With home renovations on a steady and constant increase, the question always surfaces about how best to spend your renovation dollars. We all set budgets when planning to renovate, however it is seemingly apparent that the “wish-list” or better yet the “want-list” has grown while the budget has not; making it increasingly important to stretch the renovation dollars and ensure a solid return on your investment. While it’s true that kitchen and bathroom renovations, as well as “curb appeal” will yield a good return on your investments; you should not discount the importance of natural light in your home. Maximizing light in our homes is the goal for most of us, not only does it enhance the aesthetics of your space, it increases the homes resale value and quite simply … it also makes us feel better to see the great morning sunshine. We love the look and feel of an entire wall of windows that let’s in beautiful rays of light and a fresh breeze however, windows are not the only means of natural light for our homes this is one of the reasons you should consider adding a skylight to your home renovation.
We all have those areas of our home, the space over our staircase, or a bathroom perhaps, where light struggles to reach. Or perhaps you’ve been considering turning your attic in to a third floor living space. Whatever your particular situation is, consider adding a skylight or sun tunnel to these darker areas of your home, and let the sunshine in.
Skylights or sun tunnels, if you lack space, are a wonderful way to improve the brightness and as well as the health of your home. However, the added benefit of a skylight over a sun tunnel is that it allows you to introduce not only more natural light into a room, but it also helps your home to ventilate and “breathe” better. Yes, windows are without a doubt, designed to let in the natural light and circulate air throughout a room; however hot air rises, and so will any toxins or pollutants in your home. Incorporating skylights into your home will improve the air quality of your home … and the vast amount of added natural light is sure to be a wonderful benefit.
To maximize the benefits and design aesthetics of skylights in your home you need to consider a few important details; the first being the placement of your skylights. A skylight is not a window, though some often think the two are interchangeable. Windows are designed to limit the glare of high-angled sun in the summer and to catch the low-angled rays of sun in the winter. Skylights tend to do the opposite, so it is rather important to consider the placement of the skylights on your roof as well as the orientation of the sun around your house. Though we desire maximum natural light, you may also want to consider the option of VELUX blinds to preserve your furniture and flooring. Also, to be considered is the selection of appropriate skylights for your space in order to ensure this design feature is maximizing its full potential on the interior of your home; be it the size, style or operation method, yes skylights open, understanding the options will help ensure wise design choices.
In the end, whatever you decide I’m sure we can all agree that skylights are a wonderful design feature for many spaces. They add an architectural element to your room while creating an airier feeling of bringing the outdoors in. Create a warm and cheery atmosphere for yourself and add a burst of great natural light to your home by incorporating skylights as part of your next home renovation!
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