Light, spacious and airy living environments always seem to have a therapeutic effect, lifting our spirits and transforming our mood, just like a fantastic view from a window or a bright sunny morning. We have a natural human desire for the changes brought about by the seasons, the weather and the time of day and these sensory stimuli contribute to our general feeling of well being and happiness. For this reason, introducing as much natural light into your home as you can will improve your well-being.
The controlled use of natural lighting in architectural design, often referred to as daylighting, can reduce or eliminate the need for electric lighting in a working area or living environment. Clever design can offer considerable savings in energy costs whilst reducing carbon emissions and our individual carbon footprint. The most obvious method for daylighting in architectural design is via windows and doors but, in period properties in particular, the scope for alteration may be limited by design or planning restrictions.
However, there are clever alternatives available such as clerestories, skylights, light tubes, roof lanterns and bi-folding doors that can offer solutions for both restoration projects as well as new construction.
Continue reading about ways to introduce and maximise the use of natural light in your home, in our recent article published in Country Life