Step Three: Exterior Colors and Interior Insulation.

Now that the house is “dried-in” or sealed off with all the flashing, water proofing, roof, and doors and windows in place to keep the wind and rain out, you are safe to start filling the inside with the finish materials. But before you can put the walls up or start hauling in the cabinets, you have to get the insulation in place. At the same time, many contractors go ahead and paint the exterior of the home. Since “curb appeal” is such a hot topic these days, I’ll start with that subject.

I love the blue the owners selected for this house. This home is finished with Hardi Board, a concrete composite board that looks just like wood siding, but has all the properties of concrete – no warping, rotting, etc… It holds up great in the salt air and harsh sun we get here on the Florida coast. It will need repainting after a while, but the paint lasts much longer than wood. It’s about as low-maintenance as you can get down here. And as you can see, it has a great look. The dark windows really pop out from the white trim as well.

Now, on to the insulation.

You can easily spend hours talking what kinds of insulation and the pros and cons of each. The most common forms are spray foam (closed and open celled varieties), cellulose, batt, and a new product made from soybeans that, they say, you can literally take out of your house, throw on the ground, and grow plants out of when you are done with it as an insulation Рpretty cool.

Every homeowner makes a different choice for their insulation based on their needs and how each one works best for them. I would strongly recommend that before you just pick an option or go with whatever your contractor recommends, you first talk to an insulation company. They can walk you through each one and help you make the best decision.

Here is an up close view of the insulation between the trusses in the ceiling.

You want to make sure you stuff it in every crack and crevice.