Archive for June, 2009

While I am trying to catch up with all the things I would like to blog about that we have done in the past 1.5 years, I also want to blog about what is currently happening with our bungalow.

Little Eastside Bungalow is in dire need to a new roof, something we were aware of when we bought the house and was actually a plus in the decision to purchase this house. Our Midwestern town had seen a big hail storm in the summer of 2006 and many homeowner were able to make insurance claims for new roofs. Although our roof took a hit as well, the previous caretaker (PC) didn’t make a claim on time. This way, we could pay less for the house and put on a metal roof with the money we saved and wouldn’t feel guilty about ripping of a brand new roof.

The roofing material and the look of the roof have been the easy decision in the process. We decided a year ago we would go with aluminum standing seam roof from Classic Metal Roofing in Terra Red. The company that sells Classic Metal Roofing in our town has a DIY program where they can just sell you the product and if you need some installation help, you can hire their roofer to get you started or help out with the difficult area.

Check roofing material. On to the difficult stuff:

Insulation: Right now our roof is only “insulated with 3.5 inches of incredibly dirty mineral wool insulation that is stuffed in between the rafters. It is heavy and makes the dry wall and fiber board bow out.

The plan: Insulate on top of the roof sheathing with poly-iso board and insulate in between the rafters with blue jean. We recently learned though that we might have to go with spray foam because we are planning a hot roof and code requires and airspace for ventilation of the underside of the roofing material otherwise. This is probably total bull especially since the manufacturer of our roofing material recommends no air space. So, we’ll see.

Roof Structure: The rafters are 24 inches on center and only 2×4. nailed head to head at the ridge with now ridge board. A. calculated we need 2×8.

Current rafter and insulation status

Current rafter and insulation status

The plan: Sister the rafters without loosing head room. This means we don’t get around to taking off the sheathing. Code requires a ridge board now but how to you retrofit a ridge board without reframing the roof? Maybe we can grand father the no-ridge but is it structurally sound?

Windows: The roof itself has no windows, but there is a gable window on each end.

The plan: insert 5 roof windows, two with egress capability in the bedroom. Velux makes some awesome roof windows and skylights. These will also create more headroom in the area because the roof window sits on top of the roof.

Chimney: Currently the water heating vents out the chimney but a chimney creates an updraft and contributes to the heat loss of the house.

The plan: Remove chimney and install a boiler. At first, the boiler will only take care of the hot water need but eventually we will put in radiant floor heat in both levels. Underneath the first floor from below and inserted in sub floor in the attic level. We just purchased the boiler, a Triangle Tube. Hanging it on the wall was easy but the system design is complicated. I have a feeling that it will take A. longer to figure out the design than to actually plumb everything in.

Floor plan: Currently the upstairs technically has a 1/2 bath and a bedroom. My minimum goal was to have at least that. Ideally, I would have liked to have a second bedroom up there for a child that gets moved from the parents’ bedroom to their own bedroom. I wouldn’t feel comfortable with a small child on a different level of the house. This wish prompted the idea of adding on a large shed dormer on the north side of the house. It would also make enough room for a 3/4 bath.¬†After spending many months with this idea as my goal, we realized that it would mean trying to take out a construction loan and having to complete construction within one year maximum. After I finally allowed myself to let go of that idea and spent some time up there with a tape measure and tape, I realized that we could have at least 1/2 bath, if not a 3/4 bath, a large enough bedroom (12×11) with ample closet space, an area outside the bedroom with a bed build in to the slope of the roof for that transitionary space for a toddler, and a space for a small office, also build in to the slope of the roof. We would create a little bit more head room with roof windows strategically located. I am excited about this idea for many reasons: we can manage without taking out extra money and just refinance our loan now at a lower interest rate. This floor plan is a creative use of space and just big enough to fulfill any needs for space that we anticipate to have in the future. We don’t have to alter the exterior look of our house, thus preserving its integrity. Although we will ¬†need to finish the roof construction and re-roofing by the time winter comes, we are not on a schedule from the bank to finish everything else on the interior. We can work on that as we have money and time available and won’t have to make compromises to get it done. As everyone knows who has done construction or remodeling on their own, everything always takes longer and the stress of a deadline can really take a toll on a relationship.

Our current plan for upstairs

Our current plan for upstairs

Trying out a 3/4 bath. plaid fabric is shower, chair is toilet and white tub is sink. I would be tight quarters but not impossible.

Trying out a 3/4 bath. plaid fabric is shower, chair is toilet and white tub is sink. I would be tight quarters but not impossible.

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