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Choosing the right glazing to bring in more light

Sunlight in the morning helps to regulate your circadian clock and increases early-day cortisol release which influences your immune system, metabolism and increases focus throughout the day (Huberman Lab). Finding ways to increase the light in our homes is more than aesthetics, it can improve our mental and physical health – and who doesn’t want a home that helps them lead a better life?

What does natural light add to your home?

 

While it may feel like natural light is hard to come by here in the UK, exposure doesn’t entirely rely on blue skies meaning we can reap benefits even when the sky is grey – it just takes a little longer. When incorporating the outdoors into a home, it becomes easier than ever to see a positive impact from exposure to natural light – without even trying.

Natural light doesn’t only bring about a boost to your productivity and energy levels, but it can increase the value of a home. The use of natural light to make a space look bigger and more open can result in a higher market value, with 30% of British buyers reporting the willingness to spend more on a home with lots of windows or natural light (Tapi).

How to make the right glazing choices with increased light in mind

There are multiple options available to those looking to increase natural light in their homes. Frameless glass systems allow light to flood rooms while creating almost panoramic views of the outdoors. And minimalistic sliding and pivot doors can support the creation of a deeply connected space, blending the indoors and outdoors.

A Fluid Glass favourite for connecting indoors and outdoors is incorporating a glass box extension into your home. This design element allows uninterrupted views of the sky and gardens, increases indoor space and maximises connection to the surrounding environment.

As pictured above, glass beams and slender frame sliding doors help achieve a seamless aesthetic experience that enhances both aesthetics and functionality, by:

    1. Creating an abundance of natural light: The extensive use of glass ensures that natural light floods the interior, creating a bright and inviting atmosphere. This not only reduces the need for artificial lighting during the day but also enhances the overall ambience of your living space.
    2. Increasing connection to nature: By offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, you’ll feel more connected to nature throughout the year. Whether you’re enjoying the vibrant colours of spring, the lush greens of summer, or the serene beauty of a winter garden, a glass box extension offers an ever-changing tableau of natural beauty.
    3. Creating a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces: The slender frame sliding glass doors provide an effortless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces. During warm months, you can open these doors wide to allow fresh air to flow freely, effectively merging your interior and exterior living areas. This versatility offers a sense of freedom and flexibility in how you use your space.
    4. Bringing architectural elegance to your home: Glass beams and sleek frames add a touch of modern sophistication to your home’s design. The clean lines and minimalist aesthetic contribute to a timeless and contemporary look that complements a variety of architectural styles.
    5. Increasing energy efficiency: While it may seem counterintuitive, a well-designed glass box extension can also enhance energy efficiency. High-quality glazing, insulated glass, and careful construction can ensure that your space remains comfortable year-round, with minimal energy loss.

When using glazing in your space, you may also want to consider:

    • Using solar control coatings in order to protect highly glazed spaces from overheating under direct sunlight.
    • Enhancing thermal efficiency by opting for double or triple glazing with low-emissivity (low-E) coatings and utilising thermally broken frames and a well-executed installation.
    • Blending indoor/outdoor living with seamless transitions by using hidden, under-the-floor tracks in systems like the Fluid Glass Minimalistic Sliding Window.

Need support choosing the right glazing option for your project? Get in touch with our experienced and talented specialists today to discuss your plans.