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Raise the roof - lessons learning in natural lighting
Ginkgo House Architecture
February 16, 2013 in Before & After
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.
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Impressive changes. I think you mean "clerestory" windows, not "clearstory".

What kind of window treatments will the homeowners be using for privacy?
February 16, 2013 at 5:40am   
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Mary Dancey Interiors
Beautiful transformation.

With the view I'm looking at, privacy wouldn't be an issue for me.
February 16, 2013 at 5:52am     
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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.
February 16, 2013 at 11:10am   
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Really nice reno. It looks so good!
February 19, 2013 at 6:47pm   
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February 19, 2013 at 6:53pm   
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Wonderful! Really like what you've done to take advantage of the view and make that a major feature of the house.
February 19, 2013 at 6:58pm   
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