Our flaking roof
 Planning & Building Control
 Assembling the scaffold
 Building the hip roof frame
 Stripping the old roof

 Tiling begins!
 Leading the chimneys
 Fitting the bonnet tiles
 Cementing bonnet tiles
 Cementing verges
 Topping out
 Final details
 Cleaning up!
 Re-pointing the chimneys

 Removing the scaffolding
 Finished roof

Upgrading the loft

 Installing the loft floor



Sister sites


My House Extension
Stop paint flaking
DIY secondary glazing
My Japanese Teahouse
My Japanese Garden
History of Old White Lodge


Cementing the bonnet tiles on the hips


Now the time has come to fit the hips which is quite a long process.

See how the hip bonnet tiles were cemented in this short YouTube video:

I had some nice hip irons made by a local blacksmith ( Hampshire Metacraft ) and the first of these was been fitted to bottom of the hip line.

Final cementing of the hip iron.

Looking great!

To cement the hip line, a number of tiles are removed by taking out the temporary nails holding them starting at the top.

Starting at the bottom - cementing progresses upwards.

Cement is placed using a small trowel.


Finishing the cementing.

This is quite an art I think.

A hip iron on ther rear of the house.

Cementing a hip on the rear of the house.

The cemented bonnet tiles and ridge.


The cemented hip at the rear of the house.


Cemented bonnets, valleys and ridge tiles on the rear of the roof.



The 3rd hip iron now in place

The fourth hip now cemented.

The second hip completed.

The fourth hip shown from the back.


The new lead cowling for the stench pipe.


Cementing the last hip.

Nearly at the top!

Ready to top out!

The two back hips completed.