Time for change

2017 was a momentous year for 60 year-old Moira Thomson and her husband, Robert, also 60. They’ve celebrated their ruby wedding anniversary and embarked on a life-changing renovation to their home in Glenrothes, Fife.

Adding a single-storey extension to the back of their house creating a spacious, bright kitchen has set the Thomson’s home apart from the rest.

Maximising the daylight

The couple’s house is often visited by their two daughters, their husbands and two granddaughters as well as their friends. The room where they did most of their entertaining, usually a quiz night, was a relatively dark space at the back of the house. While looking for ways to maximise the amount of daylight that entered her home, Moira came across VELUX roof windows.

After short deliberation, the Thomson’s made the decision to extend the back of the house out into the garden and install VELUX roof windows into the new space. Work started on the project at the start of 2017 after waiting for the very in-demand local architect, Niall Young. Once they had agreed on the drawings, Moira recruited highly reputable local installer, Brian Mathie of BMD Contracts Ltd. and the work began.

Main benefits of getting VELUX roof windows

  1. The perfect setting for family time: The windows have transformed a previously dark room. The Thomson's now have a bright and welcoming space for family quiz nights and entertaining friends.

  2. Smart solution for Scottish climate: The VELUX INTEGRA® solar-powered roof windows can be controlled at the touch of a button. Sensors also mean there's no risk of rain entering.

  3. Fresh air and a better indoor comfort: The VELUX roof windows have changed the way the room looks and feels, improving the natural ventilation and airflow of the kitchen. 
“Blown away” by the difference

The building work was completed in eight weeks, with only a few minor delays due to bad weather, while Moira and Robert were on holiday. The Thomson’s opted to install bifold doors and three white-painted VELUX INTEGRA® solar roof windows as these would maximise the amount of daylight and fresh air that could enter the new extension – at the touch of a button.

Looking at her brand new kitchen, Moira says that she is she is still “blown away” by the difference they make to the way the entire home looks and feels.

Indulging in interiors

Inspired by the bright, fresh atmosphere of the new space, the Thomson’s turned their attention to the interiors. The light, cream units and granite worktop Moira chose for her brand new kitchen complement the bright natural daylight that the roof windows and bifold doors allow in.

The Thomson’s chose to install VELUX solar awning blinds to reduce the glare from the sun on particularly hot, sunny days.

"I am truly amazed by the difference VELUX roof windows have made, not only to our new space but to the overall look and feel of the entire house. We now have a bigger, fresher and brighter area in our home that we can enjoy on our own as well as with our visitors. We just wish we'd done it sooner!"
Moira, homeowner