That there roof is gonna have to go…

Last week we managed to disconnect the water supply to the single storey extension, and are now able to properly empty this end of the building in preparation for the roof to come off.

It was agony deciding to dispose of the (non-functional) laser cutters we used daily back in Norfolk, but they have now gone, along with the kitchen.

And then it was all gone (except for the net curtains, I now notice), and it was time to start on the roof…

…by removing the slates. those on the far right had been removed a couple of years ago for a different roof, so now we removed the central patch…

…until the far end of the roof was completely clear and there was a lovely straight line down the left hand side, as we will be back to do that in a few weeks time.

The following day we removed the batonning, followed by the roofing felt, and found some really quite warped timbers below…

…and revealed the stunningly flat support for the lower part of the pitched roof.

Here you can see Julie’s delight that we have got so far!

Yes, really, that is what the front roof now looks like.

Having taken apart the faux pitched roof at the front, we turned our attention to the large flat roof behind it. Clearly, having a massive tarpaulin stretched across the roof was a good sign – but nonetheless we resolved to remove it…

…to reveal several layers of roofing felt which we scraped away to expose…

…the sterling board below. Beneath the sterling board we found stramit board sitting over steel lattice joists over (rather patchy) insulation roll over the ceiling, but you might notice that the less than watertight conditions over the past 40 years has permitted some of the stramit board to decay and fall out of position.

Anyhow, we cleared the sterling board to the edge, and then turned a couple of boards around so that we could walk onto the other half of the flat roof awaiting our attention.

By the end of this afternoon, we had removed the tarpaulin from the rest of the roof to let it air before we recommence work after the weekend, as we are delighted to be busy offering hospitality over the next couple of days.

For those who remember it, Shaun has been back with a pot of specialised paint to transform the new sitting room fire surround with one coat of a stone-based paint. Hopefully, next week we can show you the finished article!

I hope that these pictures give the full sense of just how epic this week has been with our great friends and bi-annual visitors bulking up our wrecking crew – and how great it feels to have finally started working on this end of the building, in the hope that it will soon stop being a visual embarrassment to us both.

Hopefully there will be more to report next time…

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