The insulation makes such an amazing difference. Of course we're having an extremely cold winter here in Maine, but from the minute we got the walls and ceilings insulated, the house felt so much different! It's toasty inside and the insulation also absorbs all the noise you could hear from outside and between rooms!
We used a thermal imaging camera to look for areas that needed the insulation beefed up. The blue areas are the cold areas……see how much it's changed with the 'before and after'? In the after photo, the only blue (aka cold) areas you see are right along the wooden studs, where you can't fit insulation.
As the walls have gone in, we suddenly realized how much bigger this house is. See the black areas on the floor? That was the old 2nd floor footprint - you can even see the outline of the dormer. The room is now twice as big and you can actually stand upright!
And while we have all new construction upstairs, with all the walls we removed and the upgraded electrical wiring downstairs, there's a lot of work there as well. But now that those areas are repaired, it's really starting to look great!
|Look - the wall openings have all been repaired!|
Next step: the all important taping and mudding job. I loved watching Dan and Nate on their stilts….and the stilts are pretty high tech these days. The 'foot' on these allows for a much more natural gait. But it comes at a price…..a pair of these bionic style stilts is roughly $300.
Once the sanding is completed, we got a primer coat on all the new drywall, as well as a first coat of paint. I finally decided on Sherwin Williams 'Rice Grain' for most of the rooms, and others were just a simple white.
Don't you love the built in dresser that we recycled from the original second floor? And they've started working on the window seat that goes under the big window.
|Lots of cabinets for the kitchen!|
So what's next: The kitchen cabinets have arrived, but they can't be installed until our new red oak flooring is installed. Then we can move forward on that big milestone. Can't wait!!!