José A. and his family moved to Switzerland and live for two and a half years in an old farm redistributed into several apartments. (See another testimony of a former farm configuration with guest rooms here). Upon arrival, José tried to enlighten the entire house the best way he could. However, a part of his house was still dark… Discover which solutions he found to provide a maximum lighting to his home.
1- What kind of transformations have you done when you arrived in your new house?
I bought a ground floor apartment almost three years ago in Switzerland, in a town between the French border and Geneva. The apartment belongs to a renovated farmhouse which is divided into several homes. An old farmhouse means: large volumes, interesting for interior design, but also very thick walls, at least 50cm wide, which obstruct daylight…
Once we moved in, I tried to bring as much natural light as possible in every room. I started cutting trees around that prevented light from reaching the interior of the rooms. I also removed the massive window screens that darkened the bedrooms. In the end, I managed to get more light in my home. However, the kitchen and the dining room were still very dark. There are a window and a glass door, but these two adjoining rooms overlook a wall separated by a narrow lane. There is only 1m between my windows and the wall in front of them, which reduces greatly the brightness.
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2- Was Espaciel in your first list of solutions?
I was looking for a solution that could bring light in every room of the house. As I said, I was struggling to find a solution for my kitchen and my dining room. It is in a magazine that I discovered Espaciel, the only solution that could suit my situation. I then contacted Jeremy, an Espaciel advisor, and sent him pictures of my ground floor so he could offer me the best solution.
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3- How did you adapt the Espaciel products to your situation?
With the outside very narrow lane, Jeremy advised me to install two reflectors one below the other on the wall in front of the windows. Thus, the sky light that falls vertically will arrive on the Espaciel reflectors and be redirected inside.
I ordered four exterior wall mounting reflectors, two to place in front of the window and two in front of the door. On top of that, Espaciel delivered me a kit to place the reflectors underneath slightly more advanced compared to those above. This allows the lower reflector surface not to be in the shadow of the one above.
I installed the reflectors 4 myself in less than an hour. I have to say that the Espaciel reflector is easy to setup. It is a very light and simple product to use! The service provided by the Espaciel team is also very efficient.
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4- Can you talk about the integration of reflectors at home and their effect?
The wall where I installed my light reflectors is grey and a little bit sad… The Espaciel reflectors adorn the wall: we can see the sky through them! We only notice them by their effect.
During spring and summer, the sun passes over my house: the sun’s rays are directly redirected by reflectors in both rooms. During winter and fall, the result is less obvious since the sun is lower and doesn’t pass above the lane. It doesn’t reach the windows, as a result, only daylight is redirected inside. The result is different but still visible every day, every time of the year. (Read and see the difference of result with sunlight and with daylight in this article)
Anyway, I can now see shadows and light on the walls of my kitchen and dining room! It is so much better to live in a bright house.
A huge thanks to José and his family!