Before & After Photos: Smallest Bedroom

Smallest Bedroom

BEFORE: March 2015

When this house was constructed in the 1950’s, the interior/perimeter walls were constructed with 2″ wide wood strips which were less than an inch thick. They were nailed to the block cavity walls with cut (concrete) nails. It was done this way because walls weren’t insulated back then.

When John gutted the rooms in the house, he discovered a paper thin vapor barrier under the old-style drywall– it was the extent of insulation which was basically nothing.

In 1965 wall insulation became code, but back then, the insulation was 2-inch thick R-8. 

When we renovated our previous house, which my Grandfather built during the depression, we discovered a wool-like material in the walls. Someone told us that it was rock wool aka slag wool and that it was used as insulation in the late 1800s and then as batting insulation in the 1950s. 

BEFORE: 2016

After John gutted the rooms, he added 2×4 walls so the bays had plenty of depth for the R-15 insulation. 

R-value is the measure of resistance to the flow of heat; the higher the R-value, the better insulation.

AFTER: Yesterday

BEFORE: March 2015

I took this photo standing in the bedroom with the south wall to my left.

And, yesterday, standing in the same spot. 

The very same spot where Coco is lying down curious about the new floor.

The closet door required extra shims to achieve the 1/8″ reveal on the handle side.

We exclusively shop at Home Depot because it’s close and convenient, but in October, we went to Lowes for fencing where we discovered a better selection and much better prices. So yesterday, I said to John, let’s go back to Lowes to see what they have in stock for baseboard and trim. We found what we wanted along with better prices. So off to Lowes we go…