Sunday, January 31, 2010

Some Random Thoughts On A Roof

There are certain aspects of my house that I really love.  As you can see from this picture, it is my slate roof.  Crazy I know, bare with me on this post...I love the color, the texture and how "forever" it is.  I think it really makes our house special and unique.  I was reading recently about how important it is in choosing your building and decorating materials for your home-the materials that you choose have a powerful effect of the soulfulness of a home. (Never considered this concept, but realize now how important it is to nurture your soul and spirit in your home by what you put in it.)  
A slate roof like this one with it's subtle grays and blues evoke the image of a soulful shelter.  Slate expresses stability and durability.  "It is the symbol of the eternal and the indestructible.  The timeless character of stone reflects the process that created it.  Granite, marble, and other stones were the first materials of a newly formed planet hundreds of millions of years ago.  The soul can feel connected to the substances and processes that create the world." (A Home For The Soul, by Anthony Lawlor)  When I read some of this book, I realized why I love the slate so much.  I also read that there are slate roofs and floors in India that have been around for over 1,000 years!  Now, this roof was installed when the house was built in the 1940s and I was told would be very expensive to install now.  I was also told that we will never have to worry about it much other than minor repairs or replace a cracked tile.  I don't know, it just makes me feel good to look at it!!!!!!!

Just a bit of random thoughts on a roof...
~jamilyn

10 wonderful comments:

Red Door Home said...

Slate roofs are one of my favorite features of older homes. They add a feeling of stateliness and sophistication that asphalt shingles just don't have.

the gardeners cottage said...

Hi Jamilyn,

I was wondering if the picture of the house in your header is your house?

I too love slate roofs, they are so substantial and rich looking.

~janet

Living It At Home said...

Hi Janet, the picture in my header is the back of my house with our yard in view. There was a huge storm that day and I had fun taking photo's. Thought I would use that picture while it is winter. I probably will change it for spring. Thanks

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Wonderful that when the house was built the roof was not skimped on. I love slate roofs too.

Sweet Simplicity said...

It does have a beautiful color to it.

Jenn said...

Slate roofs are gorgeous and durable. Nothing crazy about loving yours!

Scientific Housewife said...

I didn't even know they made slate roofs but I know I love slate and it looks great!

Design Esquire said...

It's just beautiful.

Liz said...

that roof was installed in the 40s and it doesn't need to be replaced?! That's amazing! I'd love that roof, too :)

LindsB said...

love slate roofs, they always look so pretty and make the house look grand.