Completed projects:

roof, kitchen, master bedroom, main bathroom (sans shower tile), fireplace, hardwood flooring, windows, office, front entry, stairway

Ongoing projects:

shower surround, dapping/painting woodwork, ensuite vanity/lights/mirror, painting outdoor trim, finishing front entry tile work, interior door painting and hardware, decorating

Saturday, August 22, 2009

A roof is born.

IMG_1110 Good mornin' to ya Vic! Most folks are woken up by an alarm clock. But not here. I'm greeted with a friendly team of folks that bang on my house.  Sat Aug 22, 2009. The day the roof will be complete. This is a BIG day.


Wednesday, Vic, Ralph, Jake and Rudy placed the majority of the roofing into place. And stayed well until dark to complete as much as possible.


It was an incredibly warm and humid evening. But the team did not give up. They never cease to amaze me.


If I wasn't so chicken of heights, I would have gone on up there to take better pics. My zoom from across the road was the best I could pull off.


Back to this fine Saturday Aug 22 AM. Rudy and Jake start the lower roof.


Howdy back atcha Zach! Birds, do not be confused. There is indeed a roof party happening today.


Jake and Vic pulling out some Nova-Seal. Premium Roofing Under... bah! Can't read the paper. I was trying to sound real smart for a moment.



BLACK METAL! Isn't it gorgeous?!?!?!?!?!? I love black and I love metal. They go hand in hand. And it resides on my roof!!!!


Thanks Janette, for the light as cloud homemade butterhorns with icing! They accompanied the rest of our lunch. And Bonnie biked over to join us.


It is complete. It's beautiful. And it will keep us safe from the elements and protect our most precious investment to date.

Cody and I have a brand spankin' new roof. A treasured gift from the help of our incredible friends.

Vic, Ralph, Rudy, Ben, Jake, Micah, Pete, Paul, Zach, Janette, and Bonnie, thank you so very very much for offering your gift of time over and over again for the roof project. And to the Yarrow MB church donators and roof sponsors for the materials.

And most importantly, thank-you God. He after all, started the whole thing, didn't He?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The roofing material arrives


First thing this fine AM, a big noisy but incredibly welcome truck pulled in. With our roofing!


Vic quickly worked on some strapping while things were gearing up.


See that there pile of black on that truck?!? That's black metal! Black plus metal = the most beautiful combo of words ever!


It was quite interesting to see how the truck was stabilized on both sides to allow for the weight shift to come.


Isn't that cool how that arm is folded many times over? Can you tell this is a girl reporting live? I do not know what the arm is called, but it was a good invention I must say.


This is where it got a little exciting. Especially when sitting at the window and watching that big box of roofing swing towards you.


Yikes. This is about when I scooted my son and myself outa the house.


Good excuse for another photo op anyway.

2009 Extreme - Aug on



This is my favorite picture. Look at those clouds on the mountain behind the house. Doesn't it give the picture an intense serious eerie kinda feel? We ARE talking serious roofing after all!

Later in the day, Vic and Jake worked for abit with a shower vent, then Ben showed up later to get things started.

A bigger team comes Wednesday, weather permitting, to get this new toy in place!

Wish for those intense serious eerie clouds to diminish for Wednesday please. My neighbours across the street from me are also working on their roof with half their shingles off. No rain for Wed! Cuz it's Roofing Wednesday in these parts!

Thanks again for today, guys. I cannot WAIT to see my pretty black metal! It'll match my kitchen island you know...

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The roofing begins!

While most everything major is completed in the house renovation, that only leaves the roofing. Here we go!


Vic starts the gang off with a demo on what a well dressed roofer ought to be wearing in 2009.


Pete, Paul, Rudy and Erna completely awestruck or razzing? I'll let you decide...


Wasting no time, Rudy and Paul are up high where only birds ought to be.


Vic and Ben are planning the placement of all the strappings to go down.


IMG_0954 Activity around here once more!


Pete assists Ben while the strappings are created.


Wonder if I should just get the guys to hang my Christmas lights up early while they're up there... just kidding! Trim painting comes first. KIDDING! (sorda)

Jake showed up today to continue screwing in more strappings to beat the deadline. Roofing materials are slated to be dropped off Tuesday, leaving Wednesday as the big install day. How exciting!!!

Thanks to my very generous and wonderful friends! You can't begin to know what your time and expertise means to me right now. To know our home will be safe from our wet cold winters? Man... just no words.

More updates to follow shortly!