Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Where the Money's At

After the windows were installed the plumbers and electricians came in to do their thing.  Then, we were ready for some spendy closed cell spray foam.  This is the moment we had all been waiting for.  All winter long our house was -20 degrees.  But now we had hope.  Hope for a warmer life.  And excitement at the chance to see our house completely purple.


But then, the spray foamers came and sprayed the lamest white foam everywhere.

What the crap?  We payed out the something for spray foam and I expect it to be purple.  The good news is, it should still block off the lake's abundance of spiders, which is more than that newspaper could say for The Poison House.

They also plasticed the ceiling and blew in the ceiling insulation.  We decided to do blown in insulation instead of spray foam on the ceiling because we aren't millionaires.

They did have to spray foam up the right side of the vault a bit due to the roof line not being insulation friendly and Minnesota being insulation needy.

It is crazy quiet in the pit now.  All kinds of sound absorption in this joint.

We also chose to add some insulation to interior walls for a bit of added soundproofing.

I totally wanted to get that recycled denim insulation but it's approximately 5 times the price of the itchy pink panther stuff so we went breast cancer awareness instead.

We insulated around the second bedroom for future potential babies to sleep in silence.

We had to have it all up before the sheetrockers came, so Titus ingeniously secured it between the studs with a line of crappy duct tape.  Never buy cheap duct tape, it's not worth it people.

We also insulated between our bedroom and the kitchen just for fun.

The white you see is foam insulation.  That is where the recessed fridge will go so the wall between the back of the recess and the bedroom is only a couple inches.  Titus was smart enough to think of getting foam as opposed to the nothing that I thought of doing.

Moving downstairs... The concrete part of the walls will be covered in some sort of shiny foam called Thermax.  I guess with that you don't have to finish with sheetrock right away like you do with the spray foam.  Apparently spray foam needs sheetrock before the house can be deemed livable because it is some sort of fire hazard?  Maybe the terrible burning chemical fumes?  Hopefully spray foam doesn't turn out to be the new asbestos.  That would be a real bummer.

The lake wall is mostly spray foamed.  Titus and I will be sheetrocking this ourselves to save a penny.

Next up, sheetrock.  Then the plumbers finish up the furnace and ducts so we can heat the house warm enough that the taping and mudding doesn't crack! 


  1. I'm very disappointed the spray foamers used white foam instead of purple. Everyone wants to see a purple house at least once in their lives. Haha! The boring white foam would give way to even more boring regular walls, so you guys must be gutted on the lack of purple. The foam and furnace combo would serve well against any polar vortexes that'll blast through.
    James Warren @

    1. We also got the in floor tubes in the foundation which is apparently great as far as efficient heat goes! We aren't buying the boiler for it right away though, so we will have to wait and see!