A professional crew came out and stripped the shake and shingles off the roof this morning. (The previous owner had applied composite shingles over the original shake roofing.) It took them about three hours from start to finish. Check out the [roof tear-off photoset](http://www.flickr.com/photos/sonicchicken/sets/72157600222888041/) on Flickr.
The only major bummer about this–our framers couldn’t finish installing the subfloor near the existing house, for fear of falling debris.