Using Natural Light in Your House

by Dick Stoner 06/23/2019

Most buyers consider things like size and appearance when looking for a befitting home to buy. Apart from the size of the home, the school district and the neighborhood are other relevant factors to consider when looking for the right house to buy. Are you aware of the fact that natural light has a fantastic role to play in a potential home? The purpose of natural light in a home cannot be overlooked. Here are some reasons why you should consider a home with natural light in your hunt.

Good for your health 

One of the advantages of natural light is that it improves sleep. It also makes you less dependent on fluorescent light which sometimes associated with some health challenges like sleep disturbances and elevated stress responses. Natural light is ideal for everyone, especially those people diagnosed with health challenges such as seasonal affective disorder. 

Illuminate the home 

Remove all light-blocking windows and replace them with unfettered windows. Also, you can also replace heavy drapes with sheer curtains. You should look into half-window treatment if you need more privacy than what you will get from bare windows. Some of the half-window treatments that you should consider are interior shutters, café curtains, and adjustable accordion blinds that provide privacy and leave the upper portion of your window open. It is advisable to keep your traditional blinds open while the sun is out and shut them during the evening when the sun is no longer shining. 

Creative Reflection

An excellent way to expand the reach of the sun is by carefully placing mirrors in strategic areas to provide reflections to your darker living spaces. For instance, you can use a mirror to reflect the light into dark hallway as well as darker corners of a room.Another way to brighten up your spaces is by using reflective paint. Go for matte finishes and light colors for better illumination. Soft shades of furniture as well as rugs will help boost your home's natural light.

Potential Downsides 

Prior to buying a new house, it is essential to observe the orientation of the house. Try to check the interior at different times of the day to enable you to know how the sun's natural path will reach the interior of the home. The quantity of light you need depends on you. Get most of the natural light by buying a house well exposed to natural light.

About the Author
Author

Dick Stoner

Reist Corporation was incorporated in 1994 to renovate and restore commercial, industrial and residential buildings. Working from a 200+ year old farm in Washington County, MD , we have restored barns, warehouses, and even WWII Army buildings in Central MD. We maintain expertise in zoning and land use issues, and we stay abreast of market conditions and changing market statistics. We welcome the opportunity to work with buyers and tenants who wish to take advantage of current market conditions to lock in long term deals at favorable rates. Those able to sign 5 - 10 year leases in commercial transactions right now, are able to obtain the best rates in over 10 years, and those able to purchase are able to get pre-2005 prices on many types of buildings and land. On residential transactions, we continue to help buyers of bank-owned and short sale properties. We welcome the opportunity to work with you on your challenges, and we pay generous referral fees to agents from other areas who wish to utilize our services on Maryland property transactions

Certifications

Since 2002, I have worked on some of the largest real estate database systems in America. I have introduced online marketplace products to areas that were using residential MLS products for commercial real estate information, and I have worked on the expansion of some of America's largest real estate data systems in some of the largest MSA's in the country. Research is key to many commercial real estate valuation projects, and our firms' knowledge about how these systems work can help you reach the best information about other transactions in your area. We are active in Land Preservation programs and environmental offsets which can sometimes bring additional revenue that is crucial to making a transaction work. Nutrient offset credits in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed have become a new component in the valuation of active farmland and for many rural properties which involve environmental features like streams, woodlands, pastureland, etc. We've partnered with the experts at Blueline Conservation Incentives, LLC in Northern Virginia on nutrient offset and land preservation programs and together we are part of a team with expertise in all of the Middle Atlantic States as they strive to meet WIP - Watershed Improvement Plans in order to meet the 2017 and 2025 water quality goals that were set by the 2010 Chesapeake Bay Plan. 

Awards

2009 -MD Historical Trust -Award for Project Excellence in the Restoration of Frieda's Cottage at Chestnut Lodge in Rockville, MD