For our friends at Benton Metal Depot in Statesboro who have worked with us for a year now in getting Beefield in good repair for the next 40 years. This project on the house might be considered minor, but sprawling project scope leaves the pocketbook and the time log filled with notes.
The house was built for the Clifton's of masonry in 1950. When we say built of masonry, this is not the current day standard of hollow block or the brick veneer facia over plywood. This means a concrete foundation for walls was poured and solid bricks were coursed upwards and outwards to make six inch thick walls. The roofing timbers sit right atop the brick walls. There is none of this cored building brick or veneer brick, but large solid clay brick.
The wrap around front porch and the back porch were raised to height on clay and solid concrete floors poured 5 inches thick. Sometime in the 1970's the back porch was closed in. No insulation was put into the framed walls, no insulation was put atop the tongue and grove pine flooring that was used to enclose and make the ceiling. So, when they placed the central heat and air unit into the house many years later the back porch was not included in the climate control plan. On a hot July day temperature on the enclosed back porch reaches about 10℉ hotter than the outside. Not the economic smart place for the freezer.
Last August Fraser Roofing began replacement of the shingle roof with a metal roof of the color we selected based on SRI (Solar Reflective Index) and life warranty. In our case we chose copper which had a higher SRI than silver and looked more esthetically pleasing than Arctic white or silver as well. We noticed the roof does indeed reflect a higher degree of heat than the asphalt tan shingles previously displayed on our home. But, the problem of the back porch was not solved in the least and there were other issues like no electricity on the outer wall for outdoor lighting and security cameras and no way to access the attic space above the porch.
We chose to cover the asbestos shingle siding with a high quality vinyl shake. As inspection of the wall revealed that near the top, the attic vent had been improperly done and there was no less than four bales of pine straw in the attic. There must have been pine trees on the east side of the house before 1970 when they put in the in ground pool. We cut out the rotting wood vent and Ruth crawled into the space to remove the debris, confirming there was no insulation. So after evaluating of the space and finding it suitable for storage of such things as holiday decorations and boxes, a hole was cut into the upper wall to allow access and R-19 insulation was installed in the 2x6 spaces before plywood was laid down to allow access.
While in Portal last year evaluating a bee removal, we stopped at a thrift store and came across on old aluminum awning about 30" wide. I purchased it. This to complement the awning we removed from the old door. After spray painting it 'hammered copper' it allows a close match to the roofing materials so it will blend nicely with the roof. Below in the photos is the custom metal piece made by Benton to fill the gap between the awning upper edge and the wall as the awning was made to fit window trim and the construction of the new access entrance did not use lumber with the kiln dried and planed dimensions. Back in the day, a 2"x4" was really 2" by 4" when kiln dried. Now lumber mills cheat, calling a 1.5" by 3.5" a 2x4. Beware when working on old homes, custom mill work is required for almost everything.
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