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....

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