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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Roof Construction (Almost) Finished

I thought I'd give you an update on the garage extension progress since the walls went up last month, and then we removed all the roof tiles in anticipation of the roof construction starting. The roof carpenter has done a weeks worth of work starting bright and early at 7am each morning, I make him a strong cuppa (I love my coffee machine!) and give him some choccy biscuits and then leave him to it - always treat your tradies well, if they're happy you'll be happy - trust me!

All the gorgeous old timber beams were taken out of the roof structure, unfortunately we can't reuse them and had to order all new beams - the old timber we sorted and kept the best pieces to make something out of (I'd love to make a timber bench to go near the front door) and the rest of the wood we loaded into the back of the ute and drove down to my parents farm so they can use it for firewood or to fix fence posts etc.

The new roof beams are treated pine, not as beautiful as the old solid jarrah but that's what all the new houses are built from now - we ordered all the material ourselves to save money, lucky we have a large front verge to store it all

Here is the new roof supports, steel beams, and pine posts being built in - it's basically a new roof pitch from the living room wall which is next to the carport so that it can extend across into a double garage

This is the view from the back of the house, you can see the old jarrah beam and then the new pine ones put in (they haven't yet been cut to size in these pics) the old eaves and gutters were taken down too. The pipes that run down are our air conditioner which he sawed in half because the pipe was in the way - lucky its not summer buddy or you'd be in trouble! We'll need to reattach the pipe when it's finished. The foxtel dish is also in the way we might need to move it and the tv ariel has been disconnected for about 6 weeks which is killing me I'm really missing the news and The Block and Offspring and MasterChef and so many of my favourite shows!

The roof carpenters helper happened to be an electrician so he offered to put in all the wiring for the power outlets and lights that we want in the garage which was so handy, saved us having to get an electrician out just for that. He wired in power for lights on either side of the garage pillars, 2 lights inside, 2 power points and 2 outlets for the electric garage doors.

So the structure is in and the wiring. The gutters should've gone on as well (you can see one on in the 2nd pic above) but we ordered the wrong size so we have to wait for  new ones to be made and delivered this week. If that didn't happen we could've put the roof tiles back on this weekend before the forecast rains hit TODAY eeeek luckily it's only been a few light showers so the tarps are holding on ok just flapping around a bit but no waters getting in so that's the main thing.

These things happen, hopefully we'll be good to go this weekend coming, to put the gutters and tiles back on and then I'll stop freaking out about the weather forecast!

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  1. I am your 100th follower! Yay me!!! :) So glad that you stopped by my blog so that I could find you :)

  2. This is quite a project, Michelle. Meatloaf will be a doddle by comparison.

  3. What a huge job! It will be worth the mess in the end.

    A box made out of the old wood will look great.

  4. It's coming along nicely! Lucky you are not north of the river, we had a humungous downpour last week, enough to trip the lights in the circuit board and flood the back patio! I'll keep my fingers crossed that the rain leaves a little rain free cocoon over your place over the next week, it's raining here right now!

  5. Hi Michelle, it is impressive that the two of you are doing all that work. I once had a 1960's house in South Carolina where I am from and it was really well constructed. I love your profile image with the rusty wheel barrow. I have a rusty one too and use it for my flower garden. hugs, olive from Olive Out

  6. I want those old beams....Put them on the next freight ship to the US. Thanks so much.

  7. Glad to have found your blog. I would choose any day to live in an older home rather than new. I think you made a great choice and I will enjoy following along.


    Thanks for having stopped by my blog!

  8. The project is looking good! You’re lucky you found a roofer who had electrical skills in his arsenal. Better be sure that the tarp would hold because your hard work will eventually be for nothing if it went nuts. And it is also good that the gutters are to be replaced because you'll have a hard time fitting it up.

  9. Not lookin' bad at all!! The frame work for the roof with the wooden planks looks set in stone, very good placement. Make sure to post snapshots of the finished product once its all over and done with, god bless and good luck!

    -Adam Ahmed

  10. That’s a lot of work, but I’m pretty sure your roofers were quite happy to do the job because of the cuppa and choccy treats! Good move in picking and buying your own materials because you were able to pick the best materials for the house, and saved some money. The structure looks good, but I think it will look great once the work is done! Keep us posted!

  11. It surely is a lot of work, but it’s looking good! It is a good thing you decide to get pine as a replacement to jarrah, as some pine lumber can resist decay and rot. It can be considered as a good investment because it can last a long time. You don’t want to spend time and money in using lumber that will end up rotting someday. Anyway, I would really like to see the outcome of this project. :)

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