In 2002 we put a new roof on the gallery. Over the last 15 years it’s served us well. It’s resisted some ferocious winter storms – and despite a couple of wobbles – when the lead flashing rolled back and some panels started vibrating during 100mph winds – it’s maintained a waterproof skin over the building. We’re now fitting a new fibreglass roof with Velux windows – making the cottage even lighter and warmer for our guests. We’ve been told this roof will last 50 years – it’s unlikely I’ll be here to check on that claim!