Friday, October 30, 2009

a roof over our heads

Final day--Day 45
Next time we have a roof tear-off:
-Ensure the dumpster is delivered before they take even a single shingle off. We hope the neighbors will be speaking to us again soon.
-Plan on it taking 5 times longer than expected.
-Plan on it costing 40% more money than expected.
-Do not assume plastic tarps will stay in place.
-Prepare for sleepless nights imagining raccoons and bats and human ne'er-do-wells entering the house through the open to the sky attic, especially should Andy be out of town for two weeks of the tear-off.
-Wonder why the 15 year old part of the roof failed while the 100 year old part was still in pretty good shape.
But also-Delight in opening the attic door and seeing Venus in the southern sky through the new dormer.


Sew Create It - Jane said...

Sounds like typical home renovating! Glad you have a roof over your head again ;o)

Screen Door said...

Been there--- when we added "the Covered Porch".... There was a hole in the roof complete with tarps for about 16 hours... One over night....But literally 23 mice later we still laugh and sing 3 Blind mice to my huasband and his projects. The perils of living in the woods.

Elaine Adair said...

My gosh! Is it over yet??????? (That's a song I save for projects like yours, that seem to have no ending.)

sewprimitive karen said...

Wow is this happening right in the middle of Chicago? That's irritating about the 100-year-old roof still in pretty good shape compared to the young one, isn't it!