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Week 10: roof particulars and cladding beginnings

Flat? Sloped? Both!

It's flat. It's sloped. It's both!

If you’ve been following week 9’s roof posts, you may have noticed an angle… or more specifically, one main angle decidedly un-90-degree in nature… or many of them, sitting side-by-side.

And if you’ve tooled around our Plans + Elevations page, you also may have noticed a certain flatness to most of the elevations. Indeed, most of the renderings (bar the kitchen cross-section) give the impression of a flat roof. And when all is said and done, that is what we’ll have… or appear to have… from the front, back and east elevations that is.

Will from Green Bottle Workshop explains:

“The roof style is a typical shed roof (meaning it slopes to one side). The original concept called for a flat roof, but the materials for a flat roof were too costly. By sloping the roof and using parapet walls to square off the house, we were able to achieve the look of a flat roof while staying within budget.”

Front parapet wall.

Front parapet wall.

“The roof slope is a 3 on 12. meaning it rises 3-inches per foot across. Most roofing materials have a minimum slope requirement and 3/12 is a typical slope preference for most materials. It will provide slope that’s steep enough for water to fall faster, keeping it from draining slowly and finding its way into the house.”

Which brings us to the rafter tails (the part of the rafters which overhang the wall). Again, Will from Green Bottle:

“We lengthened the rafter tails by 4-feet to allow water to fall further away from the house. And, because the cut-out of these uses the same language as the steel rafter tails we’ll be using for the master bathroom overhang and the eyebrow above the living room glass walls, we thought that leaving them exposed would provide a nice additional design detail.”

Rafter tails.

Rafter tails.

And the roofing material?

M E T A L ! ! !

We’ll be using a galvanized aluminum… called galv-alum (and why wouldn’t it be called that?).

Galv-alum is better than typical galvanized metal because it contains a coating that makes it impervious to rust.

Galv-alum… looking unassuming.

Galv-alum… looking unassuming.

We really like the metal roof and its shed-dy vernacular (see Pops, we will have a shed)… so much so, in fact, that we’ll be using it to clad the exterior of the dining room extension on the west side of the house as well.

Actually, Will and Matthew had originally planned to use steel for the dining room exterior (partially oxidized and then sealed). But, steel is at a premium these days (even in this former steel town), and the weight and thickness required would have us exceeding our budget.

Still, we’re no less excited by the prospect of a galv-alum cladded extension… and can’t wait to see it in action.

Dining room extension.

Dining room extension.

After extending the tails and finishing up the roof for next week’s galv-alum installation, the final hours of week 10 saw a start on the cladding.

We’re using standard sheets of Hardie Board—a type of fiber cement siding—cut into varying lengths and widths. After it’s painted, it will, very nearly, have the appearance of wood, but at a price well within our budget. Hardie Board is also more durable than most wood siding and it takes and holds paint much better, meaning less maintenance going forward.

A start on the end.

A start on the end.

Cladding corner.

Cladding corner.

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Week 9.4: roofer’s delight

…well it’s on-n-on-n-on-on-n-on
the roof don’t stop until the break of dawn…

West-side shout-out.

West-side shout-out.

…then ya throw your hands high in the air
ya rockin’ to the roof, shake your derriere…

Exterior balcony... say yeaaahh!

Exterior balcony... say yeaaahh!

Stoppin' on the east-side.

Stoppin' on the east-side.

…I dont mean to brag I dont mean to boast
but this roof is hot butter on our breakfast toast…

Why you frontin'?

Why you frontin'?

Week 9.3: all trussed up

Roof's up.

Roof's up.

One big skylight… for now.

One big skylight… for now.

Over our heads.

Over our heads.

Rafters at dusk.

Rafters at dusk.

Week 9.2: crafters in the rafters

The crane (!) arrived bright and early, and the gang wasted no time in taking the massive bundle of wooden triangles left in the back of the lot only hours before and then raising and arranging it into a shed roof-type situation. In our absence, Will and Matthew were kind enough to document.

Raising the roof.

Raising the roof. ©2008 Green Bottle Workshop LLC

Roof!

Roof! Photo ©2008 Green Bottle Workshop LLC

Week 9.1: we’re no architects, but…

…we’re pretty sure that this is not where the roof is supposed to go.

A bundle of trusses.

A bundle of trusses.

…or here…

The roof (not yet realizing its full potential).

The roof (not yet realizing its full potential).

Maybe, by tomorrow, we’ll have this all sorted out.

Pretty Persuasion

Kohler Persuade

The Kohler Persuade Two-piece Comfort Height Toilet with Dual Flush.

If you ever told us that we’d be excited about buying a toilet… I mean, who gets excited about buying a toilet?

But we did!

Kohler’s new Persuade toilet not only looks quite nice, its dual flush mechanism will enable us to save water (up to 6,000 gallons annually!) and money.

From Kohler: “The Persuade toilet with Dual Flush technology provides significant water conservation while maintaining exceptional flushing performance. A two-button actuator offers .8- or 1.6-gallon flush options for light or bulk waste, saving as much as 6,000–25,000 gallons of water over traditional 1.6- or 3.5-gallon toilets. The concealed trapway and flush-to-wall installation enhance ease of cleaning. With its clean, simple lines, the elongated compact design offers an ideal solution for the contemporary bath or powder room.”

And because of its high-efficiency, the Persuade carries the WaterSense label. WaterSense is a program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which ensures consumers receive a product that reduces water usage, while still meeting strict performance guidelines. In some states, buying the Persuade qualifies customers for a tax rebate (paying up to a third of the total purchase price), because it reduces demand for municipal water, and preserves precious groundwater supplies. But alas, not here in the Yellowhammer state. And as much as we love Alabama, we really think the powers that be ought to start doing a bit more for water conservation on the home front than they have been.

Week 8: waiting for the roof

With Labor Day on Monday, the short week at 1133 is spent finishing up the dining room and deck, extending the footings for the front entryway, prepping the cinderblock for the cement board cladding, and shoring up the joint in anticipation of the arrival of the roof trusses on the 9th (better known in Burns circles as Lauren Elizabeth’s 6th birthday!).

The front door (with growing footings).

The front door (with growing footings).

dining room and patio.

Northwest side: dining room and deck.

Wee (dining room) window.

Wee (dining room) window.

dining room and patio.

West side: dining room and deck.

Getting ready for the Hardie Board.

Getting ready for the Hardie Board.

A view from the backyard.

A view from the backyard.


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