Winter is almost upon us. So now’s the time, in the interests of your family’s health and lifestyle, to let us light up your lives and give your home a new lease of light.
Once, this house was dark, dingy and full of mould. Small rooms with small windows and solid walls shut out the sun and the outside world. Then the owners saw the light. Their brief to their designer: Open up our home to give it more light and a greater sense of space while at the same time making it more comfortable and energy efficient.
The solution? Install floor-to-ceiling glass at one end of the building with double glazing to let in the sun but not the cold. Take out unnecessary walls or use glass panels in walls to open up the whole space. Paint the walls and ceilings white and use pale-coloured flooring and furnishings to make the home seem even larger and lighter. Install a central gas fireplace to heat everything evenly and efficiently.
If you’re not a fan of stark white interiors, you can always mix and match white with rich neutral colours such as brown and tan to add some warmth without making your décor look dark and heavy.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who has the fairest living room of all? You will, if you use mirrors to brighten up your home and give the illusion of spaciousness.
Where it’s not possible or practical to add bigger windows to your home, or where there may be privacy issues, skylights can be the ideal solution. You can choose double glazing to let in the light without letting in the cold. You can also open them up to air the room without compromising your home’s security and use retractable screens or blinds to control the amount of light coming through.
New Zealand’s climate means that outdoor decks and patios can only be used for part of the year, which is why more and more homeowners are opting for conservatories. This one has been used not only to bring more light into the home and create a feeling of oneness with nature, but also to extend an existing living and dining area. Many modern conservatories give you the option of opening up the doors and windows to make the most of warm, sunny weather.
For expert advice on the best way to brighten up your winter, add value to your home and save on energy costs, take advantage of a free initial consultation with your local Pzazz Building owner.