A loft conversion is an excellent opportunity for you to create a space in your home which is filled with natural light, as your roof will be exposed to sunlight both morning and afternoon. Many of our clients mention this as one of their most desired features when speaking to our architects and design consultants, and there are many ways to accomplish this. But while many people probably prefer natural light over artificial light for aesthetic reasons, did you know having more sunlight in your home can improve your health?
Natural light has several benefits for your physical and mental wellbeing. You may have heard of seasonal affective disorder, where people experience depression during the winter due to the short days and overcast skies. But did you know that this also affects people who spend too much time indoors without exposure to sunlight? Natural light improves your mood and your productivity, making a well lit loft conversion an ideal location for your home office.
Another key benefit of natural light, especially relevant for those of us who spend long hours working at a desk, is its effect on our eyes. Recent research suggest that exposure to the sun actually improves eye-health, as long as you don’t look directly at it, that is!
Spending more time in well lit rooms could also help you sleep better at night. Artificial lighting has an effect on how our body produces melatonin, the chemical that influences our sleep. We evolved to wake up at sunrise and go to sleep at sundown. While that may not be practical for our 21st century lives, minimising your exposure to artificial lights can certainly help your body know when it’s time to rest.
If you’re looking to add a room to your house which is bathed in sunlight throughout the day, then a loft conversion is a great option. Velux windows in particular are excellent for letting in as much natural light as possible. This is because they are built directly into your roof and as a result are orientated towards the sky. Build these windows into either side of your roof and the room will be exposed to direct sunlight morning and afternoon.
Another popular option for loft conversions is the addition of a Juliet balcony with French doors. This allows plenty of extra light and fresh air into your home. You can see an excellent example of this here. For parts of your house where normal windows aren’t practical, like hallways and bathrooms, we can install skylights to ensure no part of your loft conversion is left in darkness.
Loft conversions aren’t the only opportunity for you to let lots of light into your home. We worked on an extensive refurbishment project of a beautiful Georgian townhouse in East London which included an extraordinary kitchen extension. This extension featured a glass back wall facing the garden, a skylight in the roof, and special reinforced glass flooring which allows light to filter in from the second floor.
If you’re interested in converting your loft or extending your home, contact us to find out how we can create a stunning light-filled space in your property.
Landmark Lofts is part of the Landmark Group - the only group in London specialising in the project management of loft conversions, extensions and refurbishments to include a Chartered Building Company (CIOB), Chartered Architectural Practice (RIBA) and to be regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The Landmark Group specialises in the project management of loft conversions, extensions and refurbishments.