A Priori

After a record drought that lasted for over 4 months, it’s raining here. Was showering on and off for 2 days, then, today, the rain has been steady all day. Predictions are for showers for 2 more days. All this would be good news except for the car size hole in our roof.  A hole we deliberately constructed during the past weekend.

I’m on vacation for 2 weeks, supposedly putting a roof on our addition and fixing the remaining roof leaks in the back roof. We did get most of the demolition done (thus, the car sized hole) before the rain started. But very little construction has started…sigh…so, instead of building a roof, we find ourselves writing about building a roof. Meanwhile, 6 mil plastic separates the rain from our kitchen.

Some “before” pictures for your reference:

A side view of the roof line where the addition meets the original structure at the mudroom entrance. Addition to the left, original 1921 structure to the right.

Mudroom roof line

The flat, not slightly sloped, but flat as a pancake flat, roof of the addition. Layered with latex roof sealer on top, bitumen tar in the middle and untreated plywood on the bottom.

Addition roof

The west side of the house where the addition butts the original structure. The stylish yellow arrows indicate impending demolition.

Addition to the right side

A series of 3 shots showing the original back roof of the house. Note all the changes in roof slope and the intersecting angles. Every one of the roof intersections currently leaks when wet. What’s not so obvious from these photos are the galvanized metal pans under the staircase� and east bedroom windows. The roof line at these windows was constructed with a reverse dormer to let in sunlight during the winter months when the sun angle is low. The metal pans line the inverse dormers to keep them flat bottom dry….at least when originally constructed. Both pans are rusted and previous owners have coated them with bitumen tar in a failed attempt at “fixing”.

West bedroom window and roof

Stair windows and metal pan

East bedroom window and reverse dormer

The plan is to replace the shingles on the back roof with metal roofing and to build a sloping metal roof over the addition. The new and old roof lines will be tied together with the soffit/fascia line joined in a more or less continuous fashion. A side benefit will be a porch roof over the mudroom door.

More to come as weather permits…