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Designing with Daylight: Incorporating Natural Light into Your Residence

Designing a house in a plotted development can present several unique challenges, one of which is ensuring that natural daylight enters the house. Natural daylight is essential for maintaining a healthy living environment, as it provides a source of Vitamin D and helps regulate circadian rhythms, which can improve sleep patterns and overall well-being. Furthermore, day lighting can also be used to highlight key architectural features within a space. For example, a skylight or a large window can be used to draw the eye to a particular architectural feature, such as a stairwell or a fireplace. Additionally, day lighting can be used to create visual connections between the interior and exterior of a space, helping to blur the lines between the two and creating a more seamless design.

At Sifti Design Studio, we understand the importance of natural light in creating a healthy and comfortable living space. That's why we make it a priority to incorporate natural light into our designs, even when working with small plots of land in plotted developments.

One of the main challenges in designing a house in a plotted development with respect to natural daylight is the limited space available. Plotted developments typically involve small plots of land, which can make it difficult to design a house that allows for ample natural light to enter. This can be further complicated by the presence of neighboring houses, which may block the flow of natural light into the house.

Another challenge is designing the house to take advantage of the orientation of the plot. The direction in which a house faces can greatly impact the amount of natural light that enters the house. For example, a house facing south will typically receive more natural light than a house facing north. However, in a plotted development, the orientation of the plot may not be ideal for maximizing natural light.

To overcome these challenges, at Sifti Design Studio, we use a variety of techniques to ensure natural daylight comes into the house. Some of these include:

  • Using skylights and roof windows: These can be installed to bring light into the house from above, even if the house is surrounded by other buildings as we did in the House of Voids.

  • Incorporating large windows: Large windows can be used to bring in natural light, even if the house is located on a small plot. This was the basic concept for our design of Porous House.

  • Using light-colored materials: Light-colored materials, such as white walls and ceilings, can help to reflect natural light and make the interior of the house feel brighter.

  • Creating open floor plans: Open floor plans can help to distribute natural light throughout the house, even if it is located on a small plot.

  • Using green roofs and green walls: Incorporating green roofs and green walls can help to reduce the impact of neighboring buildings blocking natural light.

At Sifti Design Studio, we understand that every project is unique and requires a tailored approach. If you're looking for an architect that prioritizes natural light in their designs, look no further than us. Visit our website to learn more about our services and to see our portfolio of projects.

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