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Traditional covered porches are wonderful, but one with the added benefit of a glass pergola is truly special. Open, but still protected, a glass roof (especially one with a trellis effect) can mitigate the heat while allowing users to enjoy the full benefits of a sunny day. If glass is out of the price range, corrugated plastic is a good alternative.
On the other end of the spectrum, glass walls minus the ceiling will block wind without blocking all air flow, which is particularly helpful should you want to enjoy an open fire pit! Frosted glass, as seen here, will give you a little more privacy, and the slivers of air between the glass inserts and the mullions allow for even more airflow.
Take an ultra-traditional approach and carve out a central courtyard within your home. Interior courtyards, or atriums, have been used for centuries. Such a treatment brings in light and nature, not to mention architectural interest and dimension. While many in-home atriums feel bright and minimal, I appreciate that this design employs a warm, Arts and Crafts feel.
When we see all-white, glass-encased bedrooms, they're usually perched high up in an urban sky, but the wood trusses and thick mullions give this white design a softness — and lets nature provide the color with changing seasons. Imagine waking up every morning to that view.
This is an example of a great use of space in a potentially wasted room. The low/pitched ceilings present a challenge, but making them giant skylights brings in tremendous light. (Adding low bookshelves and comfortable seating encourages NOT standing too tall here).
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