House Renovations

Remember all that new roof talk I started about two months ago?  The past two weeks I have been waking up early, sweeping up dust, listening to a constant scraping or banging above my head, because that’s just life when your home is under construction!

Well here’s what the roof looked like:


Yeah, that’s wavy.  No, it’s not supposed to be that way.  I also dislike showing you unfinished projects but some of you always beg for the before’s and so here you go!

I knew when I bought our home three years ago that we would need a new roof, but after two bathroom remodels, new furniture, funds ran run low so I waited until it was a better time – like after I got married – just kidding (his money is my money so it’s just the same).


That is our AC on the roof – in older homes in Arizona they are on the roof, not sure why.  As a California girl I am aware this looks and seems insane.  Please ignore my neglected garden beds – I am accidentally growing tomatoes though.

We went with GAF Camelot II Designer Shingles in Barkwood, it had a little warmer tone in it which went great with our brick.  When it came to getting quotes, we received a total of three, and I researched several different lines so I could compare apples to apples regarding cost.  We went with a friend’s hubby’s company, McBride, and I’m so glad we did because I truly believe in supporting friends.  We have a lifetime limited warranty on the GAF roof which transfers with the house (or really when we are dead because we are not moving ever).


I picked this shingle because I liked that the size – all neat and tidy looking and had a shake look without it being a shake.  There are all different shapes once you realize how many options you have.  This one just fit our little home so well, I was actually really excited about the roof – we have our handyman coming to paint the drip edge from blue to white since our fascia boards are blue (most homes are white or brown – and now you’re also going to be looking at that now aren’t you?)

The new skylight in my office!

Now I can take decent at the desk IG posts with light.  Yes, that’s a 34″ x 34″ size!  Boom!  Here comes the sun.  That’s a beam in it, I can’t wait to talk more about the skylight details, that’s on Monday!

A funny thing – this accidentally happened.


I was sitting in my office and heard a crash and thought something fell off the wall.  This is in between all the banging happening on the roof so I assumed something just fell off the wall from all the vibration.  This was not supposed to be a skylight in our laundry room, ps.  The wood was so old that the worker’s leg fell through it when he was walking!  What is not pictured is old insulation all over my poor Sam Edelman heels I had just kicked off.

After this happened, my time spend in the bathroom was real fast as I was afraid someone was going to make a surprise appearance while I was in there – I was honestly a bit paranoid!

Additional perks of owning an old home aside from the cute character is fixing all the incorrect things in regards to fire hazards and coding! The list went on – but thankfully we had a great electrician who came back and fixed all the things we caught.  As somewhat discouraging it was, this is the time to fix it all right?

I can’t wait to show you the office skylight!

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.


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