My wife and I made some creative choices when we designed our house 10 years ago.
One thing that she wanted was a large deck at the front of the house and another at the back.
She also wanted the roof to hang over the decks to provide shade in the blistering afternoon sun. However, despite wanting ample shade outdoors, she was obsessed about having large windows to let in a lot of light. I think that idea was good at first, but I had no experience living in a home like this. And since I grew up in an area that doesn’t get nearly as much sunlight as we do now, I didn’t know how much heat this puts into one’s indoor air. It wasn’t just standard windows that she wanted, she also wanted skylights in nearly every room. I convinced her to only have three in the house in total, because she would have put in six if she had gotten her way. Needless to say, we’re struggling with constant radiant heat when the sun intensity gets merciless during summer. It comes through each sky light and has a considerable warming effect on the air around the space that is illuminated. I was confused about how to counteract all of this radiant heat getting into our house because it was making the air conditioner work harder. I finally learned about little shutters that can be made that are installed below the skylight and attached to the ceiling inside the house. You can reach up and pull the shutter closed, effectively blocking the radiant heat and preventing it from getting into the house. It seemed like such a simple solution to what felt like a complicated problem.