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By Roelf Nel

Sunny South Africa, a reflection of a country that generally enjoys a warm climate and sunshine for many months of the year.  The cold winter days are characterized with sunshine inviting you to be outdoors.  Why not take advantage of the natural light and outdoor living when planning your home?

Using large windows and glass doors creates the seamless indoor-outdoor flow, maximizing your exposure to nature and natural light. Not only will you save on electricity, but being exposed to natural light and sunshine improves your mood.

The room lived in the most is the kitchen. Having large windows and doors allows the sunlight to stream in making a cheerful place. Create a breakfast nuke where you can bask in the warm sunlight is always a good way to start a lazy Sunday. Traditionally kitchens have a back door and a window above the sink. Why not have windows running the length of your counter-tops to shine natural light on your work space? Instead of the traditional stable door blocking the light, install French doors leading into the backyard.

Using large windows and patio doors in your lounge maximizes the natural light flowing into your living area. Create the indoor-outdoor flow with stack-away or fold doors creating more space when they are open.

Sandblasted glass in large bathroom windows helps with the privacy issues, and invites the natural light to stream through. Vegetation in front of the windows, blinds or sheer drops are other ways to maintain your privacy.

Technology has improved so much, that it is possible to have large windows and doors throughout your house, while keeping your home insulated. The energy efficient windows of today facilitate lower heat loss, less air leakage and warmer windows surfaces. Speak to window experts such as Swartland’s and learn about the range of window and door options available to create a home that flows between indoor-outdoor seamlessly.

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