Bathrooms and Bamboo

With the floor sealed and the wall painted, the master bathroom is ready for tub, sink and toilet installation. We are not in love with the setup of this bathroom, but working around code has left us with very limited options. The tub could really only go in one spot and so this dictated the rest of the room. According to this ARTICLE though, we’ve got it all wrong, but so does just about everyone else. The history of the modern bathroom is actually quite interesting (I don’t know how I could be sounding like a girl with too much time on my hands…)

We have been collecting information and quotes for insulation. It is looking like we will indeed utilize a combination of spray foam and batt. We are in the process of partnering with a local green building company so that we may pick up scraps of a prefab-type insulation product they use in new construction. Hopefully, we will be able to piece these scraps together and use them as the insulation for underneath the containers (remember our containers sit off the ground and have lots of air space beneath them).

We had planned on using batt beneath the containers, but recently learned that this option is no good. Batt absorbs moisture like a sponge and once it becomes 10% water, it is 100% ineffective.

Anyone have a suggestion for a good DIY plumbing book? Ryan’s taking it on solo, but could use some helpful visuals and clear how-to’s.

And…..just neat:


3 thoughts on “Bathrooms and Bamboo

  1. I just came across your project for the first time this evening. Its incredible and quite moving, keep up the awesome work!

    On insulation – I used to work as an R&D engineer developing insulation products for a large company who makes batt insulation, foam board, and flexible sealant. Yep, the batts aren’t the best option in an open air environment. They could be foil or plastic covered to reduce the moisture build up if the area around it is closed in similar to a crawl space. You want insulation that will retard air movement but allow for water to exit just in case water gets between the structure and insulation.

    For the areas you won’t need access to:
    I recommend utilizing several inches of foam board if possible. Attach it with liquid nails or a similar sealant/adhesive combined with fasteners (make sure metal surface is clean/dry). Test various adhesives between small bits of board. If theres no stick, just go with boards.

    For the areas you need access to (piping etc) I’d either go with somewhat sealed batts, or less sealant/fasteners on your foam board to allow for removal when needed. The combination of closing in the space under the house and the insulation should reduce heating/cooling costs, and cold feet.

    If you don’t use sealant, crosslap the boards.

    some free foam (might not work for you):

    some other foam (sub optimal density but it should get the job done): – you might be able to ask the guy if he’ll donate it/be a sponsor

  2. correciton: *if the adhesive isn’t sticky, then just go with fasteners. It may be easy to attach several rows of wooden shims to the shipping containers then use short drywall screws to attach the foam boards. I’m curious if there are any businesses in your area that utilize foam boards for shipping that would give it away free?

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