Light, God’s eldest daughter,
is a principal beauty in a building.
Thomas Fuller, preacher and historian, 1608 – 1661
Openable skylights do more to improve the atmosphere inside this cabin than anything else. That’s why they’re worth putting in. We installed four skylights in all – two on each side of the roof, as shown in the plans. They give natural sunlight, lots of fresh air and allow the sounds of the forest to make their way into the loft unimpeded. Can you tell I like openable skylights?
Since skylight designs vary, the first place to learn about skylight installation is from the instruction sheet published by the manufacturer. That said, in the case of this cabin, there are some technical tips that’ll help you succeed, regardless of what brand or type of skylight you choose.
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OPENABLE SKYLIGHTS ARE WORTH IT
Modern skylights are highly reliable, and flashing is the main reason why. Thanks to this reliability, openable skylights can make your cabin so much nicer, especially the attic loft. Learn all about how & why to install skylights right here.
SHINGLING AN INSULATED ROOF
There are many ways to waterproof a roof, and I recommend asphalt shingles for several reasons. You can certainly use metal or some other option, but asphalt shingles are my favourite, as you’ll see.