Friday, September 30, 2011

Stroll Down Memory Lane- Insulation/Dry Wall

It’s time to catch up with our house building process from 3 years ago.  There was about a month lag where we were finishing up wiring/electrical and waiting for someone to dry wall. 

First up. Insulation.  We chose blown-in cellulose. 

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Blown-in cellulose insulation is made up of recycled newspapers. We chose blown-in insulation because fiberglass insulation tends to settle whereas the cellulose does not.  The cellulose insulation also contains fire retardants which could slow the spread of a fire (what a horrible thought) and the cellulose also repels insects.

Look, it’s our bedroom…

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And laundry room…

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After the insulation was installed, the dry wall was installed…

In our bedroom…

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Hall…

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Living room…

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Our choice in dry wallers was…poor.  I want their work day…which was 3 hours.  Seriously.  This was an extremely stressful time for us.  They quoted us two weeks as a finish date…which slowly turned into four.  The dry wall was the start of us relying on outside contractors to do the work.  Up until this point it was us or our builder (who was a one man show and was super reliable). 

During this time, we were also finishing up outside…because we had nothing else to do…

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We finished up the brick on the pillars and added shakes to the top of the entry.

Hey, look! People might live here someday…

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There you have it!  Our 3 house years ago this week!

Who votes for a 3 hour work day??

10 comments:

  1. I totally vote for a 3-hour work day? It's so difficult to choose contractors, because you really rely on their work. It's looking great! I love following this process because it reminds me of my childhood. My dad built houses and we usually moved every three years oh so. I remember lots of these processes. =)

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  2. Hiiii, please sign me up for a 3 hr workday. Seriously, what the heck?? At least it got done eventually. And you didn't have to do it. Because DANG that's a lot of drywall.

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  3. Who has two thumbs and votes for a three hour workday? THIS GIRL!

    I love the look inside your house - thats a lot of insulation and drywall...most days im glad im not a contractor but i certainly wouldn't mind a knock-off time like that ;)

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  4. Got to love those contractors. My parents actually tried to "bribe" them to work faster with more money and they were still slow as molasses (as my dad would say). My sis is now working with contractors who are actually three days ahead of schedule. We'll see if the trend lasts. I was wondering how the blown insulation sticks to the walls? I love that you're showing how a house is built from the ground up. So fun!

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  5. I'm passing through some of the blogs and thought id stop and say hello. And i hope that you folks have a very nice fall weekend. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon Pennsylvania.

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  6. yes please for 3 hours!! could you imagine? i might even volunteer to work 7 days a week if it's only 3 hours a day :)

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  7. Oh we would have been screaming at those shenanigans. Lol well, I'm sure you did.

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  8. Ugh. How frustrating! There's nothing worse than contractors who don't show up and/or take wayyyyy longer than they say they will. Don't they know we have project lists with things that need crossing off?!?!

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  9. Oh my gosh...I would kill them! Then again, I'm not very rational these days! Though I would love a 3 hour work day please! I seriously love that you built your own house, hopefully some day!

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  10. We're smack in the middle of our first build, and I am loving your blog! And the blue you have in your dining room. :)

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