And then there was light!

Friday, 16 August 2013

I have to admit to a wee-bit of trepidation in writing this post. In all honestly, I didn't know much about VELUX®, and what I did know, I wouldn't say it was all together enthralling.  But homework was promptly done and after a few minutes of research, I was pleasantly surprised about what I discovered. Turns out VELUX is a bit of a dark horse.

Want to know what ultimately swayed me? Attic and loft spaces! It’s no secret that I can’t resist the cozy loveliness of an attic space (Exhibit A and Exhibit B) but when it comes to the practicalities/technicalities of making the awkward spaces liveable, I have no clue. I mean how do you get a windowless sloped space filled with light and fresh air? Well this is where VELUX steps in. Way back in the early 40s, Danish born Villum Kann Rasmussen (the founder of VELUX) spotted an opportunity to develop a cheap and useful space under a sloping roof and designed and created the first VELUX window – fitted with an ingenious pivot hinge which allowed the window to be opened at 135 degrees. Suddenly attic spaces were transformed into liveable rooms. Today, their sloping windows are instantly recognisable and hugely popular here in the UK where space is at an all-time premium. It’s not just sloping and flat roof windows and skylights, they do their part for the environment too, manufacturing solar hot water systems and energy efficient blinds (which insulates the window up to 21%) but most fascinating of all is their involvement in the construction of carbon light homes. So there you have it, not just a boring window company after all…

This post is sponsored by VELUX but my opinions are my own and I wouldn’t be blogging about them if I didn’t think they were a cool company!

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12 comments

  1. Very innovative window system. I love how neatly incorporated it is on the sloped timber ceiling.

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  2. You've curated some gorgeous images here, Meghan, and that bathroom with the aqua tile had me gasping with delight! Well done, dearie!

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  3. Very cool! And to think, all those Parisian attic apartments would be largely uninhabitable without the advent of pivoting windows like these! Whew. xo

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  4. oh yes, those are very cool indeed. i love the first image i think the angle of the window is particularly lovely. and the loft-like on with the wood floors too. i want a room like one of those!

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  5. Beautiful light! We think skylights are a wonderful way to add light and a modern touch to any room. So glad you decided to write about them.
    xxoo
    C + C

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  6. Gorgeous! My sisters room when we were growing up was the loft conversion in our house and she had Velux windows. I hated her every time she said she would gaze at the stars to go to sleep ;-) It has been the most perfect form of window for me ever since.

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  7. Oh wow, never knew that those gorgeous attic windows were made possible by Velux.

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  8. Anything that can bring in lots of natural light is good in my books. You found some great images, they're all gorgeous. x

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  9. Ohmygoodness, yes to all those spaces. It's so utterly romantical (especially for us Americans)

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  10. I had a Velux window above my bed as a kid and loved hearing the raindrops fall on it. When we redid our roof we put one in P's office, it had a tiny window on floor level, and now it is super bright in there.

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  11. all these bright, white rooms! love them so hard.

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