78 Main St, the house and new store we have been renovating over the last year, has been unoccupied for over 10 years. It was gutted quite a few years ago with just holes for the windows on the back and one side of the house. The windows were completed in the late spring and the siding was finished this fall (to be painted in the spring).
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).
This last week was the application of the dense-packed cellulose. A fabric mesh was stapled up just inside the 2×4 inside walls and ‘igloo’ cellulose was blown in from holes in mesh. For the slanted roof, the sheet rock was put on first, and the cellulose was blown in from above down through to the second floor.
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.