Regardless of your creative preference or design taste, there is no doubt that everyone wants to maximise the amount of light coming into their home.
Maximising sunlight can also be the decisive factor in whether you sell your home or not. It can make an instant first impression on potential buyers who (excuse the pun) will see your home in a different light.
A couple of weeks ago we looked at 10 ways to stay warm for less in winter. Number four on the list? ‘Open the windows and doors at the north and west of the house on sunny days in winter’. There is no doubt about it, natural light helps create rooms that we want to be in and ultimately makes us happier.
Domain.com.au recently showed us a few of their favourite renovation apps. The clear stand out, my personal favourite (and a large reason for me writing this article) is the Sun Seeker: 3D Augmented Reality Viewer.
The app helps buyers and renovators work out a property’s dark and light sides. It “augments the camera function on smartphones to track the position and path of the sun”.
Utilising the compass function in your smartphone, it overlays your phones inbuilt camera with additional information such as the solar path of the sun. It also reveals shadow length ratio, atmospheric path thickness as well as showing solar direction arrows and elevations for each hour of the day. High-tech stuff!
Home buyers will easily able to gauge the sun exposure of properties they are considering. For the green thumbs amongst us, it can help identify optimal planting locations for current and seasonal solar exposure. And for those looking to build their own home, it can help you develop a feel for the spatial variability of the solar angle throughout the year.
You can read more about the Sun Seeker: 3D Augmented Reality Viewer by ozPDA here.