Since the last post, inspections were done. Some adjustments were required but everything passed just fine. This involved several assessments. The rough plumbing was checked. All the pipes were pressure filled with water and had to sit for several days to show that there were no leaks. Gauges were place on some of the strategic areas and all the pipes for faucets etc were capped. Electrical wiring was checked, fuse boxes, external hookup etc. The electric meter is in. Finally, framing was reviewed.
The insulation went in over the last week. For all walls that border to the outside, we chose blown in fiberglass (R-20 I think). A nylon net is stapled across each section and the fiberglass is then blown in. This turned out really nice, with good fill and it's tight like a balloon. This was then covered with plastic for a moisture barrier. The drywall will go over it all. Frequently, rolled fiberglass "bats" are used. With the number of wires we have running through the wall, a good tight fit might have been difficult.
Click on the pic for a larger view. Each of the sections between the 2X6s was filled.
The ceiling has some rolls fitted in (R-38). Once the drywall is completed, additional fiberglass insulation will be blown in through the whole attic area. The upper floor has the vaulted ceilings filled with the rolls. I'm not sure why they selected certain areas, possibly due to possible difficult access once the drywall is in.
Kitchen is top pic, great room bottom.
In the basement, the whole ceiling was insulated to help keep heat down below and for sound insulation. Additionally, the walls around some of the bedrooms, and the powder rooms were insulated for sound control. Can't have bathroom noises audible to everyone.
On the left in the above picture is the mudroom wall bordering the outside, with the blown in fiberglass. To the right, the yellow is the fiberglass rolls insulating the bathroom wall (for sound).
Some downstairs areas need to be finished, not much from what I can tell. An inspection is next and they should be able to start the drywall once it passes.