Discover how you can bring twice the daylight into your extension

Light: your secret weapon

Britain’s generally narrow building plots often mean your only options are to extend up or back — an inexact science that can create darker rooms at the centre of your newly extended property. This can be perfectly counteracted by installing strategically-placed roof windows. These can let in twice as much daylight as vertical windows of the same size and work efficiently to make your new space feel larger and more welcoming. Architectural designer Charlie Luxton demonstrates the immediate difference they can make demonstration using a simple cardboard structure.

Retroactively installing roof windows is also an affordable way to remedy gloomy rooms created by previous owners’ extensions. It could also be a good way to boost the value of your property without needing to take down walls and redecorate.


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If you do redecorate, opting for lighter colours on walls, floors and ceilings will help light to bounce around the room and make any space feel larger. The clever use of lighting to ‘zone’ larger spaces will allow you to break up the room at night, making it feel cosy when you want it to.

Room to breathe

Effective ventilation is vital to ensure your newly extended home isn’t stuffy or overly warm. Well-designed ventilation ensures the air is constantly recirculating, reducing the risk of sniffles that can be caused by stale and dry air. It also helps to displace food smells and heat if, like many people, you’re using your extension to create a statement kitchen at the heart of your open-plan home.

Choosing quality fittings that provide an airtight seal when closed, such as VELUX’s roof windows with ThermoTechnology, will also reduce energy bills by providing energy-efficient insulation Jav Leech.