triguy128 wrote:I'd either leave the roof unvented. Or even better, consider spray foaming under hte roof deck with closed cell and make hte attic semi-conditioned. You'll need ot remove however any other existing insulation in the attic so you can spray right up to the rim joists.
That's one of the options we're considering, and I am leaning that direction rather than trying to figure out venting. It would make things less complicated. My main reason for hesitating to go ahead with the spray foam is that one of the primary benefits — the additional conditioned space — would be of no value in this case, as the attic does not have easy access. We also have no HVAC ducts up there to worry about.
cadrad wrote:I love the knotty pine room in the basement!
An interesting find in that room: One of the wall panels is removable, giving access to the basement wall behind. The finished wall is ~18 inches from the basement wall, so there's enough room to move around. I'm not sure when that room was finished (judging from the light fixtures and fireplace, it was a while ago), but I wonder if the "secret" area was used as a place to store alcohol during prohibition. Given the built-in bar in that room, that would match the room's function.
circuspeanut wrote:Take a look at Robert Schweitzer's book Bungalow Colors for some excellent period color scheme ideas! (I believe Schweitzer is actually based in MI, so he may even be available for you in person if you really want to splurge).
That looks like a good reference — I just placed an order to have it sent to my library. I was aware of Schweitzer's consulting service (he is in Michigan, though on the other side of the state [Ann Arbor]) and have checked out his site, but I didn't know about the book.
cadrad wrote:On the other hand, grey might look like weathered wood shingles, which were an viable roofing option at the time the house was built (more likely composite shingles, but hey!)
From what I've seen, I think the house had wood shingles initially; I think they're still up there, underneath the asphalt. The sheathing has gaps between the boards (informally called "skip sheathing, apparently). We're getting the whole thing torn off, so I'll know more once that process starts.
circuspeanut wrote:I agree with Cadrad -- the green roof will look stunning with any color but white, while a gray roof (unless it's a very taupey or greenish gray) will be quite hard to work with if you want to play up the arts & crafts / craftsman styling of the house. The white siding does you no favors, unless you want to go for neo-colonial. The dark green/white color combo you currently have makes it look very 1940's, nice but perhaps not your preferred aethetic direction?
That's interesting; my main reason for gray is that I would consider it to allow more flexibility for house colors — at least compared to green. I can imagine that it wouldn't work well with warmer colors. My wife and I are not attached to the current white and green color scheme — the main reason to keep it would be if it is accurate historically. I see no evidence that the house was ever another color, but I don't have any historical photos to go by (hoping to find some). Hopefully Schweitzer's book will give us some ideas.
Any guess as to the vintage of the awnings? They look 1970's to my uninformed eye. I'm not planning to remove them yet (they probably help a lot with temperature in the summer), but they look hideous.
Thanks for your responses!