The latest trend in
remodeling is daylighting—the use of glass-intensive
designs to draw in more natural light. Opening the home
to the maximize amount of natural light available
creates a stronger, more visible bond with the
environment and can visibly stretch the space. It has
even been known to enhance emotions and moods.
skylights, roof windows and sunrooms are key
elements in any modern home. In fact, they are a mark of
modern architecture. The number of windows per home has
increased from an average of 8.6 to 15.5 in the last
decade alone, and skylight numbers have grown too. Not
only are homeowners requesting more windows, the windows
they are getting bigger - replacement windows that fit
the same size opening contain eight to ten percent more
glass than windows of the past.
The desire for more light and airier spaces is not new,
however. Daylighting started with the Victorian homes
which used windows as a design element. Frank Lloyd
Wright also was fond of daylighting. He was noted for
having said, "The best way to light a home is God's
Once windows became energy-efficient, architects and
designers took Wright's advice to heart and made windows
the feature point of nearly every new home built. Now
that trend is crossing over into the remodeling
"As energy efficiency became the norm," says Schindler,
"windows became more decorative—something to look at,
not just through. The main reasons for purchasing
windows today are beauty and aesthetics, not energy
There is a resurgence of traditional window designs:
prairie grids, leaded designs, bows, bays, and unusual
shapes such as half circles, Palladian styles,
arch-tops, eyebrows and more. Designers can create light
patterns and moods by the windows they choose and how
they place them. Homeowners today want a variety of
light patterns, from the traditional vertical windows to
the diagonal light gained through skylights and roof
"Roof windows and
skylights admit 30 percent more light, and offer
better light distribution and better views, than
traditional dormers, and are less costly to install,"
says Leslie Devore of Velux. "Another benefit of a
skylight or roof window is privacy. There are times when
a vertical window is not the best option. You may be
backed up to neighbors or may not have the wall space,
such as in a room tucked under the rafters."
If you decide to use a skylight, it should cover a
minimum of ten percent of the total square footage of
the room. You may want to cluster smaller skylights
together for maximum effect or install one large
The key to creating the best daylighting design is to
find a combination of vertical and diagonal light that
can create the right mood for your home. Another option
for bringing in the outdoors is to build a sunroom.
"Sunrooms are a creative way to add extra square
footage," says Esposito. "You can open your home and
draw more light into the home, while gaining living
space at the same time."
The most influential motivation behind this trend toward
more light-filled, open homes is most likely the
psychological and physiological benefits. Scientists
have proven that sunlight improves moods and production
levels in businesses. People work and live better in
settings with more natural light. It enhances moods,
improves our health and can boost energy up to 24
percent, according to scientific experts. A home with
maximum daylighting is the perfect retreat in this
with permission of (NARI) the National Association of
the Remodeling Industry.
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