June 27, 2014
How to bring more natural light into your home
The indoor environment of a home or business can really be benefited if the building increases its use of natural lighting. Natural lighting is the utilization of the Sun’s light to provide illumination in a building over the use of electrical lights. There are many psychological and physical benefits to natural lighting. One is that using natural light will reduce home and building energy bills thanks to the building using less electrical lighting. Second, natural lighting is physically beneficial to the human body. The human eye reacts negatively to artificial light, while natural lightning relaxes the human eye. The human body also reacts positively to natural lightning by producing Vitamin D from the light’s contact with the skin and improving a person’s brain chemistry. This can help a person feel better physically and help their mind focus better. Finally, natural lightning is more aesthetically pleasing. Psychologically, people are more attracted to natural lightning than an artificial light source. With that mind, here are ways to bring more natural lightning into a home.
Glass On the Door
The doors that are across the home can have everything from small to large glass windows on them. This is especially useful for the front and back door of a home. By having glass placed on the door, some natural lightning can come into the area. Such an aesthetic choice can really help to add extra light to a home or building beyond the windows.
Transoms and Sidelights
Many homeowners may not want to have the main door to have glass on them. To keep that aesthetic and personal choice, many architects helped develop transoms and sidelights. Transoms are horizontal glass frames that are laid across the top of the door. Sidelights are vertical glass frames that are laid on the left and right sides of a door. With this design, the door will not have glass on it, but there will be windows on top or to the sides of the door. This will help bring in light near the door entrances of the home.
Patio Door and Light
If the homeowner has a patio, there are a number of door options that can be put in that will saturate the house with natural lightning. A Sliding door, garden door, and terrace door employ full door-size glass windows that will let it an incredible amount of light into the room connecting to the patio.
Add Style to the Glass
Direct natural lightning is great, but often many homeowners may become bored by just simple sunlight entering the house. That is why they may not invest in many custom windows or glass across the home. If, however, the homeowner purchases and uses decorative glass across parts of the home, then not only will natural lightning come in, it will come in with lively colors and textures reflected across the home.
Picture windows, also known as fixed windows, are none opening windows that can be installed across a house. They are built to supply a window to look outside and to have well-lit grill or cam option to hold decorations and other items to improve the interior décor. In addition, these picture windows will allow natural light to come into the house.
Homeowners that want to lighten up their property can utilize a number of strategies to take in natural lighting. With different window and glass display options, its important to consult the experts over at TriCounty Exteriors. Our work over the last two decades has given our team the best insights to utilizing natural lighting for any type of home. We can help any homeowner with window replacement, windowm placement, and door options that can enhance a home’s natural lighting. Contact us today at www.tricountyexteriors.com.
June 20, 2014
Stunning Quebec Contemporary
This stunning home in the Gatineau Hills district of greater Ottawa, Quebec, uses an array of Marvin contemporary products to achieve a beautiful balance between modern and natural. This home embraces its earthy surroundings while opening the door to a contemporary aesthetic. The facade of reclaimed wood on the upper level, white cement board lining the lower, and large expanses of floor to ceiling windows throughout are the perfect package for this chic forest home.
The unique and beautiful site, on a hill in the woods, called for a home that brings the natural surroundings indoors. The open ground floor, with its interconnected spaces and floor to ceiling windows, allows sunlight to flow through uninterrupted, showcasing the beauty of the natural light as it varies throughout the day and by season.
Marvin’s floor to ceiling windows invite the ever changing landscape of trees and mountains indoors. And from the exterior, the vertical windows lead the eye upward, loosely echoing the vertical lines of the surrounding trees.
The large windows and minimal frames allowed the architect to effectively frame unique views of the beautiful Gatineau hills without distracting from them. Further, the windows on the second floor, where the bedrooms are located, are tinted for added privacy. Marvin’s wide selection of window frame colours allowed the designer to further define this home’s contrasting exterior palette. White window frames were used for the ground floor and black for the second floor.
Marvin products used in this amazing home include the Bi-Fold Door, Sliding Patio Door, Tilt Turn and Hopper, Ultimate Awning and Ultimate Swinging French Door.
Staff Writer (June 2, 2014) Stunning Quebec Contemporary. Retrieved on June 3, 2014 from Marvin.com.