Laneway houseContemporary Dining Room, Melbourne
The first floor living dining and kitchen are flooded with natural light from the north facing windows, and high level roof clerestory window. Vertical strips of obscure glass provide privacy to the neighbours and beautiful dappled light inside.
Hydronic heating elements are concealed in the kickrails of the joinery.
Photographer: Carrie Chilton
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Understand the issues“We come across this a lot,” Sam Cooper says. “People often ask for designs that will create too much heat and brightness. The causes include too much glass, especially in the roof, and no thought about providing shading.”“A lot of people want that inside/outside space – basically, a big wall of glass,” Daniel Rees agrees. “We’ve actually taken a lot of these out. It might look great in a picture, but is it useable? “To solve the problem,” he says, “we need to think about the orientation of the building and how much sun there is in relation to how much glass. A south-facing extension risks being hot all day. If it’s west-facing, it’ll get the sun in the evening; if it’s east-facing, it’ll get the sun in the morning.“It’s also about visual comfort,” he continues. “If you’re walking from the darker middle of the house into an extremely bright extension, you could get sun-blinded.”