Living & Dining Room Ceiling Plans and Roof Insulation

Hey, and Happy Thursday everyone! 

How has your week been? Mine has been full of tennis, painting and decorating.  It doesn't get much better. 😊

Today I wanted to share with you some plans we have for our living and dining room ceilings. You might recall from my last post that I told you we had workman in the room installing insulation. We've lived here for 10 years and have finally got around to putting it in. We were told the previous owners took it out due to a fire concern with the downlights. Which is probably why we procrastinated so long.

When we moved in we installed chandeliers and ceiling lights in the living room, dining room, sunroom and bedrooms, and just had the downlights disconnected. We didn't actually remove them from the ceilings in case we decided to rewire them. We did keep the downlights in some of the rooms active, like the halls, kitchen, laundry, and bathrooms. 

So our concern was how to put in insulation while some down lights were still active and the legal complications of covering the ones that weren't. We didn't want gaps left as this effects the cooling/heating of the rooms. 

We got a few quotes and had to decide between loose fill, fibreglass batts and polyester batts. We did a lot of research which I won't go into cause it really is confusing and we really did keep changing our minds. 😕 But in the end, we went with the Bradford Polymax polyester batts. They were the most expensive option, but also had a 70 year warranty. And the installers were able to lay them over the existing downlights that were not in use and with minimal gaps around the working ones. That allowed us time to remove the non working downlights at our own leisure.

They actually take off some roof tiles, cut a beam (which they repair at the end), and take the bags of batts in through the roof!

Looks like fluffy white clouds up there now. (The silver stuff is the airconditioning pipes.)

Have we noticed a difference in the room temperatures? Yes! It's a lot cooler. We haven't had to run our air-conditioning as much. Happy with that! 😊

Another thing we did before getting the insulation was to take advantage of a government incentive of changing out all the halogen downlight globes to LED ones. Again, this makes installing the insulation safer and uses a lot less energy. 

So the options for the ceiling light holes was to either patch over with plaster or cover the holes with faux wooden beams. (You know immediately what I'd prefer!)

After watching lots of YouTube videos on plaster patching, neither one of us was very confident. And I had always wanted faux beams on the roof, so that is the road we are going to travel down for the living and dining room ceilings, hopefully it won't be too bumpy!  

Here is a mock up of what we are hoping to achieve.

As for the bedrooms, we aren't sure yet. We'll see how the installation of the faux beams goes first.

Wish us luck!

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