Now, in the last week of 2010, the house insulation is finally finished – and it is ready for winter (better late than never!). It is very exciting to walk in now and “feel” the warmth after years of feeling the outside air rush in. I bought the house almost 2 years ago and after the economic realities of 2009-2010 caused banks to run away from construction loans on multi-use properties … we were finally able to secure financing and began making serious progress on the house starting last September.
The entire insulation experience started quite a few weeks ago when all of the little cracks and holes in the original walls were filled with spray foam. The windows and doors were sealed around all their edges, and the basement was completely foamed in — floors and walls (See Prepping for the Insulation).
In a couple of places, the mesh broke through and a mound of cellulose resulted … easy enough to cart back to the blower and re-use it. Made for interesting pictures!
The final application of the cellulose is moistened with water and applied on top of the mesh to be flush with the inside of the 2×4 walls. It is kind of like paper mache. The sheet rock will be applied on top of this.
Next… inside walls, finish work for electrical and HVAC, and then onto painting walls and floor finishes. You can see the re-claimed original flooring that is being used throughout the second floor in the bottom middle picture.