If you are considering extending your home, a lantern roof extension makes for a fantastic option. These extensions boast roof lanterns in prime position, adding sunlight and warmth to your new space. Yet which extensions benefit the most from installing a roof lantern and adding sunlight?
In this guide to lantern roof extension ideas, we will have a closer look at why roof lantern extensions are a fantastic idea, where they can fit in and how they can help you better enjoy your home. Let’s get started.
Add an Orangery to Your Home
One popular type of extension is the orangery, a cousin to conservatories. Unlike conservatories however, which are largely made of glass, orangeries are largely made of brick, broken up by large windows. The key advantage that orangeries have over conservatories is better insulation, helping them to stay cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Their walls and columns can be fully insulated, making them a better place for near al fresco dining, even in the winter.
A roof lantern is a terrific way to get the most out of your orangery. Due to their size, they allow for maximum light penetration, keeping the room as bright as possible. For example, consider our Korniche roof lantern, which can be as large as 6000mm x 2500mm, adding a huge amount of light to your home.
A Flat Roof Kitchen Extension
A larger kitchen is the dream of many homeowners. They grant you the ability to create larger meals more easily, as well as freeing up an existing room in your home. If the extension is large enough, you can also seamlessly combine the kitchen with a new dining area, making mealtimes a breeze.
When you are working on fiddly cuisines, having a bright room for more precise work is essential. A roof lantern by Wendland makes this requirement a snip, flooding your new kitchen with light. Plus, adding one to your kitchen and dining area will make it a delightful area to eat.
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A Mental Health Retreat of Your Own
We all need to take time to rest our minds from time to time if we want to keep our mental health in shape. Creating an extension on your home that functions as your little mental health retreat is a fantastic option, and one where a roof lantern can come in very handy. Studies have shown that natural light can improve your mental health, so the brighter the area, the better.
Creating an area where you can meditate, focus on crafts, journal and more, all while being bathed in daylight may be able to help you stay happier, particularly during the darker times of the year. Even a small extension, boasting a roof lantern and whatever equipment you need to relax, be it musical instruments, a desk or cushions, can help you give your brain the TLC it needs.
Add a Large Wraparound Extension
Wraparound extensions are a fantastic way to add a lot more floor space to your home. Instead of opting for only a back extension or side extension, a wraparound lets you do both, essentially adding a large L-shaped space to your home. One potential issue with this type of extension is unevenness of light, particularly as it brings you closer to your property’s boundary line and potentially fences or walls that exist there. Traditional windows might just not cut it.
This is where the roof lantern really shines. A model like the Brett Martin roof lantern will allow you to enjoy sustained sunlight in your new space.
Install a New Home Office
Many more of us now work from home, and while that offers many perks, it does come with certain difficulties too. Many struggle for space at home, working from a dining table or pitching up in the lounge. This comes with a lot of struggles: other people in the home may distract you, for example, or there may be too much noise.
A home office allows you to cut yourself off from the outside world and focus on your work. A roof lantern can help you focus, with the additional light keeping you from feeling isolated and drowsy. Whether your home office is large or small, a roof lantern can help you to work from home more productively and get more done.
Lantern Roof Extension Ideas to Fit Every Need
We have by no means covered every possible lantern roof extension idea – there are a huge range of possibilities when it comes to this popular and versatile glass feature. Whatever your needs, we can help decide which type of roof lantern is right for you and your extension plans. Feel free to contact us today and our experts will be happy to help you.
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Lantern Roof Extension Idea FAQs
Will I Need Planning Permission for a Roof Lantern?
In most cases, you will not need planning permission for a roof lantern. A definitive answer will depend on your plans for your roof lantern and extension.
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How Much Do Roof Lanterns Cost?
Our roof lanterns start from just £402.05. Your final cost will depend on any additional features and the size of the lantern.
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Are Roof Lanterns Noisy When It’s Raining?
No, roof lanterns are not noisy when it rains. You will hear some rain noise, but it should not be particularly loud or distracting.
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