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Roof Cupola Video

Hi, I'm Tim Carter and it's a really frosty, winter day on the job site. It was about -2F when we were driving here. Do you know what this is next to me? Do you think it is a little shed? Or a dog house for a big, big dog? Guess what, it is not.

This is a cupola. This is a structure that you sometimes see on a garage or a roof top of the house. Two things about this cupola.

First, it is taller that I am. I am about 5'8" and this is about 6 1/2 feet tall. It is also about 7 feet long and about 6 foot wide. This is big and you might think it is out of scale for the house. However, the architect did it right. When this is lifted up by a crane and set on top of the roof, it will be the perfect size for the house. A lot of people don't size the cupola properly when putting one on the house or garage. Typically, they are too small.

It is all about scale. Another advantage with this one is the carpenters were able to build on the ground and then lift it into place. Thus they don't have to build it up on the roof were is more dangerous.

It is really a smart thing to do to build them on the ground and then lift them into place. Just make sure they are the right size.


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