LINING THE WALLS OF THE SHELTER
A major milestone has been reached in the “Old army shelter becomes our tiny house”-project. We lined the walls and ceiling with a white textured carbon fiber film, specially made to wrap vehicles. Expensive yes, but it makes a huge difference! White instead of mint green walls, makes the shelter optically bigger. We saw it for the first time in the shelter of Holger from ZEPBOX and knew immediately that we wanted that as well: it provides a modern look, hides the imperfections and is easy to clean (which is a necessity with white walls). We love it. As you can see on the pictures we did not line the walls entirely. Why?
The bottom of the walls will eventually be hidden behind the furniture, so no expensive lining there. More important is that the container locks and beams are cold bridges, thus need extra insulation. This is also required for the wall where once a heater was installed (front wall) and the back where the original door was located. These walls are not as well insulated as the sidewalls (60mm thick).
Tip: If you keep the back door of the Zeppelin-shelter, you really need to insulate it as much as possible. We can’t stress this enough. Especially when the door will be next to the bed.
For the thermal insulation we used Jackodur. Jackodur is the brand of extruded polystyrene rigid foam panels. It is very easy to use and are moisture and rot resistant. We mounted them to the walls using Tec7 glue. On the front wall we added 20mm. On the back wall we first filled the holes with 60mm Jackodur and filled the gaps with polyurethane foam (S29 from Reca). This foam dries quickly and provides both sound and thermal insulation. Once the holes were filled, we added an additional 20mm Jackodur to the entire back wall.
White Dibond plates (2.5mm) were then added to cover the Jackodur. Dibond panels are Aluminium Composite sheets, combining two 0.3 mm aluminium surface layers with a polyethylene core. They provide a very clean surface that has a very high resistance to weathering and corrosion.
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