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The lighting scheme that you choose can transform a design from good to glorious. Find inspiration in Opinder Liddar’s illuminating ideas for your project
With the extension being predominantly glazed, it was difficult to fit any lighting in the dining room area of this London terrace house. Architect Lizzie Webster from Fraher Architects installed pendant lights running off a wall power point and created a sucker holder which connected to the glazed ceiling to then allow the pendants to hang above the dining table. The 20m2 extension cost around £50,000 in total

Responding to your design brief

You need a good understanding of what each of the spaces within your home is going to be used for. With this in mind, you can then set the tone of lighting for your home according to each room’s needs. If done well, both natural and artificial lighting will accentuate the best features of your abode. They can even improve mood and lifestyle.

When we, at Lapd Architects, design a new house or extension, we create a model of the abode in virtual 3D so that our clients can see exactly where the sun is going to be shining at different times of the day in the spaces that are being created. We then judge the right amount of glazing for that zone. Once we’ve correctly established the building design and internal brightness levels, we are in a better position to determine the right amount of artificial lighting to suit a client’s use of the space.

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About Build It

The December edition of Build It magazine is packed with practical advice and inspirational projects to help you make a success of your scheme, including: • A budget-friendly self-build home (page 20) • Underfloor heating vs radiators (page 69) • Getting lighting right (page 77) • 10 steps to self-build design success (page 81) • Does your plot have real potential? (page 96) … and more!