by Linda Mazur | Who doesn’t like to have maximum light in their home? Not only does this enhance the aesthetics of your space, it makes us feel better to see the great morning sunshine. But
let’s face it, we all have those dark and shady areas of our home — the space over our staircase, or a bathroom perhaps, where light struggles to reach. If this is your situation then why not consider adding a skylight to these darker areas of your home, and let the sun shine in.
Skylights, or solar tubes if you lack the space, are a wonderful way to increase the brightness and even the health of your home. This a way to introduce more natural light into a room, but it also helps your home to ventilate or “breathe” better. Windows are designed to circulate air throughout a room, however hot air rises, and so will any toxins or pollutants. There are many skylights on the market now that are designed to pop open and allow your home to breathe better.
As a designer, one company that I turn to for all the skylights and solar tubes we install is Velux Canada. Not only do they manufacture quality products, they are at the forefront of the industry with great designs and technology. With the stigma that skylights always leak, in 2010 they launched the “No Leak Skylight” that offers a “no leak, no worries” promise; one of many leading products they have developed to enhance the design of your home.
Plan well and be aware of the finished outcome of installing a skylight or solar tube. A skylight is not a window, the two are not interchangeable. A window is designed to catch the low-angled rays of the sun in the winter and limits the glare of the high-angled sun in the summer; however a skylight tends to do the opposite so consider this factor when deciding on location.
Think about how the sun moves throughout the day. Skylights positioned on a sloping roof facing north will diffuse light for you all day, where one situated on a southern sloping roof can have a tendency to overheat rooms. Also remember that any furniture, flooring or fabrics may become sun bleached from constant direct sunlight. To regulate this you may want to consider a skylight
that has a built-in blind.
Select appropriately for your space in order to maximize the design aesthetics. Just as a large skylight in a very small bathroom may look out of place, so will a single small skylight on a vast sloping ceiling in a family room or kitchen. Skylights come in varying sizes, therefore if you have a large ceiling consider adding more than one skylight for visual appeal. However, for tighter, more confined spaces the tubular option may be the way to go.
Whatever you end up deciding, I think we can all agree that a skylight, or solar tube, can be a wonderful feature in your home. They add an architectural element and create an airy feeling as the ceiling no longer appears as an uninteresting solid block. So let the sun shine in and consider creating a warm and cheery atmosphere in your home … make the addition of a skylight part of your next home renovation!
LINDA MAZUR is the Principal Designer of Linda Mazur Design Group. With over a decade of experience this sought out multi-disciplinary interior design firm is known for providing innovative interior renovations and full scale build projects that reflect both timeless style and optimal functionality. The firm services Toronto, GTA and surrounding areas. lindamazurdesign.com @LindaMazur Group