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surviving home renovation projects

Home remodeling is an exciting and horrifying thing to go through. Yes, you want everything to look as you want it to, but do you really want to go through the process to make it look that way? Probably not. My blog is all about surviving a renovation project in your home. You will learn tips that will make it an easier process for your entire family. I have even included some easy to follow instructions for creating a make-shift kitchen to help you survive kitchen renovations without getting to know the pizza delivery guy more than you should.


surviving home renovation projects

Let The Light Shine In: 2 Non-Electric Ways To Brighten Up A Dark, Dreary Kitchen

Maykel Sloothaak

Even if you like to cook, the thought of preparing a meal in a dark, dreary kitchen can take all the fun out of the task. Artificial lighting helps by removing shadows, but it can make the bright colors of your favorite recipes look washed out and unappealing. The warmer tones of natural light, however, enhances the appearance of your food and makes the kitchen feel warmer and more welcoming. If you would like to add more natural light to your dark, dreary kitchen, the following information will give you some ideas to incorporate into your next kitchen remodeling project.

Adding Natural Light Through the Ceiling

Bringing natural light into the kitchen is a particular problem for kitchens that are situated in an interior part of the home or ones that lack adequate windows. For these situations, harnessing natural light from the sky is often the best remedy and one that can be fitted into many kitchen remodeling plans. Depending on the layout of your home, you may want to consider one of the following two methods of adding this type of natural light.  


When considering the installation of a skylight, it is important to consider how the sun will strike the area of the roof where the skylight will be installed. If the sun is too direct, such as when the roof has a direct southern exposure, the skylight may create heat issues or a light that is too harsh. Your kitchen remodeling contractor can help you determine what issues may be involved in your particular situation, and can provide possible solutions, such as non-glare coatings or tints. Remember to check your roof warranty, as well, to ensure that the installation of a skylight will not void it. 

Tubular Skylights 

Another way to introduce light through the ceiling in a dark kitchen is through the use of tubular skylights, or solar light tubes. These unobtrusive light sources utilize a tube that goes through both the ceiling and the roof of the home. An acrylic dome on the roof gathers light during the day and even on cloudless nights. This light is concentrated through the use of mirrored interior finishes and then diffused inside the home with a diffusing lens assembly. When properly installed, tubular skylights offer a pleasing natural light that can effectively brighten the interior of even the most depressing kitchen. 

Before making a final decision on either of these methods of adding more light to your kitchen, have your kitchen remodeling contractor evaluate your current space. They can help you determine your best options for adding additional light without wreaking your remodeling budget.