Sunday, August 13, 2006

Eyebrow dormer is framed

Just a quick picture to show how the eyebrow dormer is going so far... The trick (it seems) was to use 1/2" thick green boards instead of 1" thick dry boards. We had to twist and bend the boards to get them to lay correctly. It's going to be really fun laying slate on this surface!

The shed roof below the eyebrow dormer is sheeted solid, because we're going to put down copper shingles there. Posted by Picasa


Blogger John said...

Instead of slate, have you thought about going w/ Copper or Zinc?

Those two materials seem better suited for a rolled roof than trying to get slate to lay there correctly.

August 14, 2006 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger oldmilwaukee said...


Thanks for the suggestion! Part of the reason my wife (and I) wanted an eyebrow dormer is because we have seen pictures of slate eyebrow dormers and they look amazing. Taking flat rocks and making them conform to a curve seems like a magic trick... but now I'm learning why it looks so impossible (it nearly is!). A barrel dormer (or even an eyebrow dormer) covered with copper would probably be much more practical and might look every bit as neat. I'v already committed to the slate though.. no turning back. :0


August 22, 2006 at 6:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before I say anything else...WOW! Your home is an amazing piece of art!.

In reading your blog your use of copper ridge seems like an option you chose. I thought a copper ridge was manditory because it prevents the algae that can destroy a slate roof.


July 18, 2007 at 10:36 AM  

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