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Why you need to consider overhead glazing

Architect Julian Owen sums up how rooflights can be used to enhance the design of your home, both inside and out
This home was designed by De Rosee Sa. Due to issues with boundary walls and privacy, it wasn’t possible to fit windows on the side elevation of the house. Rooflights provide an alternative solution, creating a sun-soaked living area
Giles & Pike Architects designed this kitchen-diner extension for this Edwardian house in south London. A long strip of overhead glazing has been fitted at the back of the addition where the structure’s roof meets the original property. This ensures that light penetrates into the heart of the house

Most people agree that plenty of fresh air and daylight is good for our health and wellbeing. Despite this, on average we spend about 90% of our time indoors. When we’re inside, natural illumination is usually preferable to electric – mainly because it simply makes us feel better. Our body clock, or circadian rhythm, works by detecting the level of blue spectrum in daylight. As it reduces, we start to feel sleepy. So, more contact with natural brightness helps us to get a good night’s sleep when it’s dark, and we’re more alert when we wake up and it’s bright in the morning.

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Build It magazine's new August 2018 issue is packed full of ideas and practical advice to help you successfully create your dream home. Here's our pick of some of the top features this issue: - Cover house - a characterful oak self build home on a garden plot - Design & build special: the companies who can take the stress out of your project - Wow-factor extensions that add space, light & value - Are heat pumps worth the money? - Why you should invest in rooflights - Create a summer-ready outdoor living space ... and more!