If you’ve been around here for long you know we’ve been chasing a water leak for the better part of two years. Two leaks actually (but the same kind), one in the kitchen and one in the guest room. The one in the kitchen seemed to have tapered off but the one in the guest room only got worse. As we’re turning the guest room into a room for one of our girls (and eventually both) we had to officially repair the ceiling and pray we had stopped the leak. We gave plaster repair the old college try (Lord have mercy). After one afternoon attempt we threw in the towel for a while which ended up being a blessing. It allowed it to rain enough for us to see water damage happening to the brand new plaster. Leak not fixed. Such a bummer. We called more people out to look things over and everyone had the same reaction….”we have no idea”.
Well, we had SOME idea. We knew it had something to do with these two reverse dormers on the back of the house.
Each water damage spot was right below the reverse dormers. We decided to have the roofing on those redone (we had repaired the window trim as much as we thought was physically possible so didn’t see how any water was seeping in around them). Blake agreed to do the demo of the project for a little break on the cost of labor.
Upon ripping things apart he quickly realized all the rotten wood underneath the windows.
We had a carpenter friend make a late night house call (angels walk among us) and he told us what he would do if it was his house. The plan was the same plan Blake and I had tossed around several times but tried not to commit to because it was the most extensive and expensive plan. We needed to get rid of the reverse dormers and do one solid roof line across the back of the house.
This would require taking out perfectly good windows and replacing them with windows that were a bit shorter…like the one on our bathroom (back middle of the house). We still have double full size windows on the sides of the rooms so I don’t feel like we are losing that valuable of window real estate. This just means we can have more flexibility about furniture on that wall in those rooms!
This project now is going to include a little more demo, redoing siding, resetting windows, taking out and putting back in drywall on the inside, and roofing the newly framed out joists. It’s just pretty much NOT what my very nesty self wants to be getting into at 33 weeks pregnant. And I talk like I’M getting into it. It’s really the husband who is taking the brunt of this redo… But hey, we had central air installed the week before Everly was born so I won’t act like it’s out of the norm for us:)
On the eve of project-stop-the-leaks-2016 here is where we are:
Can’t wait to share the rest of this process once we get it all put back together! For some peeks along the way be sure to follow us on instagram and facebook! Oh and I’ve dropped this tip before here but it’s worth mentioning again, if you’re local, Ken’s Inc. on Wade Hampton is a supply haven! We got the exact windows we were needing for about $100 less than what the big box store was going to charge us (a piece!!).