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Planning a new home build can be incredibly exciting and rewarding, but it requires close attention to detail and a reliable, experienced custom home builder to guide you through the process. Maximize the interior beauty and the energy efficiency of your home by clever use of natural light.
When you plan your new home build around capitalizing on natural light, you can increase the aesthetic appeal of different areas throughout your new home while simultaneously cutting down on energy consumption.
Additionally, natural light offers substantial health benefits compared to artificial light, such improving mood and increasing energy levels.
Consider the plot of land where you intend to build. How much sun exposure does the area receive? How do you envision the orientation of your home? If possible, you should try to plan around placing your windows toward the east and west to capture as much natural light throughout the day as possible.
Your east-facing windows will capture the morning light, so placing your kitchen on the east-facing side of your home can be a great way to bring the morning light into your kitchen space to help you wake up more comfortably.
If your area experiences extreme temperatures during the summer and winter, remember that south-facing windows will draw in sunlight during the winter months but allow minimal sun penetration into your home during the summer. This is a great way to plan for winter heating and summer cooling with natural light.
By comparison, north-facing windows allow in even levels of natural light with virtually no unwanted heat gain during the summer months.
A skylight can make a room feel much bigger, opening up the space and allowing natural light into the room throughout the day. You’ll need to plan the skylight for the space correctly as the sunlight will shift throughout the day as the sun traces its path across the sky. This path will change throughout the year, but skylights are perfect for bouncing natural light through a room with brightly colored walls or reflective wall coatings like bathroom tile.
The more open your interior spaces are, the easier it will be for natural light to travel through your home’s interior, bouncing off walls and reflective surfaces to light up your home naturally.
As you develop the floorplan for your new home, think of ways to open up various spaces around your living area, kitchen, and bedrooms. The fewer interior walls your home has, the easier it will be for natural light to pass through your home.
If you’re looking for an experienced contractor to help you plan your new home and make full use of the natural light your area receives throughout the year, Premier Builders has extensive experience handling custom home building projects. Contact us today if you are interested in maximizing the natural light in your new home.