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Thursday, January 12, 2017

a copper roof for christmas






The farmhouse got a copper roof for Christmas!  We have wanted a copper roof over the front porch of the farmhouse ever since we renovated the house and added the composite roof, but at the time it wasn't financially feasible.  Since removing the black exterior shutters this past summer when we repainted the house HERE we felt the house would look especially fabulous with a front portch copper roof.   We also have a couple of places where we desperately need gutters, over the front door being one, where water run off was causing damage.  For those of you who don't live in a cold/snowy climate gutters in the north are a love/hate item.  You love them until the snow melts and creates ice damns and the weight of the ice pulls the gutters off the house, then you hate them.  You could call them a necessary evil.  I would guess that the majority of houses here do not have them.   This past summer we got serious about copper gutters and roof and sought out bids from several companies/individuals (that were across the board crazy btw.)   We decided upon which roofing company to go with,  then...  as we are wont to do 😏 with projects after a busy project-filled summer, we got tired,  then lazy and simply let the roof slide off our to-do list.   Then we were really bummed as we watched copper prices quickly started to inch their way up, thinking we had missed the copper boat.  
A week before Christmas the metal roofing company called totally out of the blue and asked if we would like them to start the roof tomorrow.  Tomorrow??  We had snow on the roof and heavy rain and wind in the forecast.  So, what did we said,  but  "Of course!!!"  The company also held to our original bid price, so that sealed the deal.  Much to our surprise we found out that roofing companies work year-round here.  I asked what they would do if we had 8" of snow on the roof and they said they would (snow) rake it and use heaters to remove the rest.  New Englanders are a hardy bunch... a little lot of snow doesn't deter them one bit. It was a two-day project with demo starting two days before Christmas and the roof was completed two days after.  It was a delightful Christmas surprise for us and the farmhouse!  This old girl (yes, our house is a girl- she has a skirt HERE :) is wearing her new bling proudly.  The roof is a standing-seam roof.  
We will let the roof naturally patinate (which will take years, first turning brown) and will add copper half-round gutters next spring.  



Thought you would like to see the project evolve.
The farmhouse "Before" with her black composite roof covered with a bit of snow.




The side view which shows the living room bay window to be covered in copper.




And it begins!  The rain and wind I mentioned, along with warmer temp (thankfully)  melted all our snow just in time for installation day!








Doesn't she look pretty?!











 







 We are quite smitten with the farmhouse's new jewelry and think she looks absolutely perfect now!  These last two photos were taken yesterday.  We had pounding rain the night before which melted all the snow on the roof and we have highs in the 50'syesterday and today.  Crazy.  It feels more like a spring mud day than winter in New Hamphsire.
  





So... what do you think?!!!  Do you like the farmhouse's new bling?!!


66 comments:

  1. I love it! It looks so good! I love a farmhouse style with elegance and this screams that. Great choice.

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  2. Oh My ! She is beautiful - what a change ! Perfect choice

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  3. Perfect! Pristine, pure, like it was always meant to be there. Don't you love it when you have found the "voice" of a house?

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  4. I love it! And I love the new NO shutter look! so clean!

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  5. Absolutely beautiful! I didn't think your home could become any more stunning and once again you have proven me wrong. Will you be putting gutters on the entire house or just certain areas that damage is being caused?

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    1. hi Nathan, We will only put gutters on certain areas not the entire house.

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  6. Love! The new bling Joan. Cooper ages beautifully and the patina will wonderful on your lovely farmhouse.

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  7. Oh I do love that copper! But I must admit I miss the black shutters. Just lacking something without them. But you love it so that's all that matters!

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  8. Hello Joan, What a great touch to add to the looks of your house. I love copper roofs, especially when they weather to verdigris. Can you believe it, there was a court house in Ohio that had its dome re-coppered, and some people wanted to varnish it so that it would always stay shiny!
    --Jim
    p.s. I admit that new copper is a mesmerizing material, but still....

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    1. hi Jim, Yes, I've gotten that question a lot if we will keep it shiny:)

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  9. I love the patina of a copper roof as it ages. It is perfect for the farmhouse.
    Ron, Uptown Acorn
    www.uptownacorn.com

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  10. She is beautiful, even more so than before! Love the bling!

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  11. Completely am in love with the new look! Beautiful!!

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  12. Very pretty. I've never seen a copper roof before. It will age so beautifully! What a nice Christmas present indeed.
    Claudia

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  13. Love the copper! What a lovely touch to a charming farm house.

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  14. ...perfectly perfect...blessings...laney

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  15. Just beautiful! The first picture of your home in the snow is so pretty too.

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  16. I love a copper roof!!! The house looks so pretty with its new bling!

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  17. It looks beautiful! Very nice touch.

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  18. What a great addition. I love both new roofs. Copper is so classic and it will be wonderful to watch it add it's natural patina over time.
    Merry Christmas, dear farmhouse.
    xo,
    Karen

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  19. It is so beautiful! Just a lovely charm for an old friend.
    :) Jo

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  20. Wow! Just beautiful compliment to the already gorgeous Farm Home. LOVE IT!

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  21. Wow, the copper is gorgeous!! What a fabulous addition. We had to break down and get our entire roof replaced. Ugh! No bling, but it looks good, just hate to spend the money. :P Your home is one of my absolute favorites around the blogosphere. :)

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  22. Only one word to discribe... Exsquited!

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  23. Love the copper Joan. Joe and I priced it when we did the porch addition and are now deciding whether or not to put it up. If we do it we still can't decide on chains or downspouts. Have you and Dan decided which way you are going?
    Crazy weather here too. 72 degrees here today!! Happy New Year to all five of you !

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  24. You're new roof looks great.what a beautiful home you have.love the inside and outside.Lucky you!

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  25. That's a beautiful accent for the farmhouse. Great choice!

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  26. Love the copper; love a standing seam roof. You are polishing that jewel for sure.

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  27. I love it! And, now you've got me thinking of copper gutters! ;)

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  28. I am not a fan of metal roofs, but my first copper roof showed me there is a beautiful option! My neighbor has an entirely copper roof on their house, ell, and barn, all beautiful patinaed. It's lovely, and I'm happy I didn't see the bill.

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  29. Love it! We have a copper roof over our bow window!

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  30. much older sister susanJanuary 12, 2017 at 7:35 PM

    I love it Joanie!!!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU,DAN and GIRLS!

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  31. Definitely beautiful! Icing on the cake!

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  32. Really looks SO GOOD! Very proud for you!!!

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  33. Wow! It looks ah-mazing!!! The girl sure deserves her new bling!

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  34. I think it looks lovely! What a great Christmas surprise. I few of my gutters need replacing and I've been stalling because I *really* want copper but less than 20 ft. of my gutters needing to be replaced and if I go with the copper I'd have to replace all of it - and there are a lot of gutters on my house, so I continue to stall. My neighbor replaced the roof over his porch and his gutters with copper about 10 years ago and I've been goofy over them ever since.

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  35. The copper roof is the perfect accent. However, I too miss the black shutters but you love the house sans shutters so who am I to disagree? Afterall you have the interior design degree. The Snow is the crowning jewel! I think I would love life in the Northeast. I'm a fall/winter person.

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  36. We had copper eaves and downspouts on our former house - even the detached garage. It was really nice and worth the cost.
    What I like is that the company who came back for the work kept the price. And likely they needed the end of year project to get them over a hump. So good on them for reaching out for the business, and good for you adding a new roof in time for Santa to land the sleigh.

    Happy New Year btw!

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  37. Be still my heart. Love the copper roof! I want to move to New Hampshire.

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  38. Sooooooooo Beautiful!!!!
    Awesome!!!!
    Ya'lls farmhouse is the most beautiful
    from interior to the exterior!!!!
    I soooo love ya blog,
    Thank you for sharing your home!!!
    One of my fav, The Poochies/ Sisters!!!! too.

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  39. I my gosh this is gorgeous!!!!! great job! Now will it turn Verdigris?

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  40. Just when I think the farmhouse cannot get any better - it does! Her bling is so lovely!

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  41. Looks gorgeous! What a wonderful Christmas surprise! It's always good to work with contractors when they're eager to work. a win/win. I figure the weather is just about as dull and grey and muddy there as it is here, so I'm sure it's nice to have something shiny to look at!

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  42. That Copper looks Fantastic and the Patina over Time will look even better! Congrats and Bravo! Dawn... The Bohemian

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  43. Looks wonderful Joan! I loved my copper roof on my farmhouse in Austria. The New Hampshire magazine article with your kitchen is gorgeous. So is the post Amy Mitchell put up on her blog. I LOVE your kitchen. While you were in the process, I kept showing M. photos, over and over and over. Best to you, Dan and the girls.

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  44. As usual.....everything you do is perfection! The touch of bling is such a bright spot on the wintry NH days! And how it will shine in the summer until it gets darker loveliness.

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  45. It's perfect! Great choice! We did standing seam steel on our house in Illinois and love it.

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  46. Gorgeous! Would you share your contractors name? Thank you!

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    1. Sure... we used Guyer & Son Roofing in Marborough, NH.

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  47. Missed the posting last week, the new roof is beautiful. Ordered NH Magazine the article was fun to read, since I feel like I know you! Roofers are always working, a few years ago we had a new roof put on and it was very cold and snow on the ground. I set up a hot chocolate and donut stationing in open garage, they really appreciated it. I also saw them warming hands and feet in front of the dryer vent outside, luckily it was Monday so laundry day. They are a hardy bunch.

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    1. That was nice of you Mary- I sure they loved it!

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  48. Oh, Joan! It's beautiful!!! I can't wait to see the gutters too!!! These changes really make the house more solid looking, more substantial. Can't wait to see it mellow through the years - so exciting! Congratulations!!!!

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  49. I absolutely love your bling - the perfect new look for the new year! Happy weekend!

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  50. She looks fabulous!
    Joan, I have a question that has nothing to do with copper roofing. I know that you have indicated that you used cellular shades as a window covering. I wondered if you could tell me if you did much research prior to choosing cellular shades, what brand did you end up choosing and are you happy with them? Thanks so much for taking the time to provide so much great information about your lovely home.

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  51. She looks gorgeous!
    Joan, I would like to ask a question that is not about the copper roof. I know you have cellular shades on your windows. Could you please share why this was your choice window covering, which brand you purchased and are you happy with them? Thank you so much for all of the wonderful information that you provide through your blog. Deb

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  52. Joan, the new copper roof is fabulous! It really dresses up your wonderful country house!

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  53. Oh my, i stumbled over here via going down a rabbit hole of fantastic house blogs. As the owner of a 1920 colonial and a 1800s lumber camp turned family weekend getaway, I solidly support copper roofing and downspouts. I look forward to reading more of your blog.

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