Life got in the way. Sorry.
So, I got sprayfoam insulation, for obvious reasons. As it turns out, there are are some not so obvious benefits, like adding structural integrity. If I did this all again, I would use fewer studs (24″ OC probably), since the plywood, the insulation, and the siding (as you will see) all add more structural integrity to the whole thing. And it’s lighter with less material used.
Sprayfoam insulation, below. Some in art-deco green, the rest in seafoam cream. The insulation was done by the intelligent, effective, on-time, and down-to-earth folks over at Building Energy. Check them out if you’re in Vermont and want a house that is more efficient than your neighbor’s. They work all over the state.
Larry came up for a weekend to hang out and help out as did my parents, from Philly. A little Tiny House work, a lot of good food consumption, and good company. They helped out in a HUGE way (with Mike on siding duty as well) and got my siding all ready to go on the house while Brie and I figured out how to keep water out from the window openings and Fred and Dave sealed up all of the siding boards in the barn before we put them up on the house. Mike and Rusty were in charge of hardware store runs, but Rusty didnt do anything except sleep in the car and feel a certain sense of Vertigo. Many many many thanks to this group of folks giving their time and energy for my benefit.
Below, Larry is ripping the shiplapped edge off of the siding to run horizontally at the bottom of each wall. This was recommended by the guy at the lumber yard (A. Johnson in Bristol, practicing sustainable forestry)
The first pieces installed, with a conference regarding next steps. The lumber guy also said to slap this stuff right on the wall. I was skeptical at first, and I still am, regarding breathability. But what he said was what I did. It’s what he did on his own house and all of the boards were coated in clear stain to maintain their shape and to repel water and sun damage.
Dave and Fred came out, clad in their Catamount gear. Their help was great in getting all of the siding ready to be installed. It would have taken me two weeks to get all the stain painted onto the siding, and these guys made quick work of it.
Brianna, measuring out before the installation of the Grace Ice and Water Shield:
Fred, making sure I dont electrocute myself:
Mike, making sure the corners lined up nicely. Which they did, and it looks awesome. I surely would have not been able to pull this off alone.
In order to make the windows seal shut, I used these premade door jamb pieces that have a foam insulation strip already insterted into the jamb. I just cut it to size, and notched out the foam seal to make sure that all of the window was covered. It could be more crafty in its installation, by cutting 45’s at the corners, but I didnt do that, that would be too skilled.
Outside of the window. I rigged up some flashing to cover the sill of the window, and put tons of caulking behind it and in the corners to really seal out the water. The windows are framed in with 3 1/8″ pieces of the siding just ripped down.
And here is what the house looks like in the sun:
The windows that you see have foam board insulation to keep out the rain in the photo, but now I have installed plexiglass on the inside and outside to create an air barrier until I have the means and drive/desire to build in windows. That will be in the spring.