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  • Neil Harrison

Your home extension - letting the light in...and doing it right!

Updated: Jun 9, 2023

For sure, when customers of ours decide on a home extension, there are, of course, various priority motivations that come into play. The inevitable top priority is creating the best possible new space of course, with this new extension also linking effectively to the current home space, creating overall the best possible, day to day living experience within the property.

Once the right planning and design achieves the best new space available for the extension and the maximum effect on the home layout is achieved by deciding on any further re-organisation and renovation, it is then that the whole light issue, within the new extension and the home as a whole, very much comes to the fore.

in demand

This ‘let the light in’ scenario is a very much an 'in demand' factor of course! We, at Mint have realised that the light issue is key to achieving the best living effect and atmosphere within most planned new home spaces. Homebuilding magazine, who have been running an online presentation full of info ideas highlighting ‘things to know’ before extending your home focused specifically on this key ‘get the light right’ home extension issue.


Highlighted by these experts was that light ingress really does need to be managed effectively, taking into account that letting more light into a home extension is often THE most desired requirement for many home extension and renovation projects.

solar gain

The issue, suggest Homebuilding, is that unmanaged light ingress can create problems associated with solar gain, which in turn, brings about situations like those of poorly-designed conservatories of the past, which were not as comfortably usable as they should have been at various different times the year.

lights matters

It is suggested that for all extension projects, it is important to be aware of this light management issue when it comes to selection of glazing features.

What is needed is to be sure to mitigate the solar gain, in such a way, to get the light right and thus ensure, in all respects, the light really is totally right in terms of the style, design and usage demands of the new home extension.

reduce and diffuse

Of course, there are today well-produced fabric screens and the like, which can specifically reduce glare and diffuse light. But, these are, in reality, not an any way the ideal substitute solution for correctly managing, in the first place, the whole window/ roof-light balance issue properly within the new home extension.

building regs

Also, there are certain building regulation issues reference the limiting of glazed elements in home extensions too - another important relating issue ….but perhaps more on that another time.

We at Mint Builders are, of course, here to help locally with all kinds of questions and ideas relating to all the priority planning and organisation of your planned home extension or renovation for the late Autumn and Winter this year and on into 2022…..including getting the light right!

Feel free to request our project planning and quotation visit to refurbish or extend your home for more ‘liveability’ and increased future sales value in these still uncertain Covid crisis times. Contact Mint Builders on 07734 211958 or email

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