Sharing our cottage bedroom reveal and the before and after photos of how we were able to make it cozy and light to a once dark room.
New house, new room reveal!
It’s been a little while since we’ve shared an update on our little cottage in the Heights.
We closed on it in September of 2021. But a whole lot of life has happened since.
Our original plan was to move in, live in the space for a bit to get a feel for how we wanted it to evolve with our lifestyle.
And then, renovate little by little. But that quickly escalated. As it seems to do around here!
We packed up to stay with family during a three-week construction whirlwind to vault some of the ceilings and install VELUX Skylights.
Like a lot of older homes, the primary bedroom was generally pretty dark and felt tight with the low ceilings.
Add that to a lack of architectural interest and my undying love of natural light, we knew we needed a major change.
Lucky for us, the attic above this room was an unused portion of space that didn’t require too much reinforcement with headers, beams, or relocating pipes.
So we were dead set on having them again.
Choosing Our Skylights
VELUX offers virtual design consultations. So you can actually explore skylights and ask questions with a daylight designer without leaving your home.
Simply, schedule a time online to talk with a daylight designer. This can either be audio only or video chat.
The consultant will help you understand what rooms are good candidates for skylights.
They’ll also answer questions about the products and recommend an installer in your area.
Based on the east and west direction of our house, we decided to do two skylights right above each window for a symmetrical feel that optimized light.
Benefits of Having Natural Light in Your Home
From a design perspective, natural light from above brings out the best in a room’s decor.
Colors show true and dark corners are eliminated.
Natural light transforms a space in a way that other design elements don’t. And I absolutely love how it brought this space to life!
Plus, fresh air ventilation is a bonus wellness benefit.
Being able to open up the skylights and windows creates airflow throughout the house. So the stale indoor air is able to escape and be refreshed with outdoor air.
This is an incredible (and rare) advantage to have in an older home now.
I feel like the soft, natural light combined with the newly vaulted ceilings made an incredible difference in modernizing this older home.
It allowed us to still keep the original charm of having an older cottage while making it feel much like us.
More Makeover Reveals
For more ways on how natural lighting has completely transformed our home, check out a few of our favorite renovations below —
- Toddler Girls Bedroom Reveal
- Before and After of Installing Skylights In Our Lakeside Home
- Lakeside Master Bedroom
- New Master Bathroom
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