Raising the roof

Roof tiles removed, they’re about to take down the rotted wooden beam.

No sooner had our guys finished the banana tree removal and filled the space with rock and concrete than they moved onto the second phase of this week’s toil, which was replacing a rotted wood beam and cross boards on the side of a carport.

The carport did not start life as a carport. It started as simply a covered area in one corner of the double lot we purchased in 2002 to build the Hacienda. It had been used as a party space by the lawyer’s family who previously owned it. There was nothing more on the double lot except a stand-alone bathroom on the far end of the property.

We began using it as a carport on one side and a junk-collection area on the other side. In 2014, we converted most of the trash area into my child bride’s pastry kitchen. That’s one wall of the pastry kitchen you see in the top photo.

But this week’s problem was rotting wood on one side of the roof. The guys removed tons of clay tiles and then the outermost beam, purchased a new beam, trucked it here, stained it, replaced it, and re-covered it with the clay tiles, all in just four hours.

New beam gets stained. The fellow on the left is fond of observing.
New beam is now in place, and cross boards are being laid down.
Voilá. The roof is ready to last another 20-plus years.

The rock-and-concrete “table” that was finished Thursday was dry by today, so we hoisted a couple of decorative pots atop it because we’re all about art, green and otherwise.

Far better-looking than the dead stand of bananas, ¿no?

10 thoughts on “Raising the roof

  1. One wonders why the old beam rotted in the first place. Even if the roof leaked, it’s not like that beam had no chance to dry out. Hmmmm…


    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where it’s so damp that there’s an eternal battle between good and weevils, rot, you name it.


  2. I have seen in countries that produce bananas, that after the harvest, the plants are hacked down. They then come up from the roots again. You may find these plants popping up around that stone cairn.

    Nature has a way of winning.


    1. Señor Gill: Cairn. I like that. Not sure it’s exactly correct in my case, but it sounds better than table, which I was not happy with.

      You are quite right about the roots, which is why that concreted cairn is sitting there. Those dratted banana bushes definitely would have returned. The cairn is considerably larger than the banana area, so I have my fingers crossed. If they sneak out again, I will deal with it.


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