I got as much of the sub floor down as I could without tackling all the tricky compound slope sleepers I’m going to have to deal with where there’s a concrete pad, and got the poly all up. Finally, the space of the barn I’m claiming looks defined, and the envelope is almost complete. The walls have that stuffed sofa look they have after vapour barrier and before drywall. Most importantly, there’s enough space closed up to move all my stuff into before I go to Iceland.
Voila, floor! A marble won’t sit at rest anywhere on it, but it’s smooth, and what a difference. Yes, I can frame partitions and my windows/doors on real floor! I also laid the floor in the loft, with the gorgeous blushing cedar I got for $1.30/bd ft, so beautiful it aches. We’re so lucky to have such lovely local wood. Too good for the barn. Turns out the loft floor tapers, losing 3” over 12’, so I couldn’t set up my chop and go, but it didn’t take too long.
What a relief it is to be working in the cool of the insulated barn. Can actually get a full day’s work done, without working a split shift. Even wrestling vapour barrier over my head, the giant uncooperative sheet draping on me like a deranged plastic wedding train, is not so bad when it’s 10 degrees cooler than it is outside. It’s hard to judge the efficacy of the Roxul yet because there’s so much space shared with the uninsulated part of the barn, but there’s a big climate difference in a few steps.
Today I really noticed the sound muffling quality of the rockwool. I thought that it was only raining on the other part of the roof for a few moments. Really. But obviously, I could only hear it from the other side of the barn. We’ve been having a blessed series of afternoon thunderstorms that are grand and exciting, and hose down the hot earth after cruelly blistering days of sun. I don’t like summer. Too hot.
Now I can’t wait to move in, to sleep in a real bed- my real bed, for the first time in ten months. It won’t be the first time I’ve moved in and slept under vapour barrier. Or no vapour barrier. Or no insulation, even. In February.