We’re Insulated!

April 6, 2014 – The tiny house in insulated!  But only because we have good friends that will let us borrow their truck for a day and a half!  I reserved an insulation blower to be picked up Saturday morning and we left for my mom’s house Thursday evening because we were expecting a snowstorm on Friday.  We were originally planning on taking the truck to my mom’s to take her winter’s worth of garbage to the dump, but because of the impending snowstorm and our very bald tires we decided it would be safest to take the car.  However, on Friday it dawned on me that maybe the insulation blower would not fit into the back of our rather large Volvo wagon.  My mom called and confirmed that the insulation blower needs to be loaded into the back of a pickup truck with a forklift and it stays in the back of the truck during operation.

My mom called our friend Paul, who came over with his brother-in-law and a truck to move the tiny house previously, and asked if we could borrow his truck.  He said we could come get it in the morning as soon as he was done plowing.  Meanwhile, we realized we left a full box of insulation back at our apartment an hour and forty five minutes away.  My plan was to drive back to the apartment and get the insulation in the morning if it was no longer snowing.  We ended up getting about 15 inches of snow on Friday, but it was clear by morning so I ran back home for the insulation.  Pete was able to pick up Paul’s truck and go get the insulation blower.  He ended up getting back to the tiny house about 10 minutes before I did.

It took us a few mintues to figure out the blower; of course no one at the hardware store knew how to work it.  By 11:00 we were up and running and we finished up at 8pm. We have a few areas where we need to hand place the insulation and we need to go back through and make sure we have enough insulation behind and under all the junction boxes.  Originally we were going to hand place the insulation behind the tongue and groove like many other tiny house builders have done; however, my brother strongly encouraged us to put in a vapor barrier and so hand placing was not an option.

Now that we are pretty much fully insulated the next step is to put up the vapor barrier and prepare for tongue and groove.  Our lease on our apartment was initially up on April 19th, but because of the super long winter we’ve had we decided to extend our lease to the end of May.  The tiny house definitely won’t be done by then, but my goal is to have the tongue and groove completed by the time we’re living in the tiny house.  We’ll then have the rest of the summer to install kitchen cabinets, appliances, closet, and a ladder.

Due to work and family comitments, we’ll be tanking the next two weekends off and if it hadn’t been for Paul we would have had to wait three weeks before getting the insulation in.  Thanks Paul! It feels great to have accomplished such a big step!  🙂 By the way, we didn’t end up even needing that box of insulation that I drove home to pick up!

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10 thoughts on “We’re Insulated!

  1. Nancy Holodnick

    Awesome! We are so very proud of you and Peter. Follow your dream. Love you, mom and dad nancy and Sid

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Wow, I love that y’all used wool insulation. It’s looking great!

  3. I’d be really interested to hear about your wool insulation research simply because I have so much waste wool and mohair on my farm every year. Aren’t you afraid that mice will take up residence in the walls?

    • Hi Mary, our wool insulation was purchased from Oregon Shepherd and here is a quote from their website: “our wool is treated with a 100% natural solution of organic materials that provide unequaled fire and vermin resistance. These materials are bonded chemically to the wool fiber, not merely “glued on” as in most other insulation products”.
      Also, I think we did a really good job constructing our tiny house and think it would be difficult for mice to get in our walls. For more information about wool insulation check out their website. http://www.oregonshepherd.com/index.php

  4. Hi!

    I’m considering wool insulation for our tiny house build, and I found you via Google search on my quest to find other tiny housers with wool insulation. Do you know how/with what chemical the wool from Oregon Shepherd is treated, and how is it that their wool is resistant from settling? That’s a concern I’ve heard from tiny housers considering this type of insulation.

    Also, I read in another post that the cost with shipping was approximately $1000 for your house. What’s the length of your home?

    Much appreciated! I love your blog, and thanks for sharing your journey!

    • Hi Amy,

      The wool is treated with a natural borax solution; I think they discuss it on their website. As far as the wool settling, we’re just taking their word that it doesn’t. I would like to look at our home this winter with an infrared camera to see how well insulated it is and then maybe check again in a few years. Because the space is so tiny we’re not super concerned about heat loss but we’ll have a better idea this winter. Our house is on an 18 foot trailer and we had one full box of insulation left over and maybe a partial box as well. Good luck!

  5. Oh, and could you elaborate a little on your installation process?

    From what I can tell, you stapled vapor barrier to your framing, cut slits to blow in the wool, and had to hand stuff a bit extra into the holes to finish up, right?

    Also, in one of the other posts, I saw that you installed plywood sheathing inside the framing in some areas. Can you explain that?

    Thanks so much! 🙂

    • The insulation comes with a cotton type netting that we stapled up, cut slits into it and blew the insulation behind it. Then we stapled up our vapor barrier. We did have to hand stuff insulation behind our junction boxes. We also came back through and pushed the insulation down in most of the cavities and added more insulation so that the spaces were a little more full just to try and keep it from settling. We put up plywood in the areas where our kitchen cabinets are going to be because there are metal plates on the wall in front of our gas lines and we wouldn’t have been able to nail the tongue and groove in those areas.

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