This is an "artist's conception"** of my actual house (not Polistra's place by the mill) with its brand-new roof, finished last week. The process has been highly distracting: several days of hammering overhead, and many days of waiting around for various contractors to arrive. It's thrown my narrow little life out of kilter. Now I can fall back into normal patterns.
The roof was already bad when I bought the house in '91, but the constant rain and wind of last winter did so much damage that there was no question of further delay.
One pleasant surprise: even though the roofers didn't add any fiberglass, the new roof makes the house considerably warmer on cold nights. The back part, which had been leaking water, was apparently leaking air as well; there was always a chilly draft from the back room no matter how carefully I weatherstripped the door and window. The draft is now gone, and I can set the heaters considerably lower. Probably won't compensate for the cost of the roof, but it's still a nice bonus of comfort.
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** Artist's conception
means, of course, that the lines and shapes of the house and landscaping are accurately drawn, but the real thing is considerably more grubby, and more crowded in by neighboring houses!