20 Oct, 2023

A Renewed Living Space: Anna’s Rooflight Replacement Journey

Prepare to be inspired as we delve into Anna's inspiring rooflight replacement journey in her Hertfordshire home with a Vario by VELUX custom-made roof window. This stunning addition has wholly transformed her living space.

At Vario by VELUX, we understand the importance of custom-made solutions to suit your unique needs, and our bespoke flat roof windows are designed to do just that. Anna's story is a testament to how our Vario by VELUX Rooflights can create a space filled with daylight, enhancing your home's ambience and interior design.

Custom Made Roof Window Collaboration

Anna, who hails from South Africa and relocated to the UK almost 40 years ago, recognises the importance of natural light and how it can significantly impact your well-being. Having lived in her Hertfordshire home for many years, she knew it was time to replace her existing lantern rooflight due to a leak and a desire for a more modern design.

When she reached out to her architect for guidance, he recommended Vario by VELUX, a decision that proved to be a game-changer for her home. Our team worked closely with Anna, making the bespoke flat roof window fit around the structural beam and seamlessly integrated with her living space. The result was nothing short of beautiful, highlighting the exceptional craftsmanship, professionalism and flexibility Vario by VELUX is known for.

What improvements have you seen between the old rooflight and the new one?

“The design of the extension is better now than when we had the previous rooflight. The lantern that stood up always bothered my eye and now this flat roof is unobtrusive. When I look out of my windows upstairs I don't see anything, I just see the garden, it’s just opened up another dimension.

Another thing is the rain, the sound is different - it’s softer and I like the pool of water you can see lying on it - the different little patterns. It’s a wonderful sound and view so I really recommend it.”

The Impact of Unlimited Daylight on Your Home

With the Vario by VELUX Unlimited Rooflight installed, Anna's living space now basks in abundant natural light. This daylight not only brightens up the room but also enhances the overall interior design. Even on cloudy days, the room remains well-illuminated, reducing the need for artificial lighting. The difference is undeniable, and Anna couldn't be happier with the transformation, stating, “I had such a good experience, everything was done so professionally… the end product is beautiful.”

The benefits of incorporating a rooflight into your home are not limited to aesthetics alone. It significantly improves indoor air quality and well-being, creating a space you'll love spending time in.

Advantages of Flat Roof Windows Over Lantern Roof Designs

When considering the choice between a flat roof window, like Vario Roof lights, and a lantern roof design, it's essential to highlight the benefits that make the former stand out:

Unobstructed Views: Unlike traditional lantern-style skylights, flat roof windows can offer a more discreet and clean design that blends seamlessly with your roof. This design allows unrestricted views of your surroundings, creating a more open and expansive feeling within your living space; whether gazing at your garden or the sky above, a flat roof window offers an unparalleled connection to the outdoors. Lanterns can provide a beautiful and artistic effect by breaking up the daylight with the lantern intersections.

Balancing Cost and Style in Skylights: Choosing between flat glass rooflights and lantern skylights isn't just about style but also cost. Flat glass rooflights are a bit friendlier on your wallet and can even help lower your heating bills, thanks to their excellent insulation. But don't let that sway you if your heart is set on a lantern skylight! They might require more time and expertise to install, but the result could be well worth it. Ultimately, the choice is yours - both options bring daylight and elegance into your home.

Ventilation: Vario flat rooflights are designed to maximise airflow thanks to our upstand, contributing to a well-ventilated and fresh interior space. Lantern roof lights, on the other hand, excel in aesthetics, adding a distinct charm to any room. However, their ventilation efficiency may not be as high as that of flat roof windows. Both options present a blend of form and functionality to consider.

Insulation Differences: Lantern skylights and flat roof windows both provide insulation but to varying degrees. Lanterns with multiple glazing pane joints tend to have poorer insulation, leading to more heat loss. Conversely, flat roof windows, with fewer connections, generally offer superior insulation.

There are certainly pros and cons to both types of rooflight design. What matters most is that you are considering adding more daylight into your home, which you will reap the benefits of for years to come.

Experience the ‘Wow Factor’ With a Bespoke Roof Window

Anna's advice to fellow homeowners considering a renovation is crystal clear: "I really don’t think you can do an extension without a rooflight." She believes it's essential for well-being and making your space more enjoyable. A rooflight adds the "wow factor" that can genuinely make your life better.

Incorporating a Vario skylight into your home can be a game-changer, just as it was for Anna. If you're planning a home extension or simply looking to breathe new life into your existing space, consider incorporating a custom size rooflight into your design. It might just be the missing piece that turns your house into a home.

Don't just take our word for it. Experience it for yourself. Book a site visit today to see how a Vario by VELUX rooflight can transform your home. Discover the magic of natural light.

Please note: Our installation service is currently only available in selected southern areas of the UK.

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