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Many of the homes I remodel have truss roofs, so occasionally I find it necessary to cut and alter trusses in order to build the project the homeowner wants. More often than not, this involves installing a skylight and opening up a skylight well to the room below. I like to design skylight wells so that the light spreads outward in all four directions, which provides two advantages. First, the diverging sides of the well spread the light over a large area, instead of creating a smaller hot spot of light. Second, you don’t have to stand directly under the skylight and look straight up in order to see it. The skylight’s view and its pleasing effect are