Who knew… insulation is a bargain and the door is wrong?
Wow, I just finished building the insulated floor deck and am ahead on money. The total cost for the extra studs and insulation was only $89 and that included a new framing hammer, chalk line, steel carpenter’s square and a Mocha at Starbucks. So far that brings my total out-of-pocket up to $439, still under budget!
Installing the insulation was a breeze, simply lay it down, cut with a utility knife, staple the edges, repeat. Just make sure you wear long sleeves and gloves to keep the fiberglass off your skin (trust me on that).
The finished double-deck is still solid as a rock, level and square. The extra gravel really helped to keep the foundation from shifting. Although rain and snow don’t usually come til mid-November, the weather has already turned cold (was 34 degrees yesterday morning) so I need to get the walls and roof up quickly. I’ll be up there all weekend for the big push forward.
The finished insulated deck, a thing of beauty!
I’m having some doubts about door placement. I noticed, once the deck was done, I kept climbing up on top using the nearest corner on the driveway side. The patio sliders are designed to go on the opposite wall to take advantage of the view but feng shui is subltly dictating that the door should go on the other side.
I’ve decided to listen to my screaming inner voice and put the door on the driveway side. I’ll move the large sliding window to the view side, replacing the patio slider. I’ll still be able to get a cross breeze AND see the twin oaks to the east. Since the door is now on the side with no view, I can save some cash by not using expensive sliding doors. I’ll get an insulated one-lite glass and steel door (because it’s way cooler than a solid slab) and save $250!
The arbor that was planned for the driveway side will now be useful as a shade cover over the door and will integrate with the deck in front of the wall of glass out front. My SketchUp skills are not “arbor-ready” yet but here’s the new door layout…
next… a long weekend getting to know the new framing hammer!