“Inspection Day and Insulation”, Alternately Called, “You Know You Live In A Small Town When You’re Not Home and Your Inspection Still Takes Place”

I live in a small Maine town and like many small New England towns everyone more or less knows each other. We also happen to go to church in our small town. This means the connections go even further. Maybe this is just a small town in anywhere-USA thing. The point is when most people find out they weren’t home when the inspector stopped by, and then did the inspection anyway when you weren’t home, they might freak out. As for us? We just laughed.

To be honest, I wouldn’t laugh if I found this out about just anyone, but we know the inspector well and trust him. I might be weirded out if I found out someone I know came in my house and just hung out. By “might be” weirded out I mean “would be”.

The good news is that our electrical and plumbing passed inspection with flying colors. Yay! Now, let’s back up a minute and discuss insulation.

This past weekend we finished insulating with Roxul as far as we could before the electrical inspection.

DSC_1257-01We decided to use Roxul for a few reasons including price, stability, material (mineral based), and warmth. I won’t say you won’t get itchy putting it up because you will however according to Andy it’s nothing compared to working with fiberglass.

The hardest part of insulating was absolutely positively the roof on the second floor. The difficulty came in the fact we have vaulted ceilings since we’re leaving the beams exposed. It essentially meant Andy spent countless hours cutting insulation and climbing up and down the ladder and up onto scaffolding, until he taught me how to cut insulation.

DSC_1212-01It was so nice to both learn a new skill and be able to work with Andy on the house. It gives a sense of ownership. Roxul is cut with a basic insulation knife, and I used a plywood template Andy made with the correct angle on it to cut the ends. There were some special cuts to get around each beam, but after a little spacial skill assessment and help from Andy I was on my way.

Here’s the ceiling part way through.

DSC_1220-01And here’s the ceiling after. It is as toasty and cozy as it looks. It became straight up hot for Andy as he worked near the peak. We joke that we may end up sleeping with the windows open and a sheet year round, including during a blizzard.

DSC_1272-01The most challenging part of this whole ceiling was above the stairs. It is very tall. The photo below is with me standing on the landing after the first set of stairs. Like I said, super tall.

DSC_1243-01It took staging, plus a ladder, to get up there and even then it was sketchy. We were both thankful when it was over.

DSC_1260-01If anyone believes insulating isn’t messy (are there people out there who think that?) think again. First photo is before cleanup in the other second floor bedroom, the second picture is after a quick cleanup in the master bedroom.

DSC_1269-01 DSC_1270-01It took a lot of time and work, but I’m happy to say the ceiling is finally done on the entire second floor.

DSC_1264-01 DSC_1265-01 DSC_1268-01I can’t believe we’re so close to drywall. With the electrical inspection passed, all we need to do now is finish drywalling, wait out January to build up some more funds (if we can stand waiting) and then start drywalling! Before you know it I’ll be learning how to hang and mud drywall and maybe, oh just maybe, lay some flooring. I’ve laid flooring before though and I kind of loved it. My back hated it, but I loved it.

I also love my husband for working so hard and coming so incredibly far on this addition in such a short period of time. He’s the man. With that said, excuse me while I log off to go spend some time with said man.



P.S. If you’re wondering how the dogs reacted when our inspector came in, it was relayed to us that Rosie attempted to lick him to pieces and Winnie barked profusely until he left. Thanks girls. You’re doing a stellar job. There’s a reason we’re getting a real heavy duty alarm system put in – and not of the canine kind.

Wednesday Renovation Recap: Getting Roofed

Wednesday renovation recap in of the houuuussee. In this segment of things we did this week on the house, we’re showing roofing installation, mainly though Instagram photos. Why? Because I didn’t charge my nice cameras battery. Instagram & iPhone photos it is! I know Instagram is all retro, but all of this progress happened over the last week anyway, so that makes it kind of retro, right? No? It doesn’t? Nonsense!

If you’ve already seen all of these then you, my friend, are awesome. Thank you for following me. If you have not seen any of these yet then you, my other friend, are still awesome because you’re here now.

First up, I would like to prove I was not totally full of BS when I said we had to get the renovations done before it got cold out, and that is why I wasn’t writing so much. Proof!

Yep those are leaves that are not green, and they are on the ground.  This is late August, and there are already a plethora of leaves of colors out and about. We’re just over a week from September and that makes us pull at our collar a little bit and go “eeeeeeehhhkk”. This beautiful summerish weekend however involved the installation of steel roofing! While the roofing sat on the ground, the boys worked on getting the insulation and strapping put up first. Details Details.

Or, I could just show you this video I made on my new iPhone 4 this weekend. Yeah people, I just got the iPhone 4. I am moving up in the world. In related news, I joined Facebook a year after all of my friends and just got on Twitter in June. High-five.

I wasn’t planning to move on but perhaps I smashed my much loved 3GS in the hood of my car. Can I just take a moment to say that first off, I had no idea the hood of my car could bounce like that. Second, I would like to say my phone still managed to sync up to my computer after being smashed by the hood of my car. Thank you iPhone. You served me well. Rest in peace. This 4 though? Video, people, VIDEO. This brings in an entire new era of annoying videos to terrible programmed iPhone iMovie music. Yes. High-Fives again! Let’s play the let’s be honest game. If I’m being honest, and I am, I have no idea what the heck I was doing but I do know this is rather terrible. Or awesome. Or terribly awesome.

I literally cannot listen to that music one more time. So let’s just stick with photos.

The hole in the roof is for a chimney. From the road I thought it was a tiny skylight and I was utterly concerned. Thankfully my quick processing skills analyzed the situation and decided my initial conclusion was wrong, and it was indeed for the chimney. By “quick processing skills” I mean, seeing it from the road, walking up to the house, staring, climbing up on the roof and then looking. Okay, self-deprecation aside I knew it wasn’t a skylight from the ground after a second, but I didn’t know what it was for until the roof. I momentarily forgot we had the chimney there for the basement still, because in my head the main chimney was already somewhere else (thought it hasn’t been constructed yet).

The roofing was up next, and man oh man does this make a HUGE different! I can’t even explain. So uh, I won’t, I’ll just show photos. I really wanted to show you the entire house roofed in full, but don’t have a good shot of it so you’ll have to settle for the second to last for now. Plus, we still need roofing on the porch. Like Reading Rainbow, use your imagination.

All in all, the new steel roof really ties in with the original houses’ steel roof and for the first time the the addition and original house are really starting to look cohesive. I can see each day how much more they go together and what the house will potentially look like (from the outside). This next week should include some window installation, insulation and who knows what else! Until next week, stay awesome.