Preparing to Install Our ‘Cool Roof’

Although the sky is clear, the weather forecast for the upcoming week includes a 10% chance of rain.  We know that the rains are coming and we need to be weather tight.  Today, Bryan confirmed that Statewide Roofing will arrive on Wednesday, 09/15/10, to install our tapered insulation on the flat roofs.  Then, they will install the 60 mil white single-ply roof membrane over the tapered insulation.  This system is our ‘cool roof’.

In order to place the materials on the roof, they need clear access from the street.  The supervisor, Mel, explained that they will have a generator on site for their ‘welding’ equipment that will seal/weld the seams of the white TPO membrane.

Thus, Bryan needed to move some dirt.

Jerry Ditto Drops By and Reviews Our Progress

During the day, Jerry Ditto dropped by for a quick visit.  Jerry wrote the first book on Eichlers — Eichler Homes, Design for Living and has been an advisor to our project since its inception.  Jerry walked around the house, acknowledging the progress and providing encouragement.  He commented positively on the amount of light going through to the lower level (Jerry never refers to it as a ‘basement’) and how one could see the blue, California sky.

Jerry subscribes to Dwell magazine and noted that Sam Grawe, the Editor-in-Chief, wrote in his editorial for the September 2010 issue about the Eichler that he just purchased.  Sam has an Eichler built in 1962 that was designed by Claude Oakland (our Eichler was designed by Claude Oakland and built in 1969).  Jerry believes that Sam should visit our project site in person to see how we have done our remodel and added the lower level.

‘Over the past few weeks I’ve been getting to know my new house, a nicely preserved 1962 Eichler designed by Bay Area architect Claude Oakland.’

 

 

Jerry Ditto drops by to review our progress.

Jerry Ditto drops by to review our progress.

Our open trenches to the East, which are still open for our water overflow bypass, irrigation manifold and conduit to Verizon's concrete vault on Winchester Boulevard.

Our open trenches to the East, which are still open for our water overflow bypass, irrigation manifold and conduit to Verizon

The sand needs to be moved completely and the pile of soil to the left needs to be moved.  This soil is to backfill around the new concrete vault that PG&E will be installing for our underground electric service.

The sand needs to be moved completely and the pile of soil to the left needs to be moved. This soil is to backfill around the new concrete vault that PG&E will be installing for our underground electric service. Bryan has some work to do.

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