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Foamy foam foam! (a closed-cell miracle)

This last week was a great one. In preparation for having spray foam installed this weekend, I had a few odds and ends to wrap up before they were forever locked in. I tested all switches and outlets to make sure my electrical system was solid. I also added some blocking to give myself more surface area to screw into when installing kitchen cabinets, shelving, and my wall-mounted bathroom hand sink. Once done I did my best to document the electrical and plumbing systems with the following photos.   The exterior of the house got that much closer to finished […]

Yucky foam stuff but works well

Porch roof, storage box, wheel well boxes, window insulation, etc.

I got a bunch of assorted items built this week. Mostly pictures to share. Not a whole lot to say. Completed items include the storage box on the trailer tongue side of the house, seen below. I also got boxes built inside the house to cover and insulate around the trailer wheel wells and insulated the gap around all windows and their rough openings with “Great Stuff” spray foam: And most difficult to do all by myself, the overhanging roof above the door and porch. This took some careful measuring and calculations, and then some creative use a ladders, contortionism, […]

Natural wool installation

Tiny House Insulation: Efficiency vs. Health

For most of my design/planning process I have been pretty sold on using closed-cell spray foam insulation. Now I’m reconsidering, and wanting go with a more natural alternative if possible. Closed-cell Spray Foam Closed-cell spray foam costs more than most other types of insulation (and has to be installed by a professional – so doesn’t jive with a lot of tiny house builders’ DIY thinking), but it has so many benefits: Efficiency – highest R-value per square inch of any insulation material (approx R6-8/inch – great for use in the narrow 2×4 walls most tiny home builders use to maximize […]

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