It has been a really busy couple of days. Upon the arrival of the windows, Kevin and Rory got right on the job. By the end of the day, all the windows were in. I decided upon casement windows so that there would be good air-flow from side to side of the porch. I couldn't believe how fast they popped in and were all set. By the end of the day, the windows were done. In the photo below you can see the studio space with the windows and screens installed.
While Kevin and Rory installed windows, our electrician David Laprade and his lovely wife Marsha worked on the rough wiring. I was glad I was there all day long because sometimes you just can't anticipate all the questions. I think I will have enough lights and outlets. If anything, I overdid it but you just can't go back without it costing a fortune.
Yesterday, the roofers arrived. We chose to have a classic standing seam roof for this part of the house. I have always loved driving through Vermont and seeing all the pretty metal roofing treatments that have stood up for over a hundred years. I contracted with Walker and Company and am thrilled with the service and quality of their work. Check out their website - they have done some incredible roof treatments. I didn't know this until I linked the blog to their site. Wow.
Three roofers arrived in a big truck which acts as their on-site factory.
Two guys were on the roof all day long, taking measurements and shouting them out to the guy in the truck who was making the roof.
This is the metal roofing which arrives on a roll primed and painted. I ordered slate gray.
The guy in the "truck factory" feeds the metal through a slit in the van.
The metal is fed through a crimping machine that makes the standing seams.
The machine cuts the metal with a jagged looking tooth-like apparatus.
Then these pieces are put on the roof and folded over to almost make "flat-felled" seams similar to a sewing technique. These pieces are somehow attached to the drip edge which was applied first. It's a bit of a mystery to me because I didn't have the time to watch all day.
The whole process took less than a day. Amazing. Here is the roof on the backside of the building.
I love the way it looks! Just what I envisioned.
BOOK PARTY - MAY 5-6
to celebrate the publication of my new book
CRAFTING A PATTERNED HOME.
Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.
This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.
The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.