How the addition of natural light helped create an award-winning renovation

How do you transform a dark and uninspiring interior without losing the rustic and traditional appeal of a home? That was the challenge facing Architect Lydia Robinson, as she began a renovation project on two traditional miners cottages in Bristol, Somerset.

The brief wasn’t straight forward: make the most of the aesthetic beauty of the interior while adding a brighter contemporary finish. However, the result was the perfect juxtaposition of new and old, that resulted in the project being awarded Best Renovation Project in the Daily Telegraph Homebuilding and Renovating awards.

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The rooflight solution

The part natural light plays in turning a dark and seemingly small interior, into a bright and open space cannot be underestimated. For this project, Lydia chose fixed flat rooflights from supplier Roof Maker.

Stunning period features offset against modern fixtures and fittings ensured a cool contemporary finish while a real sense of the past is ever-present. Perhaps the most striking aspect when you enter the cottages is the use of natural light which creates a stunning sense of space.

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Fixed flat roof lights and bi-fold doors have an immediate benefit, as the period features are enhanced while light from above enhances the original character of the kitchen. The fixed flat rooflights are offset against the wooden beams below on the kitchen ceiling to project the natural light in a clever manner radiating natural light all around.


And the result?

The rooflights gave Lydia the perfect solution to a challenging renovation:

”Roof Maker rooflights were installed in both kitchen extensions of our miner's cottages .We placed them close to the original cottage wall and new extension in order to get light into the deep part of the plan and through to the centre of the cottages.”

“The rooflights have both achieved and exceeded our ambitions by capturing an edited section of sky which provides delight and light. Looking up though the rooflight from the contemporary industrially inspired extension back to the existing cottage provides an interesting juxtaposition between new and old.”

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An award-winning renovation

Innovation and excellence are just two of words that are used to describe this renovation partnership between Lydia and Roof Maker. Such was the transformation from uninspiring and dark to bright, contemporary but still traditional, that Lydia and her team won the Best Renovation and Reader’s Choice in the Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating awards.

You can find out more about this award winning renovation here.