Heritage Restoration, Inc.

The Church House

The Church House: Primary Elevation (West)

This webpage was created to update the Church family on the renovation of the roof of Russell Church’s home at 11 Abbotsford Court in Providence, Rhode Island.

At the end of every week, the page shall be updated to show the progress of the project. Each post would include a brief written summary of the weeks work and will be accompanied by several photographs depicting that progress.

We welcome any questions about your project. You can contact Alex Papo, Preservation Specialist, with general questions at (845) 489-1220 [call or text] or e-mail at alex@heritagerestoration.net. Luke Hurtle is the Project Manager who will be responsible for the overall project and its day to day operations. Luke will be working daily at the home once the site is setup and you can receive his contact information though Alex.


Week 7 & 8 Summary Posted 10.16.19

The project is beginning to wind down! The roofing and flashing is nearly complete and nearly ready to accept the copper half-round gutters.

Other site demobilization is starting such as removing scaffolding and scheduling the removal of the dumpster.

Below are some photographs of the nearly finished roof!


Week 6 Summary – Posted 9.23.19

This week, work shingling and flashing the roof continues to move forward smoothly. As this work progresses, the weatherboards are being reattached to the house in places where they were removed to allow for roof work.

To allow for some flashing and shingling work to continue, an exterior light was removed. This light was then replaced with a more effective outdoor flood light that will light the front path into the home more effectively than the previous light. It was also noticed that an adjacent outdoor light on the ground was being fed by live and exposed Romex wire. This light and wire were removed for safety purposes. A junction box is available near this location if outdoor lighting is ever desired to be safely installed.

This week it was also decided how to move forward with a new design regarding the second floor porch area. Replacing the second floor porch shall be a heavy timber pergola. Influences for the design came from the home itself. Heavy timber members have been used throughout the homes’ construction and is visible throughout the interior and exterior of the structure. A rough sketch of the concept was created and we are using traditional timber framing methods to construct it. A benefit to choosing a pergola in this location is that it adds air and light to an already heavily shaded area that is prone to collect moisture.

The lookout members of the pergola will sit flush with girt which is supported by three vertical posts. These posts shall have swooping brackets terminating into the girt as they did before. The lookouts will extend past the girt and shall be cut at harsh angle as decorative detail. There shall be five evenly spaced lookouts in total.

Presently, we do not have a firm design concept for the door that went to the second floor porch. Presently, thoughts go towards the addition of a balconette. A balconette is an architectural term to describe a false balcony or railing.

Flashing Detail
Flashing Detail
Flashing Detail
Rough Design Concept Sketch
Example of the timber framing methods being used for the construction of the pergola


Example of a balconette

Week 5 Summary – Posted 9.10.19

Work progress continues to push forward on the roof. Nearly the entire rear of the home has been shingled. Now the crew is progressing to the rest of the home. Other work that is progressing is listed below:

  • Gutter hangers are installed
  • Flashing work continues
  • Painting weatherboards, the cornice, and other trim associated with the roof work
  • Second floor porch is disassembled and ready to accept work when a plan of action is decided upon for that feature


Week 3 & 4 Summary – Posted 9.2.2019

Over the past two weeks work progress has hummed along smoothly. Here is bulleted summary of the work performed:

  • Shingles are being installed on the roof deck
  • Copper flashing is being installed in the valleys and on the dormers
  • Porch repairs around the front entrance are complete
  • Bluestone chimney cap repaired, support pier rebuilt
  • Chimney re-flashed with lead (previously eaten by squirrels)
  • New copper roof vents installed
Repaired Chimney Cap!
Re-flashing chimney
New copper roof vents

Week 2 Summary – Posted 8.13.2019

Work removing the existing terracotta tiles is progressing smoothly. The crew has moved over to the porch portion of the roof. They are also making roof deck and rafter repairs where necessary. 30 weight tarpaper is being laid as temporary weather proofing and will also become apart of the new roofing system when it is ready accept shingles.

In the sections where roof deck repairs are being made, the old rock wool insulation also needs to be removed in order to perform work. It is then being replaced with the modern equivalent, pink fiberglass insulation.

Significant damage to the front door enclosed porch was also discovered while removing roof tiles. Three balusters and some timbers on the porch needed to be replaced as a result of prolonged water damage from the roof. The materials were ordered to properly repair this element. Other timbers were also were also ordered to prepare for the second floor porch repairs.

The electrician has also completed his work creating a devoted line for construction efforts and installing extra lighting for Russ.


Week 1 Summary – Posted 8.3.2019

On site work has begun! Here are some of the work activities that are under way:

  • Buck scaffolding was setup on the street elevation (south)
  • Dumpster was neatly positioned in the driveway, not blocking sidewalk access
  • Port-o-John delivered and positioned adjacent to dumpster

  • Stripped the terracotta tiles above driveway visible from the street elevation (south) and the from the gable adjacent to the driveway (west)

  • Performed minor roof deck repairs on the east side of (right side when facing from the street) the dormer above the driveway
  • The weatherboard cladding on the dormer was removed to perform the repair. We have found an identical wooden weatherboard to replace these damaged pieces. Rather than painting them, they shall be stained to match closely to the existing Tudor Brown color. The stain acts both a preservative and a finish coat
  • Covered everything exposed with 30 weight tar paper top prepare for shingles and waterproof the exposed roof deck

  • Started removing terracotta tiles from west elevation on the south side (to the right of the front door)
  • Discovered water damage issues in the valley area. This shall be remedied be removing the rotted area, sistering the rafters, and using two part epoxy where necessary
  • Cover any exposed areas with tar paper until work resumes after the weekend

Next week, in addition to the progress being made with the roof:

  • Two storm doors shall be selected for the second floor porch and rear entrance
  • An electrician is coming to devote a line of power to construction activities so work activities do not trip the panel. The electrician is also wiring up a couple more naked bulbs in the basement to add more light for Russ. These bulbs would then be wired to one switch to make it easy to turn on and off.
  • Shingles are expected to be delivered


Project Lead Up

11 Abbotsford, Ct, Providence, RI

The scope of this project was informed by a report generated as a result of the temporary repairs conducted last year. This report can be viewed here: Church Roof Assessment.

From our findings from the report and, from further analysis and discussion, it has been determined that the roof and is flashing have outlived their operational life. The replacement roof was determined to be made of wooden shakes/shingles. This decision was made based upon longevity of the material and its inherent aesthetic. It was also determined that the second floor porch is in need of intensive carpentry repairs. Gutters shall also be replaced in a half round style to also aid in water management off of the roof.

Some choices regarding the material of certain building components need to be made as the project moves forward and do not need to made immediately. The difference between material choice is often in their longevity, cost, and personal preference of the materials’ aesthetic. Heritage Restoration will inform you about these choices when the time is necessary.

A good deal of the lead up to the project has to do with project logistics and site setup. The first few weeks of this project will be comprised of moving materials, tools, and scaffolding to the site. This time is also occupied by meetings on site to discuss the planning of the project.

The whole team at Heritage Restoration is honored and excited to work for your family and rehabilitate Russells’ home. We are love working with clients like yourselves who appreciate traditional and thoughtful craftsmanship and understand the importance of place and home.

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