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Project House, Phase 1: Replace the roof [20150630|21:28]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I’ve not been about much this month. My apologies for not keeping up with responding to comments and posts. This is because the past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. For one thing, we finally got our act together and began work on the house. The first big job that needed doing was the roof.

The roof was a cheap and nasty MDF slate affair. The original tiles that covered the cottage, which would have matched the neighbouring cottages and houses, were lost. The roof had not weathered the years well. Repairs had been bodge jobs, and it leaked, so the walls on the first floor suffered from damp. This meant that we couldn’t plaster or paint them, because they’d be ruined in six months by water damage.

We decided to replace the cheap pseudoslates with the real thing, and to have the front porch and bay window fitted with proper mini-roofs as well. (I think of the bay window roof as a hat.)

The scaffolders arrived at 8 AM on a Monday morning.


The old roof, from the back, post-scaffolding and pre-roofing.



The old roof, from the front, post-scaffolding and pre-roofing.


On day two, the roofers began stripping the slates from the front of the house.


By the end of the day, all the old slates were gone from the front.


By day four, the back of the roof had been completely covered in new slates.


The side of the house facing the canal. The roofers built an overhang into the new roof, seen only on the back bit because the new slates aren’t on the rest of the roof. It didn’t have one before, which was just silly. Note also that there is no scaffolding on this side of the house. This is because the Canal and Rivers Trust went all 'elf and safety' on us when presented with the prospect of scaffolding next to the towpath.


Back of the roof, day ten.


Front of the roof, day ten. I didn’t realise these photos were blurry until I downloaded them. Am a bit sad now, but I was so busy that I had literally 30 seconds to run outside and take these on the day. You can just see that the porch is being re-roofed.


Closeup of work on the porch and the bay window.


Looking out our bedroom window at the porch roof.


The new bay window hat! I’m especially fond of this bit.

They finished the job quickly once the problem of constructing the hat had been solved, and the scaffolding was taken down at 8 AM last Saturday morning. (The baby ran a temperature of 39+ on Friday night and we were up most of the night. I was Not Happy to see them since they were supposed to come on Monday. The bloke made them coffee. I didn't dare go outside lest I throw it over them instead of handing them the cups politely.) The hat is still not quite finished - the contractors had to order special little narrow ridges to join the three sides together and they haven’t arrived yet.


Back of the house, completed. New guttering and downpipes! Flashing on the chimneys!


Front of the house, almost completed. New guttering, fascias and downpipes! Flashing on the chimneys! Proper drainage for the porch guttering! Flashing on the porch and the bay window hat!


Side of the house. Drainage now set up for the valley between the two halves of the roof.

Now that all this is is (almost) done, we can feel confident about redecorating and repairing the interior of the house, as well as repainting the exterior. And once we’ve recovered from paying the bill (yowch), we can think about Phase 2: Converting the conservatory into a livable room.

In conclusion, responsible home ownership is ruddy exhausting. Also, expensive. Also also, why was it so exhausting even though all I did was organising the contractors, make a lot of coffee and answer questions about what I wanted?

At least it looks nice! I think? Reassurance would be most welcome.

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[User Picture]From: doccy
2015-06-30 20:46 (UTC)
I'm sorry to say, but it doesn't look nice. No.

It looks OUTSTANDING. Huge improvement - Yay! :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-07-01 08:21 (UTC)
WAHEY! Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: dizzykj
2015-06-30 20:57 (UTC)
It looks so beautiful!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-07-01 08:22 (UTC)
:D Thank you! It will be all nice when you next are over for a visit.
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[User Picture]From: imyril
2015-07-01 00:42 (UTC)
It is awesome and gorgeous.

Also, managing contractors - however little you think you're doing - is akin to herding kittens. Kittens with a Mission. Exhaustion is entirely normal :)

Time to sit in the garden and admire!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-07-01 08:28 (UTC)
Thank you!

They were pretty focused and considerate kittens (apart from the scaffolders, argh), so it wasn't too stressful.

Today is all about admiring from the garden. :)
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[User Picture]From: cmcmck
2015-07-01 07:47 (UTC)
Looking good.

As you know, we're househunting up your way and if yours was huntable, we'd certainly be looking!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-07-01 08:27 (UTC)
Funnily enough, the converted barn over the road is up for sale. I don't know if you need six bedrooms though. PM me if you want the link to the listing.

Also, this may be of more interest: Fisher German is having an auction on 22 July of a whole bunch of properties in the area. Some of it is "just" land, but others have lovely detached 3-4 bedroom cottages that need renovation. So if you're in the market for a project house, you might want to have a nose around these: http://property.supadu.com/images/ckfinder/614/pdfs/Auctions/22-Jul-catalogue.pdf

We've been to look at a few so if anything piques your interest, PM me and I can give more detail than is in the catalogue.
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[User Picture]From: cmcmck
2015-07-01 10:40 (UTC)
Six is rather more than we need.

Thanks for the link but we're hoping to find something move in-able.

The Tudor town house in Wem is still top of the list!

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-52526897.html
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[User Picture]From: hano
2015-07-01 08:24 (UTC)
It looks great! Amazing the difference it makes to the house.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-07-01 08:29 (UTC)
Thank you! I think it looks loads smarter so it's nice to hear that others can see that too. :)
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[User Picture]From: coughingbear
2015-07-01 09:35 (UTC)
It looks so much better! I particularly like the little hat - makes the front of the house much friendlier, somehow.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-07-02 10:33 (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, the hat is much better than the little flat bit of roofing felt that was there before. It makes it look like the bay window belongs to the house instead of being tacked on as an afterthought.
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[User Picture]From: ursarctous
2015-07-01 16:12 (UTC)
So lovely!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-07-02 10:36 (UTC)
Yay! Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2015-07-02 11:18 (UTC)
It looks great - a huge improvement!

Also, your house is lovely in general. And I see what you mean about being close to the road...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-07-02 11:22 (UTC)
Thank you very much!

With hindsight, I imagine my driving posts make more sense now that you can see the house in context.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2015-07-06 04:44 (UTC)
Is the brick house part of your house or a neighbor's house? On a separate note, are you involved with the Pluto fly-by that's coming up?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2015-07-09 12:40 (UTC)
The brick house is the neighbour's. It's funny the way they've evolved, isn't it?

Nope, not involved with New Horizons. Very excited about it, though! :)
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