So, having cut the hole in the deck and welded in a lip, we've been waiting for Brian to have chance to build the actual skylight to fit into the hole.
A few days ago he delivered the skylight, which he'd built offsite in the workshop,
and then a couple of days later returned to, with Lorna's help, weld it in place over the hole.
They started by cutting off what were probably the old sockets for pegs for securing a tarp over the roof.
And then Lorna ground down the paint from the area of wall that would be welded, and they put the skylight in position.
It was at this point that they discovered that although it was flat at the base, the wall had a slight bow in it, which meant that although the skylight fitted the hole in the deck perfectly it didn't butt up to the wall properly.
They then spent most of the day cutting, repositioning, trimming and fiddling,
and eventually all the hard work paid off and the skylight was welded in securely and watertightly. We are SO pleased with the result, the shape and the big, heavy, industrial styling works really well with the front deck, and when we get glass in there it's going to let so much light into the room. The open-able panel also provides a much better secondary fire escape exit than we had before. It's been a LONG time in the planning but it was totally worth it.