While location may make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful property investment, there are other considerations which can fine tune a property’s investment value.
For developers in a market that is keenly competitive, adding value is fast becoming a necessity.
“One way of doing this is through making the most of features that will add uniqueness,” explains Karen Gray, interior designer of Cumbria’s Twin Lakes Country Club waterfront homes development. “One such feature is natural light.”
The Benefits of Natural Light
“Natural light is good for both minds and bodies,” states Karen. “Exposure to it helps us produce vitamin D, and can help with general wellbeing.”
Human bodies are essentially programmed to respond positively to daylight, regardless of technological advances.
“We can spend around 90% of our time indoors, making it harder to gain the benefits of natural light. Therefore, it makes sense that any building harnessing natural light effectively, has inbuilt benefits for its inhabitants”
Natural light helps the body realign to its natural, circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms are the physical, mental and behavioural changes that follow a daily cycle. One example is being awake during the day and sleeping through the night, which is a light-related circadian rhythm.
While the body naturally makes and keeps its own circadian rhythms, the environment will affect them.
Light can turn genes on or off that govern the molecular structure of biological clocks. So, less exposure to natural light can mess around with these rhythms.
Daylighting in Building Design
“Alongside its benefits to people in buildings, natural light can, architecturally, transform spaces and help save energy,” explains Karen.
“Bright and spacious living spaces have immediate impact and are instantly attractive. Natural light is, in essence, a building material that can elevate a space into something truly exceptional,” Karen continues.
Daylighting is therefore a design strategy that pays off. It evokes positive emotional responses in people, making properties more attractive, and it has a lasting benefit to buildings.
“Artificial lighting is responsible for a significant amount of energy consumption, and adds to energy bills. It makes sense, therefore, to harness daylight as much as possible.”
“For the Twin Lakes development, natural light also accentuates the value of the development’s lakeside location, and is a key part of how the homes have been designed to interact with their natural surroundings”
“Each home has a large apex window as its focal point, creating a panoramic, transparent frontage,” explains Karen.
“Location is key, but it is how the homes fit into their setting that gives them a unique and dramatic character,” Karen concludes. “Creating this powerful sense of exclusivity is essential if you want to maximise your investment potential.”
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