Home Building Tips To Add More Natural Light To The Home
April 26, 2018
If you have dark spaces in the center of your floor plan or if you feel claustrophobic by small rooms, you should use glazing to introduce more natural light into the home. This can be done whether you are building a new home from scratch or if you are planning a remodel.
There are plenty of ways to introduce more natural light into the home such as extra-wide sliding doors, swathes of full height, roof lights, and eve glass floors, ceilings, or staircases. You can also borrow light from other areas. Below are a few glazing ideas and home building tips to give you some inspiration.
1. Add Light From Above
There are several ways to add more daylight into your home. If you don’t have the space to add a standard window, you can let more light in from above. This could mean using a roof light which can double the amount of light that comes into the home than if you were to install a vertical window of similar size.
You can install roof lights, roof lanterns and structural glaze above the kitchen, the dining room table, and even over the bathtub.
2. Consider Bifold or Sliding Doors
Today, these doors are considered a must-have so that you have access to the garden and to create the desired indoor/outdoor look. For many people, bifold or sliding doors are a prerequisite to any new construction or home improvement project. In traditional homes, French doors are the go-to door, however, in other types of hoes, sliding doors allow a large section of the home to be opened up to the garden outside.
The door that you decide on would depend on your budget and aesthetics. For example, bifolds are less expensive than sliding doors because they don’t need such large spans of glass. However, bifolds don’t provide such an unobstructed view.
If you are going to use bifold or sliding doors to create a nice threshold between the house and the outdoor patio, you should pay attention to the water runoff and drainage. It is important that you make sure that the rainwater drains away from the house, rather than into the interior.
3. Clerestory Window Designs
Clerestory windows are great because they allow a lot of natural light to flow into the room without giving up much privacy. The best part about these high-level windows is that they can be installed in either traditional homes or contemporary homes. Also, they can bring more daylight into the house while being used as a design device. They can even provide the illusion of an upper story above. These windows can also be placed in between rooms so that one room can borrow some natural light from another while keeping the privacy in both rooms intact.
4. Traditional Windows Are a Great Option
With all of the attention that ultra-wide sliding doors and frameless glazing has recently received, it is easy to forget about the benefits of adding more traditional windows. Whether you are going to go with period style windows or casements, these windows should not be overlooked. However, the cost can take up a large portion of your budget. Because of this, you should take cost into consideration.
The type of window that you choose, whether it be composite, timber, aluminum, PVC, steel or powder-coated, will have a huge impact on the overall look and feel of the interior and exterior of your home. You will also need to decide if you want a chunky or narrow frame. To find the best frame to suit the style of your home, you should shop around and do your research.
5. Internal Glazing Is In
Internal glazing can help create a through-view and can let you see different areas of the home from one room. You can go with a full-height shard of glass or clerestory glazing. Another option is to add internal windows that can create new and interesting views of the home and it would allow you to borrow natural light from other rooms.
6. Picture Windows Are Great
Whether you are planning a new construction or a remodel, you should consider adding a picture window. It is a great way to lead your eye out the window to your desired view. You can go with a picture window that is square, narrow, tall or wide. It all depends on your personal style and the style of your home. Keep in mind that with very large picture windows, you will need to have a structural engineer to advise you on the weight, the thickness of the pane, and the specifications. You should also make sure that this large amount of glass can be handled on-site.
7. Install Light Tunnels
If you have dark areas of the main floor or is your basement is dark, you should think about installing light tunnels, also known as sun pipes, to bring natural light into these areas. If the tunnel is placed on a roof that faces south, the light will be its brightest. The tunnel contains a glazed dome and a flexible tube that allow more natural light to travel to dark rooms.
8. Consider Glass Balustrades
Glazing isn’t limited to windows. If you have a balcony or a terrace, glass balustrades will allow you to take advantage of unobstructed views from these areas. This works particularly well if you are using full height glass doors.
9. Specify Sidelights
This is a great option to brighten up a dark hallway or a room that seems cramped. You can install a front door with sidelights and it will allow natural light to flow into the home. If you don’t want to let go of your privacy, you can go with an opaque glazed window. This will keep people from seeing into your home.
10. Glass Floors and Ceilings
If you want to add a unique and fun look to the hoe, you should consider glass floors or ceilings. They can be designed to add more natural light to travel from room to room. Also, a glass floor or ceiling can be the focal point of the home.
11. Glazed Links
If you want to join an existing building to a new addition, you should consider glazed links. They create a visual transition between the spaces while allowing a great deal of natural light to flood in.
12. Consider Corner Windows
Corner windows are great if you don’t have the space for a traditional window. Also, it is a great way add more natural light to the home while connecting with the landscape. To improve the look of your corner windows, you can add a window seat. This could be the focal point of the room. If you are considering installing a corner window on a non-loadbearing wall, you are going to need a structural engineer to come and measure the glass so that a support beam can be added.
13. Pivoting Patio Doors
The latest glazed patio doors don’t slide back or fold, they pivot. This allows you to install more window and less frame, allowing more natural light to flood into the room.
14. Unique Glazing Solutions
If you have the money in your budget, you should go big with a unique glazing solution. The glass treads allow you to defy gravity between floors. It appears to be invisible, allowing more light to flow into the room.
15. Window Dressings For Privacy
When it comes to windows, many people aren’t sure if they should dress them with blinds, shades, curtains, or nothing at all. If you want a streamlined look, leave them bare. They can be good, however, if you want some privacy at night.