The roof – part 2: renaissance

Now that the old roof is gone, the new one can go up! First there was a bit of masonry to take care of, good thing our roofers are also masons.

The lintel of the window in the front needed to be changed. So they took down the stones to get to the wooden lintel, changed it out with one of the old roof beams, and then put the wall back up. They also leveled out the walls all around the house.

changing the lintel
re-building the wall

Next came the wooden frame. And a layer of cement along the top of the walls.

level cemented walls

Now that the frame was done, the roof covering could go up. We decided to use fiber cement roof plates that we will later cover with tiles.

plaques sous tuile
putting up the plates

We also had some skylights put in, since there aren’t that many windows. And skylights are cheaper than putting a window in a 60 cm thick wall. They had to be way up near the ridge of the roof to minimize any chances of a leak.

skylights and a leg

Et voilà! The almost finished product.

roof! chimney! skylight!
more roof! and tiles ready to go

The house is dry! Well, there still aren’t doors and windows, but it’s a big step forward. We could leave the roof as is, but we decided to finish the job with roof tiles. The roofers left us the scaffolding until the end of June so we could put them up ourselves.

Next up, S & T tiling the roof!


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