We went to the home of my younger brother to help his replace the roof on his 1944 brick home. We turned it into an extended family work project. We knew it would be a big job, so we were excited to get to be with a fun crowd to get it done!
Thursday was our last day of school, so we were still mentally shifting gears as we drove out of Durango Friday morning. We arrived on Friday afternoon, hopped out of the car, stretched a little, then jumped into the project. My parents, Kim and Steve, and Brad were already hard at work.
Removing the roof was like traveling back in time, layer by layer. We removed two layers of asphalt shingles, then got down to the original cedar shakes that were under them. They were the original roof put on when the house was built. On one hand it was interesting to see the actual roof and how it was put on, but on the other hand, it had 60+ years of dust! And man on man, those wood shakes were in no mood to be removed that day. ;)
Gabe is master of the fancy shake-removing tool. Thank goodness he was there or we would still be pulling up the shakes one nail at a time!
We got everything stripped down and ready for Saturday morning when we would be putting the new roof on. It was a good thing we got a head start because it took us all day to get the new roof on. We had to put on new sheeting, new fascia, new flashing, and of course the paper and shingles.
Talk about a handy location, Brad walks some lumber over to his house from the store across the street
There was a recurring theme as we completed each phase of the roof construction....we were just a little bit short on each thing. We had the perfect amount of roofing supplies to finish everything but the gable. :) Sadly, there were no roofing supplies to be had on a holiday weekend. All things considered, and assuming it will be finished sometime soon, I think it looks FABULOUS!
It was a long, hard project and I am so glad that we did it! It is nice to hang out with your family, but it is even better to work with them. Everyone was sore, tired, and dirty. And it was a great way to spend an exotic, far flung Memorial Day weekend!