Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Roof is on

Ceiling being torn down with decades of dust falling

The house is constructed of coral and limestone field stones (aka rubble stone) and was built before 1840
I guessed that the roof was around 65+ years old.
Hand forged nails that held the ceiling and rafters together.

Reinforced concrete ring beam installed with rafters, a continuous steel rod threads each rafter that is encased in the concrete to further strengthen the roof in the event of  a hurricane. These walls are 21 inches thick.

Stones that made up the ring beam, it seems like sacrilege to throw them out and replace them with concrete. I will keep them for garden projects.

 Hello friends phase one is over and I am now into phase two where ceilings are being installed by the carpenters. I have been sanding and painting primer on sheets of grooved ply (T111) before they are installed. The real painting will take place later. After that phase three will start where the walls will be peeled  and re plastered inside and outside. Then phase four will be the installation of windows and the sanding of the floors. The final phase will be the closets Whew,  I am still sleeping with the dogs and will be checking for fleas.


  1. Rome was not built in a day my're making good progress.
    I totally agree on keeping the stones for garden projects.....great idea!!

  2. What a lovely house you have. I bet it feels good to have the roof finished. We are having issues with our roof here and the cost of replacement is frightening!

  3. Judging by the pictures, I can say that your roof simply deserve a replacement. The materials are worn out, but still, you have to keep its durability in check. Imagine, it was there for almost 65 years. That is a long time. I hope that the new roof is as imperishable as the previous one.

    Tiffany Larsen


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