9 ways to bring light and space to your self-build or renovation

Natural light and a sense of space are two of the most desirable traits sought after in a self-build or renovation. Consider these ideas to prioritise them in your build. 

By Hugh Metcalf | 29 June 2020

Natural light and a sense of space are two of the most desirable traits sought after in a self-build or renovation. Consider these ideas to prioritise them in your build.

light bright renovation with dining room and internal window to kitchen - grand design - home improvements

Image: This two-bedroom flat in North London was remodelled by Amos Goldreich Architecture, so that the kitchen is now open to the living-dining area – an internal window pulls further daylight into the space and makes it feel less enclosed. Photo: Rory Gardiner

An abundance of natural light and a sense of space both contribute to the wellbeing that you may feel in your home, so getting these elements right in a self-build or renovation is important.

Working with an architect who understands these elements is vital at the start of a project, as these are not qualities you can always change after the fact with a new interior style. These 9 projects have all used simple methods to ensure they feel as light and spacious as possible.

1. Roof glazing

Oatlands Close property with angular roof light

Image: Angular roof glazing has been used to match the geometric nature of the Oatlands Close project by SOUP Architects, bringing natural light to a space not served by the large glazed doors and windows. Photo: Andy Matthews

While there’s often a focus on glazed doors in contemporary building projects, the natural light they provide can only reach so far, especially where your home’s facing isn’t ideal for all-day-everyday sunshine. Skylights and roof lanterns offer a solution for single storey properties and extensions, allowing for light wells that bring light into the room and open up the roof to create a sense of space overhead.