A flat roof Nordic funkis villa with four bespoke roof windows

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We visited Marlene and Allan from Copenhagen, Denmark, who recently completed a life-changing renovation of their family home. Their Nordic villa is living proof that you can do magical things with innovative solutions living under a flat roof. Marlene and Allan have utilised the many benefits of their flat roof home whilst staying true the mid-century look and feel. After purchasing the property two years ago, they decided to renovate, taking their time to create a breathtaking home that is now completely illuminated by daylight. We spoke with Marlene, who described the task in great detail and discussed how pleased the family is with the end result ... 

Marlene, tell us a little bit about the origins of your home and why you decided to renovate? 

The house is from the 1960s and it had not been renovated in any way, so it didn’t fulfil the needs that we had for our house. But we could see the potential! We decided to invest a lot in daylight and in the right windows, because that creates the atmosphere of the home. Being in a house where you get natural daylight just makes you happier.

How important was the positioning of your new roof windows in order to maximise the daylight in your home? And what difference has it made? 

It’s not a matter of putting [daylight] everywhere, as that wouldn’t give the right effect. It’s finding the right spots for the best impact. We put two windows in the long hallway on the first floor and if you go upstairs there’s a window at each end. If we didn’t have light, it would be very dark so [the design] gave us what we were looking for.

It was important for us to be able to create a tunnel effect, so in the summer days when it’s hot, we can open the windows in the hallway and get some of the hot air out. You can actually feel it down in the kitchen area when you get the fresh air inside.

Why was it important to have a Vario by VELUX skylight and how did you feel during the installation process? 

The day when we had the Vario by VELUX roof windows installed was very exciting. Straight away, we could see the effect of getting the window inside even though the walls were bare and it wasn’t painted yet; it gave us a totally different light inside the house.

The first thing I see every morning when I go inside the bathroom is the light coming through and onto the walls. The other day we had a full moon just looking through the window and the kids were in the bath playing, while watching the full moon and that was very special.

What lasting impact have your VELUX roof windows had on your home? 

You’re always very close to nature, as you can always see the sun and the skies. I think the roof windows have made the house special; having the extra daylight is an important part of the whole project.

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