Here is Mark working on the ridge and nailing the last shingle.
The roof took exactly two weeks of crazy hard work on Mark's part. Many of those 14 days were 100+ degrees in the shade. Can you imagine how hot the southern-facing roof slope was? Fortunately, the work was kind of self-limiting under those conditions. The shingles got too soft, and would tear if they were stepped on, so once that time of day came round, usually around noon, the work on the roof was over for that day and he could work in the relative comfort of the shaded interior of the house, or run to get supplies, or play computer solitaire (no wait...NEVER before 5 p.m.)
Getting the roof complete means the house is now "dried in", meaning water tight at least from above, which gives us comfort as we head into the fall. We have ordered windows and are about to order siding. Mark's plan is to work wall by wall, doing both siding and windows as we work our way around the house. Meanwhile, we have electrical and plumbing subcontractors who can now do their thing (as soon as we decide final placement of every little freaking switch, which is my current assignment).
All in all, we are still on schedule to be "complete" by April, twelve months after breaking ground. As we get into this next phase, though, we have SO MANY decisions to make, it just is mind-boggling. We went to an appliance sale this weekend, and got just a taste of what is coming:
- stainless, black, or white? (of course this is intimately tied in with cabinet, counter, and floor selection)
- hood or downdraft?
- french door, side by side, bottom freezer?
- ceiling fans? recessed light? sconces?
And the most plaguing question of all...do I REALLY need a double oven? Really?
And in other news, my girls discovered yesterday that they EACH have a loose tooth. They're not even 5 1/2! I'm not prepared for this!
Tooth fairy, you ready?