Wow, I hadn't checked your blog in a while and Bam! Tons of new stuff! The fireplace thing can be scary. I'm still new with the house blog thing, but I think we're "folowing" you! Good luck with the downstairs. These pictures are great!
Hi Leslie! Good to hear from you. Yes, we're very glad we had the fireplace checked out before it exploded! Hope your home improvement is moving along. Have you done any bloggin? :)
Regarding the insulation, I was looking into injectable options. Wanted closed cell foam but didn't find anyone local to do it- they would only do open cell. We spoke to a contractor that I really liked with a product called AirKrete, which sounds pretty interesting. It's more affordable, also. He will even let you DIY a bit to cut cost. Win-win!