Addition / Discussions

Doing an addition, what type of roof is the best to use?

...addition it could be quite small, and if you are in the city or the country.

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:03 a.m. Roof coverings 1 Responses

Why is there mold on particle board outside vapor barrier on new addition?

...addition on 100 yr old double brick bungalow 3 years ago. In the second summer the second floor bedrooms start to have a musty smell, particular smell coming th...

Posted by Christine ML June 7, 2020, 1:35 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Where can I sell windows- Brand New, unopened?

...addition and inspector changed his mind on my orig windows. I have 2 Pinnacle 2638/44, 6-lite eyebrow (swing out) that I would like to re-sell. They have never ...

Posted by Michael Parnell Sept. 9, 2020, 9:52 a.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 1 Responses

Do I need ceiling fans if I have an HRV?

...addition this summer with normal height ceilings and a new stairwell to the basement. Should I arrange for a ceiling fan in the older part with high ceilings or...

Posted by S McIntyre April 2, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

What's the difference between a slab on grade and a monolithic foundation?

I've been looking for a manufacturer of frost protected shallow foundation foam forms to get a quote for an addition in Michigan and keep reading about slab on...

Posted by Ronaldo Johnitas Dec. 10, 2019, 6:12 a.m. Slab on Grade 4 Responses

Is it common to insulate the Plumbing lines for modern buildings?

...addition project and opening up all walls, replacing plumbing lines. Contractor says no insulation is required for building plumbing lines. Only wall insulation...

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 1:49 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 2 Responses

We are looking to build a slab on grade, do we need radiant heat?

We are looking to build a slab on grade addition and were wondering wether it was necessary to install in floor radiant heat. We received a quote from Legalett...

Posted by Scott Self Sept. 21, 2020, 10:34 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 2 Responses

What is your opinion on filling block foundations with concrete?

...addition to repairing the grout. Thanks in advance Hi Nina, That's a structural question that we would be unable to answer unfortately, since a crack in a b...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:06 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Is it possible to reconcile installing a wood stove in a airtight, super-insulated house?

...addition to the aethstetics and comfort it would provide. However, the thought of punching a 2 sq ft uninsulated hole through the roof with a steel column run...

Posted by rick seward Dec. 23, 2018, 2:49 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses

I have many issues with my house where should I start?

...addition in 1973, a poured concrete basement and concrete block foundation addition. The basement is not insulated, the roof has very little insulation with ver...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is a thermal break solution at a door threshold?

...addition of 3.5" of EPS panels on the exterior. We will have a concrete slab floor. What is the best method to support very heavy sliding doors and eliminate ...

Posted by Shaun B Sept. 13, 2020, 6:31 a.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

What materials should I use for a small plumbing job?

...addition to my plumbing to incorporate a new bathroom, what materials should I use? The house has copper pipes but most of what I see happening now are plastic ...

Posted by H Davis Nov. 28, 2017, 1:30 p.m. Hot water 1 Responses

What's the best lumber for framing a house?

I'm planning on building an addition in spring on our cabin near Markleeville CA. Our local yard is proposing some rough sawn 6x2's as they reckon they're good...

Posted by Natalie Pierce Nov. 21, 2019, 8:26 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the ceiling of my crawl space?

I have a concrete floor in my crawl space under an addition (the rest of the house is on concrete slab). There is no ductwork, there is a sump pump, and the wa...

Posted by Judy Mendel Feb. 17, 2020, 11:10 p.m. Crawl spaces 4 Responses

Which is best between well water vs rain water harvesting?

...addition to comparing cost, are there drawbacks to either option. Like is there any issues with rain water harvesting during our frozen winters? As we age, is t...

Posted by dean c April 24, 2020, 4:40 p.m. Rainwater harvesting 1 Responses

What are the HRV or ERV options for 40-yr 2-storey 2000 sq ft home?

...addition to the returns and ducts for a electric-wood forced hot air system For a house of its age and depreciation, and our likely ten additional years owner...

Posted by T Newell July 17, 2020, 1:59 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace with dirt floor?

...addition on concrete piers which is also not insulated. Currently we have a pump bringing water from our lake. We close down the cottage for the winter and dr...

Posted by sal Bellicoso Oct. 30, 2019, 4:56 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

We want to build a solarium in Ontario, what do you think of heating it with a radiant floor and wood stove?

...addition of living space, but it will not add heat to your home. I’m just putting that out there because It is a common mistake thinking a solarium will heat a ...

Posted by Deanna Zavattin-Tortolo Feb. 18, 2020, 10:51 p.m. Greenhouses and Sunrooms / Solariums 1 Responses