I finished up the bathroom insulation yesterday. That’s not to say the bathroom looks good, but I’ll tell you what – it’s a heck of a lot warmer in there. As a matter of fact, the entire house feels warmer. I’m not sure if it’s my imagination or not, but it sure seems that way.
I’ve been going back and forth in my head for a few days about what to do with the ceiling. I was going to leave it bare wood because that looks good. Then I remembered that we were dealing with a bathroom here and any warm, humid air is going to condense on that cool wood. I don’t know how good the insulation is above it so I was kind of uncertain. Then, I was going to frame out a ceiling structure and insulate it with fiberglass. I really didn’t have a good feeling about that because of the “droopage” factor involved with fiberglass in ceilings. It was also be a pain to install that – you know, fiberglass falling in my mouth and such.
Finally, I remembered that I had three and a half more sheets of rigid foam in the basement. Ah ha! There was my solution. It’s only an inch thick, which is perfect to stop the air from touching the cool (not cold) wood and it’s thin enough to hang some sheetrock over with regular sized screws. After I came up with that idea, it only took a few minutes to make my cuts and hang the rigid board. It’s so easy dealing with that stuff. I just wish it was cheaper. I would do all my insulation with it.
I’ll post a few pictures below. Just so you know, the pink insulation was already here and the brown stuff is what I bought from Campbell’s Building Supply. Of course, I’ll have to build something out to cover those drain pipes in the ceiling, but at least we’ll be able to maintain some height in there for the rest of the space.