July 12, 2009
we decided to add a sun tunnel as the roof was being framed. it’s basically a round skylight that sits on the roof and funnels light down through a highly reflective tunnel. i wanted to have one in the basement office because we’ve lost three windows downstairs, leaving it rather gloomy. trooped off to home depot, only to find that the Velux Sun Tunnel (10″ diameter) will only reach about 14′ (manufacturer’s recommended distance). The 14″ version is rated up to 18′, but that still wasn’t going to make it from the roof to the basement.
found another brand (gordon) – also through home depot – that is certified up to 24′ (for the 14″ tube), so it’s up on the roof. if you’re considering doing something similar, be warned that the cost more than doubles when you add in all of the extension tubes to reach 18′ or so. it’s also not exactly unnoticeable from the sidewalk, because the dome sticks up like a mushroom.
the roof has plywood on it now, and the roofer is working away on the shingles. before we started.
and this afternoon.
and the front/side view 12 days ago:
the plan is to try and install a small green roof over the front entrance (on the flat portion of the roof). i’ve been keen on the idea for awhile, and this seems the best way to ease into it. i’ll do something low profile – probably sedums or something similar – and open up the office window above to water it as it is getting established.
the city did their portion of the water/sewer excavation this week.
the first pocket door is in!
record-breaking harvest on the raspberries so far.
and the first sungold tomatoes are ripe. best tomatoes. ever.