4 Ways To Let The Light Shine In While Protecting Your Privacy
You probably already know that lots of natural light in the home interior is conducive to a happy and healthy lifestyle, but some people prefer not to have traditional picture windows in their houses. Perhaps they live too close to the street or to a neighbor's property to feel comfortable with large windows at eye level to passing motorists, pedestrians, and people in other buildings. If you are considering having a home custom designed and hope to find ways to allow abundant natural light to come inside but are concerned about potential privacy loss, you'll be glad to know that there are ways that you can let the sun shine in while keeping prying eyes out. The following will teach you about four of them.
You've probably already got at least one window in your home that features glass with a degree of opacity -- the traditional bathroom window. You can use the same type of glass in block windows in other parts of the home where you want to let some natural light in yet retain as much privacy as possible. A variety of opacity levels exist to suit your personal tastes and preferences. Many homeowners who like the look of glass panels on doors, for instance, opt for opaque glass instead of clear for extra privacy protection. For enhanced aesthetic appeal, you can also choose to have translucent, etched glass installed in some of your windows, and you can add an artistic element by having custom stained glass windows strategically placed in areas with high visibility.
If you're still thinking of skylights as singular, boxy, old-fashioned fixtures that often leak and collect cobwebs and dust, you'll be glad to know that modern skylight design options include more aesthetically appealing options such as skylight panels. Instead of a just a lone skylight at the end of an indented box on the ceiling, you can choose to have a panel of skylights instead. Along with letting in plenty of sunlight without compromising your privacy, they'll provide a passive source of solar energy that will help warm your home on cool days. You can also have window treatments installed over the skylights for added light control on warm days when you'd rather keep the midday sun from making your interior environment too warm.
Clerestory windows are located high enough on walls that the interior living spaces can't be viewed through them by those outside the home. These windows allow plenty of light in, and as an added bonus, they provide you with plenty of wall space for shelves, screens, and art. You can choose to have them installed all around the room in order to create the stunning optical illusion of a floating roof, or you can opt for fewer windows for a simpler look. One of the major benefits of clerestory windows is that they have an abundance of design possibilities.
Eyebrow windows are narrow enough so that they don't offer a full view of the home interior to those outside or in nearby houses, but their length allows them to let in lots of light. Depending on the style of your home, eyebrow windows can be added high over your front door, in between other windows, or entirely in place of standard windows when used in tandem with clerestory windows or large panels of skylights. Although associated with New England architecture of the latter half of the 19th century, eyebrow windows are adaptable enough to be successfully incorporated into a variety of structural design schemes.
You don't have to choose between privacy and having natural light in your home. Your custom glass contractor can help you plan other ways to maximize household privacy while allowing abundant natural light into your home.