Took the Go Train to Oakville the other day (quite a pleasant way to travel!) to visit the head office of Velux
, makers of roof windows, skylights, and some very groovy accessories, such as remote control screens. I had dismissed skylights, imagining the ugly plastic domes that began popping up on houses in the ‘80s and which had caused friends endless problems with leaks and streaks. But I’ve wanted to revisit the issue and learn more about roof windows and skylights since hearing my friends, Robin and Donna, sing their praises. The pair live in Provincetown, Mass, where it can get pretty hot and sticky during the summer (and where, I might add, they own a cool little cafe called The Wired Puppy
- check it out if you ever get down that way!) But they say they almost never turn on the AC because opening the skylight window they have on the top floor of their house causes all the hot, humid air to fly heavenward. I love the roof windows shown above, which illustrate what they can do for the look of space, and how they bring in light (and solar warmth). This Danish company (why are Danes so good at making beautiful, highly functional things?) also makes sun tunnels. These are perfect for dim spaces, such as closets, bathrooms and stairways. Look for more information in an upcoming article on a green reno I’m embarking on. In the meantime, here are before and after pictures showing the difference a tunnel made to a windowless bathroom.