Making your home great: All things EAST

This is Episode 3 of Season 1.

In this episode, we continue on our adventure of uncovering what matters most, and what decisions to prioritise when designing your new or renovated home.

In this episode, we’ll talk about all things EAST.

This episode will help you get it right if you’re seeking ways to make your home feel great, and also if you have you have an east-facing home.

So what do you need to be aware of with eastern sunlight?

And how should you optimise this to make your home feel great?

This podcast will teach you how to understand morning sun at your home, and manage it effectively year-round.

Let’s dive deeply into:

  • What eastern sunlight is like
  • What’s not great about eastern light
  • How we need to shade and shelter from eastern light
  • Something you may not know about the sunrise everyday

You’ll understand in detail:

  • What rooms need to be facing east
  • What rooms don’t need to be facing east
  • What to do if you have a view but need to shade from morning sun
  • Specific solutions to help you with shading

And if you have an east-facing home, you’ll learn:

  • What your priorities should be if you’re designing a home for an east-facing orientation
  • What can go wrong in designing for eastern sunlight
  • What happens when we get this right in our homes
  • What else you need to know about designing for an east-facing home

Listen to the podcast now to learn more about eastern sunlight. This can be a preferred orientation for many homeowners, and there are great ways to make the most of it in your home.

And scroll down to see images for some ideas when designing for all things east.


This diagram shows how much the position of the rising sun changes between its most southerly position (on the Summer Solstice) to its most northern on (on the Winter Solstice). On the equinox, it rises due east.

The red line shows where the Summer Solstice sunrise is shining at the home. The blue line shows where the Winter Solstice sunrise is shining at the home. The dashed orange line shows the Equinox sunrise. The yellow arrow shows the extent or range between the most extreme positions of the rising sun.

Here’s some inspiration for your project about how to shield from and enhance easterly sunlight …

These are some photographs of homes located in Salt at Kingscliffe, NSW. Many of them are coastal homes, facing east to fantastic views. They use different strategies to shield from strong morning light, yet maximise their access to their views (which are obviously highly prized for the area!)


This home faces east to the beach and coast. Adjustable shutters fold back along its balcony edges to help screen morning sun. They also provide privacy from the walkway I’m standing on! You can see the louvre-blades tilt, as well as the panels moving back and forwards too. This would also help with coastal winds and storms.


Another upper floor deck facing east. This one has used high level fixed screening to shield from the hotter Summer morning sun, yet allow in the lower level Winter morning sun. 


This home is using a combination of strategies to make the most of its easterly view, while grabbing northern sunlight throughout the day. High level windows pull northern light into living areas over the top of the neighbour’s house, and the small build-out on the side of this one. A screen manages northern sunlight on the upper floor balcony. Eastern light on the balcony is screened with the use of an operable blind. It also appears that glass is tinted to manage glare and heat as well.


This home has quite a different aesthetic to most of the homes along this coastal strip. More industrial in style, it also uses strategies to manage its eastern orientation. The fixed blade screen (on the right hand side of this image) manages morning sunlight into large areas of glazing, and also wraps around the northern side. The upper floor balcony provides a deep recessed zone, which is then shaded as a result (and totally conceals the upper floor interior behind it!) This upper floor balcony is also shading a lower floor outdoor area, and interior space.


This home uses fabric blinds to protect the lower floor outdoor area, and interior, from strong sunlight.


See how the dark fabric blind is still quite transparent, to allow views through. The darker the blind, the more transparent it will be!

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  • Ian
    January 25, 2017, 3:30 pm  Reply

    Hi UA,

    Great podcast! We have bought a block at the beach that faces about east north east, in tropical NQ. Only thing between us and the beach is about 100m of dune reserve with some nice trees to shield that morning glare. Our biggest problem is the 2 story monstrosity on our northern boundary, that in winter manages to shade a large chunk of our yard. Any tips for letting in the light?

    • Amelia
      January 26, 2017, 9:54 pm

      Hi Ian,
      If you keep listening to the podcasts in this Season 1, they will give you some ideas for grabbing northern light over your neighbour.
      Best wishes with creating your new home.
      – Amelia, UA

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