powered by
Before & After
Before & After

Raise the roof - lessons learning in natural lighting

Ginkgo House ArchitectureFebruary 16, 2013
This house has a generous southern exposure (as well as magnificent views), but natural light was not making it into the deeper spaces of the home. This darkness created a high contrast with the bright areas next to the plate glass windows and made it difficult for the eye to adjust. Thus, lights were turned on during the day to minimize unpleasant glare. To solve the project, we pitched half of the flat roof and added clearstory windows to allow more light to come into the space. This, along with brighter surfaces allow light to bounce deeper into the space. The elimination of high light contrast in this space makes for a more calming and pleasing environment.
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Impressive changes. I think you mean "clerestory" windows, not "clearstory".

What kind of window treatments will the homeowners be using for privacy?
    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 5:40AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Mary Dancey Interiors
Beautiful transformation.

With the view I'm looking at, privacy wouldn't be an issue for me.
1 Like    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 5:52AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Ginkgo House Architecture
The home is located on a bluff overlooking a lake. It's very private, and thus, there are no window treatments except for a concealed motorized solar shade at the patio door. This limits glare on the television in the early morning. At night, the city skyline can be seen. Indeed, it is hard to put window treatments over this view. Here's another image of the windows.
    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 11:10AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Really nice reno. It looks so good!
    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 6:47PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 6:53PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Wonderful! Really like what you've done to take advantage of the view and make that a major feature of the house.
    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 6:58PM
Sign Up to comment
Related Discussions
Need help coordinating a color with this VERY green roof!
We bought this 104 year old house to renovate and use...
Need help with my red roof.
10 years ago we bought a farm. We got lucky on a deal...
Raise the roof?? What does that cost?
Purchased an older home and love everything except...
Design challenge: help us facelift the exterior of our 1970's-style mansard roof!
Need advice on updating the exterior of our 1970's...
More Discussions
Need help deciding on laminate floor color
Trying to put laminate in family room next to kitchen...
What layout do you think is better?
Island layout, with wall oven and space for the door: or...
Dining room rug ?
Dining Room in new home, wondering what type of rug...
Painted garage door?
I plan on painting the front door a nice vibrant limey...
Please help with my kitchen
I have removed a wall between my kitchen and dining...
Sponsored Products
Cone Bubble Pendant
Hudson Valley Lighting | Merrick Picture Light
$536.00 | YLighting
Lithonia Lighting Die-Cast Aluminum Red Letter LED Exit Sign LQC 1 R EL N
$79.97 | Home Depot
Josephine Oval Chandelier
Designers Choice Collection 3201 Series Low Voltage MR16 Brushed Steel & Black T
$49.90 | Home Depot
Vista Corinthian Bronze Three-Light Vanity Fixture
$84.60 | Bellacor
R Series Satin Red 12-Inch Angle Outdoor Wall Mount with Goose Neck
$105.80 | Bellacor
Jamie Young Company | Borealis Table Lamp
$362.50 | YLighting
People viewed this after searching for:
The content on this page is provided by Houzz and is subject to the Houzz terms of use, copyright and privacy policy.
Copyright claims: contact the Houzz designated agent.