Monday, July 23, 2018

While we had the roof torn up, we replaced an aging, badly placed skylight in the kitchen. It always feels a bit scary to me to cut holes in the roof. The top photo shows the new placement of the skylight from the top side. You can see the patched-in area at the top of the photo. We moved the skylight about 2 feet from the interior wall to the center of the kitchen.

The second photo shows NM blue sky through the hole in the roof. Better to see blue sky than thunderheads until the skylight is in place and the roofing installed!

The final photo shows the kitchen with the completed skylight and the patched ceiling. I'm loving it!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

The roof needed some work! We had the old tar and gravel roof scraped off and a new torched down roof installed. You can see the chimney for the bedroom kiva fireplace in the top photo. And, that's my husband playing the role of the shadow!

The second photo shows the new roof and the small second story room. The raised parapet walls between sections of the home were wrapped with the roofing material and all the vent penetrations were properly sealed. The secret to a leak-proof flat roof is sealing the transitions from one material to another and keeping those areas carefully maintained.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

We're working this summer on a new project in Placitas! We bought an adobe home built in the 1970s and we're restoring and upgrading it. Once it is fixed up, it will be another of our rental homes. Watch for updates in my blog.

Here is a photo of the bedroom. Classic adobe kiva fireplace, brick floors, viga and plank ceilings and thick adobe mud walls. We just had a new exterior door installed.