Natural Interior Daylight in a Luxury Florida Home
“The skylights functioned well, they looked good, and they provided lots of light to the space. So, all the things that we were wanting them to do, they did.” — James LaPiana, architect with The Evans Group.
Five large skylights showcase the kitchen. In the kitchen area, Bill Cook Luxury Homes installed a new, technologically advanced VELUX Fresh Air Skylight system. The driving factor for specifying skylights in the kitchen was to open up the space and get more light into the room, creating a “vista to the outside world.”
The skylight system is powered by a solar power. To allow fresh air into the home, the motorized skylights open electronically for venting, with a programmable remote control. Motorized shades to reduce sun glare are also automatic and programable. The entire system is powered by a small solar panel to recharge a fully concealed battery power source and control system.“We worked back and forth until we came up with a great solution,” said architect Jame LaPiana. Also, LaPiana said the venting feature of the skylights, designed to allow heat and VOCs throughout the house to exit while letting fresh air in, would be a “nice supplemental way to get rid of any cooking odors or steam smoke” in the kitchen.
The home was a showcase. Because “The Oasis” home was a showcase for the 2014 SEBC professional home building expo, many of the attendees viewed the home during the show’s “parade of homes.” Interior designer Kate Clarke said, “People loved them.” And later remarked, “A whole new way of creating light on a vaulted ceiling.”
Date to be announced soon
Scheduled for 2016
Architect with BAR Architects, San Francisco (unconfirmed)
To be decided
Gary Staso (unconfirmed)
Director of Store Design, American Eagle Outfitters (unconfirmed)
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