Master Bedroom: the problem with light

Master bedroom full wall of closets with two windows above

Master bedroom full wall of closets with two windows above

One of the nice things about a mid-century home is all the natural light that the structure accommodates.  When this house was originally built, my mom had two skylights installed.  One in the living room above the built-in brick planter and one in the guest bath as it is located in the middle of the structure with no windows.  My mom used to laugh when people would use the bathroom and try to turn off the “light” by flicking off and on the light switch, built in heater and the fan.  In those days, not many homes had sky lights and people were not used to light coming from the ceiling that wasn’t a light.

Later, she installed two more skylights because she wanted her house filled with light.

The Master bedroom was always rather dark.  Aside from the light that comes from the master bathroom windows, there are only three windows in the room.  Two of them are very high and above the closet (see above picture.)

One window on facing wall that will be lost when the kitchen/family room is remodeled.

One window on facing wall that will be lost when the kitchen/family room is remodeled.

The other one is on the facing wall and it looks out on the semi-enclosed porch/patio (above window).  This window will be removed when the addition is put on to the kitchen/family room.

Now that we have removed the closets, there is a little more light coming in from those high windows, but they are oddly placed.

Closets removed.  A new walk-in closet will be carved out from the adjoining office.

Closets removed. A new walk-in closet will be carved out from the adjoining office.

We will be adding a walk-in closet by carving out a space in the large office (18×11) adjoining the Master.

Office.  the end of the room (where the cabinet stops) will become the new walk-in closet for the Master

Office. the end of the room (where the cabinet stops) will become the new walk-in closet for the Master

Our contractor has suggested making those two little windows larger, but I’m skeptical that it will keep the style of the architecture.  Adding another window will increase our costs more than we are comfortable with.  So…not sure what we are going to do.

I am considering putting in another skylight.  But, again, the expense is a little much.  Hopefully we can come up with something before construction gets going.

 

 

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