When designing spaces where people would love to live in, light is one of the most important elements to consider. Natural sunlight in a house reduces lighting and heating bills (helping the environment), brightens your mood, and enhances the quality of the spaces in which you live, work, and play.
The first question we should ask is: How natural daylight enters your home?
Of course the house orientation plays a significant role. In the northern hemisphere, a south-facing room means a sunny room. The rooms and parts of the house that receive the most amount of light during the day should be the spaces that are occupied by rooms where daytime activities take place, e.g. the kitchen, living room, playroom, and study, which will all benefit from maximum sunlight.
North-facing rooms usually are in shade ideal for bathrooms, TV/home cinema rooms, which are suited to low-light levels, utility rooms, garages, and bedrooms.
If you’d love to wake up in a bedroom flooded with morning light, the best place is an east-facing room that catches the dawn.
To maximize the penetration of natural light in the home combine open-plan spaces, big windows and doors that lead the eyes toward the patio.
Be smart with the windows, the higher the top of your window is, the more light will enter into the room. The depth to which this light enters the room is about 1.5 times that of the window head height.
Sliding doors will help to maximize the natural light which comes into your home. But in order the frame to endure large glass panes choose aluminium sliding doors as extremely durable. Aluminium frames are slimmer and can allow for industry-leading sizes of glass.
And at the end bear in mind that a lot of natural light coming in your home through windows and sliding doors increases the value of your house. In 2003’s “The Benefits of Daylight Through Windows,” LRC researchers discussed anecdotal evidence that commercial real estate with no windows leases for about 20 percent less—or $2 to $4 per square foot less—than spaces with windows.