Brewster House Bed & Breakfast (Freeport, Maine Coast)

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The Pounding Has Ended (and the result is beautiful!)

December 18, 2010 by Scott Gile

The crew finished up their work as night was falling on the fourth day, and the result is absolutely wonderful. We are delighted with the new roof!

New roof over the porch and you can see it nicely over the bay windows and on the peaks

Guest entry, and roof over the porch, and up the peaks of the house
Guest entry and barn

The back of the barn and the cupola.

Is this the last day?

December 17, 2010 by Scott Gile

The guest entry porch gets its new roof.

This morning the crew is working on the roof areas over the porches, and the back side of the barn (by the way, the barn is where we, the innkeepers, live – it is a really nice barn).

The front of the house gets a new porch roof.

According to the roofer, the job may well be finished today (we hope so, as we have guests arriving this afternoon!).

The crew working around the skylights on the barn

Since the back of the barn is also where our office is, the pounding is really loud(!) overhead today, and we can watch out the window as piles of old shingles fall down the tarpaulin slides, and bales of new shingles are hauled up to replace them.

On the third day of Christmas

December 16, 2010 by Scott Gile

The front section is all finished except the cap.

Day three of the project to replace the roof dawns bright and cold! It was only about 8 degrees F last night, and this morning it was 12F when the crew arrived to begin working.

When they completed the front section of the house, they noticed that the supplier had sent the wrong color for the cap shingles (the ones that run along the peak), so those have to be replaced.

The barn and area above the guest entrance are the target for today.

Most of the middle section of the house is completed, and about 1/3 of the barn (it was really weird to shower this morning with hammers pounding directly overhead – it sounded like they were coming in through the roof!). The crew hopes to finish tomorrow, but weather will play a role in the completion time.

Up on the housetop…

December 15, 2010 by Scott Gile

But is isn’t reindeer we’re hearing on the second day of this project. It is “a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on!”

Tarps drape the guest entry to protect it from falling shingles.

This morning the crew is over the middle part of the house, and the entire place is reverberating with the pounding and scraping noises that accompany the removal of the old shingles. We can hardly wait until they get to the back of the house, where our living area and office are located!

The front section of the house is nearly completed, as you can see in the photos. The shingles are coming off the center section over the guest entry, which we hope will be nearly completed today.

The front section is nearly complete.

The last section is the barn, which is very large (not as barns go, but as houses go), so may take more than one day. In addition, our property slopes down at the rear of the house, so the height from the back of the barn roof to the ground is not just three stories, but four(!).

On the first day of Christmas

December 14, 2010 by Scott Gile

’tis the season – for a new roof!

The old roof comes off – near the guest entry.

One thing we’ve always known we would need to do, but have been hoping would wait a bit, is to put a new roof on at Brewster House. In theory it shouldn’t be needed, but the hints have been coming for years.

Every year in the wind storms and Nor’easters that are common in Maine we lose a few shingles. Most times we just have an annual repair and things are fine for another year. This year we lost quite a few more shingles than has been the norm, so we talked to the roofer about a replacement, and decided to go ahead with the project.

He told us that one of the reasons we were losing so many shingles is that the old roof used a shingle that was too light to stay in place in the heavy winds. Sigh. Thankfully, the new roof will be heavier, and should stay in place much better.

Down come the shingles over the dining room

The men arrived early this morning and began stripping off the old shingles. They’ll be here for several days, repairing any wood that is needed, and sealing up the roof and putting on new shingles.

We’re looking forward to a new, – heavier – and more attractive roof!

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