A Phoenix Burning

Big Doings

So, you will recall that about a year ago, I mentioned a little roof problem? Okay, so maybe it wasn’t so “little.” Back then, we met with a builder who gave us some round about figures and professional opinions on what could be done. After some thought, we then had Tom Builder (as he will be known henceforth) come back in August, take measurements, and come up with a detailed price and contract. The cost to replace the slate with slate was prohibitive, so he priced the job with quality asphalt roof shingles, and also priced it with synthetic slate. A $20,000 difference between the two had our hearts in our throats, and we opted not to sign the contract, instead limping our roof through one more winter giving us the time to save more money, and to think a bit more about needs versus wants. We have been incredibly fortunate this winter….VERY little snow, warm temperatures, and not a single icicle. We have also had the ability to save a bit more toward the job, and are very excited to get started. Tom Builder will return next Friday, new contract in hand, and at that time we expect to be able to officially hire him on to start the job…exciting and scary all at once.

We will be adding on with a second floor extension, adding a new bathroom, a new bedroom, a closet, and renovating the existing bathroom…topping it all will be a brand new roof. Not synthetic slate, but I have made peace with the decision. I will share “before” photos of the interior rooms that will be changed when they are cleaner when I get a chance. In the meantime, here are photos of the present exterior. The back of the house is my kitchen…this is where we will be raising the roof to a full second story. It will also get spiffed up with repair of trim and a fresh coat of paint on the wood surfaces.




Wish us luck! We’re going to need it! πŸ™‚ Words of advice are welcome as we enter into the world of hired out home renovations.

P.S. Forgot to mention THE best thing! My washer and dryer will move up from the basement, to the new second floor bathroom!!! Whoohoo! My back is very excited. πŸ™‚


3 responses

  1. How exciting! And yes, a little bit terrifying at the same time, but you’ll get through it and will surely LOVE the end results!

    The best advice I can offer is to have a good relationship with your contractor and let him know immediately if/when you see any issues. Have him keep you in the loop as much as possible (ask to be notified when they will be on site, what time do they arrive in the morning, will they clean up each night, who will be the project lead, etc.).

    What will become of the old slate tiles? From what I know, they are valuable, so you probably can sell them to a local buidling supply or salvage company.

    Looking forward to seeing the progress of your project! Best of luck!

    BTW – Your back deck is fantastic! πŸ™‚

    February 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm

  2. You love that house. It loves you back. It’s going to be fine. I’m pretty sure you’ve already checked out Tom’s reputation and experience in the area, and gotten proof of licensing and insurance. Also his favorite kind of pie. Well, it couldn’t hurt, could it?

    You’re gonna love it. Not during, of course, but after, when it’s all done, and you’re having pie.

    That was a really good suggestion about the slate.

    February 17, 2012 at 8:14 pm

  3. Yes, we definitely have a reputable, well known builder who comes highly recommended in our area. I have already been impressed with his professionalism, and as Zan says, he “gets” me. πŸ™‚ As for the pie, I will definitely have to find that out!

    That is a great suggestion about the slate Tracy…it is something we have to discuss with him on Friday. It is something we touched upon before…unfortunately, the cost of careful removal may actually cost more than the slate is worth. We would love to salvage it if we can, but we will see.

    Oh, and Tracy…thank you! We LOVE our deck! πŸ™‚ Zan built it for us about three years ago. I was the one with the crazy idea to build around the Maple tree. Turns out it was a stroke of brilliance….in the summer the deck is about ten degrees cooler thanks to the beautiful shade of the tree. πŸ™‚

    February 18, 2012 at 8:12 am

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