Let the sun shine in and the sky’s the limit
RARELY does a home, whether it is a place to live or a property for sale, feel like a pleasant environment when it is shrouded in darkness or gloom.
How many buyers have you heard at open for inspections expressing their delight at the lack of natural light and being impressed by vast areas of darkness within?
As a property show addict, I relish – just as you know you do – being heavily critical of many of the design choices. I also feel, in many instances, sympathy for the home owners left behind to live with the ‘‘improvements’’ after the makeover is finished.
Even on Selling Houses Australia we have been guilty once or twice of making an ‘‘improvement’’ that isn’t.
A lighting faux pas I don’t understand is the use of lighting tubes.
I apologise to manufactures and suppliers of these tubes, which are the environmentally friendly way to get natural light into a dark area. A clear plastic dome is placed on the roof, a funnel feeds the light through the roof void to a circular, usually smooth opaque fitting in the ceiling and it brings the light in.
I have no issue with this as a natural lighting solution for dark areas – but I do take issue with where people place them.
To me, these are ideal for storage areas, maybe internal laundries, dark corners of hallways, but in rooms – including bathrooms – I hate them. Why go to all the bother of putting a tube in when, for not a lot more, you could install a proper skylight with wonderful, clear glass?
This creates a nice, squared-off funnel and not only lets in more light but allows you to see the sky above and clouds rolling by or, on clear nights, the moon and the stars.
A well-placed skylight is not just a great light source, it’s a feature.
Skylights come in all shapes and sizes. Some can be opened manually, others remotely, but all add something to a room. And many light tube installers fit skylights too.
As you know, any home improvement is impossible to give an exact quantifiable lift in value, but a plastic round thing in your ceiling?
Hmm, not seeing much added value there.
But a real skylight for a dark or windowless space – that will create a real impact.
So let there be light! But think about the source of that light. Leave the tubes for the cupboards. And don’t get me started on glass bricks.