Renovation project - Insulating an old French house
In an effort to make the house warmer,
we have decided to insulate the attic. We had considered converting
the attic into a large bedroom but there is a problem with where we
would install the stairs.
The attic has been fully boarded and
it would make a lovely room, but we would need to move some of the
We have already taken space from the
bedrooms for the new bathroom, so to take more space would mean
making one of the bedrooms very small, which is a bit of a pointless
task, it would take a lot of work to still only have two double
bedrooms in the main house.
So it is a case of just insulating the
As John looks at the eaves, he
realises there is no insulation there, so first job is to pack the
eaves with rock wool. This alone will make a lot of difference, he
has already insulated all of the water pipes here to prevent any
issues with freezing, now it is a case of ensuring that all gaps are
This is a dirty, messy job and as he
finishes all clothes are just thrown into the washing machine, the
fibres are not good for the skin.
As we are only going to use this room
for storage, we do not need to make it look fantastic (if we had been
using this room, we would've insulated between the roof joists) but
now we can just staple the insulation across the entire roof.
John goes along with the staple gun as
I hold it in to place, we realise as we get near the end, that this
is not going to be as simple as we thought, we are covering the
little loft windows, which means the light rapidly runs out.
The last bit is completed with Johns
head light so that he can see what he is doing.
But once finished we are a step closer
to being warm!
It is not long before we notice the
difference, but as we are sat in the living room we can still feel
draughts, but that is for another day!