Basement construction / Discussions

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 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

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

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

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

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...Basement; Which is Best? Part of the problem with calculating the cost difference between a basement and slab on grade is comparing them accurately. The numbe...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 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

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

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

Does insulating a slab on grade make the building less stable?

I want to build a 24 x 26 garage. I would like to do a slab on grade for the obvious savings of not pouring the 4' frost wall and wante to do infloor heating. ...

Posted by Nicolas Jalbert May 28, 2018, 4:56 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can hydronic radiant heating be a complete heating solution for a home?

...basement you’ll need some heat down there. We have it ingrained in our heads that ‘heat rises’, which is, in a word, wrong. ‘Warm air’ rises, but heat goes in...

Posted by Jeremy Peters Dec. 16, 2019, 1:13 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 3 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

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