On a dull day, we often find our self pondering, “How can I increase natural light in my house?”, and when extending your home it’s essential to think about how you’re going to allow natural light in, as extending many meters will reduce the amount of natural light getting into the rooms in the middle of your house. It’s great to have a think about this at the early design stages, here is the House Architects list of 5 ways you can flood your home with beautiful natural light!
The average skylight brings in about double the amount of natural light into a space than a window of the same size in the same room. They can bring natural light into your home over a kitchen extension, loft conversion, above a staircase, in a bathroom or a living area, and as well as bringing tonnes of light into your space they also free up wall space for those kitchen units, cupboards, bookshelves or feature artwork. The size and frames of skylights can also be tailored to suit most budgets and preferences too.
2. Roof Lantern
Roof lanterns are ideal for flat roof extensions and they work as a great feature to a room adding height and character to the space. They look great over a kitchen Island unit or a dining table and they tend to complement traditional styles of architecture such as Victorian house extensions. The flat roof extension to the Georgian House pictured below doubles up as a decked terrace, whilst still allowing light to flood into the space below with the use of Lanterns.
3. Structural Glazing
If you’re looking to make a statement with your house extension, then including structural glazing can give an otherwise ordinary space a very contemporary feel. Structural glazing allows you to get more light into a space and creates different views of the outdoors due to mot having traditional window frames and structure. It also gives the impression of the indoor and outdoor spaces being more integrated. Structural glazing can be used in walls and ceilings, and can even be specified as corner glazing. The image below shows structural glazing in a terraced house extension; now imagine if those doors had been your bog-standard UPVC double doors? What a difference structural glazing makes here!
4. Glazed link
Including a glazed link allows the architectural story of your property to be expressed clearly by denoting which part is original and which is new. Not only does including a glazed link add a contemporary feel to your home but it also brings light into what would normally be the darkest part of your house when you build an extension. Glazed links can bring light in from the ceiling or walls, or it can wrap around to do both.
If you’re not extending your home but just refurbishing, then you can still get creative with bringing light into your existing property. A simple but effective way to brighten up your hallway is to include a fanlight and glazing panels above, in and around your front door. Making this simple change can bring a lot of light into an otherwise dark and underwhelming entrance hall. In particular, fan lights look great in period properties.
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