HOT HOME TRENDS: SKYLIGHTS

Posted by DB Wilson on Wednesday, August 1st, 2012 at 2:15pm.

With the market tight, many homeowners are choosing to revamp their current home instead of placing it on the market. If you’re looking to add drama to a dull living space, you may want to consider a skylight. Skylights can add warmth and natural light—not to mention added ventilation—to your living space, without a hefty price tag. And with more and more consumers looking for eco-friendly options, homeowners can be proud of the green benefits their skylight can offer.

Skylights can actually lower your electric bill because you will be relying less on artificial light sources in the summer, and in winter, sun entering through a skylight can reduce your heating bills. EnergyStar.gov says that installing Energy Star-qualified skylights can shrink your home's energy bill and carbon footprint by 7-15 percent.

Additionally, it is more cost-effective to install skylights overhead than to add windows to a wall. And in rooms where wall space is tight—like bathrooms or kitchens—a skylight is your best bet for maximizing the room’s best assets.

Aesthetically speaking, skylights can make your space seem bigger, which is a large concern for homeowners who feel they may have outgrown their starter homes, but are unable to sell or move. And, if you opt for venting skylights, you will receive a low-cost way to remove humidity, fumes and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from your home through their natural chimney effect.

For more information on home trends, please contact RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc. at 303-449-7000, or 1-800-825-7000.

RE/MAX of Boulder, Inc. located on the corner of Canyon and Folsom, is nationally and locally recognized as one of the most successful real estate offices in the industry. Nationally, they are one of the "Top 500 Power Brokers in the United States" as listed in National Real Estate & Relocation magazine. Real Trends ranked them #1 in the Nation for Closed Sales Volume for 2010. Regionally, for the 5th year in a row, the company has been named the #1 RE/MAX office in America for Single Office Closed Volume. They can be reached at 303.449.7000 or visit http://www.BoulderCO.com. Connect with them on Facebook and Twitter, search remaxofboulder. Subscribe to their YouTube channel and see videos of all their homes for sale at http://youtube.com/remaxofboulder

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