Daylight does not equal daylighting

One of the first things I notice when touring homes is the daylight in the rooms.  Sure, it can be summer and sunny, but if the home is surrounded by trees or a tall neighboring house, how do those things impact daylighting?  It may seem obvious, but the more windows, or the larger the windows, the more daylighting you have.  Basically, nature is doing the lighting for you, without the aid of electricity.  How glorious is this?  If you’re purchasing a home in the summer months in the Pacific NW pay attention to the windows and how much sky you see through them.  This is especially important in lower (below grade) levels.  That golden cypress shrub might be magnificent as you approach your new home, but it blocks valuable light from getting into your kids’ playroom.  You might consider replacing it with a deciduous shrub to capture the winter sunshine.

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