Stucco Balloon Frame Home Insulation
I am currently renovating the interior of a 1900 balloon home in the Chicago area that was stuccoed in the 1950’s and have a lot of questions about insulation.
Next year, possibly two, I plan on removing the stucco to install a WRB and replace the original windows. The stucco is in not good shape with quite a few cracks and the windows sills and trim are deteriorating.
The exterior wall assembly is 2×4 studs, 1×6 tongue and groove boards, a heavy tar paper, wire mesh and then stucco. The walls are currently uninsulated and plan on using dense packed cellulose. I also will be doing as much interior air sealing as possible.
Should I dense pack the walls from the inside prior to removing the stucco or wait until the stucco is removed and insulate from the outside? I worry about the risk of moisture getting trapped, especially if for some unforeseen reason the stucco cannot be removed for a longer period of time.
Or would a different insulation avoid this concern all together?
Last question. I need to add to the depth of the studs to meet the insulation codes. Instead of adding the needed depth with just wood, I would like to use the Bonfig wall method. Which is the best foam board for that application?
Any input is much appreciated.
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