December 13, 2011

The Big Huge Giant Thing

Spring, 2010
It's time to reveal The Big Huge Giant Thing!

Are you excited?

Can you guess what it is??

Above is a picture of our little house in early 2010. The end of that year and the beginning of this one were very, very wet. We had so many leaks and even a scary spot where the water was coming through the fan in our bedroom.

You can see that the roof is just made of wood shakes, and it was the original one placed on the house 25 years ago. The poor thing was so full of holes that any time Ben went into the attic, you could see daylight so easily through most of it.

At the beginning of the year one of our goals was the pay off the car. And then the roof started leaking and we thought we would try for a new roof instead. Well, in the end we figured we might as well keep with paying off the car so we could have that payment freed up and we would shoot for a new roof hopefully next year.

And then we paid off the car in June (yay! debt free but our house payment!). And the overtime that Ben has been working since March hasn't stopped... It's barely even slowed down.

So, we kept our budget fairly tight and put our heads down and in three months we had enough to purchase a new roof, with cash!

In November we started shopping around, found the company to go with, and last Wednesday they started ripping down our old, dilapidated roof.

The tear down crew was here at 7 and was done in 3 hours. By noon the roofers had shown up and started putting plywood sheets down.

Friday we had them blow in some extra insulation and it has kept the house so much warmer.

By Saturday they were over half way done with the papering and shingles. By last night (Monday) they had all but a teeny bit finished before they ran out of light.

And today, just about an hour ago, they finished and cleaned up!

We are so, so, SO excited to have a new roof. And I'm not sure which is more exciting - that we have a new roof, or that we paid for it with cash. No loans needed. It's such a nice, adult feeling.

It started raining yesterday afternoon and even though I knew they weren't done yet (poor guys worked through the rain), it was still nice to know that there was enough up there to keep us dry and we didn't have to worry about leaks.

And now that they're done completely - LET IT POUR!! :D



Kim said...

YAY! I am excited for you. I got a new roof this Spring and I felt the same way you do. I bet people who don't own a house think we are crazy for being excited but its nice to know your home and family are safe, warm and dry.

Farm Girl said...

It looks so nice. Yes, you and Ben are such hard workers and you did that huge goal all by yourself. I am very proud of you both. :)
I am glad the house is warmer and you can enjoy it.
I like the color of your shingles.

Kessie said...

Congratulations! That's huge! Now you won't have to worry about it raining anymore. Plus anything that keeps the house warmer is a big bonus. :-)

mollymakesdo said...

Congrats! Both on paying off the car - we did this too this year and saving up for the roof. Our house got a new roof a month before we bought it - I'm so glad we won't have to worry about the bother or that expense for a while.

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Hooray for both goals reached!!!! Your house is adorable!

Dawn said...

Yip Yip Yipee!!!!
That's awesome:)

no spring chicken said...

Good for you you mature, adult person you! And it looks fabulous...

Blessings, Debbie

Allison said...

It looks so neat and trim now! Love your Christmas lights. xo

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