Nice and Toasty

The small bathroom downstairs is one of my favorite rooms in the house cause it’s always super warm and toasty. Now it’s on it’s way to being even more warm and toasty cause we insulated this baby to the max. It had some insulation already lining the walls, which was a vast improvement from our last house, that had no insulation a.n.y.where. It was like an ice box.

We started by raiding the upstairs attic, that had some extra insulation just chilling in a bundle on the floor. After putting on the crucial safety gear, Jay went ahead and popped in some extra insulation onto the walls to make sure everything was sufficiently covered. We noticed that there were a few noticeable gaps in the coverage, especially where some blown in cellulose was added a few years back. Since we don’t like to pay to heat outside, and since we are big on efficiency around here, we took the bathroom reno as a perfect opportunity to make the house a little more air tight. Here is Jay, adding some additional insulation on the side wall.

Adding Insulation to Bathroom Wall
Adding Insulation to Bathroom Wall

One thing we learned as we were doing this process, is that you actually don’t want to pack in the insulation too tight, as it’s meant to have pockets where the air can get in, so that it can better insulate and capture the air if you will. So although we were adding some additional insulation in, we were careful not to pack it too tight and defeat our initial intent – efficiency! 🙂 Jay just carefully removed some of the batting in sections, and applied it to the wall where we noticed gaps.

Renovating bathroom, insulation walls
How to Insulate Walls

Adding the insulation was really pretty straight forward. It’s just like cotton candy – cept – you probably shouldn’t eat it 😉 We made sure to tear it off in sections that felt manageable, and then we were able to play with it a bit as we got it into the wall, which helped to fill all the nooks and crannies. Below, you can see an after shot of how it looked after the fiberglass insulation had been installed, but along the window seam, there was still a noticeable gap where air can seep through. Although there is some cellulose insulation in there, it was pretty gappy. And gappy = crappy.

Insulating Along Window
Insulating Along Window

When we were at Home Depot, we snagged this guy below, which is made specifically for areas around windows and doors. Sounds like a winner! We are hoping this little can lives up to his name, and that he is indeed – great stuff. We will keep you posted.

Great Stuff Spray Foam Insulation
Great Stuff Spray Foam Insulation

Since we sometimes forget this step, we thought we would take a moment to sit down and read the directions 😉 Turns out, all ya gotta do is shake it like a Polaroid picture (for the most part), and this stuff is good to go! Simplicity, I like that.

Great Stuff Spray Foam
Great Stuff Spray Foam

We started by spraying the foam in the area’s previously noted that were looking a little light on the insulation. The instructions stated that you should only spray until the area was 50% full, after that the foam expands and fills up the rest of the space. When we first started, a bit of extra foam came around the edges, but we just scrapped that off after. Better to have extra insulation, than not enough, right?

Spray Foam Installation
Spray Foam Installation

After you get it in there, the entire space should fill up with the foam. You may need to go back and squirt some more if there are gaps after your first pass through. After some touching up, our gaps were looking like this. If there is extra, just go back through and scrap off the excess.

Spray Foam Installation
Spray Foam Installation

Feels really good to know that our walls are super insulated now! I can’t wait to do this in every room we are able, to make sure that the house is as comfortable, and efficient, as possible. I’m a total geek, cause I love this stuff. 😉

This post was part of the William Morris project at Pancakes and French Fries. 

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