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Halfway There?

Posted by Terri |

Wow, can reno's ever take up all of your life. My poor Man comes home every night from work, eats and gets started on the back room. We've moved along quite a lot from the last time I wrote. I have another addiction cough*rollerderby*cough that takes up the other half of my life, so between everything, time slipped through my fingers.

What have we done in the meantime?

Laid the floor. I have no photos. It looks like a plywood floor. I'm okay with it. Remember how I was concerned about there being a bump in the middle of the floor and the contractor and his helper saying it would be barely noticeable. It's not true. We laid a very long plank across the floor and it's big. Like, an inch and a half big. Maybe more. I notice it when I walk. I don't know what we're going to do with it, but we're going to try and make it be part of our wonky house. Character, that's what it will be. Character.

Put baffles/ceiling vents up to keep the air flowing and the roof cool. Now we just need to figure out how to insulate with them in there. Do we put insulation next the gap or leave an empty space next to the vents?

Ignore the insulation, we were just seeing if it could stay up there without any help. It could.


Added 1x2's to the top of a framed wall so that we can have 2x6 walls - more insulation.

See the teensy strips of wood attached to the 2x4's on the top half?


Put plywood on the outside of the house and wrapped it all up cozy with Tyvek.

Outside: Driveway side

Outside: Not the Driveway side

Put windows in. (eek!! Now that was exciting. Makes it feel like a real house.) A HUGE thanks to my baby brother for getting us sweet deals and installing them for us.

Inside: Main Area and Bathroom Window at the far end
Outside (panoramic)

Outside: Corner of bathroom window and Main Windows

Inside: Side Windows - fireplace will be in between the windows

Bought lots of insulation. The pile is almost just for the ceiling.  We decided on Roxul because it has so many pros. If it gets wet, it will dry out. Whereas fiberglass is just ruined if it gets wet. Roxul is also fire retardent.



Now I'm looking at siding. I don't want wood, I kinda would like Hardie Board but I don't think I can afford it even though it looks really nice. So I'm kind of left with vinyl siding. It's easy to install and cheap. Yes, it will melt like a candle in a fire, but if there's a fire, I have insurance...

I have a red brick house and my current soffits and fascia are a pale yellow. I don't plan on changing them so I need a colour that's going to kind of last 20 years and not look too dated. I thought about Prestige Beige but then I saw this colour: Windswept Smoke. I like the dramatic look and think it won't date itself too badly. It's still neutral but not boring. It will look nice with red or orange (my favourite colours) Muskoka chairs...

Brick House
Soffit colour: Pale Yellow
I have no preference on which way the siding goes, I'm all about the colour. The Man wants the board and batten look, so that's what we're going with.
Colour of Siding: Windswept Smoke. How romantic.

So our next step is insulating the ceiling and putting up siding. If you have any thoughts on what we should do about insulating around the vents or not, please let me know. We've searched the internet and can't find a solid answer. We live in Canada where it's cold for 8 months of the year and need to make sure our back room is warm. Because the TV will be back here, which means we'll be hibernating back here for 8 months. Seriously.

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