First of all, thanks for playing, all 9 of you who played, my little guessing game! It was really sweet of you to humor me and some of you had some pretty inventive answers!

Here’s the picture you were given to guess from:

Here’s the full picture:

The answer is:

A Sun Tunnel! {a small, tube-like, flexible skylight}

As an “Architect in Training”, I LOVE it when we can get a skylight or a suntunnel into a project. Natural daylight makes everything AND everyone happier. Obviously a skylight is more fun because you can see out of it, but a sun-tunnel is an awesome way to bring in natural daylight when you don’t have the room for a skylight.

Our client for this project already has a sun tunnel in her 2nd floor hallway:

So they didn’t need much convincing. They know how amazing it is to have a little tunnel of natural light in a dark-window-less hallway.

Natural daylight is an important aspect to “green” design. It’s a huge category in LEED and it’s just a known fact that if you can get natural light into a room, it makes a huge difference in the quality of the space. I mean, come on, if you had the choice, wouldn’t you rather be in a room with a window than one without? Even better, if it had multiple windows? Or a skylight? :)

This is an example from the velux website:

{images via the Velux}Check out the Velux website HERE.

This picture is from the installation process at the project:

now, can you figure out how i took the really cool guessing picture?

Yup, stuck my head under that thing :)

i think it looks funny now, with the metal reflective tunnel hanging down below the ceiling, but soon the contractor is going to install the “lid” thing-a-ma-jig below {yes… i really need to study so that i know my vocab for the architecture exams…}

pretty soon, this little tunnel will be lighting up the client’s gorgeous walk-in closets! what an awesome way to get daylight in a closet without loosing the closet space for a window. :)

So i know, the whole reason you’re even here is to see who was right and won the cool prize. After getting 3 correct answers, I picked one by random. The lucky winner is:

Good job using your mother-in-law and cousin! :) ha! I told myself that anyone who guessed “skylight” or closer would get to be put into the drawing for the prize…(even though some were closer than others… i can’t expect everyone to know the correct term…but good job those of you who knew the correct name!).

and for those of you who guessed dryer vent, yes, it was a little bit of a trick. sorry about that! now you know, sun-tunnels are cooler than dryer vents. go ahead, tell all your peeps.

those of you who guessed Lady Gaga’s hat… well… sorry to disappoint.

hee hee.

Thanks for playing everyone! That was fun and we’ll have to play again soon.

xoxo-the little architect in training, kimberly renee.

{Sharon, please contact me to get your prize}

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