Building a Book House

By Icynene-Lapolla® | December 6, 2018
Book House, Icynene Lapolla
Book House (Photos: InsulateSB)

Nestled in the foothills of Santa Barbara, California, the Book House is a 7,000 square foot ‘stack of books’ vision come to life. The property owner, a well accomplished publisher and sculptural artist discussing his future project with his architect, was suddenly inspired by a stack of books on a nearby desk. The property owner challenged the architect to design a functional and creative space that resembled a stack of books.



The Design


The Book House is a metal framed structure that features a glass window ceiling in the middle which separates one stack of books from the other. The unique shape throughout the structure means that no single window is standard. Each window throughout the structure is either tilted or altered to suit the unique angles of the books. The eight books in the structure are wrapped in metal giving a distinct ‘well read’ look to the building. Being completely unique in its design, local licensed Icynene® contractor, InsulateSB became involved in the project. The team at InsulateSB advised the property owner that spray foam insulation was an ideal solution to use throughout the structure due to its flexibility, thermal qualities and air-sealing qualities.


Book House (Photos: InsulateSB)
Book House (Photos: InsulateSB)


Insulating the Book House


The thick double-framed walls and the unique and odd angles of the Book House initially presented a challenge to the InsulateSB team. The team had to consider effective and precise methods to adequately install the spray foam into the wall and ceiling cavities. 

The team at InsulateSB had recommended to the owner that Icynene Classic Ultra™ spray foam insulation be used throughout the property. The team sprayed Icynene Classic Ultra™ spray foam throughout the conditioned roof deck to achieve an R-Value of R-20 at 5.5” and throughout the exterior walls and floors to achieve R-13 at 3.5”.

The InsulateSB team had two experienced sprayers working on the project. Their experience and knowledge helped to overcome the challenges of the double framed walls and irregular framing. An assistant helped move equipment and scaffolding to ensure the sprayers remained focused on the job.

As a light-density spray foam, Icynene Classic Ultra™ offers property owners an array of benefits including thermal comfort and air sealing. Icynene Classic Ultra™ also has excellent sound dampening qualities allowing airborne and flanking noises to be diminished for a quieter space. Following the installation of the spray foam, the team finished the process by using No Burn XD ignition barrier.

The spraying was completed over four days aided by the use of two sprayers working in tandem to successfully complete the job and ensure the unique structure was completely insulated.