Notice that extra pep in your step on a sunny day? Sunlight is a pick-me-up everyone likes. It only makes sense to try to capture the power of daylight when designing and selecting products for home remodeling jobs.
"Anywhere and everywhere" is where David Tyson brings sunlight into the projects his design-build remodeling firm executes. He is the president of Charlotte, N.C.-based David Tyson & Associates Inc. "Consumers want more light period. That's what we design for."
Tyson says he doesn't hesitate to flood a room with light, particularly on the north side, where the constant light can fill the entire space very evenly all day. He frequently uses French doors, and he adds transoms above doors and windows if the ceilings are at least 8 feet. If lower ceilings prohibit the use of transoms, Tyson might design a wider window or a bank of windows. "Try using a larger window where you can," he suggests. "The larger glass area adds so much light to the space." But use energy-efficient windows. Otherwise, you risk cold drafts in the winter, thermal heat gain in the summer and higher energy bills all year round and that will put the client in a not-so-sunny mood.
He offers other practical suggestions for adding sunshine:
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