Basement construction / Discussions

Does the basement construction information on this website apply to the climates in Canada?

...basements: how to insulate your basement properly Preventing mold when you insulate your basement How much insulation does a basement need? Stop Basements...

Posted by BIG FOOT Nov. 17, 2020, 9:34 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you build a mold-free basement in a new construction house?

...basement wall cannot dry to the outside. This page will help you understand why mold forms in basements and how to avoid it – Basement renovations: How to pre...

Posted by Charmaine Herzig Feb. 10, 2020, 7:32 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...construction, the builder didn't immediately seal around the basement windows before he installed the insulation in the basement. Subsequently it probably raine...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 17 Responses

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

...construction of our new house shortly, with the basement it will be 3 stories, we will have hot water radiant floor heating on all three levels as our main heat...

Posted by Colleen Blak Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

...basement wall construction is poured concrete foundation, then a full-home perimeter cripple wall, and then joist that sit atop of it on a double wood sill. (no...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How well do Legalett slab on grades work?

...basement? What I mean here relates to the part above the foundation; i.e. the main house and garage construction. 8) Are there any homeowners we can speak to,...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Are slab on grade foundations cheaper than a basement?

...basements properly is more expensive than the way most basements are built (ie: doomed to fail) so the problem off the bat is that most basement advocates are b...

Posted by Jason Nov. 21, 2019, 4:12 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

What type of green flooring is best for a basement floor?

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Posted by Jeff Krohn Sept. 15, 2019, 5:52 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Why do you say building on a slab is more ecological than starting with a basement?

...Basements are certainly useful, but from an environmental point of view, the benefits of slab-on-grade construction over a basement are undeniable, you can read...

Posted by Geri P Dec. 11, 2017, 11:45 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How do you choose between a basement or slab on grade?

...basement thoroughly insulated with no thermal bridging and a reduced chance of mold forming compared to standard basement construction methods.

Posted by A. Delmas May 21, 2020, 8:59 p.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

Can you Insulate a cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...basements. Basements and basement walls work differently in summer and winter than walls exposed to air . Basement walls are always cold but touching earth ...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

What is the best way to insulate my basement?

...basements properly to avoid mold, heat loss and water infiltration , see this page here - Best practices for basement construction - new home or renovations ...

Posted by Chris Rogers Oct. 27, 2019, 11:23 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What insulation should I put on basement block walls that is resistant to mold?

Concrete block basement wall. Moisture issue in spring ( and I suspect fall). We get a lot of people asking about the best way to insulate a cinder block (CMU)...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...basement that has poor drainage and no sump pump and find your basement ruined by a minor flood, but if you built a slab on grade house a foot above the surroun...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...basement, what are the implications of having half of the footprint as a slab, and half basement? Thanks Shaun That is a common question, and a hot topic ...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

My basement is smelly and humid, what can I do about that?

...basement renovations for more information, and Best pratices for basement construction . Hi, I am reading everything about basements on your site and this answe...

Posted by Jeff O. Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

Can basement walls to dry to the inside with foam board?

...basement foundation walls. From all of my reading it says that your basement foundation walls can only dry to the inside. If I put foamboard on the concrete and...

Posted by Tim Hanrahan Aug. 20, 2020, 12:34 a.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

...basement , and to build the slab yourself if you can. It will likely be cheaper than a (properly built*) full basement foundation, and a polished concrete floor...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses