Custom Home Construction and Remodelling Tips
While skylights are traditionally common in bathrooms or attic spaces, the eco-friendly nature and special lighting benefits can be a welcome addition to any space in your home. Consider how a skylight installation could add to the design and feel of your kitchen, bedroom, or bathroom.
In every home, the kitchen requires lighting that delicately balances ambiance with utility. This means that while you want your kitchen to be a central showpiece of your home, it’s important not to forget that the light needs to serve the tasks and functions that take place in the space. Skylights in a kitchen will help to cut down on the amount of artificial light installations needed to bring light into the room. Natural light is double-purposed for ambiance and utility – but should be used in combination with artificial lighting design. Think carefully about placement. Install skylights above spaces that need or would benefit from the most natural light, such as islands, seating areas, or workspaces ensure that there is a direct stream of light during the daytime. But consider using pendants, or pot lights with dimmers to replicate the same amount of light after sunset.
Wondering how to incorporate your particular style and flair for design? Skylights can be totally customized for shape and style – it starts with the ceiling. Modern asymmetrical shapes, slants or slopes, and heights will affect the overall affect (and character) of your skylight. When it comes to skylight or sun tunnel design, the sky really is the limit!
Skylights are perhaps most commonly built into plans for bathrooms. Perhaps the number one reason this tends to be the case, historically, is because they give the same lighting benefits as a window, without the pesky privacy concerns. Windows are often ideal in theory, but need to be very strategically placed in bathrooms (for obvious reasons). The placement of skylights can be slightly more accommodating, for example, over the shower, bathtub, vanity or counter.
Typically, the bath or spa areas of your home are not the largest spaces, so perhaps another good reasons to consider a skylight, is to create the illusion of space. Bringing in natural light, and adding height to your ceilings by opening up to the sky, will add to the overall spatial affect without changing the square footage.
As seasons change, we all look for ways to bring in natural light – particularly to the room where you want to feel the most calm, retreat and warmth. A bedroom skylight provides two main benefits: aesthetic and practicality.
It’s important to consider a skylight for practical use as well. For example, think about the amount of direct sunlight throughout the day and how it might affect the insulation of your home during all-seasons. It might be a good idea to plan for tinted skylights, or custom shutter systems.
Natural sunlight can also affect your energy bills in a positive way. Skylights or sun tunnels will bring significant warmth into any space – a fantastic bonus for those looking for eco-friendly, green or energy saving home renovation, or new build solutions.