Learning to {love} and {Roofing} Inspiration…

 I truly believed I knew exactly what I wanted when it came to our home remodel.  Honestly…I did.   I knew where pictures were to be hung, where couches, chairs and tables were to be placed.  I had it all planned out in my mind.
What I forgot is that we are remodeling a 100+ year old house, some things just won’t work.  Some products can’t be found in my neck of the woods, some times my ideas are pretty crazy! LOL!!
It has become a huge test of patience and a huge learning experience.  Symmetry is over-rated anyway and I’ve even learned a new term {generational architecture}. :0)  I’m working on loving my asymmetric, generational architecture home.  I’m working on letting go of my need for perfectionism and having things just so.
One area that has caused complete heartburn is roofing.  Have any of you ever tried to get just a bare metal roof?  A weathered bare metal roof?  I’m not talking the weathering steel or rusty metal as it is some times referred too, just a pre-weathered zinc roof.  That is all I wanted and couldn’t find it anywhere without having to sell of the whole farm for a truck load of it.  So onto plan B, which with the perfect picture of our prairie home in my mind, there wasn’t one… :0/
Can i just say what a blessing Houzz has become for me?  I finally found some roofing examples that could help alleviate the heartburn and give me a plan B…
I’ll share what I finally decided upon soon, it should arrive today and if it doesn’t snow should be installed within the week!  I’m hoping I don’t blind the whole county with the color or sans color of my choice.  It should be interesting!
What are your thoughts on metal roofing?  Likes, dislikes, advice??  Please share!
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  • January 10, 2013 - 4:10 pm

    Rachel Schindler - I can’t wait to see it!!!!ReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2013 - 4:32 pm

    Rebecca - Ah the joys of renovating a 100+ year old home…ours was built in 1854. When was yours? As I write the sounds of crow bars, hammers, lath and plaster are flying in the air in what will be our “New” kitchen. I am not in there right now as I am the designated “clean” gopher.
    I love metal roofing! Gray galvanized metal that eventually fades and changes ever so slightly with a patina all it’s own.
    I love how the rain falls upon it and how you can hear the swoosh of the snow and ice sliding off as the sun warms the metal in winter. :)
    The “Old House” here on the family farm still has some left on one section (the contractors refused to put on new metal when my grandmother wanted the roof redone…so “talked” her out of it….I still argue that they figured they would earn more in time and labor by installing shingles and not putting on metal) It still doesn’t “look right”.
    I have been eyeing the gray metal galvanized roofing at the local home improvement store and that is what will be going on my studio this next summer. Someday our garage and maybe our home…if I can convince the hubby. Luckily, I have found if I make a suggestion far enough in advance, it has time for it to bounce around in his head long enough for him to believe that it was his idea in the first place so after 21 years of marriage I now have less heartburn.
    All the best and don’t stress too much. Everything will work out and be just as you want with the pictures in the perfect spot and tables and chairs that were made to fit. Hugs ~ RebeccaReplyCancel

  • January 10, 2013 - 6:07 pm

    kimberly - I could not love metal roofing more if I tried. So envious and can’t wait to see!!

  • January 11, 2013 - 8:04 am

    nicoleigh - There are LOTS of metal roofs in Iowa. Especially on older farm houses. They will hopefully last longer than shingles. Most look nice. But I’ve seen a handful that makes me wonder if they really looked at the color first.
    I can’t wait to see what you selected!ReplyCancel

  • February 1, 2013 - 7:49 pm

    Tim - The sound of rain on it.ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2013 - 9:32 pm

    Molly - Love, love, love me some metal roofing! I’m trying to convince my husband to put it on his “man cave”. I’ll inspire him with your gorgeous photos. Thanks for sharing and I say go for it!

  • April 15, 2013 - 10:04 am

    Cheryl - Hello! I love this house! The roofing is amazing! It reminds me of the houses that are in Wilmington, NC. The roofs are metal (Sheet like). They are gorgeous! My husband is always saying when we move back there, we will buy one of those homes, plus, they are in a perfect location! Best of luck to you and your family. (Hope you get them back after trading them for a roof;) hehe. Follow along with my blog..http://bullseyeoncanvas.wordpress.com/.
    D. VintageReplyCancel

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