Hip to be gable…

How to keep dry as the roof is removed!

The roof is taking shape! How to complacently redesign the roof without it raining in your living room? This is often done with a temporary scaffold roof built to cover the exiting roof however this can be avoided if; construction time is truncated, as much roof is retained as possible during construction and the builder can be flexible making the most of weather windows. In this instance there wasn’t such an issue with keeping the rain out as the whole house is being renovated, however getting internal structure wet required this to thoroughly dry before dry lining is installed. If water ingress is excessive then this can impact on the existing timber floorboards and joist with swelling leading to potential issues.

As you can see in the above photos the existing roof hip was retained as the new gable end was constructed. Only when the new roof was boarded and almost water tight was this hip removed. With the integration of the gable end and dormer window this maximises the internal space, simplifies construction and minimises the opportunity for weak points for future water ingress.

Work continues on the ground floor with the internal walls demolished to open up the space. The design has been developed to minimise corridors within a narrow but deep plan property. This is typical of terrace and semidetached properties where the accommodation on ground floor comprised ether rooms leading to rooms or narrow, dark, internal corridors providing access to the living room dinning room and kitchen. This scheme aims to remove these corridors and integrate them into the rooms maximising the usable space.