While Scott completed odds and ends of interior framing, to prep for insulation and drywall; the awning, metal roof and siding were getting installed. Scott and his step dad Jeff spent the weekend building the awning that will provide protection from the outdoor elements. The awning will eventually be cladded in metal and wired for lighting and outdoor speakers.
Roof installation was delayed for months because the subcontractor was so busy (a sign of Denver’s booming construction). This has made it difficult to stay on schedule and keep momentum going when contractors are so hard to track down. Additionally, it leads to a ripple of delays because things like interior insulation and drywall are dependent on a completely dried in house. Luckily we finally got the roofing contractor to site and now things are moving along faster than ever.
In just a week, the metal roof and siding went up. We chose metal standing seam material because it is a superior product that will stand the test of time, and will allow easy installation of our thin film solar panels. Our original design intent was to use flat panels on both the roof and facade (for a clean look) but upon recommendation from the contractor; we ended up incorporating striated siding. Since the structured wall panels are not completely flat and uneven in places, the metal siding, if not rigid enough, will bow out or dimple over time. We obviously did not want that to happen so we chose to incorporate striations to make the siding more rigid. We kept the roof panels flat for two reasons: 1. The roof is flat so we don’t have to worry about imperfections in the metal over time, and, 2. We will be installing solar panels that will adhere to the flat faces of the roof panels.
Standing seam siding is installed on all north and south facades. The metal material will hold up well over time as the hot southern sun beats down on it. We will complete the exterior look with a cedar wood rain screen, installed on all west and east facades (stay tuned).