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Bring some daylight into your home

As discussed before; daylight is by far the best light source. It is free, sustainable and can give a sense of energy and well-being. This article deals with windows being the most important access point to daylight in your home. Windows and their patterns dictate the look of a building in terms of the placement, sizing and other issues.

Windows may be placed flush with a wall to make them integrate as a single whole with the non-transparent portions of the wall. Alternatively, they may extend out from a wall-asserting their dominance. Recessing windows into a wall allows exterior space to penetrate the building, and emphasises the solidity of the wall.

Small windows feel cosy or confining. In addition to admitting a lot of natural light, large windows give an exciting and spacious feeling. They can help to make a space feel larger, by extending the space you perceive beyond the edge of the room.

Windows can be used to frame a specific view. When placing windows, consider what the view from the window will be, and adjust the exact placement and size to bring attention and focus to what you have decided to frame.

In addition to bringing attention to specific elements, you can control where spaces do and do not connect with the outside world by blocking specific views. Like large windows, corner windows can also help to expand space by extending inside to outside.

Clerestory windows, placed at ceiling level around the edge of the room are very effective ways of bringing natural light into a room without sacrificing privacy. They result in an enclosed feeling space, while giving a hint of the world outside. A window seat is a great way to create an enclosed, personal space at the edge of a larger common space. Not only does this allow one to occupy a personal space while remaining connected to the goings on in the room, but it can also create a. place of refuge.

Light shelves can increase daylight penetration into a building from the typical 1.5x the height of the top of the windows up to 2.5x. Light shelves are surfaces with reflector upper sides, located near the top of windows. They allow light to penetrate further into a building by reflecting some of the light onto the ceiling, which in turn reflects the light further back into the room. Extending enclosure plains- walls, ceilings floor-beyond a window helps to dissolve the boundary between indoors and outdoors. This also helps extend the psychological space.