San Diego's Hillcrest neighborhood is one of the city's oldest
communities and known for its historic architecture. In October
2008, Keystone Roofing Inc., Oceanside, Calif., was contacted by a
homeowner in Hillcrest; the owner wanted a copper roof system
installed on her home that replicated the building's curved wood
framing, which has a corkscrew shape similar to a conch shell.
"The owner had called some of the best metal craftsmen in
southern California only to be frustrated with their approaches and
the configurations and samples they provided," says Mark Katona,
Keystone Roofing's president. "By the time she was recommended to
Keystone Roofing by the framing contractor, she felt no one could
make her dream a reality."
Keystone Roofing offered to fabricate and install all the roof
system's copper elements, including panels, flashings,
counterflashings and soffits, as well as a skylight.
"I made a deal with her: Don't sign a contract or give me a dime
until she loved what she saw, and if we didn't completely thrill
her, she would never have to pay for the work," Katona says. "She
agreed to my offer, and we began work on one of the most complex
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