Velux Roof Windows In Our Tiny House

For a long time we have dreamed of being able to lie in bed at night and look at the stars through a skylight. Thanks to our new GGL CK04 roof windows form Velux, that dream is now a reality.

Situated on either side of our sleeping loft, the roof windows will bring in a lot of light and a sense of the outdoors into our loft, really helping to expand the small area and giving it a feeling of much greater space.

Velux Roof Windows

Aside from the obvious aesthetic benefits of the roof windows, they also have many practical benefits and bring a lot of functionality into the Tiny House.

Perhaps the most important of these features, is their ability to help us regulate temperature in the loft area. In the winter, they will help us to heat the house through passive solar gain. They have a laminated double glazing with argon gas fill and low E2 coating, which gives them fantastic thermal performance and will prevent them from gaining too much heat in the summer, and also loosing too much heat in the winter.

Roof Window Passive Venting

In the warmer months, they will help us to regulate temperature in the loft through their ability to vent air. Velux Roof Windows have a vent flap, which allows for ventilation even when it is raining outside. The built in filter also helps to keep out dust and insects.

 The roof windows open, and can actually rotate around to 180° and then be locked into place for easy cleaning (no need to climb onto the roof). Also, incase of emergency in our tiny house, they allow a fast and easy escape from the loft area, that would otherwise be very difficult to exit in a hurry.

Our Roof Windows were masterfully installed by Chris Werthman from Hi-Lite Conversions Ltd. If you’re looking for an installer, he comes highly recommended and can be contacted at wertie@xtra.co.nz.

These roof windows are one of my favourite features in our Tiny House and they really do help to bring light and a sense of space into our loft. We are really excited to show you these windows again once the rest of the house is completed!

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15 Responses to Velux Roof Windows In Our Tiny House

  1. Pauline

    Hi Bryce,

    I am in California and am in the process of building a tiny house on wheels (have ordered a trailer and finishing up on construction plans). Love your posts and videos. I called Velux about the GGU series and they say it is coming out in the U.S. in March 2015. I did ask them whether the series would work with a metal roof and they said they only have flashing for a shingles roof. What did you use for your flashing on the window? And did your Velux installer have to be told about it or they knew about it already? Thank you!

    • Bryce

      Hey there. Yup, the GGU is similar to the product that we have used. It just has the everfinish polyurethane coating on it. We have used the GGL series with the timber finish. They do make flashings for metal roofs. The one that we are using is called an EDW Flashing – http://www.velux.co.nz/homeowners/products/flashings/edw_flashing – It’s a very common roof, so I am sure they will have a solution for it in the USA. Hope that helps.

  2. Joel

    Hi Bryce,

    Since the windows are so close to where you sleep, have you considered noise on the windows when raining? I looked on the manufactures website, but I only saw info about outside noise reduction. Otherwise, looks awesome!

    • Bryce

      Sure thing. I think they can get quite loud when there is heavy rain. I actually really enjoy the sound of rain on a window and so for me it’s actually quite relaxing. Unless of course it’s a very big storm, but even where I currently live it’s hard to sleep through those! I think this is something that will really come down to personal preference. Worst comes to worst if it’s too loud in the loft, we could always sleep on the couch downstairs! 🙂

  3. Alexander Lopez

    The ability to clean the windows from the inside is more than enough to convince me!

    However, I think you’ll need thick courtains to keep sunlight away during summer and for those mornings when you really want to get up late.

    • Bryce

      Yup! We will make sure we have black-out blinds. Either that, or it’s very healthy to sleep with natural cycles of light!

    • di

      We have skylights on the west side of our upstairs bedroom. We don’t use blinds, because the early morning light is not that bright. The brighter light later in the day helps to save electricity, because we don’t need to turn on the indoor lights until well after the sun sets past the horizon.

      We also have a shed roof over our kitchen counter area and bathroom. I’d like to add skylights there as well, because these are both busy areas where we could save electricity.

      We also have a small, dark bedroom off the back of the house. A couple of skylights would help open up the space with more light and vetilation. We’ve been thinking of peaking that ceiling for quite some time. We just need to empty that attic space of my daughter’s belongings.

  4. Rick

    Hi Bryce
    My daughter and I recently finished building a mobile tiny house in Wellington and have learned much in doing so! It’s 6.7m x 2.4 so around 16m2 and also has a loft. Ours is timber framed (65×40) and 4.1m off the ground. Our totatotal weight came in at 3270 kg. this includes 200 x 50 Oregon flooring and triple double glazed cedar bifold doors which are very heavy.
    I think the nut to crack is getting local Councils on board. Perhaps a consent for a caravan park is the way to go. Towards creating an intentional tiny house community! While we have a Green mayor maybe!!

    • Bryce

      Sounds great Rick! Send us in some photos if you can please! We would love to check out what you have built. Yes, getting council on board will be the next step for the Tiny House movement going mainstream. We’re looking forward to looking into those options once our house is complete. 🙂

  5. Melissa Mc

    Have you thought about a way of keeping the sleeping loft dark? So that you could choose to sleep in darkness. I know I would want both options as I sleep best in the darkside.

    • Bryce

      Yup! We’re planning on putting both black-out blinds and insect screens on them.

  6. heather

    These windows are interesting. I wonder what comparable products exist in the states. In one of your videos, you mentioned that you would be doing a video explaining your choice for a gabled roof. Has that been produced yet? Maybe I just missed it. I am still in the design process and roof shape is demanding considerable thought. I will be in various climates (Maine/Texas). As you seem to research every choice you make, I’d love hear the process of why you chose gabled.

    • Bryce

      Hey Heather. Yes, Velux products are also available in the USA. We haven’t talked about that in our videos yet. In the end it came down to a whole range of factors, including roof pitch for solar water and PV panels, weight saving and also aesthetics. All important things to consider in the design. There are a lot of roof options out there, and in the end it really does come down to personal preference. We loved the idea of creating a cosy loft space, but also opening it up to the sky through the roof windows, so this way we feel we get the best of both worlds. 🙂

  7. derek

    I think your choice of material ie steel frame is an excellent choice , what will the final weight of your tiny house be, Felivelux Windows are quite heavy!

    • Bryce

      Thank-you! The Roof Windows are not too heavy. They are 25.72kg’s each, so they do add a bit of weight but not too much. Once the house is completely enclosed we plan on driving it to be weighed so we can get an accurate figure before we continue with the internal fit-out.

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