Tubular Skylights for Natural Homes

solatube1There's not a single lamp or light fixture that can provide the same bright and cheery feeling of natural daylight. Even with big windows, it's hard to get sunshine into the darker, center interior of many homes.

Now, you can funnel in the rays right from your roof with a tubular skylight. These devices are comprised of a domed skylight that sits on the roof and connects to a metal tube capped onto your ceiling with a decorative fixture.

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Natural Daylighting

st400triplenewsmallNatural Daylighting is the practice of utilizing windows, skylights, and other opening to optimize the amount of practical daylight used in a building interior. An alternative energy-free option for illumination, Natural Daylighting is an incredible way to brighten any room in any building. Using the abundant light resources of the Sun, Daylighting is a craft that places building elements in the hands of a designer and lets them create a well lit, human-centric environment.

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Natural Light and Health: Skylights

SkylightWith bright computer screens and strong office lighting the norm, it's easy to forget that we've evolved to operate from sunrise to sunset. Despite advanced technology, our human circadian rhythm – the 24-hour biological clock that operates in all of us – hasn't really changed all that much since we were cavemen (and cavewomen.)

Just like we still need eight hours of sleep every night, eight glasses or water every day, and as much fresh air as possible, our bodies are far more efficient when they get as much natural light as possible.

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Room In Focus: Open Kitchens

Knotty-cherry-kitchen-3Open kitchens are a natural fixture in log homes — they reinforce log homes' informal quality by letting you treat company calls like neighborly visits over the backyard fence. Working in an open kitchen is like discovering another dimension: It changes not just the way you see the space but how you work in it, where you put things, and how you move to and from them. They turn the traditional work triangle into a quadrilateral.

Despite their name, some open kitchens actually feature or at least suggest the fence part of the neighborliness by clearly but subtly distinguishing working and visiting zones.

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