Finally moving in!
Saturday was a productive day- I got half the house skirted, rememered (finally!) that if the floors are too cold in winter some eco friendly, non toxic denim insulation can be laid on the floor as a ‘carpet’ as a quick, temporary fix, trimmed out a bunch of poison ivy and brush, and got a third of the trim hung or ready to hang.
I didn’t get moved in completely this weekend, but did make definite process, and after hearing for months how cold the floor would be from my worried dad, realized that I was better equipped for winter than he thought. The house won’t have the highest possible amount of insulation; it only has 2×4 walls. However, it will have R-20 of pink styrofoam insulation under it, plus a 6″ skid on the north and south sides, and loose gravel/dirt against that. Maybe some landscaping bricks too. I’m thinking of building a pet house to add additional insulation where the pipes come closest to the wall (on the south side) and designing the pet house so that it is a passive solar heat collector.
I also realized it’s 45 in the morning and my windows are still open. I think I’ll be ok. The cabin warms quickly, and once all the skirting is on, the floor should be warmer. The walls are only 2x4s, so there is only R-13 in them, but with bookcases against the walls and quilts hung on them, they should be fairly well insulated. At least as much so as many other houses I’ve lived in.
I also met a builder this weekend. I’ve hurt myself too many times on this project to maintain any dreams of building alone. But if I can build for a reasonable price and get a very well insulated house with solar capability, I’d be very happy.