Friday, August 21, 2009

It's All About the Roof

I know it's been a while since we've posted any updates, but some days the changes aren't very evident, so I waited a little while in order to show a little more dramatic change in the house's appearance. Most of this post has to do with the roof, whether it's decking, shingles, or the new covered deck. For those of you that are interested, you may notice that we didn't use typical decking on the roof. We used a product called Zip Roofing, or Zip Board. Unlike the usual decking, it has a built-in moisture barrier, so there is no need to re-cover the roof in felt paper. The black stripes you see are the seams, which have been covered in a special tape. Once installed, the manufacturer guarantees the roof to be water-tight for 120 days with no shingles. You also don't have the time and expense of applying the felt paper, so it speeds the job up. Shingles go down directly on the Zip Board. We've had a lot of people stop and ask about this product. The carpenters really like it a lot. As for the shingles, they are Owens-Corning architectural, and the color is Driftwood. The part of this post that we're most excited about is the roof over our deck. When we started building, we didn't think we were going to do this, but we decided it would be money well spent. The deck isn't built yet, but the roof is finished and we're really happy with how it's turned out. Having the deck covered turns it into an all-weather outdoor room, and as much as we grill out and entertain, we're really looking forward to it. Enough of my rambling, on to the pictures!

Front of the house with all of the Zip Board in place

The small black squares are where tape was applied over nail holes from the toeboards

Rafters for the roof over the deck

Scaffolding built to hold the roof since there is no deck built yet

Looking out the kitchen door across the (future) deck

View from the backyard

View from the golf course with all of the Zip Board in place and the deck roof complete

Roofer starting in the valleys

Working over the garage

Shingles covering about half of the front of the house

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Raise the Roof

For the past week or so, our carpenters have been trying to get the roof on our house. However, due to several days of heavy rain, they have been delayed. They're not completely done yet, but they are almost ready to put the decking on the roof. Here's what they have done so far...

Flooring upstairs

The first few rafters

Hip on the guest wing of the house

One of the carpenters suggested we put a basketball goal up here

Construction of one of the hips

Dad supervising

We try to drive to Pickwick and check things out every day at lunch

Rafters almost complete

Close-up of the dormer over the front porch

Tray ceiling in the master bedroom

View from the golf course

Plumbing and Electrical (and free labor!)

Before the roof went up, Ami's dad and one of her sisters came up to visit and help us pre-wire the house for cable, phone, internet and the burglar alarm. It was a huge help, and Ami even got in on the work. Thanks again to Rusty and Lacey for all of their hard work. Everything looks great!

Also, our plumber is almost finshed with his rough-in work. We didn't have to make too many snap decision, becuase we knew where all of the sinks and toilets were going, but we have a long list of decisons that do have to be made soon. Below are some pictures:

Wires running through the ceiling joists

Lacey and her pink toolbelt

Receptacle boxes

Rough-in plumbing for the washer and dryer

Plumbing underneath the house

Ami up on the ladder pulling wires

Rusty mounting a phone/DSL box

Ami singlehandedly installed this phone/DSL box - isn't she handy?

Hard workers after a long weekend