Your Ideal Loft Conversion - How To Use Natural Light

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Part 3 Of Our 8 Part Guide To Your Ideal Loft Conversion – How To Use Natural Light To Create An Amazing Space

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Top of the ‘must have’ list for most homeowners is natural light. It is the key to a bright and spacious looking room but also to a happy and healthy life. If you want to give your loft conversion the wow factor, flooding the space with natural light is a great way to do it. Jeffery and Wilkes are London’s leading loft conversion specialists.

The first place to start bringing in natural light is, of course, through the windows but there is a lot of natural light to be gained elsewhere. Maximise potential sources such as doorways and stairwells, and use light and reflective surfaces to help bounce available light around the space. If your loft is tight on space, the lighter the room the bigger and more spacious it will seem.

Rooftop Windows

Roof or rooftop windows (commonly known as velux windows) let in twice as much light as normal windows and three times as much as dormer windows. They will also help with ventilation. A great choice for any loft extension.

The window’s orientation towards the sun will make a difference too. In most cases, a north facing window will diffuse light and remain stable throughout the day but an east, south or west facing window will provide direct sunlight at some point of the day: the quality will vary depending on where the sun is facing.

If you’re making this space into a bedroom, you might want to consider blackout blinds or shutters to keep the room dark at night and early in the morning. If you really fancy adding the wow factor, why not make these blackout blinds motorised so they open automatically when your morning alarm goes off.

Dormer Windows versus Juliette Balconies

Dormers can be useful in creating more space, which is why they’re a common addition to many loft conversions. But do you choose large dormer windows, or install Juilette French doors? Dormer windows certainly provide some natural light and a view and also allow you space to install a radiator or dressing table underneath. But an inward opening Juliette balcony is what really creates the wow factor. However it does mean that radiators and dressing tables need another wall to be sited on, which may compromise available space.

Glass Balconies

If you do choose Juliette doors and want to maximise light then glass balconies make a huge difference. The alternative is decorative steel railings which may be more suitable for traditional Victorian houses, but if you want a contemporary feel then a glass balcony is a must.

Top of the ‘must have’ list for most homeowners is natural light. It is the key to a bright and spacious looking room but also to a happy and healthy life. If you want to give your loft conversion the wow factor, flooding the space with natural light is a great way to do it.

The first place to start bringing in natural light is, of course, through the windows but there is a lot of natural light to be gained elsewhere. Maximise potential sources such as doorways and stairwells, and use light and reflective surfaces to help bounce available light around the space. If your loft is tight on space, the lighter the room the bigger and more spacious it will seem.

Floor to Ceiling Windows

These can be a great addition at the top of a loft staircase to flood light down the hallway. Bear in mind these windows will need to have special toughened glazing and building control may also require these windows to have a railing on the outside (even though the window may not open).

Roof Lanterns & Flat Roof Windows

A roof lantern is a triangular shaped pod that extends from the roof of your loft extension. These work particularly well on flat roofs and gives them a triangular roof shape. The bigger the better with a roof lantern, as they bring in a lot of light and create beautiful spaces that bring the outside inside

These lanterns are normally only suitable on roofs with a very high pitch as the top part of the lantern cannot extend higher than the highest point of the roof. If you do not have the room for a pitched lantern, then a flat roof window can be used, which still floods a huge amount of light into the room.

You can get custom made electric shutters and blinds fitted so you can easily clean around them and change light levels to your needs. You can even add them to a home automation system and control them from your phone

Join us again for part 4 of our 8 part guide to your loft conversion – Loft staircases and which type is right for you