Architect Bournemouth

The importance of natural light by Hannah Austin

Natural light is one of the key features that people look for in a home. It can make a space feel larger, lighter, brighter and more welcoming. It is seen as such an important feature that the Royal Institute of British Architects launched a campaign called Homewise that calls for a minimum standard of space and light within buildings.

But did you know that natural light has many benefits on your life including the following:

1.    Your health and well-being

Natural light is important for our immune system, it stimulates the body to produce vitamin D, helps us have healthier bones, regulates our circadian rhythm – the daily cycle of activity and sleep - and helps to stimulate positive moods. We also know that light is antibacterial and it makes us feel good. It encourages us to get outside and enjoy the fresh air.

2.    Eco credentials

Environmentally friendly designers put a lot of thought into how many windows a home should have and where they are placed. Maximising the amount of natural light that enters your home reduces the amount of energy you need to use to run the house. You don’t need to put as many lights on and it allows the sun to warm your rooms, reducing the need to use energy to do these things.

3.    Natural sunlight is economical

By allowing windows to let as much natural sunlight into your home as possible you can also save money and reduce your utility bills. If you design your home so that the rooms you use the most during the day receive the maximum light possible, you won’t have to flip your light switch until the sun sets. You will also be able to lower the thermostat by taking advantage of the solar heat.

 

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If you want to introduce more natural daylight into your home you can add new windows and skylights, have glass sliding doors or bi-folds to create a wall of daylight and convert solid doors to glazed doors.

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You can also introduce lighter colours to your walls to make dark spaces feel lighter and brighter as it reflects natural light rather than absorbing it, like darker colours do. Go for off-whites rather than brilliant whites as these can make a room feel cold. You can also paint the ceiling a couple of shades lighter than the walls to create the illusion of height and space.

 

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Going glossy on kitchen and bathroom surfaces can help to reflect the natural light around a room and using metallic, glass or mirrored accessorises can help to diffuse light and make the most of the light available.

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Floors can also be transformed to provide light reflecting qualities. Wood, ceramic or stone floors with a polished effect help to bounce light around a space much more than carpets. But if you do prefer carpets choosing light colours helps to open up the space.

 

If you have a dark space that you want transformed or you want to increase the brightness throughout your home get in touch with Abode at 07775 764867 or at teamabode@outlook.com and we can come and help to increase the light in your home so you can feel the benefits!

 

Small is beautiful by Hannah Austin

The more confined the space the more constructive and challenging the task. But don’t be fooled, size does not put limits on design, creativity and beauty!

At Abode we love the challenge of getting the most out of a building or room in someone’s home, regardless of the footprint. The amount of care and thought that is needed in a small space is often reflected in the final outcome where spaces can be flexible, bespoke and refined.

If you decide to downsize your life or if you want to live free of a large mortgage, it doesn’t have to be about sacrifice, if you have thoughtful, innovative design.

The ultimate test is to turn a small space into a comfortable living space that delivers what the family needs. And this is where the skills of an architect come to the fore, as they can provide innovative ways to make a small home amazingly well equipped.

The real luxury is in the details and this is where a small, yet well-designed home can have a big advantage. The benefit of compact living is that there is little wasted space, where you can get creative and keep the budget low on the overall build, which allows you to invest in small touches of luxury throughout.

Interiors………

There are also many tricks that can be employed from an interiors perspective to make a smaller space seem large.

Floor to ceiling, multi-aspect windows, that let in plenty of natural light and an open floor plan allows the home to feel and look spacious.

A strong sense of indoor/outdoor flow also allows spaces to be expanded into the garden, when the weather permits! to make the house feel larger than it physically is.

Using neutral, natural hues helps to reflect light to help a space appear bigger and a minimalist approach to furniture and décor helps to create a clutter free effect. Storage, storage, storage helps to make use of every square inch and mirrors are a well-known trick to increase the size of a space.

If you would like to have your small space redesigned to work better for you and your family get in touch with Abode at www.teamabode.co.uk, teamabode@outlook.com or on 07775 764867.