Small Space Solution: Skylights

Small Space Solution: Skylights

Sarah Coffey
Feb 17, 2009

Lately we've been spotting skylights everywhere: in attic apartments, barn conversions, kitchen renovations, and AT house tours (like Kathleen and Alex's condo shown above). They're an effective way to open up a room and let in light, especially if you've got a small space with an angled roof...

Skylights make a big difference in a small room. A modestly sized skylight can flood a small area with sunlight during the day, increasing a room's connection to the outdoors and making the space seem larger. If you're thinking of installing a skylight, there are a few things to consider first. Cleaning and shading are things you'll want to plan for, as well as whether you want a venting unit that can open or one that stays shut. According to This Old House, most skylights are meant to be installed on sloped roofs of at least 15 degrees. Avoid cheap kits or inexperienced contractors when installing a skylight, since leaks can cost you lots of money later on. To help prevent water damage, invest in waterproof flashing and read this article for shopping tips.

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