Window Frame Insulation

by Josh on December 21, 2009 · 3 comments

in Bedroom,Projects,Windows

In my long-running bedroom project, the next piece that I am tackling is the restoration of the two double-hung windows.  Recently I thought of a great way to insulate the weight pockets next to the window frame. And then I thought of a different idea that would actually work. But before I get to that, […]


Post-Insulation Follow-up

by Josh on October 14, 2009 · 5 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

It has been a week since the spray foam insulation was installed for my upstairs bedroom renovation project, so it’s time for me to make good on my pledge to provide a follow-up post on the issues of smell and satisfaction. That New Insulation Smell Venting the newly-foamed areas with fans was essential for the […]


Insulation Day Live Blog

by Josh on October 7, 2009 · 8 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

After a two-day schedule shift to allow my insulator to work on an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition house in St. Paul, today is my insulation day! I thought it would be fun to try a live blog format to capture the pace of the day’s activity.  I’m already a bit behind schedule, so let’s get […]


Even more than the cost comparison I just featured, a common calculation of the value of insulation is the length of time it will take for energy cost savings to pay back the cost of improving the insulation and weather-sealing.  Unlike many other home improvement projects, investment in insulation and energy efficiency should eventually pay […]


Foam Insulation Cost Analysis

by Josh on September 30, 2009 · 11 comments

in Ideas,Projects

My last post about getting insulation-ready prompted a question about the cost of insulation.  But simply posting the price I paid isn’t very useful to a reader.  I wanted to offer a response in a way that got away from the specifics of my project and that could be useful for comparison.  A fair price […]


Getting Insulation-Ready

by Josh on September 24, 2009 · 8 comments

in Bedroom,Journal

With the rough wiring done, the next step in the bedroom remodeling project has been to get the space ready for insulation.  Some of these steps were determined by choosing closed-cell polyurethane spray foam as the insulating material, others are based purely on my own preferences.  Here are my steps in insulation prep: Seal off […]


Nursery Closet Framing Finished

by Josh on March 17, 2008 · 0 comments

in Projects

Over the weekend I finished framing the closet for the nursery. The outside wall needed to be built out with 2X2s to provide a nailing surface for drywall over the inside of the chimney. This will also give me a bit of space for some insulation around the chimney, too. There were a couple chinks […]


Fall Project Roundup

by Josh on September 29, 2007 · 3 comments

in Fireplace,garden,Gardens,Ideas

Fall is a great time to work on house projects. The weather is more comfortable than in the peak of the summer and the imminent arrival of winter can help keep your motivation high. Whether you are planning to hibernate from home improvement this winter or you just want to cross a few things off […]


Dads Attic, My Fireplace

by Josh on December 1, 2005 · 2 comments

in Fireplace,Journal

Although the blog has been a little quiet following Thanksgiving, activity at the house continues full speed. In fact, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’ve even shared some of my home improvement labor with family. On “Black Friday,” bloated with too much pie and stuffing from the previous day’s feasting, I helped my Dad blow […]