Build update: roof cover.

We have a roof.  It’s a rather dazzling white despite the gloomy day on which the Nice Wolf took these photos.

Colorbond Surfmist skillion roof.

Colorbond Surfmist skillion roof.

Roof at the front of house.

Roof at the front of house.

The skillion roof line of our house is such that no one is actually going to see much of the roof cover.  We picked “Surfmist” Colorbond to reflect the sun, to keep our home a little cooler and minimise air conditioner days.  We plan to add solar panels later.  These will contrast completely with the white/grey roof cover but only the seagulls will notice.

You really can’t see the effect of the roofline yet for all the scaffolding:

Canal side/back yard.

It’s a scaffold jungle on the canal side/back yard.

Side of house, pool in foreground.

Side of house, pool in foreground.

Eventually it will look a bit like this:

Front Elevation.  Not a lot of visible roof.

Front Elevation. Not a lot of visible roof.

Aside from the addition of the shiny roof, all the ducting for our air conditioning has been installed and our air conditioner unit is ordered.  We have ordered an LG 17kW system – recommended for its value for money by our cooling specialist.  Other companies recommended that we install two units for our house, doubling or even quadrupling the cost!  Luckily, we are not wilt-in-the-heat types, and hope to manage the heat well with window dressings and only use the air-conditioning on the really hot days of the year.  On those same hot days, the solar panels will be producing plenty of energy.

We had to raise the roof line by 3 courses of brick to accommodate the air conditioning ducts.

We had to raise the roof line by 3 courses of brick to accommodate the air conditioning ducts.

Pre-wiring for our phone and internet lines, the plumbing and electrical tubes and guttering has all been installed for the second floor.

Bathroom plumbing will be hidden in the scullery ceiling.

Bathroom plumbing will be hidden in the scullery ceiling.

According to my schedule we are still 3 months away from “lock up”.  The next big job on the list is internal and external plastering but I think some of that incredible scaffold jungle has to come down first.

One last dodgy site photo (for my Mum)!  This picture is taken from the open, upstairs living area.  Check out the view!   It’s a little dark now, but wait until the rain clears, the scaffold is removed and the walls and ceilings are painted.  We were so focussed on getting the downstairs orientation for views right, that the upstairs view comes as a pleasant surprise.

Upper living

Walk straight ahead to our bedroom. Space here for the kids lounge, a study nook and the Pilates Reformer.

 

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9 thoughts on “Build update: roof cover.

  1. joan55555 says:

    Thanks for the view. Yes it is a bonus. I’ve had the floor plans out again this morning. The upper living area will be a lovely retreat WITH view. Mum

  2. trixee says:

    Must be a relief to see evidence of work being done! Only 3 months from lockup? That’s fantastic. How does it coincide with your return home?

    • It’s all theoretical Trixee. 3 months to lock up, then a further 3 until until keys, which means I could be sleeping in a caravan for at least one month. Hopefully they’ll surprise me and catch up.

    • Thanks Tom and Sandy. I think our outlooks are quite similar, both with a T intersection on the canals. Much better than looking into the neigbour’s house.

      • Yes for sure! We also have a new park directly opposite our front door which will be good for when the grandchildren finally arrive 😄

  3. Looks like your home is coming out well with a nice roof that only the seagulls would notice. Yes planning and provisioning at this stage is important, for the AC, internet and phone lines etc, its like the cells and skeleton of the building, anyway, good luck with the construction of your living space.

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