It was last June when I last talked about our roof, we wanted to have it replaced as soon as possible but we were unable to secure a roofer until this year. In our area you can apply for a Heritage House Grant, where you can submit a proposal to a heritage committee in regards to restoring your designated heritage home. If you are approved the district will grant you up to 30% of the final cost of the project. You have a year to complete the work and because we couldn't secure a roofer we were just under the wire with our grant from the District of Saanich House Grant's program, but the job has finally been completed.
Rob had begun preparation on the roof last year, we had been living with tarps on the roof and limited to no gutters. As soon as the weather started to improve we called to confirm the start date.
Our house is three stories tall and it appeared to take a lot of effort to work on. Each day the guys from Four 12 Roofing would show up and climb the ladders to the top of the house, each trip carrying another load of supplies. They always appeared to be in great moods and we even received compliments from our neighbors in regards to how lovely the roofers were.
While we waited to have the roof done, Rob and I had time to talk about the roof and how we wanted to have the attic function in the future. We knew that if the roof was going to be coming off we had to take advantage of that time and make sure anything that needed to be done would be done during that short time period. We decided to cut in skylights in the roof as this would allow the space to have natural light as well as take advantage of the views from the third storey. This also had to be approved by The District of Saanich because as a registered Heritage House we can not alter the exterior of the home without the councils approval otherwise we risk losing our designation and access to the grant money that we need to help keep the house standing.
We were able to get the addition of the skylights approved without much hassle as long as they were not visible from the front of the home and it did not alter the historical look of the home. We put in five skylights all together on the east and west of the house and we also replaced the hatch to the widows walk with a fully opening skylight.
Each skylight was cut in as the roofers worked on that section of the roof and each day when we would come home from work there would be a new beam of light shining in the attic. It was like the house was taking big cleansing breaths.
When we first moved into the house and I saw the attic empty it was apparent to me that we needed to have a bathroom upstairs and that bathroom would have to include a bath. This was only a dream until Rob came home from work a couple of months ago with a cast iron claw foot tub that was bound for the dump.
When that first skylight was cut into the roof and we had a crane on site we had the claw foot tub lifted up into that skylight opening to bring the bath into the attic. The bathtub wont be installed for a while but it is pretty cool that the bathtub is sitting there in anticipation.
It is very satisfying to have the house worked on, to have the windows fixed, a door working, just knowing with each step we get closer to having a fixed house, the house of our dreams.
A lot of people look at the house and see all the work that has to be done and I see it as well but I try not to get bogged down in the detail instead I focus on the work that does get done and the roof, gutters and downspouts was a big job to be checked off the list.
It makes it that much easier to see what the house will look like as a finished product, though now its hard not to focus on the fact that it is in a serious need of a paint job, but alas that is still a couple years off.
The gentlemen from Four 12 Roofing were friendly and hard working.. They cleaned up after themselves and they completed the job in a reasonable amount of time considering it is still raining here regularly. I would highly recommend them for any roofing work you might need.