Thursday, December 9, 2010

Raising the Roof


We’re starting to put the lid on this thing. 

It so exciting to see the roof go up!

Although, I think the framers are much more excited by the steel drum that Builder Gary delivered yesterday.  You can see them here warming their hands while they break for lunch.

While they were lunching and warming, I had an explore.  I have a healthy respect (fear) of nail guns, so I keep my distance while they are working.


Under this roofline will be the bathroom for our darling daughter.  It will be a funny little room just as wide as a bathtub is long and with a sloping ceiling.  There was going to be a window in the end, but we decided that the maintenance of having a window in a shower was too problematic and will put in a solar tube, instead.


This is what it looks like from the inside.  It needs decorating.  And walls.  It’s a good thing we nixed the window.  With a view like that, we’d never get her out of the shower!


From the back yard, the rooflines are beginning to take shape.  with the plywood sheathing up, you can start to see where the windows and doors will be. 



I like the way the top windows look crenellated right now.  Especially since the two left windows will be son #2’s room.  He has such a love for medieval warfare and history, that it’s neat to have his windows look like a battlement at this stage.


They’ll end up being dormers like this, though.


From the inside, the view is pretty spectacular.  If anyone did storm the castle from this side, it would be an uphill battle.



Not surprisingly, the living room windows below have the same view, but just not with quite the treetop perspective.


Meanwhile, dear daughter’s bedroom is too chaotic and messy to get a good sense of the view.  I wonder if that will be any different after she moves in….?


Here’s a comparison of plan vs. reality.  You never quite get the same perspective, since the plans are flat and have no perspective.


Things are starting to take shape!  I really hope they get some sheathing on the roof before the rain/sleet/snow in the forecast gets here.  I  know the framers hope so, too.  Then everyone can have a nice easy sheltered job like this fellow adding reinforcements to a supporting wall in the basement.


Now that’s what I call a supporting role!


  1. Put a widow in the shower. Our shower window is in it's 20th year and has taken a beating but still with use. You can get better windows these days. It's like taking a shower outdoors. On winter mornings the sun shine right on us. Once you get that, all others feel like you are showering in a closet. Anyway, it was the one thing I wanted in our bath. Here is a picture.

  2. P.S. I'm always interested in how they manage gutters and downspouts with through-the-eave dormers like yours.

  3. I hear what you are saying, Terry. We had a window in our shower in our first house, though, and it was a maintenance headache. Given that this is in a kid's bedroom, too, I don't think any particular care would be taken to keep it dry or mildew free. That being said, stay tuned... we may have another plan.

  4. We didn't take any care for our window. Sooner or later we'll get a new one.

  5. The most exciting part of home building is roofing, because when the roof is already installed, you can already imagine how the house will look like. Looking at the photos, it seems the contractors still have a long way to go. But it’s good to see things coming along together.

  6. You indeed have the best supporting role here, Anne. Your blueprint is very classic and for me, it fits the your neighborhood’s surroundings. I’m not an professional architect, but the design really captured my attention. I’m too excited to see how the house looks like now and I can imagine that you’re enjoying this place. I hope you could post recent photos for me, can you? Thanks.

    -- Lino Kosters

  7. I’m sure you already moved into this house by now. How’s the roof condition? It’s been a long time, and I’m sure the roof’s original color already faded. If you want to maintain the durability of the roof, make sure you do a periodical maintenance and repairs on it. +Conner Spear