Fixed rooflights provide effective light source to kitchen

Hill House, Tunbridge Wells

Pivotal to opening up the views towards the sky and maximising the natural daylight entering this 5 bedroom private residence in Leafy Tunbridge Wells were 3 fixed Flushglaze rooflights. The elegant combination of angles and straight lines lend this narrow property a captivating quality, and despite the constraints of the small plot size, it exudes space and light.

Project requirements

Prior to the client acquiring the site, there were 12 lock-up garages located there. Over the years a number of planning applications for re-development had been submitted but these had all failed on the grounds of over-development and loss of privacy to neighbours. The architect was tasked by the client to design a large, modern family home that would maximise the opportunities of this narrow plot of land, whilst simultaneously respecting the height restrictions imposed by the planners and minimising the impact on the neighbouring period properties.

Project challenges

For the parts of the house to the west, where no windows were permitted, and for the narrow staircases, lined with oiled-oak, the architect was challenged with finding an innovative way to unlock the daylight, which would also not detract from the contemporary interior and would comply with the privacy issues.

Project solution

To overcome this, 3 Flushglaze fixed rooflights were specified in order to provide the maximum amount of light possible, whilst also, complimenting the clean, modern aesthetics of the house’s interior. The abundance of natural daylight that these generously sized, fixed Flushglaze rooflights have made possible in these otherwise compromised parts of the house, helped to satisfy and delight both the architect and the client.

The living room and the kitchen on the ground floor, which are surrounded by a high wall and outer fence, there are uninhibited views to the sky, and the resulting light playfully animates these family spaces. The extra-large fixed Flushglaze rooflight in the master bathroom, the most private room in the house, allows the light to absolutely flood in, and offers the most amazing day and night-time vistas.

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Architect:

Feneley Studio