Before we adopted Kara, our new Border Collie/Chocolate Lab mix puppy, we were delaying erecting a fence, however, with the new puppy, the fence project moved into priority #1. The unfinished retaining wall was placed on hold. The Stafford Wolf Pack was in need of an open space where they could hunt birds, bees and squirrels.
As I’ve said many times before, it’s sometimes overwhelming owning a 100+ year old house. Over the century Mother Nature sure has wreaked havoc on the wood exterior. Kathy and I are somewhat lucky that the carpenters in the olden days used cedar a lot. If the wood underneath the slate tiles was not cedar, then we would be in bad shape. Cedar tends to hold up longer than other woods.
Our slate roof has a few missing slate tiles and a few leaks. I would love to replace the slate with something else but the roofers have been quoting around $15k; repairs are 5x less. I am torn, I dislike slate as do home insurers, but I do like money and I could use that cash on other much needed repairs.
Two years ago, we noticed a leak on our porch roof. Kathy opened it up and noticed extensive rot; damn you water! The posts holding the roof up were even worse, you could literally poke your figure through the wood. Continue reading “Goodbye Porch Roof, Hello Pergola”