Skylight – Indeed natural light is a powerful force in our lives: life giving, warming and mood altering. Harnessing that power and channeling it into our homes requires consideration of the skylight. Here are some pro tips for getting the most out of your skylights.
- 1 Use Skylights as Design Elements
- 2 Etched Glass
- 3 Passive Cooling
- 4 Integration
- 5 Nighttime Considerations
- 6 1. Tempe Crescent
- 7 2. Cetatuia Loft
- 8 3. Bathrooms 2
- 9 4. Coconut Bath
- 10 5. Holly Bush Lane
- 11 6. Contemporary Beach Home
- 12 7. Velux Bathroom
- 13 8. Penthouse Apartment Bathroom Design
- 14 9. Hawley Court Project
- 15 10. Wellness bathroom
- 16 11. St. Croix River Cabin
- 17 12. Easy St. Patrick’s Day Decorations
- 18 13. Loft Conversion
- 19 14. Quince Reverse Shed Eichler
- 20 15. Velux Bath
- 21 16. Why Skylights
- 22 17. Two Dingy Flats
- 23 18. Levin Residence
- 24 19. Elegant Zen Bathroom
- 25 20. Bathroom Remodeling, Portugal
- 26 21. New Moon Rising
- 27 22. Bathroom
Use Skylights as Design Elements
This project takes a thoughtful approach toward admitting daylight to the interior by celebrating the skylight with a light monitor. Note the syncopated vertical roof shapes on the left of the building that hint at an interesting interior.
Another means of tempering the amount of light and heat that enter a space is etched or sandblasted glass. The etching process allows the light striking the surface of the glass to be bent and scattered, which results in a more diffuse and even light.
Operable skylights are extremely efficient passive cooling devices. Placing a skylight at the top of a stairwell can enhance the stack effect, the natural tendency of warm air to rise. Opening the skylight at the top of the stack works much like opening a damper on a chimney, exhausting the warm, stale interior air and replacing it with cool, fresh air from below.
Consider carefully how a skylight will be integrated into the overall design of the home. This project is an experiment in the use of affordable, modular construction and explores the boundaries of what’s possible using a standard kit of parts. The resulting building bears little resemblance to the typical rectilinear forms of modular construction. Clearly the experimentation has extended to the treatment of windows.
In a well-lit room at night, a skylight will appear black, just like other windows. Shades and screening devices can minimize the black hole effect; so can uplighting. If your skylight is etched, as discussed previously, casting some light on it will scatter and diffuse light around the entire space and illuminate the skylight.