big enough. Or perhaps instead of something square, the architect wants a geometric shape to add interest and personality to the property. That’s when a bespoke design team can help out. They’ll be able to walk the customer through the entire process, from an initial conversation where they will go over the aim of the project, to the minute detail of the fixtures and fittings. Indeed, it may not be obvious from the outset that a project requires bespoke. It may be that you approach the sales team with an idea, looking for advice on how to deliver on the brief. At that point they may point you in the direction of their bespoke team so that the final product truly reflects the initial concept.

Sometimes the design team will work

times when a design needs an added ‘wow factor,’ or when updating an older property and things are found to be not quite ‘square,’ or when an ambitious architect’s vision is slightly more complicated than initially thought, that’s when a manufacturer with bespoke offerings shines.

Bespoke allows designers to create

products with added capabilities. For rooflights, this could be increased acoustic or thermal performance, or even options like obscured glass, security glass and switchable glass, which transitions from transparent to opaque at the flick


of a switch. This flexibility means housebuilders can use skylights in less traditional areas of a home, such as dressing rooms and even music studios. Bespoke also allows housebuilders

and architects to bring creative and inspirational ideas to life. After all, if you are going down the bespoke route, then you have the opportunity to provide more than just ordinary, so make the most of it. Not all bespoke designs are extreme though, it can just mean ‘perfectly tailored to a property.’ Designs could be drawn up for an orangery or sunroom, but a standard size skylight may not be quite

with a third-party surveyor to create a 3D model of the roof to ensure the calcula- tions are as precise as possible before the product is made. Using CAD software allows design teams to import a 3D model of the property to a computer to ensure that the measurements are correct and any rooflights will seamlessly fit into the space available without warping or twist- ing the units. This is just one example of how the design process works, but it will differ depending on the product or feature being made. Sure, the process of going down the bespoke route can be more laborious in terms of time invested. It isn’t as simple as going into a shop and taking something off the shelf. However, you will be collaborating with seasoned craftspeople and ensuring that the product is the perfect fit for the job and of the highest quality. There is something in that process which is really exciting. Whether it’s the thought that no other property will have the same feature, or the creative process itself. You don’t get that by shopping off the shelf. So, if you’re in a position where you need to go bespoke, see it as an opportu- nity to take your design to the next level. Why blend into the building next door when you could stand out instead? Use bespoke to push the boundaries.

Kathryn Muller is Design Studio manager at The Rooflight Company

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