A touch of heaven

There is nothing like sitting down for a meal underneath the clear blue sky.

Skylights offer you a rare experience of viewing the elements of nature – the sun, stars and the rain, while you are enclosed within the four walls of your home. Skylights not only enliven dark interiors but also provide ample natural light during the day and serve as a practical alternative to artificial lighting, thereby decreasing your energy costs.

There are many different types of skylights to suit your needs and tastes. A ventilating skylight, which opens up, allows air to pass through and is ideal for bathrooms and kitchens, where they help to relieve the humidity and allows air circulation. A fixed skylight does not open and is intended solely to allow light to pass into the building. These are commonly used in living rooms, dining rooms, atriums, staircases, and other areas both residential and commercial.  The tubular skylight, shaped like a small tube or tunnel is intended mainly for passages, walk-in closets and other small spaces where a conventional skylight would not be feasible.

Skylights come in different shapes and sizes and are used to complement the architectural design of the building. To create a decorative atmosphere, skylights can be made of stained glass, coloured glasses, glass blocks and double layered laminated glass. Terracotta or cement jaalis which are inexpensive can be used to heighten the aesthetic appeal. The light streaming in through these jaalis casts various patterns on the surrounding walls and floor and can be used to create a dramatic effect. Sunshine or moonlight, penetrating through skylights above rippling water bodies, casts undulating shadows on the walls creating a soothing ambience. Apart from the visual effect, skylights bring warmth and make cold spaces come alive with a sense of glow.

A skylight not only accentuates the aesthetic value of an area but also creates an atmosphere which makes living an experience.