If you’re anything like me, the two things you look for when viewing a potential property are light and space. You don’t see many episodes of property programs where a couple walk into a potential home and exclaim “It feels so dim, so cramped – I love it!” In the same way, rare is the estate agent who’ll use the “it’s cramped, but it’s dark too so you won’t notice as much” angle to try and hook you on a property.
But because light and space are so in demand from both homeowners and potential homeowners alike, they come at a premium, adding thousands of pounds worth of value onto properties that possess these much sought-after assets.
So how can you get this extra light and space without knocking down walls or embarking on a major building project? Well, this is where Timber Roof Lanterns come in. The addition of a timber roof lantern to your home can not only change your living environment, but it can add many times its value to your property.
So what exactly is a timber roof lantern? Well, in layman’s terms it’s a glazed feature that’s installed on your roof, but in reality, it can be whatever you want it to be: moveable, ventilated, small or large, traditional or contemporary – the only limits are your imagination and your budget.
I became one of an ever-growing number of converts to the benefits of roof lanterns when I saw the effect one had on my cousin’s flat. He had a roof garden (the lucky swine) that he accessed by a swing-down ladder in his hallway that led to a heavily wooded hatch. But as a consequence of the difficultly, he always had in forcing the heavy hatch aside each time he wanted to get outdoors, the roof remained a rarely used venue. Last year he decided to spend a bit of money on fixing the problem and had a sliding roof lantern installed in place of the hatch. Not only has the hallway of the flat been transformed by the daylight that now floods in, but the roof garden is now used far more (and consequently his flat’s popularity as a party venue has also risen immeasurably!).
But even if your timber roof lanterns don’t provide you with direct access to the outdoors, it still brings the outside into your home, the altering shades of natural light giving your room an ever-changing character that’s as varied as the day is long. Why spend money on expensive lighting systems when you can sit on your sofa and look up at the stars, or cook lunch beneath crystal blue skies?
If you’re considering a new build project, it would be almost criminal not to consider including a roof lantern in the design – they are far more secure than skylights and bring a much greater level of energy efficiency to a home, retaining and adding heat whilst providing the opportunity for improved ventilation. The wide array of designs available also means that roof lanterns can be retro-fitted to existing homes without spoiling a building’s traditional look (after all, roof lanterns have been in use since the 16th century).
So if you’re one of the thousands of homeowners out there looking for a cost-effective and easy way to improve your property and add value, I’d highly recommend browsing the net and having a look at one of the best and easiest options out there, because, with roof lanterns, the sky’s the limit.