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Home Living : July 1st 2008
202 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, July 1, 2008 extensions renovations windows & doors spacebusters.com.au spacebus ers home extensions ULTIMATE choice or call 9620 6344 Sky's the limit Step 1: Mark the area to be removed and cut the hole. Step 2: Put in place a timber frame. Step 3: Fix the Perspex cover. Step into a room flooded with natural light and straight away you feel calm and relaxed. Not every room has an external wall though, so installing a window may not be an option. A skylight is a relatively inexpensive solution. You will, however, need the assistance of professionals. Selection Roof windows, great for attics or cathedral ceilings, are top-of-the-range skylights and are priced from $900 to $1900. Prices range from $700 to $1400 for traditional skylights, normally 550mm wide by 750mm long. Sun tubes are smaller than traditional skylights and easier to install. They cost between $500 and $800. Challenges Traditional skylights require the construction of a timber frame in the roof. You will need another opening in the ceiling and a timber-framed light shaft between the roofline and the ceiling. Use a carpenter to maintain the roof's structural integrity. The light shaft should be fitted with plaster, insulated on the outside and painted. Waterproofing is essential. Have a plumber install aluminium flashings into the roofline and around the skylight. Roof windows require the construction of a timber frame opening in the roof to hold the window in place and water-proofing is also required. Sun tubes still require ceiling and roof installation, so may need expert assistance. The job Place a small pencil mark on the ceiling for your preferred location. Position the skylight plate (frame) against the plaster ceiling and draw an outline of the plate. Inspect the ceiling and roof framing around this mark, taking into consideration electrical and plumbing installations. Position and mark the opening so the need for cutting the existing framing and joists will be minimised. Using a plasterer's saw, cut along the outline to remove the plaster. Remove the insulation. Cut through the ceiling joists and framing, if necessary. Construct a timber frame within the ceiling joist to house the skylight insert. Hang a plum bob from the bottom edge of the roof rafters down to each corner of the ceiling opening. Transfer and mark each corner location on the roof rafters projecting each point up to the underside of the roof. The marks provide a rough location of the opening. Some skylights come pre-mounted in their own frame. Have a qualified tradesperson remove a section of the roof and use the pre- mounted frame to outline the area to be cut. Construct a timber frame within the roof opening to house the skylight insert and fit within the roof opening. Fix it to the framework using the brackets and screws provided. Following the manufacturer's instructions, position the aluminium sill and flashing. Apply waterproof sealant along the edges, then overlap and fix the roofing back into position. Within the ceiling space, construct a light shaft between the top side of the ceiling and the bottom side of the roof. Fit the frame with plaster sheeting, tape, stop and seal the joints. Sand joints smooth and paint. Finally, fix the skylight plate to thejoists and install the Perspex cover. Details: renobrothers.com.au HOMELIVING RENOBROTHERS Renovation experts Matt and Simon Judkins show you the way to make DIY easier Your local family owned and operated manufacturer. Australian made products Cedar-Basswood-Fauxwood Aluminum Phone 9838 8988 www.houseofcedar.com.au 2217916i hlc wk49 PLANTATION SHUTTERS STOCK TAKE SALE 30%OFF DETAILED JOINERY Plantation Shutters 24 Orchard Road Brookvale www.sarmax.com.au Just a few reasons to call Sarmax NOW for your free quote Privacy Noise reduction Ventilation Light control Insulation Low maintenance Cedar or aluminium Custom made High quality Local family business Your team that thinks outside the square Call us today 9905 8422 Save $ - buy direct from the manufacturer 2347905K MOS WK 1 Lic: 91649C BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES • FREE MEASURE & QUOTE • LIFETIME GUARANTEE Made to suit your budget & needs • Style • Service • Variety • Full range • Accessories • Hinged Doors • Sliding Doors • FreOver 20 years exp. PH: 9890 7477 PH: 9890 7477 www.sydneywardrobe.com.au 2345180i hlc wk40 2146299i hlc wk46 Ph: 9456 7667 Attic Ladders & Conversions Roof windows from $570 Free Whirlybird with every skylight or loft ladder purchased Lic No. 91979c SKYLIGHTS NORTHERN from $499 fitted from $999 fitted
July 8th 2008