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Home Living : July 1st 2008
2 HLS - HOME LIVING: SOUTH, Tuesday, July 1, 2008 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 can cost between $600 and $1600 which 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, unobtrusive 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. They have a flexible light shaft which can be suspended from the ceiling joists. 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 the ceiling joists and install the Perspex cover. Details: www.renobrothers.com.au HOMELIVING RENOBROTHERS Renovation experts Matt and Simon Judkins show you the way to make DIY easier we reach more active home improvers 86% of Home Living readers have purchased products or services after seeing advertisements in their local Cumberland Newspaper phone 9689 5395 cumberlandnewspapers.com.au advertisenow 2190069 Source: Roy Morgan Readership Survey, June 2006 www.shedsnsw.com.au Visit our showroom to view our range and ask us about our installation service. 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