What is a solar study?

A Solar Study helps us show you how natural light will impact your building design. First, we create a 2D rendering of your building plans. Then, we adjust the sun to different heights and show you exactly where light and shadows will fall both on the interior and exterior of your building.

Why is this so useful?

There are numerous reasons to increase the level of natural light in your home. Health benefits, energy costs, and environmental considerations are just a few. Conducting a solar study allows us to ensure that the natural light on your lot is maximized.

But what if my lot has low light levels?

We have the experience and knowledge to elevate the level of natural light in your floor plans. Particularly with modern home design, technological advancements allow us to keep your home light and bright.

Small changes to building design can have a huge impact on the amount of natural light in your home. A solar study allows us to identify areas of opportunity and change them in real time while you watch. For example, if you have planned a breakfast nook and want to prioritize its light levels, we can explore the effect of removing or extending the wall in the kitchen can do to brighten the breakfast nook area.

Tubular skylights such as Columbia Skylights can provide up to 150 square feet of light coverage inside your home. They work by gathering passive light from the sun and reflecting it through the tunnel and into your home. This turns the passive sunlight into a bright, white, natural light that will illuminate your space. These tubular skylights are cost-effective as they do not require framing work, and can even be added during a renovation.