Monday, November 19, 2012

Attic Update - Phase 1

In preparation for the winter, dad & I have been working on better insulating the attic.  When we started, we had 4" insulation on both the ceiling & the walls, but certain areas were pulled aside/torn off because of some water issues we had while we were shingling the roof.  What would seem like a quick & easy fix was actually way more complicated.  If you remember from my last attic post, this is what we began with...see the missing pieces & the insulation hanging down under the eave on the left?  Gorgeous right?!  Ok, not quite.

Well, we didn't want to just staple up the old stuff, because we knew that this winter we'd be finishing the attic & also knew that we'd be relocating some lighting & rewiring it at the same time.  Meaning we'd need access behind the insulation to run new wire.  Soooo, before re-hanging the insulation, we had to frame up a few walls (that will be our closets), as well as run the new wire to the new light locations.

OK, so here it is after the first step of framing up those closets.  This photo is taken from the top of the stairs looking toward the future bedroom.  You'll enter through French doors, with my closet to the left & Eli's to the right.  (Look at that crazy pile of baby stuff against the back's insane how much gear kids need!)

After we framed up the closets, we stapled up all of the old (but still usable) insulation that was hanging down under the eaves, in addition to filling in some gaps where the roof met the main level walls.  It was super fun crawling/scooting around down there.

We also had to tear out the middle (flat) portion of the ceiling insulation to level out the rafters (in prep for drywall).  This allowed us to have better access to wiring as well as get a little bit thicker insulation up there than what we had before.

After the wiring was in place, we cut a few rolls of insulation into 4 foot strips to fill in between the new rafters & stapled them up.  (My hand is still sore from the staple gun by the way.)

We've just got a few panels in the middle to hang & we should be all set for phase 2: finishing framing.

Grady was a trooper just hanging out & watching.  This is his incredibly bored "aren't you done yet, mama?  Let's play dragons." face...

Just begging for some tickle-time & some smiles...that's better!

Here's the "un-official" to-do list:
  • Frame up closets.
  • Patch up insulation under eaves.
  • Re-wire lights.
  • Level out ceiling rafters.
  • Insulate peaks.
  • Hang foam board insulation on the roof.
  • Frame out built-ins & walls.
  • Wire electrical outlets.
  • Hang drywall (tape/mud/sand).
  • Prime & paint walls & ceiling.
  • Hang lights.
  • Paint & hang trim.
  • Finish floor.
  • Paint & install new stair railings.
  • Paint & stain stairs.
  • New window (last one in the house!).
  • Install closet systems.
  • Build & hang French doors.
  • Build doors to under eave storage.
  • Tear out door to main level & repair drywall. 

We're aiming to get all of the insulating done (foam board is next) in the next couple of weeks, then take a break until after Christmas.

Slow & steady, but it'll be totally worth it in the end!  :)


  1. Grady is adorable! You’re right, Renee; we often overlook minor leaks and stains in our roof. If left unchecked, it could be a cause of a major roofing problem. It could get expensive too, as we would need the help of roofing contractors to do repairs.

  2. Minor roof problems still needs to be fixed, the earlier the better. If ignored, it’ll surely cause major problems in the future, taking the form of a very expensive invoice for costly repairs! Save yourself from the inconvenience of having to pay for the repairs and do take care of your roof.

  3. Ignoring minor problems can lead to major damages in the future, which can mean costly repairs. It is our responsibility to take care of our house and it starts by making sure that everything is in its good condition.

  4. “Slow & steady.”—Well, that remark hit me! You can’t really come up with a good output if you rushed it. You could overlook things; and simple problems that go unnoticed could lead to massive and costly repairs in the future. So, it would be better if you do a regular maintenance after.

    Lakisha Autin


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