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Skylight over the Dinner TableSkylights and a sense of levity to every room and can be installed with electric motors to open and close windows and shades that come in many styles. Unfortunately, skylights have a bad reputation for leaking -but this is due to poor installation practices that are easily avoided by using a little care and reading the installation manual!
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Empty SpaceI encourage my clients not to fill ever square inch of wall space with storage and cabinetry. I'll typically use the cooking area to establish a sense of free space and a little interest in patterning the tile.
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Skylights EverywhereInstalling three skylights is marginally more difficult that installing two. The space demanded three, two over the working space and one over the eating space. What was once a small and closed and dark kitchen, is now a spectacular environment to cook, eat and interact with others.
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Lights, Action, Skylights!Sunlight renovates the spirit.
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Removing the Bottom ChordPutting skylights in this kitchen was a huge challenge; the architect said it couldn't be done. Removing the bottom chord of the roof truss needed to be examined using statics analysis, something I was trained for in school. I took my preliminary calculations to Structron Engineering and we arrived at a solution: add joists!
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Pass-Through to WindowI installed to small recessed lights over the window to create an interesting pattern of conics, and illuminating the sink below.
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Pass-ThroughTwo recessed lights over the pass-through illuminate the counter below and mirror the two lights over the window directly behind the viewer.
 
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