed with weather conditions in mind as they are meant to keep homeowners safe. Malaysia is a tropical country with both wet and dry seasons all year round, so homeowners should take into consideration some of these design tips.

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