and we rarely will either.
We have been fortunate to have a number of outstanding suppliers working to seal up the exterior of the G.A.R. building – but one company that we can’t say enough about is Cass Sheet Metal. They are currently the only company with a team still on site – putting the finishing touches on the roof and it’s details.
From remnants left in the corners of the attic – we know that the original roofing material was slate. We found a dozen or so pieces of the flat stone tucked in the eaves. At some point – that surface was removed and replaced with typical asphalt shingles.Last spring, as our engineers studied the roof joists, they told us that the roof would no longer support a stone slate. That being said Sean, Tom and I thought it still important to recreate the look anyways. Each supplier who bid on the project recommended a similar material – and Cass Sheet Metal suggested both a composite shingle and copper details for the gutters, the “valleys” on the roof and the wall trim where the roof meets the stone.Actually, we admitted it would be tough to afford all that copper, but the owners of Cass said anything less would be an injustice to the building and came to the table with an approach that suited both parties. We will be forever indebted to Cass for restoring this particular feature of the building.
The sun was out Tuesday around lunch time – which gave us the chance to run over from the Mindfield office and grab these shots.
Check them out.