It’s July here in blog-time. And HOT! Very, very hot….here on the Eastern Shore it’s 98 degrees and with the heat index it’s been up to 105! And these guys are installing our green metal roof! To their credit, they work all day, taking their lunch in their air-conditioned cars and dousing themselves with water from the hose once in a while. I feel badly for them, but we’re happy the work is progressing.
We have a green metal roof on the Crab Shack and we’ve been very happy with it. It’s rated for winds over 200 mph – and let’s hope we never have to test that! It’s the heavy gauge, which again, is great for us, but a little tougher to install. To be honest, there are a couple of things about it I wish were different. In the bedroom of the Crab Shack, when it rains it’s a little noisy. Not so much in the living room, I guess because the ceiling is so high in there. The other thing, in the winter when we have snow or once in a while ice on the roof, it slides down the metal when the sun warms it up and crashes to the ground. It’s loud and would be dangerous if you were out there under it when it fell. Now I know why they have those little stoppers on some roofs. Makes sense.
The cupola looks nice with the roof all done. While this was going on, we were working on the gas fireplace. We love a real wood fireplace, and we’ve had them before. Now that I think of it, we’ve always had a fireplace. In Long Island we had a wood fireplace, in Pennsylvania a wood one also. We eventually added an insert to that wood fireplace because the room was so big and the ceiling so high, and it was HOT in there, even in the coldest, snowiest winters! Then in NJ we started with wood, but Chrissy and I would cough whenever John lit a fire. We even raised the chimney because it was too short and we thought that was the problem. It helped a little but not enough. We finally decided to change to gas, and that’s when we found out the flue wasn’t positioned right and was actually too shallow so the smoke would seep back into the room. Converting to gas solved the problem and actually converted us to believers. We’ll have the wood fire when we build the outdoor fire pit. I know just where I want to put it!
And our front door arrives!
It’s always something, isn’t it? The plans from Lars (the house designer) called for a mahogany door – at a cost of $12,000! I don’t know about you, but I don’t really need a $12,000 mahogany door. So we went with the white. Then, the side lights he called for were a little wider – something that would have to be custom-made. It was supposed to be a 7 foot door and instead is 5 foot. If I didn’t tell you, you wouldn’t know it wasn’t as big as it was supposed to be. Looks pretty good I think.
A real-time update: We are staying up in the little “apartment” above the garage while they are working in the Crab Shack, it’s a little crowded, but isn’t that bad.
I’ll be glad to get back into the Crab Shack though, even without a kitchen. I’ll be back next week as we move along on our building process. Meanwhile, enjoy the sunset!