The second storey of our Athens home had no vent in the attic! Consequently, all the upstairs rooms were impossible to get cool, while the basement level was icy. I stuck a yard thermometer on a top shelf near the ceiling, where I was painting on a ladder, and it was 90 degrees inside the house! No wonder I was sweating.
Last weekend, DH came to the rescue and installed a much needed attic vent. It's so great - it has a thermostat and when the attic reaches a certain temperature, the fan kicks on.
When DH cut the hole in the roof for the fan, hot air literally rushed out. It made an immediate difference, even before the fan was working.
below: fan getting installed
below: a man and his fan
The upstairs hallway was dim and grim, lit only by one bulb. We picked out new light fixtures and he installed two. Now our hall has good lighting. (Haven't painted the hall yet. It will be a light beige. That mint green at the end will GO!)
below: here's where Dakota spent the weekend, as usual.