Insulation complete at Living Water Retreats

Making decisions on Insulation in the Vacation Rental business
It has been quite a while since I gave you all an update on our Retreats!! So sorry about that! We have steadily worked at the Retreats through the holidays, but honestly, things have slowed down a little more than I would have liked! We are nearing the finish though! I see light at the end of the tunnel! The Insulation, Sheetrock, and Paint have been completed recently so now we can share the choices we have made and lessons we have learned so far!

One big thing I have learned is that not all hardware stores are made the same…I will not bash one here, but you will notice that all the links that I will include in this post are from Home Depot. They have not sponsored this post, but I can assure you, they have earned my business. After many trips to their competitors where I begged for help and assistance with ordering and buying large amounts of supplies…I learned that some companies are just not geared to service as much as others. This girl is a believer now…from both of their local stores to their online sales, to their delivery people…I have been blown away by Home Depot’s service to their customers!

To recap…we finished our Framing and outside Siding with the kids from the High School…once that was done this past Summer, our Sub-Contractors came in to “rough-in” our Electrical, Plumbing, and HVAC (heat and air). We also had our well drilled and were thrilled when we hit water that gushed out at over 100 gallons a minute!!! WOO HOO!! The grading and driveway was finished and septic completed…so focusing on putting the clothes on these two beauties was next in line!!

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After talking with our contractor and confirming what is required by our local zoning codes, we purchased:

R19 23″ x 93″ Owens Corning for our Subfloor – we used 15 for our 2 houses (960 sq. ft. each)

R15 15″ x 93″ Owens Corning for our Walls – we used 25 for our 2 houses (we insulated several interior walls for soundproofing)

Attic – we had this blown in for $1300 for both houses (this was for labor and materials!)

Baffles 22″ by 4′ Durovent – This was what caused us to fail our Insulation Inspection…we had no idea these were required.  They are super cheap and easy to install though!

6 mil. Black Poly Vapor Barrier – Installed with material included for $575 for both houses

These were all the items that we needed complete to pass our Insulation Inspection…we actually will have the attic insulation inspected on the final (you can’t install it without the sheetrock up)…but they inspected the walls, subfloor, baffles, and vapor barrier.

Living Water Lane New Construction InsulationInsulation InstallationThis is the bathroom prior to the tub going in above…you can see where the toilet will be going in front of the window.

Definitely looks like a construction zone!!  Excuse the mess!

Sheetrock stacked up in new construction

All cleaned up and Sheetrock was delivered!  More on that below!  Where you see the pink insulation, this is the bedroom/living room wall that we insulated to help with soundproofing.

I spy a bathtub that has been installed!!

In this house, we opted to put the Electrical Box in this little space between the bedroom and bath.  Although this is not ideal, if we had located it in the laundry area (as we did in our other house) then the meter base that goes outside would have been in an area that our guests would be passing by.  So, by installing it here, the meter will be hidden out of site for our guests and I can disguise this in the bedroom and it will not be noticed!

We wired in a plug and coax spot for the area where our tv will be mounted…in hindsight, we should have also run that coax down to the lower plug area so that we had 0 wires exposed…we can still hide them, it would have been easier to do that earlier rather than later!

These are the Baffles that are required by code.  Honestly, I am not positive what they do…something with air flow and maybe snow…either way…they will fail you if you do not install them! They are super cheap and easy to install!  PS…who spies the scripture on the studs?  These houses are bathed in prayer and scripture!

Now that we have covered Insulation… we are moving on tomorrow to Sheetrock!!

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What to think about when installing Insulation in New Construction

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