Insulation

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the weather has definitely gotten colder with the autumn and winter weather changes. Granted, it doesn't snow here in Palo Alto, but it does get chilly! This past week, insulation was installed at the Contemporary Cottage. 

We're all roofed and papered in. Notice the two different kinds of building paper. White Tyvek for the cedar siding, and the black JumboTex for stucco.

We're all roofed and papered in. Notice the two different kinds of building paper. White Tyvek for the cedar siding, and the black JumboTex for stucco.

You might recall that the floor was insulated once the floors were sheathed.

A yellow netting was placed between the floor joists to hold the insulation in place and from falling down into the crawl space.

A yellow netting was placed between the floor joists to hold the insulation in place and from falling down into the crawl space.

The same R-19 insulation is being used to insulate the walls of our building. 

Building insulation is classified in "R-" values. Our underfloor and exterior wall insulation are both R-19. 

Building insulation is classified in "R-" values. Our underfloor and exterior wall insulation are both R-19. 

That kitchen wall to the far right with the window... 

That kitchen wall to the far right with the window... 

This is what it looks like with the insulation in the walls. It's fun to watch the guys install it. They have machete-like knives and cut to fit. It makes a huge difference not just in temperature, but also in sound insolation now that we have some soft surfaces. 

This is what it looks like with the insulation in the walls. It's fun to watch the guys install it. They have machete-like knives and cut to fit. It makes a huge difference not just in temperature, but also in sound insolation now that we have some soft surfaces. 

Now that we're even more protected from the elements, more interior trades can get to work. The drywall has already been delivered on site and they'll starting hanging tomorrow. 

Drywall is already here to acclimate, and we'll start hiding away the skeleton of the house to produce a backdrop for our interior walls.

Drywall is already here to acclimate, and we'll start hiding away the skeleton of the house to produce a backdrop for our interior walls.