Renovating, old style

We’re not having the best weather for roofing. It’s pretty cool, and although this morning was simply overcast, right now it’s raining pretty steadily. But one of our neighbours is having a new roof put on her large all-stone home right on the main square of Daglan, and the work must go on.

Renovating a home that’s literally hundreds of years old presents its own challenges. First and foremost: what are you going to find underneath the exterior? Today, for example, I saw the workmen trucking away a beam that they’d removed from our neighbour’s roof. Maybe too old and weak to be useful?

Here’s how the project looks so far, with the tiles removed from the front section of the roof, exposing the old beams. As you can see, the workmen have started to put on new cladding across the beams, to support the tiles. (The funny-looking yellowish thingies in the foreground are leaves, hanging down from a branch where I was standing.)

Close-up of re-roofing

With tiles removed, the beams are exposed

Not only is our neighbour having a new roof installed, but she’s adding two dormer windows. Evidently this required permission, which meant delays, which in turn meant that the work started only recently — just around the time our weather turned the corner firmly into late fall. And it’s not a job that will be finished in a few days — it’s a biggie. Have a look, from across the square:

Roofing project, Daglan, France

It's a big job, and it won't be done quickly

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3 Responses to Renovating, old style

  1. John Ison says:

    Curious. Do the heritage regulations dictate what materials can be used to redo a roof on a heritage building. Our house (1922) had a slate roof but the cost of replacing slate with slate is prohibitive, approximately five times the cost of asphalt shingles.

    • loren24250 says:

      Yes, the regulations do dictate the kinds of materials that can be used for the roof. Our neighbour is using flat tiles, instead of the curved tiles (both types are common here).

  2. Teri says:

    Suddenly my roof problems seem quite manageable…

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