For many of us, creating our dream home includes building an extension. According to a recent survey, the number of homeowners deciding to renovate their homes rather than move has increased considerably. Many homeowners contemplate moving home if they need a bit of extra space, but sometimes this isn’t an option. High prices, stamp duty and a lack of available stock can stop you from moving up on the property ladder. If you like the location, the neighbours and your home itself, building out rather than moving might just make more sense.
As well as providing the extra space, maximising daylight should be high on the priority list. It may not be possible to add windows to a side extension, but roof windows would fill your new space with light. Your new extension will add space to your home, but nobody wants space that’s dark and uninviting.
These are my top 3 tips for creating a light filled extension.
1. Let there be Light!
Natural light is essential for wellbeing. Roof lights are the best way to increase natural light in your single story extension or loft conversion. Velux has a great selection of different roof windows to help maximise daylight and accessories to help maintain a comfortable indoor climate, including blinds and a variety different glazing options. On top of filling your home with natural light, VELUX roof windows can also help you control the temperature of your room, letting in fresh air on a hot summer’s day. Have a look on Velux for your project inspiration.
No wonder Tess and Luke won the Block with this amazing room!!
2. Use White!
The Scandis are experts on making most of the available daylight. When half of the year is spent without much light you learn to use every trick in the book to maximise it – like using white paint to coat your walls and ceilings. This will help light reflect within the space and make it feel bright and airy.
3. Smart Interior Design
As well as considering the number of windows and their location, a number of other interior design tricks can really make a difference. Good quality lighting such as table, wall and floor lamps help create warmth around the room, while mirrors can be used to bounce the light across the space. Opting for furniture and appliances in lighter colours or wood and laying shiny tiles and surfaces can help to add light, but I personally prefer a matte finish as I find that shiny things on large surfaces can look quite cold and clinical.