Skylight Skybright

Something we noticed pretty much out of the gate on this Master Attic retreat o’ ours is that this room is DARK. Like lights are on full blast and you’re looking for the switch. It’s got two wee little windows that cap off each end, and although they’re nice to have a cross breeze blowing upstairs, they really aren’t sufficient by themselves to light up the space the way we’d like it to be lit up. So instead of going out and buying 52 CFL’s, we decided to cut a hole in the roof. Piece of cake. Problem solved.

Installing Skylight in Attic

Now, normally we’d consider tackling this little bad boy ourselves, but a few small details held us back. First, Jay has an immense (immense) fear of being on the roof. I mean, it’s bad. Mostly because all I can muster up the will power to do is laugh at him, and he’s like, I’m going to DIE why are you laughing you lunatic! And second, it involved cutting through some of the structural trusses on the roof and since we didn’t want the walls above us to come caving in one night while we are peacefully slumbering, we figured that this one was best left up to the pros.

So we did the normal round of inquiries via craigslist and came back with a quote for $750 to pop two bad boys into the roof. Not awful, also not amazing. So we had a little pow wow over our dinner one night and decided that for a few hundred bucks, we wanted the natural light that the space was currently lacking so we decided to go for it. Get er done.

Installing Attic Skylight

Lucky for us, our local lumber yard actually had two of the skylights we had our eye on in stock. They even price matched the Home Depot ticket price, so it brought the total out of pocket cost down $40 bucks. Cool beans, yo.

We opted to go with the brand Velux. After shopping around a bit, the distributors basically told us this is as good as it gets for glass holes in your ceiling. In Ann Arbor, they have a code that you have to buy the special upgraded glass, which I guess prevents the stuff from shattering over your face if a tree limb falls in the middle in the night. Since we live in Tree City USA (literally, Ann Arbors nickname), that is a good thing.

Also, the only way that Velux will warranty the seal on the window, is if you agree to buy their flashing kit as well, which is an extra $70 dolla billz. Oye. Good news, it provides a 10-year warranty against leaking, no matter who installs the unit. Bottom line, they sound pretty confident in their product to we were willing to fork over a few extra dollars.

Velux Skylight Review

In the attic, we knew that we wanted to bump the right side of the wall out so that we had a bit more room as you walk around in the space up there. To get the room ready for both the spray foam, and the skylight install, we opted to remove some of the wall that was previously running down this side of the attic. Since this was the back side of the house, we decided that popping up the sky lights on this side made the most sense (least visible from the street, nice view of the tree canopy outside, etc). Once the room is finished, this wall will be a big old built-in, stretching from one side of the room to the other. Lots of storage!

Knee Wall in Attic

Here is a shot of how the room looks the morning after the skylights were installed, hello sunshine!! The room faces east, so we get lots of morning rays, should help to motivate us out of bed each morning. ๐Ÿ˜‰

ย  Velux Skylights Pricing

In addition to the 10-year warranty on the skylights, we also have a 10-year warranty on the work done by our roofer. Sa-weet! He even took a birds-eye view of the skylights before he left the job site. The skylights are a tad higher up on the roof than I thought they would be, but overall I think they look mighty fine.

Velux Skylights in Attic

A few things we learned along the way with this one. First, there are many parts of the installation process that we would feel comfortable doing ourselves. Jay helped the installer for most of the process, and learned that he can definitely do the interior work in the future, i.e. cutting the window holes, but that he just doesn’t feel comfortable getting his booty up on the roof. If we decided to do something like this on any future houses, we think we’d do the cutting portion ourselves, to trim back the costs a bit. Live and learn.

Installing Skylights in Attic

For now, were pretty happy with all the extra light that comes pouring into this room post install. It’s really just an incredible difference. It’s kind of hard to tell on the pictures, but the difference is so noticeable in person.ย Long term, I’m pretty pumped to have these little babies up in the attic space. Pretty sure the orange tabby will be pleased with this new development – virtual bird hunting just got a whole lot better. ๐Ÿ˜‰ When everything is said and done, we are hoping to have the back wall look like this.

ย  Skylights Over Built In

So, ya wan’t us to spill the beans and tell you how much this home renovation set us back? We were able to snag the skylights for $222, with a price match to Home Depot at our local lumber yard and we found a roof installer on craigslist that was willing to pop these guys in for $750, including a 10-year warranty. With the flashing kits, the total cost for installation for (2) skylights was $1,372. Not cheap, my friend. For comparison though, we found quotes as high as $2,500 for just installation when we were shopping, so keeping a grand in my pocket always makes me a happy camper. ๐Ÿ˜‰

3 thoughts on “Skylight Skybright

  1. What a great idea! I would never have thought I could make a roof window like this, one of those things that makes so much sense….once you know how to do it. Something I will pass onto my mum as she has a window like this x

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