Awning Removal + Severe Weather = Damage Control

Well!  I think I jinxed myself last post when I said everything was going smoothly.  “No big surprises”, I think I may have said.  The night of my last post, the Twin Cities were hit with the first of several major storms.  High winds and torrential rains battered our house for hours, and unfortunately, water found its way in nearly every single window frame.  We first heard dripping in our bedroom, and then ventured out and were horrified to find soaked carpet and puddles (Our new wood floors!) at each and every window.  We used every absorbent thing we could find to dry up as much as possible.  No towel, bathmat or old t-shirt was spared.  It was a 3am-6am nightmare!

How could this have happened?  You may remember that all 14 awnings on our house’s roofline were removed the week before the storms.  The old rubber roofing was flapped over to cover the exposed areas, but it was simply not enough protection.  Our home has fairly new windows, and with some investigating, it was determined they were not flashed properly.  So, with large amounts of water running down the siding, it came in.  We had never had problems with previous rains, because with the awnings, the water was diverted away from the house, and the windows were protected.  We were hit with the trifecta of exposed walls, lots of water down the side of the house, and improperly flashed windows.  Booo!

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I took a second to photograph what was happening at just about every window in the house…..

The morning after the first storm, our builder was apologetic about not foreseeing this “situation”, and made every effort to help it.  A drying service came out to survey the damage, and set up at least a dozen fans and 3 huge dehumidifiers.

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Not only did we have to dodge the many fans and dehumidifiers, we had to go outside to talk. These machines are LOUD. It was like living in a 7-47.

Window trim was removed as well as drywall in the worst areas.  Wet carpet was pulled up.  It’s wool and only a few months old, so the smell was noticeable, but not terrible.  Think “wet (but clean) sheep.”

Outside, the roofer spent the day properly covering the awning-less spaces with a green neoprene to divert water away from the windows.

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Preparing for more rain…

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With the temporary neoprene coverings, there were waterfalls like this one outside every window. They saved us during several more heavy rains from more damage inside.

The sun did finally come out again, and construction of the new soffit took place.

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Framing the soffit.

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Liking this new look, so far!

Week #2 of our exterior renovation was more about damage control than forging ahead.  Seeing the soffit framing has been a positive, and the roofer was able to get some permanent stuff over the mudroom.

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Looking out an upstairs room to the mudroom roof, which connects the garage to the house. Here, the rubber membrane is getting glued down.

I will breathe much easier when the whole house has its new roof.  Roofers are scheduled for July 1 (today), but because it’s a short week, this baby won’t be fully water-tight until the following one.  Until then, let’s hope for sunny skies (but, I will keep my old towel/t-shirt bin close at hand!).

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7 comments

  1. befor our roof here at the building was replaced. We used small swimming pools and the plastic covers from overhead florescent lights to collect and divert the rain water.

    1. Great ideas, Toni! I will tell our builder and roofer how you dealt with redoing a flat roof with the possibility of rain. Creative thinking is so important!

  2. This is a crazy depressing post. I feel for you totally. I am sorry that anyone has to go through this. I am glad that it is getting better. We had the side off our house once and then got a major rainstorm in California. BLECH. Take a roof off or a wall down, and it rains.

    1. Yeah, Rebecca, these set-backs are no fun! Luckily, our builder has taken responsibility for not having us better prepared for rain, so he promptly took action to correct the problems and plans to get us all fixed-up inside asap. I am optimistic it will all work out!

  3. Hello! I was recently introduced to your blog from John Dwyer–he was our architect on our modern home in St. Paul! You have a dining light that we are looking at purchasing but haven’t seen it in person. It’s the Ecomoods light. Would you consider taking a picture of it in your space and emailing it to me?? I’m very curious as to how it hangs. If it’s cool, here’s my email heather@paint360.com…….thank you! Love the blog!!

    1. Hi Heather!
      Happy to help! Just grabbed a photo of the fixture from an earlier post:

      Just a note of caution: It has a florescent bulb and no dimming capability. I do like the look of it in our space, and it has an attractive price-point, but would I choose it again? Probably not. That being said, my husband likes the white/bright light. Good luck!

      1. Oh thank you Allison! REALLY appreciate the feedback and photo. Ugh! Now we’re stumped with what to do. We love the look of the light but now aren’t sure about the light it gives off. I know you said it comes with a fluorescent bulb…..can you change it out so something “softer”? Luckily, we don’t have a dimmer for that switch, but by the sounds of it, we’d want one!
        Thank you so so much for getting back to me! Best of luck with everything. I’m anxious to follow your journey 🙂

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