Today is the day! At 7:30 this morning a truckload of Amish workers arrived and all you can hear is clattering up on the roof. Today is the day we replace the original tin that has been held in place by bucket loads of roof paint over the years.
Tuscan Villa Gets a new roof
The boards underneath are in surprisingly good condition!
The old tin will be recycled
Old tin from roof
We took a few days off after the house tour to recover. I haven’t cleaned that much in… I don’t’ know…ever. It was nice to have a really clean house, for three years we’ve been living with plaster dust. No sooner do I clean it up when there is another project and it reappears. I digress however. Phase 2 of the ceiling is up!
Now how is this going to fit up there?
Overall view of ceiling
We have been working like crazy to get more projects completed on the house in time for the bicentennial tour this coming Sunday. Not everything will be finished but hopefully people will enjoy seeing the work in progress.
Here is the next phase of the ceiling installation.
The rest of the rope lighting will go in tomorrow, and much more trim. I’m still painting panels!
Here are some details of the grotessca decoration.
Since we first started renovating this house 3 years ago I have been wanting to work on the grand entryway. Finally we have all the plumbing and electrical lines in place and I have the first part of the ceiling painted.
I put down a warm background color down first
Next I put in the dark tones and worked out the composition.
Finished up the clouds
Added some birds
Eric attached the panel to the ceiling this morning.
I’ll post more pictures as we progress, for now I’m off to paint some molding….
Our house has built-in gutters also called Yankee Gutters. They were first adopted in North America during the 18th century in high-style Georgian and Federal-style buildings where refined architectural qualities were desired. These hidden gutters also served an aesthetic purpose in buildings with grandiose compositions, classical orders, and elaborate cornices. The roof and cornice line are not only extremely important elements of the architectural character of these buildings — they also play a critical role in the water-shedding function of the exterior.
Many historic buildings use internal gutters instead of external ones. Often called box gutters, internal gutters were recessed troughs constructed in the plane of the roof near the eaves. They were constructed of wood boxes with sloped bottoms, lined with metal; the first metal linings were lead. Copper became available in America by the end of the 18th century and soon became popular for its durability. The integrity of the metal lining, flashings below the edge of the roof cladding, and cap flashings are critical to the performance of built-in gutters. A common sub-category of built-in gutter, also called a boxed gutter, eaves trough, or sunk gutter, cuts through the roof itself and is lined with metal. Box gutters are advantageous because they usually have no effect on the property’s appearance since the interrupted roof plane is not visible from the ground.
Two major disadvantages of built-in gutters is that leaks are hidden, and repairs are difficult, When deteriorated, water can enter through the structure and cause extensive damage. With proper detailing, built-in gutters can be watertight.
Our roof is being repaired by Mark Hetrich and John Henessey of The Roof Medic from Berks county. Mark, who has been a roofer for more than 25yrs, has worked on quite a few historic homes. After removing the rotting wood, they replace it with “barnboard” and plywood and cover the trough with heavy rubber. Normally the downspout sections are screwed together, however Mark is using an older method of soldering the joints and using special “rack and key” mounting brackets. The solder that he uses is half tin and half lead. This “bar solder” is melted with an antique soldering iron that is heated in a portable coal stove or fire pot that he made 35 yrs ago. Pretty cool isn’t it?
We are off to the Traditional Building Trade Show in Baltimore MD next Saturday. I just love trade shows. You learn so much and are exposed to vendors from all over the country. In case you are interested, here is a link to this show.
I also found their products report site with just about anything you could want to look for to rehab your old home. http://www.traditionalproductreports.com/index.htm.
I’ll post all about the experience when we get back!