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Natural Light throughout the home

Ensuring a house has the right amount of light and ventilation is essential in good design. The amount of light a house should receive varies from house to house depending on location, orientation, surroundings and the time of year. If a house has too much light then it can over heat and subject the occupants to excessive glare. However utilising natural light can lead to substantial energy savings, a more enjoyable space and a feeling of greater space.

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The sketched diagram demonstrates sustainable methods that can be applied to a house to improve light and ventilation. Light can traverse though the levels of the property due to carefully located glazing. The open atrium also assists in maintaining a flow of air and controlling the temperature. The openings have also been formed and shutters implemented to ensure that the property remains light without overheating through the seasons.

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Project: Chiddingstone Street

Build: BTL Property

Design: BTL Property

Crittall doors have become increasingly popular nowadays. This industrial style looks great with both classic and contemporary interior designs.

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Project: Chipstead Street

Build: BTL Property

Slide & Pivot doors give more flexibility in the arrangement of the door panels as each panel operates individually. They also offer a slimmer frame than most bi-fold style doors.

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Project: Rowallan Road

Build: BTL Property

Design: BTL Property

Bi-fold doors also allow a lot of light to enter a building, however they generally have thicker frames when compared to other styles of door.

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Project: Trinity Road

Build: BTL Property

Design: ADE Architecture

A trend of locating the bath tub in a bedroom has become very popular. This modern style of en suite is not separated by walls but by a change in floor levels and a simple glass balustrade. The large opening divides the room between the bathroom and bedroom whilst maintaining a spacious feel.

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Project: Wandsworth Common Westside

Build: BTL Property

Design: Granit

Extra openings in the roof also assist in pulling light into a room, and helps to ensure that the space is well lit throughout the day as the sun travels overhead.

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Project: Broadgates Road

Build: BTL Property

Design: Granit

Interior design also plays a big role in a natural light diffusion. The right amount of light can optically increase the size of a small space.

Instead of building up unnecessary walls, turn your working space into an open plan workshop. The design above shows how you can play with the light and transform the passage into pleasant and bright place to work.

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Project: Munster Road

Build: BTL Property

Another idea of introducing the light into the house is to create an atrium. Atriums have long been used to introduce light and ventilation. The combination of roof-lights, walk-on glass, atriums, wide doors and windows turns a narrow dark area surrounded into a bright space. The openings also play a role of providing interesting architectural features.

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Project: Hillier Road

Build: BTL Property

Design: Granit Architects

Slim framed doors, such as the sliding doors above, help to give the impression of an extended view into the open space by linking the internal and external space and maximising the clear surface for sunlight.

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Project: Roland Gardens

Build: BTL Property

Light into a basement is essential to ensure that it feels part of the home above, and not a separate addition that is dark and unwelcoming. Large glass doors to a light well can give the illusion of open space and help enhance the overall feel of the basement.

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Glazed double doors with a Juliet balcony are very popular in lofts or upper levels as they maximise the amount of light and air flow.

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Interior glazing allows internal light to be shared between adjacent rooms. These internal doors with their semi-transparent material help to divide the space but also allow light to travel from one room to another.

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A Turnable Corner door system can completely change the dynamic of a room by opening up the space with a completely different angle. These doors also reduce the amount of frame required therefore giving a clearer view to the landscape beyond. The Turnable Corner system has been developed to optimise space by using a roller principle which completely frees up the glazed components. This major architectural solution frees up surface and corner space by enabling the panes to be stored in a dedicated area.

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Access onto a roof terrace can sometimes be difficult to achieve due to planning regulations and height restrictions. However, innovative glass hatch/doors can be used to great effect. These can also be fitted with rain sensors, external keypads and remote controls.

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A ridge rooflight flows seamlessly with the apex of the pitched roof. It is a great alternative to a regular roof light. The big opening forms the classic shape of a house with a modern touch.



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