Our Country Cottage a Narrative
About This Show
Our Country Cottage, a Narrative, podcast is intended to be for those that want to, are in the process of, or have already realized their dream of building a retreat or retirement place in the woods. I will be sharing what I have learned from all phases of our project, from planning to enjoying and coming to terms with our cottage in the country.
Most Recent Episode
Episode #5 On Second Thought & In The Beginning
4 days ago
On Second Thought 1-Roof design There is a valley over battery room hatch where snow collects and turns to ice. The valley is also on the north side so parts of it never see the sun. It is also over the battery room entrance, so every time you access the battery room it is literally hanging over your head. First year an ice damn formed and the melting ice backed up and started to drip between the rafters over the deck. Our contractor risked life and limb on a ladder to hammer the ice free. Sheets of ice up to 5 or 6 inches thick came down. I now duck tape a rubber mallet to the handle of the roof rake (16 feet long) and I can loosen the ice from the ground. Much safer. I have also acquired ladder stand-off arms that attach to a ladder and make it much safer if I have to use the ladder. 2-Where the cottage roof and the garage roof meet and over the entrances Both of the above have the same problem, snow accumulation. The snow collects on the roof then slides off (some times while you are standing there), forming large piles that if left unattended they form into large ice mounds, right where you want to walk... My first line of defense is the roof rake. A roof rake is like a backwards snow shovel, in that it works by pulling the snow towards you. That reverse plough is mounted on the end of a long handle, 16 feet long. After a snow fall I will go around the cottage pulling down snow at places where I have to stand etc. I try to caution anyone who visits in winter not to park under a roof line or spend anytime standing under a roof line. At the time we decided on a metal roof we were warned that these things happen and on second thought I think I would still go with a metal roof. 3-Floor hatches Heavy and hard to open I have been looking into manual foot activated methods to open and close with an integral safety barrier when open Dangerous when open I put those orange cones on both sides of the hatch when its open and other people are around. I have heard of horror stories of people falling down similar hatches. Crawl space access Originally, the plans had access to the crawl space from utility room but it was put in the battery room over the batteries