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Insulating the Front Room

By Picardy Project on Feb 09, 2012

Our attic is large and expansive and so at some point we'd like it to all be insulated because when we use the heater all the warm air just flies up out of the part of the house we're occupying and into the spacious attic. We'll have to wait until absolutely all the wiring in the house is done (and I think we're about 95% there), but we figured we might as well insulate the part of the attic over the front room because we know we're all done with wiring that area.

We bought 5 big bolt packages of insulation for about $200 (yikes! but we later returned a bolt package so the total was $160.)

And while Chris shoved cellulose insulation into some wall bays in some not too convenient places, I got to insulating all of the ceiling bays

It was pretty convenient because the ceiling bays were only about 6 inches shorter than the bolts of insulation so I didn't have to do much measuring. And this area was also convenient to slide the insulation into because it had pretty good access

As I moved towards the right... became more difficult because I didn't have great access to the main part of the attic so I had to climb back and forth from where my working area was (grabbing the insulation and cutting it) and then over to the ceiling bay I needed to lay the insulation into. It was hard because in this area of the house there are a lot of different angles in the roof line so you have to contort your body into some pretty interesting positions to make your way through the area while also making sure not to shove your foot through the plaster ceiling.

Thankfully, pretty soon after I started the not so fun area Chris was done shoving in the cellulose insulation and so he came over to help me. While I stayed over by the ceiling bays I gave Chris measurements while he cut things and handed them to me

With Chris helping it started going a lot faster (and there was a lot less cussing). It took about 90 minutes or so, and although the "After" pics aren't that exciting...'s nice to know that all 30 ceiling bays are nicely insulated. We certainly won't notice any temperature difference yet, but it's good to know that at least the process of insulating the attic has started. And because it's probably one of the most inconvenient areas to get to and work on, it makes it that much better that it's done.

Now, if only the floors were that simple...

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