Sunlight is nature's antidepressant. Have you ever noticed how the tables by the windows fill up first in a restaurant? Or how, in winter, people cross the street to walk in the sun? My personal belief about daylight in houses is that no one should have to turn on a light during the day in any room. This article will focus on skylights, which are often the most dramatic and effective way to make a difference in the daylighting of a new or existing home.

I think the reason that most people respond so positively to skylights is that they restore the natural canopy effect of being outside with a bright sky overhead. In effect, skylights are a way of bringing "pieces of sky" to important spaces in the home. They're an ideal way to highlight activity areas, such as kitchen islands, dining...

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