VELUX Says: “Natural light is the perfect ingredient for extensions. Once added, natural light has the ability to make your extra space feel extra spacious. It can impact on all aspects of interior design, make a room come to life and connect it to the outside. As well as provide a range of health benefits.
Thanks to daylight, you have the opportunity to create something special. Something unique. And something the whole family will enjoy.
When a new extension is built the original room is usually longer. This means that natural light has further to penetrate into the house as the vertical windows are moved further away. All too often, the original room becomes dark and gloomy and even on the brightest days means that electric lights have to be switched on.”
Whilst planning your extension plan-in at the same time how natural light will be included and added to your new extension. We, at Limitless Ltd are often called in to retro fit a Light Shaft or Walk-on Glazing which works well but could save you money were you to plan for it whilst all your other building works were going on.
Christine “Decorated Life” August 2014 – The level of natural light in your rooms can really affect your mood. Those blessed rays, filled with sunlight and vitamin D make you feel positive. So, it’s natural that bright rooms make us feel happier, more alive and vibrant.
Inside your home, use clear glass, frosted glass or mirrored doors that separate areas, but let in light.
What are the key points to consider when designing an interior layout?
Jane Burnside (award winning architect) says:
HEALTH: ‘It’s vital for our health that our homes are well lit. Lack of light can make us feel sleepy and depressed, but exposure to bright light reverses the process and triggers dramatic positive responses, due to increased production of the natural chemical serotonin.
CLIMATE: The British weather remains predominantly wet and grey for much of the year, making large expanses of glazing necessary for maximising natural light.
TRACK THE SUN: Understanding how the sun moves round your home will allow you to plan your layout to follow it throughout the day. For example, try eating breakfast in an east facing room and spend evenings in a west-facing space, to capture the sunset.
SOUTH-FACING ROOMS: Typically, people associate south-facing windows with enjoying the best natural (warm-toned) light. In response, many house builders locate their main living rooms to the south, specifying larger windows to increase the sun’s rays.
GLAZED ROOMS: Avoid building conservatories and sunrooms with glass roofs facing due south, as these will overheat and are better located to the east or west.
NORTH-FACING ROOMS: Northern light is a pure, blue-toned light that can make a room appear cold. Service spaces, such as utilities and bathrooms, are frequently positioned to the north with smaller windows, to prevent the areas from becoming cold due to heat loss.
DOUBLE-FACING ROOMS: Introducing windows on two sides of a room will not only create a double aspect, but will also ensure that the space is well lit throughout the day.
FRAMES: Slim window frames allow in the maximum daylight without unduly obstructing the view. Alternatively, frameless glazing does away with any kind of supporting framework, by attaching glass to glass directly with silicone – the perfect solution for corner windows.
ROOFLIGHTS: Skylights can easily and quickly be installed in both flat and pitched roofs, and this does not usually require planning permission. They can allow far more light to flood into the room, all through the day, than you get with regular, vertical windows.’