Natural light is fundamental to our wellbeing, and when you want to bring more into your home there are a surprising number of alternative options to check out. We’ve taken a look at some of the choices.
It’s worth checking with your local authority to ensure you have permission to add new windows to your house. You will need permission to add any new fully transparent (ie; not frosted or obscure-glazed) side-facing first floor windows. This is to protect the privacy of your neighbours.
Connect your living space to your garden and let in the light; with a bi-fold door you can potentially open up a whole wall. Bi-fold doors are connected, sliding door panels that concertina neatly together (usually they fold on the outside of a property, to prevent encroaching on the internal space). They can also feature a standard door at one end to enable you to step in or out without unfolding several panels. Costs vary depending on the size and material the door frames are constructed from (uPVC generally being cheapest, and aluminium most expensive). We suggest budgeting £500 per square meter. Also consider blinds or treatments to shade the windows in the evening.
sliding doors (or standard patio doors)
As you’d imagine, sliding doors slide side-to-side, with one panel neatly running behind the other. They are fitted to the outside of your room, and won’t fully open up the window space (or the whole wall). However, they can be hidden inside a wall cavity, to create a large open space that isn’t obstructed by any door panels. The larger panes of glass are less obstructed by frame lines when the door is shut, and they don’t require any space to open up (inside or outside of the room). As with bi-fold doors, costs depend on materials and size but we suggest budgeting £600 per square meter – plus costs for blinds or treatments.
Skylights install into both pitched and flat roofs to let light in throughout the day. These can be Velux style windows set into your roof or raised glass lanterns containing windows that open, or fixed glazed panels. The latter can create a very attractive architectural feature on your home.
This fixed window cannot be opened and serves the purpose of framing a beautiful vista or brightening a small area, such as a stairwell. These windows can be supplied in many shapes and sizes whilst the absence of mechanical parts or features such as sashes makes them low maintenance, easy to clean and completely airtight.
light tubes (also called sun tunnels or sun pipes)
A strategically positioned dome channels sunlight from the roof, through a reflective tube and into your home via a ceiling diffuser – often with dramatic effect. This is a versatile option for lighting hard-to-reach spaces and can deliver other benefits including relatively fast and easy installation, thermal efficiency and low maintenance.
Last but not least, glass can be added to internal and external doors to let more light through. Frosted, obscure-glazed glass or mirrored doors are a great way to introduce light without sacrificing privacy.
so, when you need more light …
There are plenty of options to consider. Watch out for our forthcoming blogs for greater detail on planning permission, design and other considerations surrounding the above options. In the meantime though, give us a nudge on 01132432934 if you have a vision that we can turn into a reality!