French farmhouse renovation - roof window

Job done. A well-fitted roof window lightens the hayloft

Nick Inman charts the ups and downs ofdoing it himself with tips and information he has learned renovating a French farmhouse. This month: Fitting a roof window need not be a hole lot of trouble

Some DIY jobs you need to think about carefully – you need to know your limits.

However, there are a few that are best done in a spirit of rash overconfidence, otherwise you don’t do them at all.

One of the latter kind is fitting a skylight, because it involves hacking a huge hole in a perfectly good, watertight roof.

Converting the huge loft into bedrooms and bathrooms was one of the main reasons for buying our house but that dark and dead zone was going to need of a lot of light bringing into it – three large new windows on the north side, ...

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