I'm in the process of buying a tiny apartment in Paris. While it is in fairly decent nick, there are a couple of things I want to improve; as much as possible, I'd like to have a pretty clear idea of what I'm going to do before I meet with the contractor next month (I'm doing things long distance, eek).
I have a couple of things I need help with; I'll space them out so I'm not too much of an irritant. I do think all have general relevance.
First off, the skylight:
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What a lovely apartment? Please do send us more pics when it's all done!
As for your window situation, blocking light completely is quite difficult and you really need a tight "seal" if you want to make it really dark.
Our simplest advice would be to use the same concept but make the shade much wider and longer so that it a. really enlarges the scale of your window and b. makes the light work harder to get around the edges. You could also place a simple wooden flange along both sides that stopped the light from leaking out the sides if that didn't do enough for you.
On the window. We've seen it done both ways in NYC and sense that there may be some safety or fire codes that require the wire glass. What they do in Paris is another matter. We'd agree with you, however, if your roof is not accessible and not hospitable to robbers and peeps, we'd switch the glass, but make it thick enough that a stray bird or branch doesn't break through.