Learn how to build a cupola with these free DIY Cupola Plans that will make any building more pleasing to the eye. This stunning roof cupola design is easy to build and will add fresh air and natural light to the interior of your shed. It’s curb appeal will be the envy of your neighborhood.
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Before you start any building project, make you have all the necessary tools, materials and equipment you will be needing in advance. This will make your building endeavors go smoother and easier.
How To Size A Cupola For A Roof
When planning what size shed cupola you need, a good rule of thumb is 1.25 inches to 1.5 inches per every foot of roofline. We made this handy chart so you can quickly determine the perfect size you need for your roof cupola.
What Is A Cupola Used For?
In modern times, the purpose of a cupola is threefold. Most importantly for ventilation, to let in the fresh air. Secondly, for natural lighting. And simply for curb appeal.
Roof cupolas at one time were crucial for survival. By letting in plenty of breathable fresh air, livestock lived longer and was healthier, but also to keep hay dry. Moldy hay can make animals sick. And the natural light was helpful for people and horses to move around without the need for a lantern.
In Medieval times, cupolas had a bell and light. Sentries stood as lookouts in cupolas and would ring the bell or light a fire as a warning in case of invasion by enemies. Legend has it that wives would use it a widow’s walk to keep watch for husbands coming home from war.
Having a weathervane on the spire helps farmers to know the direction of the wind. The design of the cupola and weathervane once upon a time was specific to each ruling family, like a family crest.
In Latin, cupola means “small upside-down cup.” In Italian, it means “little dome.” Roof cupolas can come in many different shapes and sizes and colors; and can be made of different materials such as bronze, iron, wood, copper, vinyl and siding.
To sum up, we hope these DIY shed cupola plans have helped you. Whether you are a beginner DIY builder or a veteran, you are sure to find these plans helpful in learning how to build a shed roof cupola. There is nothing more rewarding than building a permanent outdoor storage shed structure with your own two hands. Unique outdoor storage building designs add value to your home and land.
Please enjoy this free cupola plan and happy building!