Passive solar and natural light
Our house design has porches and porch roofs around the front and back of the house. The front door will be facing south-east, and thus, the back of the house (sliding doors) will face north-west.
When I posted our plans on the 'building a home' forum, I received feedback from a few people who thought the porches would really darken the house and we should consider removing them.
We live in South-Eastern Ontario, Canada and have put a lot of windows on the north-west wall because that is our lake view (yes, we realize that is not ideal in terms of passive solar design and heat loss!).
Any suggestions about how to make the design use passive solar energy more effectively on the front side of the house, and also any input on the porch roof at the rear of the house. Our GC seems to think that the difference in removing it would be negligible. The land behind our house slopes down and away, though there are a lot of trees all around the house.