Roof preparation and front eave finishing

by brae  

In addition to creating the basic landscaping, getting the roof shingled is also a necessity for Halloween pictures.  I have had the roof pieces glued in place for some time, except for the back piece which will need to remain removable until the interior has been completed.  I also have to add the topmost piece, but that I will need to cut from plywood since the kit piece doesn't fit at all.  Luckily, the front can be shingled and mostly finished without worrying about the top and back just yet.

There were gaps between the roof pieces when I assembled that part of the kit.  It was either operator error or old kit pieces, or a combination.

To reinforce the joins, I glued strips of Tyvek across the seams.  Tyvek is the durable fiber paper that is used in FedEx envelopes, for instance.  It's thin enough to not interfere with the shingles and strong enough to add stability to the roof joins.  Fran had suggested it for the pocket door lever hinge, and I made a point of gathering more for my supplies stash.

I painted over the reinforced seams in preparation for shingling.  It already looks better!

As I had done for the dormer window, I finished the eaves of the large front gable with trim wood scored to look like individual boards.  I started with the space between the large gable trim and the house.

Sorry for the harsh lighting, but the house is turned on my work table in such a way that the light is in an awkward spot.  I've masked out the light's more severe glare as much as possible.

I then attached the gable trim before finishing the front portion of the eave.

This will hide the various gaps and imperfections from the construction problems I ran into while putting on the roof.  The side eaves can't be finished until the interior is done, so there will be only front views in my Halloween photos unless I really am able to finish work on the interior in time.  :D  Not holding my breath on that!

For the dormer eave panels, the scored detailing was lost after painting.  To solve that problem for the front eave, I used the awl to score the previous lines again after painting.  It helped bring back the board detail.  I love the way it looks!

I shaved the right front to even out the eave panel with the roof panel.  On the left side, I had to add wood to make the two sides even.  I then shaved the excess from the added wood to make a smooth edge.

I cut trim from 1/4" x 1/16" strip wood to finish the front edges of the eave.  These will be finished and glued in place after the roof is complete.

I'm ready to start shingling!  :D

8 comments

Comment from: Wanda [Visitor]

Again great attention to detail, everything looks great. Can’t wait to see the finished project!

09/29/12 @ 03:41
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]

Your attention to the smallest detail really impresses me. It looks just fab!

09/29/12 @ 04:30
Comment from: Audra [Visitor]  

I dont even know what to say anymore. I have used ‘Amazing’, ‘OMG, ‘WOW’, ‘Wonderful work’…. I am just speachless. I will just start reading and admiring and leave my comment as a smiley face.

For me, I think making a run down type house is harder than a fresh one. WIth your help (referring back to your blog) I think I am going to try to do something similar to my half scale chantilly.

09/29/12 @ 06:32
Comment from: Keli [Visitor]

The under the eaves detail is a fantastic touch…very realistic.

I am going to blatantly steal your idea for my next build. :D

09/29/12 @ 08:37
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]

Reinforcing the eaves strips with Tynek is such a good idea. I love the gable trim. It goes well with the style of the house. Also, I like what you did under the eaves. I like that you always find a solution for whatever problem pops up.

09/29/12 @ 22:31
Comment from: Fran [Visitor]

Love to share the wonders of Tyvek – you probably realized, but I will mention it anyway, that the manufactured creases (aka outside edges) of Tyvek envelopes are great for this type of use: already prepared valley and ridge folds! Also, pre-made hinges for so many things – Save the Creases!

The eave detail is just another example of often overlooked opportunities for fabulousness, and you’re writing the book on that!

09/30/12 @ 18:39
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thanks, ladies! I look forward to seeing the results of your thievery, Keli! :D I couldn’t use the creases for this rickety house, but I will definitely save the spare pieces.

09/30/12 @ 22:02
Comment from: Jorge [Visitor]

que trabajo tiene ese tejado

10/20/12 @ 09:20


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