Man is our list ever getting short!
We've just got a few things left to do before winter hits hard in Alaska.
When we went on book tour, it really put a huge amount of stress on us to get as much done as possible while we can work and still feel our fingers at the same time. Numb fingers are no fun. Working at 50 degrees is a totally different story than working at -50 degrees.
There was a lot of this going on as we worked late - even on school nights - trying to get as much done as possible before leaving Alaska.
The big goal is having the "lid" or upstairs ceiling insulated. To get to this point, we have left to do:
- Run electrical boxes and wiring in the ceiling
- Frame in and put the chimney through the roof
- Vapor barrier the upstairs ceiling
- Hang drywall on the upstairs ceiling
- Blow insulation in the upstairs ceiling
We actually got all but the last two done before leaving for the book tour!
Here's how we did the electrical:
It starts with constant battle of design vs functionality. Up here in Alaska, it's different. We'd love to do can lights in the ceiling. But every light box in the ceiling is one more opportunity for warm air to sneak out, as heat rises. And with heating fuel upwards of $4.00 a gallon, lost heat can literally add up to big fat Benjamins floating out your ceiling. It's better to not put big huge holes in your ceiling.
As much as I wanted to do recessed lighting, we settled on surface mount ceiling lights.
Mom really likes the lights we DIYed last winter in our great room, so we could always go back and do something like that as well.