Through the cracked skylight

It is hard to see cracks in glass but the picture below shows the crack across the skylight. It starts on the bottom of the reflective part of the glass (as viewed here) an inch or two from the clear section and snakes across to the top where it breaks into two making a small triangle of glass on that edge. If you click on the picture and then zoom in with the magnifying glass it is possible to see it quite clearly.

SONY DSCCracked skylight


The picture above shows the box gutter between the two roof peaks and how water settles in the dip instead of running away.


This is the new skylight glass with new bolts holding the roof iron down. The box gutter has been cleaned prior to being replaced.

SONY DSCLooking up and out of the new glass in the skylight. The brightness of the clear blue sky makes inside quite dim although it is really well lit. The plants are more of the plastic plants scattered throughout the house and grounds. Please notice the pressed tin walls in the skylight well. I’m fairly confident that it is the only pressed tin currently in Cliftoria. I like the look of it and I’m contemplating using some on other ceilings.


I’ve been trying to get a picture showing how reflective the new roof is on the studio. This one starts to approximate the glare. This side faces Cliftoria and the glare and heat on that side of the house is very high. In the 40+C temperatures of the last week or so it is quite staggering to walk out onto the back porch. I’ve made a priority on putting curtains on the windows facing the studio to try to reduce the heat entering the house. I have even put a set on the outside of the French doors that open out on to the back porch. Cliftoria’s roof overhangs the porch and will protect the curtain from rain. The upside is that the new roof should make being in the studio more pleasant as most of the light falling on the roof is being reflected, even if a big chunk of that is striking Cliftoria.

SONY DSCOutside curtain on the French doors leading out to the first floor back porch. There is still a lot of light in the hall but the camera is fooled by the brightness coming through making the hall appear dark. Clear blue skies from horizon to horizon and 37C today.

SONY DSCI went into the stable to get my ladder today and noticed this debris on the floor. Looking up I spot a foot sized hole going through the ceiling.

SONY DSCI guess even professionals can put a foot wrong sometimes.

2 responses to “Through the cracked skylight

  1. Will the new studio roof weather and be less reflective in time? Did you know it was going to shoot so much heat back at the house? I love the pressed tin in the skylight well! More of that would be great elsewhere in the house.

  2. The corrugated iron will weather to a nice grey less reflective service in time. When I had seen how reflective the iron would be upon delivery I thought it was going to be a shinier roof than the old rusty roof but hadn’t been prepared for the amount of light and heat being reflected. The angle of the roof is just right to bath the top part of Cliftoria with the reflection. It isn’t as bad as a roof made of mirrors but not that far off it. It is North-facing roof (for those in the Northern hemisphere it is the same as a South facing roof) and so the greater part of the sun light is reflected off that side towards Cliftoria. This is the height of summer and so the maximum amount of light and heat is being reflected. So the high 30C and low 40C days provide huge amounts of extra light and heat. It will make winter better in Cliftoria as free light and heat will be great for the sub zero C days.

    As to the pressed tin I have been investigating a couple of companies who make it here. There are some very nice patterns available. I’m sure we will use some but we are unsure exactly which rooms at the moment.

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