Roof Lanterns: What You Need to Know

a single storey extension with a roof lantern
(Image credit: Humphrey Munson/Westbury Garden Rooms)

Roof lanterns have a lot to offer the right project. Both pretty and practical, these glazed structures not only help to bring beautiful natural light into your home, but add a sense of space and drama overhead that can help elevate a room to new heights of elegance. 

Largely used on flat roofs, they’re perfect for bringing flair to projects such as single storey extensions, and work especially well in larger open-plan spaces where natural light from your doors and windows has to reach further and work harder to keep the room feeling light and airy. 

Mark Brinkley

Mark is the author of the ever-popular Housebuilder’s Bible and an experienced builder. The Housebuilder’s Bible is the go-to hardback for self builders; originally published in 1994, it is updated every two years with up-to-date build costs and information on planning and building regulations, and is currently in its 14th reiteration.

He has written for publications such as Homebuilding & Renovating for over three decades. An experienced self builder, his latest self build, a contemporary eco home built to Passivhaus principles, was created on a tight urban brownfield plot.