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Mike's extension & renovation (Lounge roof)

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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Spandrel carving)

Postby 9fingers » 04 Sep 2018, 17:25

DOH! :oops: my mistake

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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Spandrel carving)

Postby Mike G » 04 Sep 2018, 17:25

Malc2098 wrote:......What font is it?


I took a Gothic font ("English Towne"), and re-drew the lower case lettering into upper case. The upper case was way too complex to carve (well, never mind that, it was too complex to read). So it's really my own font.
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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Spandrel carving)

Postby Mike G » 04 Sep 2018, 17:36

Here's why I didn't do it Roman numerals. Given that this was my best attempt, you can maybe see why I gave up on the idea:

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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Spandrel carving)

Postby Coley » 04 Sep 2018, 17:52

The carvings are a really nice touch

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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Spandrel carving)

Postby Malc2098 » 04 Sep 2018, 18:09

They're well carved, Mike.

And I really like your Roman version. But that's just me.
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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Spandrel carving)

Postby Mike G » 04 Sep 2018, 19:19

Thanks Malcolm. Those letters are smaller than the ones on the other side, and closer together. It would have been a nightmare for me, with my skills and shortage of tools.
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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Spandrel carving)

Postby Rod » 04 Sep 2018, 20:02

Lovely work Mike, I like the Roman version too but what you’ve done is great.

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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Spandrel carving)

Postby Mike G » 27 Sep 2018, 08:24

I've done the name over the front door. Again, relief carving, but this time with the background painted matt black.

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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Spandrel carving)

Postby 9fingers » 27 Sep 2018, 08:44

Getting it ready to sell the place on to Linda and Terry then? :lol:

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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Spandrel carving)

Postby Malc2098 » 27 Sep 2018, 08:48

Nice job.
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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Spandrel carving)

Postby Mike G » 27 Sep 2018, 08:57

9fingers wrote:Getting it ready to sell the place on to Linda and Terry then? :lol:

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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Spandrel carving)

Postby 9fingers » 27 Sep 2018, 09:56

Mike G wrote:
9fingers wrote:Getting it ready to sell the place on to Linda and Terry then? :lol:

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:lol:


I was wondering about the use of the apostrophe to be honest. Grammar is not my strongest point but it looked a bit strange. eg The house belonging to Lintel?

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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Spandrel carving)

Postby Andyp » 27 Sep 2018, 10:13

If Lintel is the surname it is not very common and appears to be of Dutch origin perhaps?
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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Spandrel carving)

Postby Mike G » 27 Sep 2018, 13:43

Yes, Lintel was the farming family who owned it for a couple of centuries.
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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Spandrel carving)

Postby Rod » 27 Sep 2018, 16:22

So is that your postal address?

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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Spandrel carving)

Postby Pinch » 01 Oct 2018, 19:22

Nice touch Mike and beautifully executed dude - love it. :eusa-clap:

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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Spandrel carving)

Postby Mike G » 01 Oct 2018, 21:07

Thanks Paul!

One big job that has just been left and left has been the roof over the lounge. Any rumours that I got stuck up there a while back after accidentally kicking the ladder away are unsubstantiated by any photographic evidence, and as we know, without photos, it didn't happen. Anyway, quite a lot of work happened to get to the point in the next photo: the feather-edge boards around the widow, following on from fixing two steel hooks to make future scaffold access possible; gutters to the upper rooves; the old membrane and battens were stripped, new membrane fitted, and it was all rebattened; and finally, a fascia was fitted:

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The slating was easy, except for the area under the new boards, because trying to reach around the hidden corner, with almost nowhere to stand, and working left handed, was really hard. So, there are no work-in-progress photos until near the end, which is just to illustrate that the final stages of tiling a roof are awkward because you run out of space for materials and for yourself:

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Finished:

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These are a medium grade Spanish slate (250mm x 500mm), nailed on with aluminium slate nails. The grading thing is interesting (well, you know.. :) ).....Slate grade isn't about the quality of the material, at all. It is about the uniformity of the product. The top grade slates are all the same thickness, whereas the lower grade stuff will have a mixture of thick and thin.

Finally, the gutter. This gutter is going to have the water from the upper rooves fed into it, as well as from the small slate roof, so I opted for a deep profile rather than the more usual 4" half-round. This has a higher carrying capacity:

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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Lounge roof)

Postby Andyp » 02 Oct 2018, 16:06

Mike, that downpipe appears to be in front, of the window. Optical illusion?
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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Lounge roof)

Postby Mike G » 02 Oct 2018, 16:09

Yes, Andy, it's about 6 inches to the side. I'm building a garden wall in due course, between the downpipe and the end of the house, hence the slightly odd-looking running outlet location.
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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Lounge roof)

Postby Phil » 07 Oct 2018, 17:09

Looking very good Mike (doing some catch up reading)

Door looks fantastic, you must be very chuffed.

Question (maybe I missed this somewhere in the past ...) why the dark tiles and not the same red as the rest of the house?
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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Lounge roof)

Postby Mike G » 07 Oct 2018, 19:11

They're slates Phil, and they can be laid at a much lower pitch than clay tiles (22.5 degrees minimum, as compared with 35 minimum). Because of the bedroom window over that little roof, it had to be well under 35 degrees.
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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Lounge roof)

Postby Phil » 10 Oct 2018, 08:00

Thanks Mike.
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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Lounge roof)

Postby kirkpoore1 » 29 Oct 2018, 01:57

And here I was thinking that after I took a 6 month break, you'd be all done. :) Mike, the doors are fantastic, and the carving is really the icing on the cake.

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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Lounge roof)

Postby Mike G » 29 Oct 2018, 08:11

kirkpoore1 wrote:And here I was thinking that after I took a 6 month break, you'd be all done. :) Mike, the doors are fantastic, and the carving is really the icing on the cake.

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Hi Kirk, nice to see you again. And yes, the pace has slowed as life returns to normal. All the rooms of the house are liveable and in service, and the pressure to get stuff done is thus diminished. I've lots of drawing work to catch up on, so don't have the time to button up the last jobs promptly. This thing could drift for a year or two yet!
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Re: Mike's extension & renovation (Lounge roof)

Postby MY63 » 02 Nov 2018, 16:02

Mike
I have just finished reading all 118 pages and I would like to say something that is either clever/funny or meaningful but to be honest words fail me.
Your dedication to your house and craft is impressive your home is a work of art.
I should say I have also enjoyed your writing style it was like I could hear you describing what you were doing as you had done it. I remember as an apprentice many years ago the blacksmith I worked with used to talk me through things in that way and even many years later I still use those skills.
The story would make a great book and I would buy it :)
Finally I would like to thank you on behalf of myself and all of those you have helped and given your time freely to help them build their dream workshops.
Keep up the good work.

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