What is a Cupola?
A cupola or cupboard door is a type of exterior wall structure which encloses interior rooms within an enclosed space. They are usually made from wood and have lintels (or buttresses) at their top and bottom. A cupola may be used to separate different areas inside the house such as bedrooms, living room, kitchen, bathroom etc..
Cupolas are typically built with two types of openings: one for entry and one for exit. These openings allow light to enter through the entrance opening and ventilation air out through the exit opening. For example, if there were a bedroom on the first floor of your home, then you would have a front door which opens into the outside world and another door which leads directly outside.
You could also have windows on both sides of the door so that you can see in either direction.
The other option is to use a cupola as an entranceway into your home. If you had a basement, then it would make sense to put a doorway into the basement which allows for easy access from the outside. Similarly, if you had a garage, then it makes sense to place some sort of door in front of it so that you can easily get out when needed.
You could then have a window which allows light to enter through it and a small skylight above the doorway so that you can see out. On the other hand, if you had a basement level room, then you would have a large door which opens directly into the outside world and another door which leads directly outside. You could then have windows allowing light in and skylights over them so that you can see out. Keep in mind that these doors are not kept open. At any given time, your garage door should be closed and your cupola interior door should be open. However, if someone breaks into your home, it is much easier to go through the cupola than to break into your garage.
The question remains though: why would you want a cupola?
Why is a Cupola Necessary?
A cupola is a great way to get more natural light in your home, and it can also be used for ventilation. A cupola is basically a small room built on the roof of the house, and it has its own walls, floor and ceiling. The top of the cupola has a large window, which lets light in during the day, and keeps the space well-lit.
At night, you can leave this window open to allow fresh air inside your home. There are also ventilation ports in the cupola, which allow the hot air inside to escape, and bring fresh air in.
If you live somewhere with harsh winters, you can also hide yourself away in the cupola to avoid the cold. If you’re scared of the dark, then the cupola’s window can be closed to keep scary images out.
What is a Cupola Used For?
A cupola is an architectural element which can be found on top of buildings, which helps with aeration and also provides a little additional architectural interest to the building. Originally, the cupola was an indicator that the building underneath it was of some importance, perhaps even a government building. Nowadays, cupolas are used more for aesthetic reasons than anything else.
It is common to find cupolas on houses, as they also help with lighting inside the house. The cupola on top of the house provides natural lighting for the rooms below it through its translucent roof. This allows for a more comfortable atmosphere inside the house without having to spend on additional lighting costs.
Should You Get a Cupola?
A cupola is primarily an architectural addition, and is usually used more for aesthetic purposes than anything else. If you live in a city, then it might be an interesting addition to your home. It adds character and makes your home look more distinguished.
However, you must also take into consideration the comfort levels of the people inside your home. If you live alone, then you certainly don’t need a cupola in your house. It won’t make much of a difference for you.
You should also avoid getting a cupola if you live in a place with harsh winters, as you won’t be able to trap as much heat inside your home. If you do live in an area with harsh winters, it is best to get a basement instead of a cupola.
A cupola, while an interesting architectural addition, might not be the best choice for your home. Before deciding on anything, take into consideration the general living conditions of the people inside your home.
Sources & references used in this article:
- The invisible cupola: from casual to collective attribution in ecological liability (G Teubner – Cardozo L. Rev., 1994 – HeinOnline)
- Adjustable cupola (HL Forsman – US Patent 3,216,161, 1965 – Google Patents)
- Intelligent control of cupola melting (ED Larsen, DE Clark, KL Moore, PE King – 1997 – osti.gov)