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I am interested in adding some skylights to my great room to increase the light and possibly provide some solar gain.

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 12, 2013 01:00 AM
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I recently moved into a new home which was built in the 60's. The house is rather dark and cold due to lots of big trees, both on the property and on neighboring properties which limit the sunshine reaching into the house. I am interested in adding some skylights to my great room to increase the light and possibly provide some solar gain. I have a lovely cedar ceiling with beams which are not structural to the roof. This limits placement of the skylights. To center the skylights in each cedar panel, would require cutting into the joists and restructuring them. I don't think tubular sun tunnels would look good here. How advisable is it to make this kind of structural change to the roof?




 

 

I recently moved into a new home which was built in the 60's. The house is rather dark and cold due to lots of big trees, both on the property and on neighboring properties which limit the sunshine reaching into the house. I am interested in adding some skylights to my great room to increase the light and possibly provide some solar gain. I have a lovely cedar ceiling with beams which are not structural to the roof. This limits placement of the skylights. To center the skylights in each cedar panel, would require cutting into the joists and restructuring them. I don't think tubular sun tunnels would look good here. How advisable is it to make this kind of structural change to the roof?

Your question brings up a number of issues for discussion. I agree that tubular
skylights would be inappropriate for your ceiling as you described it.

Structural Considerations

If there is an attic...


 

 

 
 
 
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