Ever wondered how long it takes to strip a stone tiled roof?.... .
The first job of any major renovation is to control the water, that meant removing and relaying the whole Cotswold Stone Roof over a breathable membrane. .
This was done in the Spring and being as the rest of the house was going to be renovated throughout we took the gamble of not having a scaffold over-roof during the work. By only doing a section at a time it minimised exposure to the elements but saved huge costs in scaffolding. .
This replacement should last 50+ years and 80% of the removed stone was able to be re-used minimising costs. .
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At the north end of Lake Como there are many little alpine towns on the mountain slopes, like this one Daloo at 1100m. Here you can admire the roof architecture with stone slabs, the way it’s done today and the way it was done for the last millennia.
Our finished trullo in the context of the ‘masseria’ (Puglian-style farmstead) in which we built it.
The masseria where we stayed for the summer school is built around a renovated structure of several old trulli, which were originally built for storage, but recently transformed into bedrooms. Around it, several other structures were added – kitchen, dining room, other bedrooms – with nice outdoor spaces between them all. Together, they all formed a beautifully pleasant place to spend the last phase of our school year.
And our trullo fits in with it very nicely!
After enough layers of limestone have been piled up such that the cone of the trullo is narrow enough, it’s time to build its pinnacle. For this purpose, three large stones are hand-carved: two truncated cones and one in the builder’s signature shape, or in our case, a sphere.
The inverted cones are placed one on the other on top of the structure, and their transition is streamlined with a layer of plaster. Finally, the sphere was put into place by Tonino, our wonderful host and cook.
The construction of a trullo continues.
After the square interior space is covered by a rough stone structure, comes a long process of building a conical roof on top of it, which is designed to keep the water out. This is done by placing the flat stone slabs such that they have a slight outwards slope, which turns the entire cone into a large rainwater drainage system.
The conical shape of the overall structure is ensured by using an ancient hi-tech method for determining where to place the stones: a tall vertical stick in the center of the structure, with a cord attached on top, which can be stretched all around the perimeter to mark the outer edge of the cone at all times.
A couple of pictures from this morning as the sun came up. Still a bit of a building site but its tidy and the barn is looking really great now that it has been repointed.
It’s all happening this week as the roof will be finished, the windows are going in, the guttering is going up and the roof insulation is being finished inside.
Then this weekend the scaffolding will be coming down, I can’t wait to see it again with no scaffolding! #barn#barnconversion#mydailyrenovation#renovation#stonework#limemortar#stoneroof#renovationlife
My home is my castle 😊 The first among many 'towering' houses Raine Karp built in the 70s and 80s. Although zoned for one-storey pitched roof vacation homes, a tall four-storey house was approved on this site thanks to Karp's good relations with the local head architect. The building, initially a summer home but later expanded and now used as a permanent residence, is located in a seaside village near Tallinn. Late 70s photo by Enno Raag.