An elongated pyramid rooflight by Glazing Vision was essential in bringing daylight and enhancing visual interest in this Grade 2 listed Norfolk dwelling. Further modifications were added to a recent remodel resulting in a bright, airy and open planned home which benefits from an abundance of natural daylight and a live sedum roof.
Atelier Associates, in collaboration with RGR Developments, were tasked with transforming the ground floor, which included a dated 1950’s style kitchen extension, into an open kitchen and dining area as well as a bedroom with ensuite. However, as open-plan layouts have evolved, many homeowners have come to appreciate the merits of separation and zoning in interior design.
The lighting created for this open plan kitchen diner shows how a well-planned daylighting scheme can be used to break up a room and direct one’s eye towards notable features, such as the large bi-folding doors. All of these considerations create a dwelling that, essentially, borrows light, air and space from the outside – providing a sense of continuity between the home and greenery in the surrounding area.
Norton House’s connection to nature is strengthened by the installation of a live sedum roof. Cultivating live vegetation directly on the roof may be counterintuitive to some but the inclusion of a living roof has numerous technical advantages.
Living roofs are also noted for their acoustic properties, protecting the interior from outside noise pollution. It can also be seen as an eco-roof in that it reduces a building’s carbon footprint and energy costs, offering fantastic insulation in the winter months whilst lowering temperatures in the summer. Incorporating a rooflight within a green roof is relatively clear-cut. Moisture retention is combated by including an EPDM membrane in the installation process, thus preventing water ingress. Specifying the right types of glass also preserves other green roof advantages such as thermal performance and UV protection.
The elongated pyramid rooflight comprises of four double-glazed facets at a 45° angle, with minimal silicone seals providing excellent light transmission. The 32.8mm glazed sections, which are composed of 6mm heatsoak tested outer panes, 18mm argon cavities and 8.8mm annealed low-emissivity inner panes are placed within a thermally broken framework.
One could take this advantage further still by including an Enduroshield coating – an optional glass treatment available for all Glazing Vision rooflights and roof windows. This adds a hydrophobic layer to the glazed section of the rooflight, reducing rooflight maintenance by as much as 90%, making it an invaluable addition to all types of rooflight. These factors combine to increase the durability and service life of the product, in keeping with its green roof setting.
Stephen Sharp of Atelier Associates commented that “The lantern looks great and works exactly as we anticipated.”
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