Sheetrock is up on the ceiling! The milestones are clicking off quickly now. I have a contractor handling the sheetrock and insulation duties. I waffled on whether or not to do the sheetrock myself but after watching these two guys hang the entire upstairs ceiling and cut in the 24 can lights and other features in a little less than two hours, it’s clear I made the right choice. I also got to witness a circus-act like method of working around a room on an inverted 5 gallon bucket by wiggling hips (that was awesome).
The insulation guys then showed up on an afternoon during one of the hottest days of the year (104 degrees F) last Friday. They worked for about 2 hours before hanging it up. They returned on Monday and completed insulating the entire structure. They really did a nice job. The product is cellulose which is a recycled paper product treated with boric acid for a fire retardant and bug resistance. It also has some corn starch in it so they can blow the material into the wall through a water mist. The paper goes into the wall wet and dries to a firm padded consistency and is literally glued into the wall cavity. The beauty of this insulation is that it has much better air flow resistance than fiberglass and installation ensures that it packs well around all wiring, electrical boxes, plumbing, etc. and completely fills the voids. It’s only slightly more expensive than fiberglass and, although has properties similar to spray-foam, it’s about 25% the cost of spray foam.
I’m waiting on a county inspector today and assuming that goes well, the sheetrock guys are scheduled to come back on Monday to start on the walls and ceiling downstairs. I’ve also got a painting contractor selected and hopefully paint will be done within the next two weeks!