All of a sudden we had a real roof on the house - actually it only took the roofies two days or so to get 80% of the roof in place. Essentially a stapling job with premeasured and precut steel.
It took another two weeks to finish the rest of the roof - mostly the capping around the edges. During this time we had some heavy rain storms in Sydney so a lot of water poured into the house, down the walls and through the gaps in the capping.
The metal capping looks, at least from the ground, like a massive tinfoil tray bent over the edges of the brick, to form a large lid.
The roofies also dropped in 2.5cms of space age insulation under the steel roof. After a lot of thought, we asked for more insulation to be added once the [interior] gyprock was installed inside, in the hope it might quieten heavy rain, or hail, on the flat (metal) roof. The builder added insulation to the value of 4.5 - which is acoustic and heat insulation in one package. In a few months we'll see how effective the additional cost proves to be...
|In go the roof batts|
|On goes the steel roof.|
It took approximately 2 days to get most of the roof on.
The whole roof was clip-locked in place with no nails breaking the surface.
|Here's a shot of the metal capping bent over the double brick outer wall.|
|We used an additional 4.5 rated insulation under the standard roof batts to help|
cut out the heat and the noise from rain, hail and possums...
|Acoustic batts waiting to be gyprocked into the guest bathroom ceiling|
|Apparently gyprocking is cheaper than real plastering - but it's no less messy!|
|Three weeks after we got back from Cuba the painters turned up to apply an undercoat sealer to the exterior render.|
|Close up of one of the (expensive) commercial grade aluminium windows after the renderers have been through...|
|And joy of joys, the tinted undercoating goes on.|
This is crunch time because it's so hard to judge, from a sample pot no larger than a small Vegimite jar, how the final colour will look on the house.
|What we both did not want was the sort of bland house colour that all new houses seem to be painted these days|
'cement', 'stone', 'taupe', 'moss', 'mould', 'muddy grey' (greige), virus and mushroom.
I think we succeeded!