Raise the roof. If you think I’m referring to the pop culture dance move or the late 90s song that inspired it your dead wrong.  If you thought I was referring
to a great song by Carbon Leaf, you’re much more on track.  The song goes a little something like this:

Raise the roof, that I might see the stars
To gain wisdom, to see things for what they are”

A great tune and a perfect inspiration for one of the more aggressive renovations moves.

After buying my second home and foreclosure I was faced with many design challenges including a long, outdated galley kitchen.  DSCN0030The footprint of the common area of the home was quite generous for its time but they just had to put up a bunch of walls to make very restrictive and defined rooms within one large room.  It had to go, it must be changed.

The decision didn’t come quickly, we tried many different ways to work around it. In the end it was the best thing I did on this project and I enjoy it every single day.

On a cold day in January, there was a chilling sight to be seen.  DSCN0042The roof was gone.  I mean gone, gone.  Shingles, sheathing, trusses, insulation, drywall, all gone.    I will never forget the feeling of standing in my living room staring up at the trees and clouds above, totally unobstructed and very vulnerable.

The idea was to remove all the internal walls creating a great room which is so common in new construction and more realistic with modern entertaining and family life.  Once over that decision it still felt enclosed and trapped even while in this much more expansive space.  The room was 4 times longer than the ceiling.  It was like being in a gym with 10 foot ceilings.  The long flat ceiling had to go, and so it did.

I hired Blue Ridge Truss and Supply to build cathedral ceiling trusses to match the existing roofline and footprint.  In under 10 days they delivered the whole set in my driveway complete with engineered drawings that are needed for a building permit.

P1190481That’s when the old roof came off truss by truss and the new one went one, all by hand.  In one long day it was done.  But the impact of the decision would last for the next couple of months, re-constructing what I had just deconstructed.

Shingles, plywood, skylights, insulation, drywall, and electrical, were all collateral damage.  It wasn’t all that bad, the shingles needed to be replaced anyway, and the insulation was sub par at best and in some areas completely non existent.

Now having raised the roof, I have the wisdom to say it was a good decision, but not one I will take again lightly.