Monday, October 15, 2012

Mid October

My apologies for the delay in updating the progress on the tiny timber house. We have been focused more on the progress of the house than the blog. The next few days should have a steady stream of posts. 
It is mid October and the air is starting to have a certain crisp feel. The house is wrapped in Tyvke though not clad in any other layers. This means, the crisp feel outside has also made itself at house inside the tiny timber house. In an effort to escort the unwelcome guest back outside, where it is quite enjoyable, we have begun insulating. 
A little quick math in my head determined that we would need approximately eight rolls of R-13 fiberglass insulation to insulate the first floor. Considering I forgot to accommodate for windows, we  were able to finish with the use of seven. We started insulating the second floor with the eight roll. Even with the house not fully buttoned up, we lack the installation of one door, the insulation makes a noticeable difference in both sound dampening as well as warmth. 
With the insulation going up I have also begun spraying Great Stuff Windows and Doors, a spray in foam, into all of the gaps that would not receive rolls of insulation. The foam is especially helpful in reducing air infiltration thus reducing drafty feelings at windows and doors. Foam is also nice in the respect that it fits into gaps and then expands to fill them, something that fiber does not do. 
The roof is currently insulated with double bubble insulation. It consists of a double layer of thin bubble foam and a radiate barrier on one side. The radiant barrier is an aluminum reflective foil that reflects 96+% of radiant energy back into the atmosphere around the house instead of allowing it to soak in and warm the house. Think of this like one of those sun shades for a car windshield. It not only creates a shadow of cooler air behind the shade but it also does not soak in the rays, warm up, and then pass the warmth on to the dash of the car. Same concept with the radiant barrier on the house. The barrier is rated to R-11which essentially means it will do very little to help us keep heat out in the Summer or Heat in in the Winter. Most of the energy in a house transfers through the roof, in terms of hot and cold. Essentially, where R-11 may be fine for walls or a floor it is sub-optimal for the roof. We will be insulating the roof with an addition of R-30 fiberglass to supplement the double bubble. The addition will bring our roof R-value to R-41 a much more acceptable and insular roof value. 
Upstairs South wall 

The West wall downstairs


  1. Coming right along. Great stuff. Seeing all the progress and knowing what mid- to late fall brings in your neck of the woods...we'll excuse from the blogging....FOR NOW! HAHAHAHA. Be encouraged!

  2. It’s good to hear your house is gradually getting all set for the winter. And by that time, you could surely stay warm without worrying your head about high heating bills. A well-insulated house is capable of staying warm, even if it is freezing outside. If there is presence of fog, icicles even, in your windows or attic, it means that the warm air has successfully melted the snow and is now re-freezing. Have a warm winter! :D

    Sandra ^.^