Creative ways to add more light, style & value to your terraced home
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Terraced houses can get very dark and gloomy with light only filtering through windows at the front and back of the property. Here are 10 clever ways to add more daylight to your home and brighten even those central, shadowy corners with natural light.
1. Glazed internal doors
Don't block natural light with solid lounge and kitchen doors.
This design may cost a little more but it will be worth it for the natural light you'll enjoy all year round. Even better, add glazing around your doors too. Not only will they turn a dull door into a great feature, you'll get more light flowing through your living space.
2. Internal windows
Replace bricks with glass. An internal window will instantly brighten up internal space as well as adding the WOW factor.
3. Break down your stairs
Open stair treads and glass balustrades, as shown below, will let light flow from your hallway and landing windows into the centre of your home. They can also create attractive shadows and strips of light across the walls and floor.
Contemporary Family & Games Room by London Architects & Building Designers mb design studio
4. Transparent stairs
For an ultra-contemporary design and brighter finish, install glass stair treads.
There are strict Building Regulations (see the Planning Portal's Approved Document K) when it comes to stair design, so make sure your bespoke stairs comply.
5. Install a skylight
Windows installed above add up to 3 times more light than vertical windows.
Some hallways aren't blessed with any natural light at all. Could you remove the ceiling at the top of your stairs and add a VELUX skylight instead? This will instantly brighten your home as well as creating a bright, spacious entrance.
6. A tunnel of light
Sun tunnels (solar tubes) are highly reflective tubes that start on your rooftop and finish in your room's ceiling.
You can get rigid tubes for shorter distances and flexible tubes if you have obstructions such as a water tank. Sun tunnels are ideal for hallways and landings, as well as dark internal rooms that have little or no natural light. They are a pocket friendly solution that won't disrupt your home, whilst giving your home a surprising amount of daylight.
7. Remove the hall wall
Less wall means less obstruction to the sun's rays.
Not only will removing a wall help light your living area more effectively, the open-plan design will also make the whole floor feel larger.
8. Extend sideways
Most Victorian terraced homes were built with a side return – a passageway that leads from a door in the kitchen up the side of the house to the backyard. This valuable space allows you to add more space and glazing, as well as value, to your home.
10. Mirror, mirror on the wall...
...Reflect some daylight on it all
OK, I'm never going to be a poet but I can state the obvious: Mirrors reflect daylight.
Place mirrors and other reflective surfaces opposite the main sources of light to bounce it further around your living space.
If you have any questions about how we can help you add more natural light to your home, please get in touch.