29 Oct '12, 2pm

100 year old house--insulation for exterior walls/ceiling #green

We're gutting a 6x15 area, originally a pantry, to add a tiny powder room and walk thru pantry. The exterior sidewalls are 3/4" pine boards with redwood clapboards. About 15 years ago we stripped the claps, used oil based primer and 2 coats of high quality latex paint. There is no housewrap, but some red rosin paper under the claps. Above the space is an open-air porch with a very slight hip roof. The roof joists are 2x8's. Using batt insulation for the roof will be a nuisance, and won't meet code for Rvalue. We'd rather not drop a ceiling to add thicker batts. The walls are full 2x4's. We don't have any moisture problems, rot, or mold. Is this a good application for closed or open cell foam? Is one brand superior, or more cost-effective? Hubby is skilled at renovations (kitchen, garage, full bath, he's done it all.) How much should we put in the ceiling? How much in the w...

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