When the builders restart work tomorrow (Jan 2) one of the first tasks will be to get the decks onto the three refurbished flat roofs and a small link to the extension. The firings (tapered piece of wood which give the roof a slight slope) were cut just before Christmas so there should be nothing to delay the job.
Often in a refurbishment things are less straightforward that we might have hoped. We had wanted to reuse the roof decks of the detached bedroom annex and the living room. It turned out that water had got in over the years and the sensible option was to make new roofs. The garage where the roof is being raised to make a utility room was always going to need a new roof.
The living room was going to take a fair amount of work anyway as a four metre concrete lintel has been removed and replaced with steelwork to give the the room a continuous flat ceiling.
Once the decks are in place we will be hoping for a spell of dry wether so that the roofers can quickly get on with the job of adding the insulating and water-proofing layers. That will be a big step forward.
The main pitched roof has also turned out to be more work than expected. The plan was to remove the first half dozen rows of tiles so that we could get the eves insulation into place with a new membrane above. But it turned out that the existing roof felt was so brittle it could not be folded back and then folded down over the new work. The whole roof had to stripped.
The builders have worked carefully even getting tiles back so that the patterns of lichen are much as they were. That combined with my visit to a reclamation yard to get matching 1960s ridge tiles means it is hard to see what has changed.