Generally, Trent and I try to do almost all house projects ourselves…almost. We have (wisely) decided that we won’t be doing the roof on the Kizer Mansion. Could we pull it off? Possibly. Would one of us fall from 4 stories up and spend the next 3 months in the hospital/physical therapy? Highly likely. Would the person who falls be me (Leah), because I’m just clumsy? Guaranteed.

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As you can tell by these photos, the roof is in TERRIBLE condition. Daily (or so it feels) someone tells us that we should probably think about replacing the roof. We know this. We have known this long before we even bought the mansion. We have been prepared to replace the roof all along. We have it in our schedule. We are currently in the phase of gathering tons of professional advice and quotes. When the roof is finally replaced it will be the BEST before/after pic. Ever.


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  • July 7, 2015 Reply

    Mickey Lane

    So glad you are not doing the roof yourself. I would be very sad if I couldn’t see your posts. You are doing such a wonderful job!!! Thankx

  • July 7, 2015 Reply

    Ann McCain

    Can’t tell, it asphalt? If so was that the original material used? Seems I rember a lot of slate used around your neighborhood.

  • July 7, 2015 Reply

    Rosemarie White

    Wow, love the additional pictures of the roof. Is that copper I see along the edge? G.T. had some older buildings with copper edges and copper acanthus leaves, I think it’s all been replaced with something else, I once had one of the copper acanthus leaves.

  • July 7, 2015 Reply


    If I were you I’d contact Jeremy at Gean Roofing. They’re the BEST. Will tell you the best manner for repairs, least expensive, and high end of repairs. Extremely, honest and responsible.

  • July 7, 2015 Reply

    Tammy Fike

    May I suggest a metal roof. We have one that looks like shaker shingles. May I also suggest Slate roofing! They were great to work with!

  • August 5, 2015 Reply


    I tackled the roof problem initially on my house as well (it’s a smaller “mansion” in Plymouth) and opted to stay with slate and actually changed the porch roof (which was metal and rusted) out with slate and repitched it. The first task was the valleys of the roof, which had rusted through and did a lot of damaged inside the house, which is still being worked on. In all the roof project for the mansard roof (membrane $5K) and the valleys (copper) ran about $30k.

  • August 21, 2015 Reply


    So sorry to hear that you won’t be keeping the Kizer Mansion. I will miss seeing all the work and reading about the joy you two had in rennovating this house along with all of the pictures. I pray you two are doing okay despite everything. Whatever happened, keep your heads high. Your facebook follower. Donna.

  • August 21, 2015 Reply

    Jodi Tirotta

    I think you owe it to everyone that followed your posting loyally to explain why you moved out.
    so sad!

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