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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Skylights and a Sense of Calm

Last month we touched on the idea of a skylight when we spoke about attics and windows. Let’s have a closer look at this skylight idea.

As the name implies, a skylight brings in light from outside – specifically, from above. It is natural light, as well. But they do much more than that.

By bringing in that light, and by providing a view to the sky above, they make us feel good. They bring a feeling of space and beauty and that means they can provide a wonderful sense of calmness while also brightening our lives.

When choosing a skylight, there are a few things you’ll need to know first and we recommend a professional, such as our consultants here at Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes, to help you out in determining these.

First, you’ll need to know the “roof pitch.” Very generally, this is the steepness of your roof and this would be a number. It is measured by the vertical rise divided by the span. (This why a professional is best to help ensure you get this correct.)

You’ll also want to determine if your roof is constructed with trusses (pieces of framework) or rafters (a piece of wood that is part of the support structure). Again, a professional can help determine this and prevent confusion and mistakes.

The reason it is important to know these things is because they help you in determining what to choose for a skylight so your home is not just beautiful but sound and secure as well.

As with many elements in home building and remodeling, there are many options when it comes to skylights. These tend to combine elements of functionality (like shades) and design (the look of the shades).

Shades will allow you to control the amount of light that comes in. They can also do much more. The can help block excess heat from the sun or, in winter, prevent heat loss.

You’ll also find the actual glass in the skylight can resist condensation and have an insulating effect.

There are many choices and all can help beautify your home and make it a sanctuary of calmness. Not certain where to begin? Give our consultants a call at Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes, (703) 641-9800.