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470 E. Canyon Creek Court ,
Gilbert, AZ 85295
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Remodeling Projects Part 1: Natural Light

Part one of a series on remodeling projects covers the addition of natural light fixtures to an existing home or business.

Natural Light in Architectural Design 

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Using natural light effectively in an architectural design is important both aesthetically and psychologically.  One of our clients in Scottsdale bought a building to set up their new corporate headquarters.  The building was antiquated and made at a time when everyone seemed to love fluorescent lighting.  When we were remodeling the place, the client was at a loss for what to do where light was concerned.  We installed about three or four skylights, including one large one in the lobby area.  We removed the popcorn plaster ceiling and rerouted the ventilation shafts.

What was a dilapidated eyesore changed into a corporate showpiece, and all because we added some natural light.  However, it isn’t just skylights that can help with natural light.  With the right windows designed by an architectural firm, you can have the best of both worlds, with glare reduction woven together with natural light.

Architects and Window Design

Sometimes, when a building was designed, the tastes of the times dominated the design.  As a result, there are some building designerss that were so keen on the introduction of electric light, that they walled off windows to take advantage of the “marvel of the modern age.”  As a result, a lot of older buildings have an oppressive feel because of the lack of natural light.  By consulting an architect, you can place a window appropriately, without compromising the structural integrity of the building, and also avoiding putting a window that will catch far too much sunlight.

So remember that natural light is a wonderful addition to a building.  It gives people a morale boost, and allows you to save money on electricity.  So if you want to add natural light to your building design, call in an architect.

This concludes part one of our series.  For more information on remodeling projects, be sure to read part two and part three as well.

DesignLine Architects, LLC
470 E. Canyon Creek Court ,
Gilbert, AZ 85295

Home Remodeling and Your Architect

Your architect in Chandler is more than about structural safety and building codes. He can also help you improve the aesthetics of your home…

Home Remodeling is More Than Just Style

Let’s say you got the latest home design magazine or visited a website full of remodeling tips.  Excited, you pick up all the colors, upholstery swatches, a couple of end tables and some vases.  You place them all, and compare it to the picture, and suddenly you find yourself disappointed.  You can’t figure out what’s wrong.  That’s where an architect can help.  Most people think that architects are just about structural design and additions, but sometimes, they can help you with important design elements such as natural light.

One trick that a Chandler architect can use  that is very effective  is the use of glass bricks.  According to this article excerpt:  Glass brick, also known as glass block, is an architectural element made from glass. Glass bricks provide visual obscuration while admitting light. The glass block was originally developed in the early 1900s to provide natural light in manufacturing plants. Glass bricks are produced for both wall and floor applications. Glass blocks for use in floors are normally manufactured as a single solid piece, or as a hollow glass block with thicker side walls than the standard wall blocks. These blocks are normally cast into a reinforced concrete gridwork or set into a metal frame, allowing multiple units to be combined to span over openings in basements and roofs. [READ MORE]

Glass bricks can be surprisingly durable.  In some cases they can even be used in flooring.  The whole reason you want to employ glass bricks in your remodeling, is that  it’s a good idea as well as a cost effective one to make as much use of natural light as possible.

Tips From a Professional Architect: Natural Light is Ideal

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While tract lights at night add an air of quiet ambiance, natural light makes a home seem somehow more like a home, while at the same time, gives your home a professional home remodeling look.  If you don’t believe us, go visit Chandler Fashion Center during the day.  If you walk down each of the upstairs wings, you’ll see a lot of natural light in play.  The mall makes clever use of reflective white panels that when the light hits them, add a lot of light to the mall.  However, it isn’t just a shopping mall that benefits from this abundant resource.  Your home can too.

This is just one trick that can transform your living space.  You want to consult the professional that has even more tips up his sleeve, your professional architect.

DesignLine Architects, LLC
470 E. Canyon Creek Court ,
Gilbert, AZ 85295