One of the most common complaints that homeowners have regarding their residential properties is insufficient illumination in the interiors. And this is not surprising when you consider that design plans from decades back focussed on other elements such as the layout of the home and number of rooms, not realizing that the amount of natural light filtering into the house can be considered an architectural element too.
Fortunately, when you get the chance to construct a custom home, you can have a custom home builder get the lighting right from the outset. One technique that is both sustainable and effective is passive daylighting, which works to increase the amount of sunshine in the home while simultaneously making sure that it is uniformly distributed too. So how can the contractor accomplish this? Here are some of the daylighting solutions that a new home builder can employ for enhanced natural illumination.
The orientation of your new home build
Undoubtedly, one of the straightforward daylighting solutions that would make a world of a difference is getting the orientation of the new home build right. You could be thinking that sunshine comes from the east and sets in the west, but these are not the only directions. The reality is that sunshine that comes from the southern side tends to be much better for interior illumination, as it is fairly consistent all year round.
Moreover, during the chilly winter months, this natural light can be used to keep your house warm too. With that said, your custom home builder can ensure that all living spaces in the house, from the living room to the bedrooms, are southern facing for maximum natural illumination. Consequently, you will not be highly reliant on artificial lighting during the day.
Sunlight balancing via shade structures
If you are thinking that the best way to have incorporate shade onto your new property is by planting trees, you would not be mistaken. However, you should take into account the length of time it will take before you can make use of the shade they provide. A better way to attain sunlight balancing immediately would be by having the new home builder strategically install external strictures around the property to help with mitigating glare in the home.
For example, constructing a porch adjacent to the part of your new home that will be most exposed to the glaring sun will help keep this part of your home cool without sacrificing the degree of natural illumination that it receives. To learn more information, reach out to a company such as Scott Hedrick Construction, Inc.