Winter has come…

Rob, to show the scale

So I need to get my “shed” insulated.  The “shed” is a block building that would have been used for coal and storing stuff.  It’s 2m by 3m (6′ x 9′) with no cavity insulation, concrete floor and ceiling with a nice big doubled glazed window (new).

I worked out how many sheets of 2″ and 1″ insulation board I would need.  I have to use 1″ on the ceiling as I don’t have the clearance above the fridge/freezer and the ceiling for 2″ board.  Eventually I saved enough money to order the boards and tape I needed.  But I realized that I could not do this by myself, enter Rob, my brother, who flew in for a few days to assist (assist means do most of the work!!).  Thanks Rob.

Middle seam
Middle seam

The insulation board are covered both side with aluminium (aluminum)  [ http://www.worldwidewords.org/articles/aluminium.htm ]  and has a very ‘un-finished’ look about it and on one side it has the makers logo and contact information in bright red print.  It is held to the wall with bonding, stuff that looks like the stuff you attach tile with.

One of the corners
One of the corners

The first board we put up went real well till we stepped back and noticed all the red print!!  Too late to turn it round as all the cuts had been made for the light switch and power sockets.  Also it seems like there was more bonding compound on the carpet than on the board.

Rob, to show the scale
Rob, to show the scale

After we had done all the walls and ceiling I remembered that I should have added to shelf brackets to the wall before we covered it!

Still, two bits of wood cut slightly longer then floor to ceiling and a couple of notches cut in the ceiling board, and we have support for the brackets.

The wedge shelf unit
The wedge shelf unit

Finally the door.  Well, most of it.  We had to leave part of the hinge side uncovered to that the door would still open, a key requirement of a door.

The padded door
The padded door

Now!!!  It is amazing how warm the “office” is.  The only heat in there is the fridge/freezer a couple of monitors and a laptop, and it is nice and warm.

I am still going to do 80% of the floor with 2″ board and floor grade chip board.  I cannot do all the floor as the fridge/freezer is too tall and the door would not open.   I have enough insulation board left so I just need to get the floor boards.