Creating Your Dream "Shabin"? Insulation Tips For Year-Round Comfort

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A new variation seen in the movement toward tiny homes is lovingly referred to by some as a "shabin" home. Technically, a shabin starts with the purchase of a portable shed, often designed and constructed to look like a rustic cabin. These portable sheds typically are purchased with fully finished exteriors of either wood or metal, with mostly uncompleted interiors that can be customized and finished to create a home in the style the owner prefers.

People seeking a life of minimalism, frugality, or just simplicity often choose to finish the interiors of these sheds with the goal of retaining as much living space as possible while still incorporating the basic comforts found in the average home. Since this trend is becoming popular even in areas where cold winters and hot summers are common, finding ways to make them more comfortable for permanent habitation is an important concern. If you are interested in completing your own shabin, the following insulation tips can be useful in helping to make your small home comfortable, no matter what the thermometer reads. 

Choosing insulation type

Choosing the right type of insulation is an important part of retaining as much living space as possible, while still ensuring your walls, ceilings, and flooring will resist the loss of heated or cooled air. Since there is usually no attic space in these small structures, blown-in insulation is not a good choice. Bulky, batt-type insulation may also be a poor choice, simply because of its bulk.

In terms of space conservation and ease of application, the best choice of insulation material may be spray foam insulation, which can be easily applied between the studs in walls and ceilings, and underneath the sub-floor. When installing spray foam insulation, remember to complete all wiring and piping for electricity, sound systems, and plumbing before applying the spray foam. 

Opting for professional application

While spray foam insulation can be applied as a DIY project, homeowners who want their houses to be as airtight as possible should consider opting for professional installation. A skilled insulation contractor will be better able to apply the expansive foam more evenly without getting it onto other surfaces where it can be difficult to remove. In addition, a professional insulation contractor can help you ensure that healthy air flow will still exist in your shabin, an important factor in preventing moisture and mold issues later. 

To learn more about proper insulation of your small home or shabin, contact reputable insulation contractors in your area today. 

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Green Living: A Guide to Saving on Energy Usage

Saving money is important in a home with six children. As they grow, the bills seem to grow with them. After paying a particularly high energy bill, I decided that enough was enough. I researched ways that I could make my home more energy efficient without spending a ton of money. To help other parents in the same boat, I created this blog. Helpful tips, such as replacing your home's windows, can save you a great deal of money in the long run. Hopefully, the information provided here can also help preserve the environment and make it a better place for our children.