In either case, hardwood roof lanterns can be an elegant and sometimes dramatic solution.
Roof lanterns are basically skylights, only bigger – windows in the roof or in some cases whole glass roofs complete with beams and girders. Hardwood roof lanterns can be designed either to maintain a rustic or rural look to a property – or to add a modern design element to more unusual places. And in all cases they can form something of a talking point as well as a sensible way of increasing the amount of natural illumination in the home.
This put the new end of the kitchen into a part of the garden where natural light fell only from the top – the sides being blocked by shrubs and bushes. So the builders incorporated a hardwood roof lantern into the design, making a glass roof for the extension supported by natural hardwood beams that not only formed a sturdy design but added a touch of drama to the finished room. Strung with low wattage white fairy lights, the beams themselves became a talking point when informal dinner parties were held in the eating area of the kitchen, with the night sky above and the gentle light from the fairy bulbs creating an intimate atmosphere for the diners.
Hardwood roof lanterns can be installed with or without ventilation and may be built away from the home – that is they can be designed and put together by professional joiners in a workshop and transported to the site, or they can be dispatched with instructions for your contractors on how to put them together and install them.
From making a dim staircase lighter, to creating a real talking point, roof lanterns are a unique solution to extension problems.