I am a little late in updating. The major work has occured during the month of November 2011.
The original roof was shake shingles and was replaced sometime with asphalt. We replaced the old shingleswith Owens Corning Duration Premium, which provides that same shake-like look. This was finished between snow storms this week.
The main chimney was rebuilt so that a new gas boiler could be installed. A liner will be put in as well. The chimney was only rebuilt back up to the level of the ridge line and the when the new cap is put on it a chimney stack will be added to get it higher.
Here is the after
That funny looking thing on the peak was a flat spot where all the roof lines came together. This was a major leak spot. When the house was built the four corner pieces were painted white. We have a picture of the house and there was nothing ornate up there. So we had the roofer tear it all out and build it properly. We did not reinstall the corner pieces.