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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.

1. Skylights

An extension isn’t the only place you can have a skylight! You can place one:

Over staircases.

On 1st-floor hallways

And over light shafts

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

Strip skylight on 1st-floor terrace

(look at effect of strip skylight bringing light behind piano)

XUL office, bringing in light to the office space in the basement

Exterior glass louvres over basement courtyard

From inside, bright basement with external courtyard to the front of the property. Glass louvres provide light and natural ventilation

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.

Light is brought into the kitchen and everyday dining by perforating the wall. Glass shelves allow the light through

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.

The Lived-In Look

Breakfast Room detail – Sir John Soane House, London

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.

Eliptical skylights

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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