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I was looking at a new weather app to check when the late-summer drizzle was going to stop and got a nasty shock.  A rain warning.  We live in Vancouver, a notoriously rainy city.  A warning that there will be heavy rain has to be taken seriously because we usually just pretend that it’s not happening. But as climate change happens (and happens to us, we can’t avoid it) we must expect more hard rains, more frequent, more severe.

it seems to me that we have chosen the perfect roof to handle this kind of weather.  The living roof will soak up the hard rains, holding the bulk of the spate so that it doesn’t overwhelm the water run-off system that can overtax the sewers.  The rolled steel roof will slide the water right onto the rain chains and along a pathway we’ll build for it so it gradually gets absorbed.

The rolled steel roof is being installed now — yes, in the pouring rain.

20130829_3Here’s the bit of roof right over our bedroom — that will provide us with lovely sound when we are sleeping beneath it in the rain.  You see the edging slipped over the under layer, and the steel panels lay over that.  Above that you see the window that will nestle between the kitchen counter and the upper cupboards.

Here’s what will be going on with the outside walls:

20130829_2That’s strapping holding down waterproof paper, with a solid plastic flashing at the bottom, and white flashing around the bedroom window.

Here’s what the finished roof looks like on the side gable — sharp!LWHTime8

More work has been done on the inside — the sprinkler system is in place.  We’ve decided on a security provider, so that’s one more thing off our list.

Looking forward to the next few weeks, there’s so much work that will be done in just a little while.

 

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Starting the adventure of building a laneway house in the real-estate jungle of Vancouver, BC

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