It’s Summer and there is nothing nicer than throwing open the doors and windows to the garden letting in a warm breeze and dappled light. I’m lucky that I have French doors but I don’t like their design, the frames are dark and PVC as are all my window frames. The light reduction it causes due to heavy frames is quite remarkable. We replaced both our entrance doors last year for bespoke alternatives and it has made a huge difference to the light in the hallway and kitchen.
We dream of self building one day, creating a contemporary light filled home with large floor to ceiling windows, open spaces leading from room to room letting in maximum light but with all the right green credentials making the house self sufficient when it comes to energy saving.
For now that is still a long way off so we are considering updating our nasty frames for better version to maximise the light and stop the heat escaping. Maybe a side extension to create more precious space off the kitchen with skylights to focus the light over that specific area. It’s remarkable what choice you have today when it comes to updating your windows, Roofwindows.co.uk are a super place to start with a huge range of innovative well priced windows by Solstro to choose from with an excellent advice service on hand so you make the correct decision.
Another great way of maximising light in a small dark space is internal glazing, replacing heavy wooden doors with glass ones, if privacy is an issue frosted window film is a great alternative than etched glass. Painting your walls in paler colour tones helps lift the space, placing mirrors opposite a window also bounces light perfectly. Even down to choosing lightweight fabrics rather than heavy drapes when dressing your windows or maybe if you are lucky and not overlooked perhaps no curtains at all.
For now I shall keep saving to replace my brown PVC horrors and keep dreaming of my white, bright contemporary house with floor to ceiling windows!