When we last updated on the pitched roof at the two flat, we were making progress on our design, but hadn’t finalized it. You all chimed in with some incredibly thoughtful design ideas and we can’t thank you enough! We showed every one of them to our architect for consideration, and they were tremendously helpful in getting us to a place where we feel really good about the progress. (And do you see that ‘brick’? More on that in a minute!)
Sketching Our Ideas
If you’ve been following along, the sketch on the left (below) might look familiar. This drawing illustrates the direction we thought we were heading in. That is, until demo started, and we realized that the space between the second story windows and the first floor ceiling was not as substantial as we anticipated. Had we proceeded with the idea laid out in the first sketch, the pitch of the roof would have ended up squished to the point that it was nearly flat. In order to work toward a solution, our architect did a quick sketch that we absolutely loved (on the right). This option showed the roof protruding above the second floor windows for an interesting architectural detail. We were all in and excited at the possibility of gaining a gable over the front door as well, so we gave the framers the green light!
As construction began, we quickly realized that the second floor window on the left side of the house was still way, way too close to the gable, and it would ultimately overlap. So although the drawing was nice in theory, it couldn’t have worked. Bummer.
Finalizing the Pitch of the Roof Once and for All
We tried to convince ourselves that the gable would have felt too busy anyway, but to give us a better idea of the final look, we decided to move forward with construction of the main roof/porch structure. At that point, we would then meet onsite once it was framed out. A few days later, we met at the house, and upon seeing the framed roof in person, we all agreed that adding a gable would create too much visual chaos, so we nixed the idea completely. We can already visualize the completed front of the house and we think it’s gonna be a stunner! Squint, squint!
And check out those window pans. They turned out better than we could have imagined, cute, even! I’ll admit that I was nervous about them from the beginning, but we think it adds enough interest to the home without looking crowded or busy.
We Have Brick! Oh, Wait.
Now that the front porch is complete and the stairs are finally back in place, we can resume using the front door as our point of entry. On a project this long and involved, the small victories are definitely worth celebrating! Oh, and in case you’re wondering, that strip of red brick near the top of the house is actually faux brick asphalt shingle. I know. Upon discovering it, our architect took delight in sending over a pulled back photo with the taunting caption “did you know you have a brick house?!” He totally fooled us for a split second – and then we realized he was only messing with us. Arugh!
From Start to… Progress
It’s so satisfying to see photos from April, when we purchased the house, to September when the tree was down and front porch construction was about to begin. Things got real in October when the front porch came down and the big blue tarp went up. Now, it’s December and the tarp is nearly gone! We hope to be installing new windows in the very near future (spoiler: they were delivered this week). Is this what progress looks like? We think so!
This whole-house-at-once renovation process is unlike anything we’ve ever tackled before, but we’ve been absolutely loving it! Next up for the exterior are completing the stair railings and roof- which, by the way, we’ll be doing black shingles! Meanwhile, the interior work that will be handled by our GC is nearing completion. We’ve got one more mechanical inspection to pass, then insulation goes in and drywall goes up!
Our eyes are firmly planted on 2020, when the keys to the project are handed over to us and the real fun begins. Our plan is to enjoy the heck out of the holidays and recharge our batteries, because things are about to get real real.