Real Life took over, that's what.
Eric decided that this October, he'd take a month off work - unpaid, I should add. He wanted to tackle the upstairs, once and for all. The last time I posted about our so-called progress, it was October 25, 2012. I called the post Renovation Day 1388 to coincide with the day we officially started the knotty pine purge. If I add 364 days to that count, we'd be at 1752 days, but that's bordering on terrifying. Let's forget I even went there.
Oh, what a naive and innocent soul I was! I've often said I'm time-challenged because I need to be, and I'm not kidding. My sanity depends on looking the other way, and pretending that everyone lives with exposed 2x4's and plastic sheets in place of bedroom doors, don't they? When people ask me how I deal with it, I put my hands over my ears, and sing LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LA, very loudly to prove my point. That's the defense mechanism I've built up over the last few years. Maturity is not my middle name.
Truth be told, our house was massacred at the above spot by previous owners. A couple of square feet of actual, physical house structure was missing here.
Sadev we're putting here. Perfection doesn't evade Eric, which is why he talks in terms of 64ths, and uses a micrometer to measure things.
While some people think it might be romantic to renovate an 1850's farm house, I'm here to say but one thing: NOT. Knowing what we know now, we'd much rather build from scratch than marry old with new, ever again. It's, like, six times the work.
Roxul Safe'n'Sound. Again, words can't express just how highly we think of this product. I have to be punny and say it rocks. Enough said.
We've used a radiant barrier everywhere upstairs. I cannot extoll the virtues of this misunderstood step enough. We used rFoil NT radiant barrier upstairs and highly recommend it. It makes a huge difference in the comfort of our home, and should be considered by everyone building or renovating. It's an integral step in insulation.
Acoustic. There's another pun in there, because this stuff sticks like a SOB. Buy a big container of lighter fluid - that's the antidote. Where 2 sections of barrier overlap, use the best aluminum foil tape you can find - we prefer Cantech brand.
The only thing missing is the drywall. Thankfully, Eric has a new foreman:
Hark, what have we here?
Paradoxically, part of me is sad we don't see the old structure of the house anymore. While I never really got used to the dangling electrical outlet (see the first photo), and always tentatively fumbled for it when the house was dark, I'm sad to see the old part of our house now covered.
I'll probably get over it by tomorrow.
And, for your viewing pleasure, things would not be complete without two sunsets and a message from Capucine:
Looks like you missed a spot, right there! Just doing my job! X O X O, Capucine.