Adding Attic Insulation

  • By Don Halling
  • 25 Aug, 2017

According to the EPA 9 out of 10 Homes in the U.S. are under-insulated.

Adding Attic Insulation

Now that you've air-sealed your attic and basement, check your attic insulation levels and add more if necessary. The attic is the easiest place to add insulation to improve your comfort and the energy efficiency of your home.

Do I Have Enough?

No matter what kind of insulation you currently have in your attic, one quick way to determine if you need more is to look across the span of your attic. If your insulation is just level with or below your floor joists (i.e., you can easily see your joists), you should add more. If you cannot see any of the floor joists because the insulation is well above them, you probably have enough and adding more may not be cost-effective. It is important that the insulation be evenly distributed with no low spots; sometimes there is enough insulation in the middle of the attic and very little along the eaves.  If your attic insulation covers your joists and is distributed evenly, you probably have enough.

How Much Should I Add?

Insulation levels are specified by R-Value. R-Value is a measure of insulation's ability to resist heat flow. The higher the R-Value, the better the thermal performance of the insulation. The recommended level for most attics is to insulate to R-38 or about 10 to 14 inches, depending on insulation type.

Add the Right Kind of Insulation

When adding additional insulation, you do not have to use the same type of insulation that currently exists in your attic. You can add loose fill on top of fiberglass batts or blankets, and vice-versa. If you use fiberglass over loose fill, make sure the fiberglass batt has no paper or foil backing; it needs to be "unfaced." If you choose to add loose fill, it may be wise to hire a professional, as the application requires the use of a blowing machine, although some home improvement stores offer rentals of this machine.

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By Don Halling 18 Oct, 2017

The Villa Les Cèdres, a 187-year-old mansion now for sale along the coast of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in the South of France and it's fancy, to say the least.

Bloomberg   reports that house is a 18,000-square-foot, 14-bedroom mansion on 35 acres and is gilded and gorgeous.

It was built in 1830 and originally purchased in 1850 and was a working olive tree farm owned by the mayor of Villefranche-sur-Mer. From there, it was sold by the mayor's family to the Belgian King Leopold II in 1904, who, as Bloomberg explains, was "made stupendously rich by his exploitation of mineral resources and rubber trees in the Congo Free State (now the Democratic Republic of Congo)."

After Leopold's death, Villa Les Cèdres was acquired by the Marnier-Lapostolle in 1924. They're best known for making the delicious Grand Marnier liqueur, a blend of cognac and triple sec, and loved to cultivate exotic plants on the ground. Ooh la la. 

It was in the family until 2016, when Davide Campari-Milano SpA acquired Société des Produits Marnier Lapostolle (SPML), Grand Marnier's parent company.

It is listed at €350 million ($410 million), and is being handled by a steering committee of five family members from Marnier and Di Fede.

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Go Vintage

Add reclaimed and antique decor accents, like the sign, lamps, and chests in this Georgia lake house , for undone, rustic elegance.

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Powder rooms are the jewel boxes of home design. They’re compact, typically seen by guests and ready candidates for a little design boldness. Here, shown in reverse order, are the 10 most popular powder room photos uploaded from July through September, as measured by the number of people who saved them to their Houzz ideabooks.

Ombré  Mosaic

The ombré trend isn’t loved by everyone, but this tile wall might quell even its toughest critics. Fading from dark gray to nearly white, it connects the floors and the walls while opening up the space in an elegant, subtle way.

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9. Pocket Door

The pocket door in this monochromatic space saves space, adds color and also enables multiple people to use the powder room at once.

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8. Mirrored Paneling

There’s a lot to admire about this classic powder room, from the parquet wood floors to the gold fixtures and floor-to-ceiling wood paneling.

The designer’s attention to natural light especially enhances the space. Mirrors installed around the perimeter not only brighten the room by reflecting light, but also create the illusion of more windows.

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7. Inky Walls

The dark blue walls in this powder room envelop the space in drama and sophistication.

For anyone who wants to test out a bold wall color, the powder room is a great place to start, as it’s small and not that frequently used.

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6. Backlit Mirror

Mirrors and lighting are bathroom essentials, but compact powder rooms with awkward angles can make it challenging to comfortably fit both.

This warm, contemporary powder room accomplishes both with a streamlined backlit mirror, which pairs well with the warm wood floors, white walls and black counters.

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Leave me hanging.  Linger on this photo and you’ll eventually see all the different storage options the design team packed into the laundry room, including hanging rods in the corners to the sides of the washer and dryer.

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Launder slipcovers and curtains. Check the care instructions carefully, especially if you’ve never laundered these items before. Shrunken slipcovers and short curtains are a major bummer! If you’re not sure, check with the manufacturer, or just send them to the dry cleaners.

Deep-clean kids’ rooms.
Get the kids in on the project by assigning jobs that seem sort of fun — like dusting the floor with dusting mitts on their feet, or spritzing surfaces with a gentle cleaning spray. Move or clean under furniture where the biggest dust bunnies hide, and tidy up toys and clothes.

Wipe down kitchen cupboards, walls and appliances. Grease from cooking can build up on kitchen surfaces over time. Using a warm, wrung-out microfiber cloth, wipe down everything top to bottom. To avoid damaging finishes, start with just water on the cloth and add gentle cleanser if needed.

Edit your book collection. The fall and winter months are prime time for curling up with a good book. Make some room on your shelves for new titles by weeding out books you didn’t love or know you won’t pick up again. While you’re at it, use a duster to swipe the shelves and spines.

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