rubberduckie

getting natural light into a single storey extension

rubberduckie
5 months ago

I’m planning to build a single storey rear extension for my terrace and would like to get more natural light in. I am trying to avoid using skylights (have heard too many horror stories of leaks) and solar tunnels (no expertise in tunnel installation in my area).
I am thinking of doing a ‘stepped’ metal roof design which allows placement of a row of letterbox windows. This hopefully will allow more light to spill in.
The length of my extension will be around 7 meters wall to wall.

Comments please.

Comments (3)

  • PRO
    Designed Design Associates (DDA)
    4 months ago

    hey there, is it a good alternative. If the site condition permits, i would suggest to have a higher/ taller opening to ensure a good source of light into the space. The amount of light source you will get also depends on the orientation of the house. i.e. if its a East & West direction, you will be able to get optimum light source streaming into the room at certain time of the day. However, if its a North South facing, then it will likely be a " light-split". hope this is useful.

  • rubberduckie
    Original Author
    4 months ago

    Thanks for the advice!
    I just realized these are called clerestory windows, my bad. My place is N-S facing but I’m located at the equator. What’s a ‘light-split’?

  • PRO
    Designed Design Associates (DDA)
    4 months ago

    my bad, meant to say " Light - Slit", like a strip of light/ a glow. Being E-W facing, you have a better chance of catching the light steaming further into the room during sunrise and sunset.

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