When planning any build, it is important to maximise the use of available light. This needs to be an integral part of the planning process, taking into account the use and placement of windows, doors and skylights, alongside the design of the internal layout.
Below we explore the benefits of natural light, how to build for maximum natural light and why it's important to make the space work for you.
The Benefits Of Natural Light
Why is natural light such an important factor in the build design process? Homes that are flooded with natural light help to create a sense of comfort and wellbeing. It also helps with our circadian rhythms, enabling us to sleep better, which has a direct impact on productivity. Another huge benefit is that when your home is flooded with natural light, you will see a reduction in your energy bills.
Build To Face The Light
When designing your new build, it is important that you identify the rooms that you want to be flooded with natural light, such as the kitchen and living room, and those rooms which are of less importance such as the laundry room. It's also important to know when you want each room to be flooded with light. For example, if you want a well-lit kitchen for bright and cheery breakfasts and lunches, ensure this is east facing.
Windows, Doors And Skylights
A huge factor in the design process is that of the placement, style and size of windows, doors, roof lights and skylights. Large panes of glass incorporated in tall windows, wide patio doors, or as a wall can all allow the light to flood in. Skylights are a good option for some rooms, so if you want to optimise roof space in your new build, add a skylight.
Make The Space Work For You
Finally, it is very important that you make the space and design work for you and your family's needs. Ensure that your house is flooded with natural light when you will be at home. Why not add a glass wall to flood the rear of your property in the mornings, or perhaps you would prefer the living room to be lit first thing? Whatever your preference, make sure that the building design works for you.
Here at BDS Architecture, we work with you to create your perfect home - we know how to build to maximise that natural light. We are able to draw up plans and then build according to your needs, so if you would like to know more about how we can help you with your new build, please do get in touch with us today.
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