7 Ways to Get More Light Into Your Home
8 October 2018
Having as much natural light as possible is the number one feature people look for when buying or building their family home. By flooding your home with natural light you create a space that feels bigger and brighter, and research also shows the link between natural light and wellbeing. At XUL Architecture our aim is to bring as much natural light into architecture as possible. Here are our top 7 ways you can get more natural light into your home.
An extension isn’t the only place you can have a skylight! You can place one:
This tunnel has a skylight at the top of the 1st-floor bringing light down two floors all the way to the basement. As well as bringing in light, it helps to physically connect the spaces. An LED channel reinforces the vertical space running all the way through.
2. Walk-on Skylights
3. Light one step removed
Consider bringing light from other bright spaces if you don’t have access to external walls.
This bathroom is on the 1st-floor and not on an external wall. The stained glass brings in beautiful light from the bright staircase.
4. Use of mirrors
Using mirrors to reflect light much like the Sir John Soanne Museum in London.
Mirrors can be used to bring light into a room and can create interesting spaces and reflections.
Sir John Soanne has some wonderful examples of this, where you, sometimes, don’t know if you are looking at a mirror or glass.
Similarly, in one of our projects, a mirror is used on a door to brighten an otherwise dark entrance lobby. The reflective material on the cloak cupboard also enhances the effect.
A mirror tunnel from the 1st-floor bathroom through the loft, with a skylight at the top. The light is reflected through the tunnel and bounces through the mirrors at different angles.
5. Shapes and patterns
By using different shapes and cladding materials you can create stunning effects as light changes during the day. These bespoke cone-shaped skylights pull light right into the space. The stainless steel cladding reflects light in wonderful soft patterns so there is never a greenhouse feel to the space.
The two bespoke cone shaped skylights were cladded in stainless steel to bring in more light and create wonderful patterns.View project
6. Open up the roof
It is important to understand the building’s volume. What is behind that flat ceiling? Are there opportunities to open up the pitch creating a better space and adding skylights or windows?
St. Margaret’s School below.
7. Glass screens
Glass screens can open up a space yet also provide privacy at the same time. Dark hallways immediately appear bigger and brighter.
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