House Reno Starts :: 2013
Single brick was insulaiton in the 1880’s. Furnaces / stoves had no electric fans to move air. Hot air ducts were large – & at the center of the house. As hot air rose to the high ceilings – where it would reach the exterior cold walls – dropping to cold air returns by the windows. Natural convection moved air in these Ontario cottages.
The framing was out of beautiful, thick, straight grained pine. & the framing was often a little bit very scary. Load points & weight distrabution was also very. Luckily by the 1970’s we had a building code.
Our renovations start with making a ‘dust corridor’ through the center of the house. We work on one room at a time. Doors are moved to new locations. Studs, rafters, joists are reinforced. A double wall adds depth for more insulation. Gussets bridge / tie the 2 walls together. Insulation is 3″ spray foam, 4″ batts, & vapour barrier. This is the ‘flash & batt’ system. This is already the warmest room in the house.