Basement construction / Discussions

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 2 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

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

...basement and avoid mold Best practices for basement construction Sewage backup valve Storm water management

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

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...construction with 14 inches of seamless insulation on the exterior and 12 inches below the slab. Note where the doorway is in the front of the image - that is a...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 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

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...construction workers to check out your website. (They all think I'm crazy and don't believe that you can feesably make an 'eco home' in our part of the world) a...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 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 2 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

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

...basement Removing radon gas from basements How to insulate a crawlspace How much insulation does a basement need? Thank you so much Mike. I am in Vermon...

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

Can you use Foam boards on basement walls to stop condensation?

...basement construction techniques that you may wish to employ so you have a durable and mold-free basement wall, this page will help – How to fix and prevent m...

Posted by Chad Johnson Dec. 21, 2019, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 3 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, I will expla...

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

How do you design and build a 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

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...basement ' particularly when people are doing basement renovations and energy efficient upgrades . The honest question, is there simply is no single 'best way' ...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

Can you help me decide between a foundation, slab on grade and crawlspace?

...basement. I live near a river, so maybe I'm wrong, but a basement seems like it's gonna be a constant worry, and my parents have expensive issues with needing r...

Posted by David Davenport Nov. 26, 2018, 12:57 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses