completed projects, home systems

Stockholm St. Skylight to Heaven

We moved into this apartment on Stockholm Street around February 2012.  One of my favorite things about the place was the two skylights in the hallway.  One of which, has had a closet built around it unfortunately (well at least the closet gets great light).  The other skylight has a small opening and hatch that the previous tenant built with a piece of plexi-glass and two hinges.  The roof in our apartment is connected to about seventeen other houses.  As far as I know none of the other houses have access to their skylights or roofs for that matter.  So, the goal was to find a way to access the skylight, ultimately the roof.  I know there is gold up there…

1) Because it is awesome to have roof access in any type of building, especially in New York.

2) Since we are on the Bushwick – Ridgwood boarder we are apart of the “Ridge” of Ridgewood, meaning a view of all of Manhattan is at our disposal if we can get up there to enjoy it.

I set up some sketches.  There were a few design factors to take into consideration.  The primary one being that the ladder needed to be on rollers so that when we were not using it for BBQ’s, sunsets, and general roof access it could be rolled to the side in front of the wall, and not blocking my roommates closet (which is in the hallway directly below the skylight)  The second consideration was that it had to be discreet, flush with the wall, and overall just look nice, since we are not allowed to do “construction” in our apartment.  Basically our landlord had to fall in love with it when he saw it hanging from the ceiling of the house he and his family grew up in since the 1940’s.  Luckily, his father was a carpenter so him and his mother downstairs (an old Italian woman that cooks for us all the time, and is just an all around amazing person) appreciated the look and effort of the project.

It took me about two weekends to complete the project.  The hardest part was setting up the proportions and the overall width of the system.  The total cost of the project with lumber, screws, stain, wheels, dowels, and other hardware ran me about $65.00 which, isn’t bad considering online “Library Rolling Style” ladders go upwards of $500-600.00

I have attached some images of the process and final product below…


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