Taking it all off

Work on the roof was started yesterday. The guys are using the 18 or so hale bales that we collected (free) as sort of ladder up to the roof. With crumbled shingles on top of old wooden shakes (house built in 1917) it’s going to be a messy job to take everything off.   We’ll be using many of the homemade self watering tubs to haul the stuff down off the roof since these containers are no longer being used since we tore out the concrete patio last Fall. Glad we kept them – they’ll come in handy.

Besides this being a step forward in our water catchment project, a new roof will also make it possible for us to install a small EPA approved wood burning stove.    Another thing, too, once the roof is complete, we will finally fix up the mulched (de-paved) driveway – planting a sort of food forest along the fence line and installing a bit of permeable paving where the car is parked – not to mention planting the north side of the house, too, and putting back the passive cooling, “living trellis” that once shaded our (Jordanne & I) bedroom.    Ah, but I am getting ahead of myself … first have to re-roof 2500 sq feet then we can think about finishing all the projects that we have on our “to do” list.

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  1. James Newton says:

    Take it easy working in the heat.. It isn’t the same as gardening, the heat is worse up there.

    I’m sure you will love having a wood stove, we heat exclusivly with wood and it is amazing what you can find for free if you keep your eyes open. Someone is alway trimming or cutting down a tree and most have no use for the wood. We paid less than $300 for all of last year and had a nice fire many evenings. You can probably burn the shingles and shakes!

  2. Wildside says:

    Good luck!

  3. Scott Holtzman says:

    I really appreciate all the effort you take to posting the work you do, it’s inspiring and informative. Regards.