Project Roof

Project Roof

Project Roof is on!! Can you believe it? The much-anticipated new roof is coming!

Contracts have been signed and our loan will been funded this week so we are legitimately ready for this. We have hired a carpenter, electrician, plumber and a roof company so far on this job. We still need to find someone to do the insulation or decide to do it ourselves.

As I have reported before, our flat roof is more complicated than your average sloped roof because all of our utilities run on top of it. Plus, our ceiling is tongue-and-grove so we have no access to the interior of it. So, we are taking this opportunity to update all our existing utilities (electrical, plumbing and insulation) from the top down.

Instead of writing up a tutorial type post for this project, I am going to give weekly updates talking about the scope of the work and what assumptions/goals we’ve made for each part of the project. Then I’ll report on how the project moves forward, what pitfalls and surprises we find and our general thoughts on how it is going.

Scope of Work + Estimated Timeline

Project Roof is going to be broken into four major parts so we can address all of our issues. The timeline is estimated based on what we can assume with the scope of work. We have scheduled our carpenter for the next two weeks to start and are working on scheduling the rest of our vendors right now.

1) Preparation – two weeks

  • Remove pergola on back patio
  • Removing the 3′ addition on the front of carport
  • Prune bushes and trees away from the roof
  • Remove remaining ceiling in our Great Room
  • Replacing all our fascia
  • Fix our skylights
  • Prep plumbing
  • Put up plastic sheeting in the house to prevent debris from filtering down
  • Get the cats anxiety drugs

2) Tear off the existing roof – 1 to 2 days

3) Interior work – one week

  • Update our electrical lines to code
  • Replace and repair decking & soffits
  • Insulate the rafters
  • Rework our water and gas pipes so they run more efficiently
  • Installing a tank-less water heater
  • Prep the ceiling for our kitchen remodel by installing new range exhaust system

4) Roof install and Finishing – 3 to 4 days

  • Install fireproof base layer
  • Install insulation layer
  • Install thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) single-ply roofing membrane
  • Install any vents that are needed
  • Install shingled roof on our addition
  • Install drainpipes
  • Finishing the plumbing on top of the roof

General Thoughts

I am really excited to get moving on the roof. I am sick of looking at moldy rafters and worrying about leaks.

I am worried about all the moving pieces and scheduling the contractors correctly. I don’t want to have an open roof longer than we need.

I am excited to work on projects we have put on hold until the roof got fixed. Our prison bath has been on hold for over a year once we realized the ceiling had issues.

I’m also worried about the amount of money we are spending on the roof, but know we’ve done all the research necessary. Plus, we are getting so much done in this project that will greatly improve our home.

Regardless of my feelings, I am so ready for this. Let’s do it!

Next week, I go over the first part of the project and what progress has been made. Yahoo!

Bottles & Cans

Bottles & Cans

At some point last year, Nate decided to start collecting bottles & cans to help pay for our honeymoon. His plan was to collect as many as he could and then cash out at the local recycling place before we left for Hawaii.

Family and friends were very generous to donate their own recycling to the fund. Many evenings I would find a paper bag of cans on our doorstep from a neighbor. We also found that parties at our house were a great way to fill out the collection. We just set up special recycling buckets so people disposed of their empty containers correctly.

Collecting bottles and cans

For months, we accumulated bags along the side of our shed. The bags were well protected here, but the pile grew a little out of hand before Nate took them in.

So many bottles & cans
It’s amazing how many cans you can collect. When Nate finally cashed out, he had about 50 lbs in aluminum alone and made about $130 bucks. Not bad at all and certainly enough to pay for a dinner on our trip.

It’s pretty cool to see the small changes you can make at home that can potentially make you money. Can recycling isn’t a huge deal, but Nate and I agree that it makes sense to make money on it instead of just recycling them through the city.

Bags of bottles and cans

After our trip, we’ve decided to keep collecting cans but this time make some improvements to the process. Instead of bags of cans, Nate is dumping crushed cans into a plastic garbage container with lid.

The Crusher

To consolidate the cans, we installed The Crusher on the back shed wall. Our good friend Dean donated The Crusher to our cause. Dean’s dad had this guy up in his workshop and we are super pleased to continue to put it to good use.

Last Saturday, Nate attached The Crusher to the back of the shed and tried it out. I recorded the first crush with my hyperlapse app to show you The Crusher in action.

The plan is to fill the garbage container with cans and then take it to the recycling center. We want to figure out how long it will take to fill and how much we can can make per container. We have a few bags ready to crush so I bet we are already half way there. I’ll report back when we take the can in and give you an idea of how much we think we can make a year projecting out.

August 2014 Recap

August 2014 Recap

I love August. It’s so busy and full of laughter. We did a lot, but I enjoyed every minute.

1. We took a group of friends to Sea Ranch and they loved it so much we plan to go back next summer. #searanch2014
2. I love BBQ Oysters from Fishtarian in Bodega Bay SO MUCH.
3. I did my best to unplug as much as possible. It is a daily struggle for me to put that darn iphone down, but I continue to work on it.
4. I got a little obsessed with Orphan Black and Cedar Cove this month. These two shows couldn’t be more different, but I enjoyed them both. I would recommend Orphan Black to anyone, but Cedar Cove only for the sentimental.
5. We have been making roof progress. Nate really spearheaded the drive and I am so thankful he did because I was an absolutely horrible project manager. We have our funding secured and hopefully vendor contracts signed this week!
6. My parents bought me this excellent Maleficent hat on a Disneyland trip with the nieces. Looks like I have my Halloween inspiration this year…
7. I had to say goodbye to my moon window decal when we got a new windshield. She’s been with me since my first car.
8. Nate and I attended a sweet, intimate wedding in our friends’ backyard.
9. My parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Aren’t they adorable? :)