a) Have Dobek build a basic roof cap, which would be built of dark grey flashing, and essentially invisible from the ground. This will cost something, but not a ton. I think. Should check.
b) Buy a decorative roof cap, with or without finial and/or weathervane.
For the material, Pam had suggested copper, which initially seemed shiny to me, but she pointed out that very quickly it would patina to a color that would blend in (she thinks) with our dark grey roof, and our downpour blue & blackberry wine house. I am very not sure about that -- I'm worried that even a green-ish copper will still look more earth tone and will clash with all the cool blue/purple/grey tones. Thoughts??
And then there's the shape of the thing.
Now, it'd be nice to add a little bit of height to the turret -- but at the same time, we don't want it to be too much height, and get out of scale. Pam thinks we could totally do a weathervane, and is pushing for a dragon one, which I admit, I am sorely tempted by.
Here's an example of a dragon weathervane, both with and without patina (click on photo at bottom of that page to see patina version). Adorable, no? $180. I also quite like their pegasus -- it has more graceful lines than their dragon. It's also twice the price, sigh, $370. And since these don't come with roof caps, you'd need to add the price of the roof cap in as well. (I'm sorry I can't figure out how to cut and paste the images onto this page directly -- damned IBM computer at work.)
(Oops -- that dragon is apparently the cottage version, half-size the regular version -- regular is $449, sigh. Still can't figure out exactly what the finished dimensions are.)
These are all charming -- but I'm worried that anything like that would be too fussy on our turret, which is simple and square. Here's the rooftop again, to remind you (the turret is on the left, of course):
It's fine, I think, if the finial is a bit higher than the rest of the house -- that's appropriate for a turret. But not too high!
Similarly whimsical (but not quite as overtly fantasy-esque), is this totally charming banneret. I love the openwork of it -- very reminiscent of Eastlake geometries, which you can find in the hardware on our house. 23" high, 36" long. I love it, but think it may be too fussy? (Also the most expensive option, at $495. Sigh.)
Simpler is a basic roof cap with finial, like the Morgana ($415, including cap) -- I like the aesthetics of this, but worry that it's too tall (49" high)and pointy, and also that the pitch on the roof cap part is too steep. Dobek said something about a 10-12 pitch, and I have no idea what he means by that. I should probably ask him. Maybe we'd be better off with The Cheshire ($185 with cap), which is only 16" high. Or something in between. Argh. So complicated!