Up on the roof

marble-inthe-hutAbout ten days back, after our trip to the opticians, we were taken to meet a marble merchant on the Sanayi.  We wanted to have marble sills put on top of the walls that run round the roof terrace.  This would stop the rain from sitting on them and gradually soaking into the walls where it was causing the cement to rot.  We also asked for sills on the staircase to the roof terrace to stop the water running off the sides and soaking into the concrete.  He decided that the staircase going up to the roof was dangerous and advised us to have it reinforced.  We agreed on a price (including all work) and he went away, promising us workmen a couple of days later.

Wall-painted-last-yearThe marble montage man turned up when expected and got to work on the roof.  He did a full day’s work (he was very efficient and pleasant) and said he would come back the next morning if it didn’t rain.  It rained.  It rained pretty marble-sill-and-plantswell every day for a week.  But, when it didn’t rain, he came round again with an assistant and finished the job.  It looks very good (in our opinion).  The only problem he encountered was is he had to remove one of the brackets holding the soba flu, this needs replacing.

underside-of-stairsYesterday two men turned up and chopped the rotten cement out from under the stairs, replacing it with concrete.  That was in the morning.  We spent the afternoon cleaning up.  It looks solid but will need a coat of paint (most of the exterior could use a coat or two of paint!).

As ever, the men who did the work were proper craftsmen.  Polite, pleasant and fixed-concretehelpful.  We are now waiting for the man to come round to get the money.   He doesn’t seem to be in any great rush for it, though we’re sure he will be round in due course.

stairs-with-marble-lipWhilst cleaning up we discovered that some of the stairs do not slope down from the back to the front.  They slope slightly to one side and the water can’t run off them due to the new marble sills.  So the plan is to retile (either ourselves or get someone to do it) with non-slip exterior tiles and slope them in the right direction…  In the meantime, some of our steps are developing small puddles when it rains.  And that is our fault entirely – something we didn’t think of when we asked for the work to be done.

We also noticed that some of the old roof furniture has not survived winter and needs to be replaced.  We recycled the rotting wood chairs.  They were covered in gloss paint but one of our neighbours was happy to have them as firewood.

So the marble work is done and it has created four new tasks, fixing the soba flu, the stairs, exterior painting, and buying some new terrace furniture.  It never ends…..

6 responses to “Up on the roof

  1. . . normal! Be glad you can afford to have a tradesman do the job – you’d be down the DIY place back in the UK. That said, one of my joys living here is to have my own workshop and the time to do/learn stuff – I feel a post coming on!

    • It sure beats going to B&Q even though we now have more time to do stuff. We’ll probably re-tile the stairs ourselves, but for big tasks it seems better to get someone to do it. Painting the whole exterior of the house is not on our list of fun things to do. Workshop time is far more likely to be for messing about with motorcycles.

  2. We had marble put on the top of our walls about 10 months ago and we’ve noticed a big difference. Well worth doing.

    • Very much agree and it looks a lot better. We did not do it earlier since we thought over 40 meters of marble sills would be expensive. It turned out we were wrong.

  3. I love living in a place where they still have tradesmen. Any little thing and you can pick up the phone and have one visit on the same day 🙂 However, I do miss a bit of DIY – Murat (the hubby) is not one to even pick up a hammer and I do get a bit frustrated when It is just a simple job and he wants to call someone in.

    • Back in the UK Ashley completely rebuilt a kitchen, from the floor up, rewiring and everything. The power tools came with us and we have picked up a fair few tools here. Ashley has learned a lot more about using cement and concrete, and if we need wood for a task we had to the sanayi and pick up what we need.
      Working with metal or stone and big tasks remains something we’ll get others to do. We are meant to be retired.

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