Basement construction / Discussions

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 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

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

Should you seal all rods and penetrations for a radon barrier?

...basement walls? Yes, to reduce radon levels in homes and have an effective radon barrier, you would need to seal all holes protruding through the radon barrier ...

Posted by D H Dec. 25, 2020, 9:08 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Can you replace an old slab foundation with an air heated slab?

...construction, though you could raise a house and build a basement with one. So – on the off chance you have a crawlspace and called it a slabby accident then ...

Posted by Mike Molloy Nov. 7, 2019, 8:44 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What do you think about SIP framing system?

...basement foundation And remember that bigger isn’t always better. A bigger house costs more to design, more to build, more to heat and more to cool. So my fir...

Posted by Nadia Mehan July 24, 2020, 3:29 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

How do insulate a basement slab that is sloped ?

Hi everyone ! I have a 30x30 basement that I want to finish (on a budget). We live in zone 5a and the house was build in 1950. Normally I would've covered th...

Posted by Louis-François Lapointe Nov. 11, 2020, 10:34 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Is there a concrete admixture to prevent water leaks?

...basement, as in - is it finished or unfinished, are there leaks, mold, mildew etc. I'm just a bit stumped between 'concrete wicking moisture' and 'water leaks'....

Posted by Frank Liu July 4, 2020, 6:03 p.m. Waterproofing and drainage 2 Responses

Should I install a poly moisture barrier before the rigid foam board against a basement wall?

...basement construction and repairs such as this, the smart membrane is if anything a way to get inspectors to sign off on your work. Because it is laid out in ...

Posted by DONandCATHY Crenna Dec. 14, 2020, 2:21 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How much does it cost to build a house by square foot?

...Basements are expensive: It is cheaper to build two stories above ground than one above and one below. Depending on the lot size and how much living space you n...

Posted by Mike D Sept. 5, 2017, 4:12 p.m. Concept and design 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

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

Where would I go for guidance on structural design of footings that sit on top of high-density insulation?

I'm not concerned with the compression issue, but rather how the lateral (shear) loads get transferred from the concrete footing into the soil, via the insulat...

Posted by Douglas Bennion July 31, 2019, 4:34 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...construction strategies that I've read about, and I put what seem more "high-yield" at the top of the list, and the lower yield stuff at the bottom. I'd love to...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

Does slab on grade need to have in floor heating?

...basement concrete floor, will feel cooler to the touch than wood or other flooring materials, due to the conductivity of concrete . This is a simple fact of phy...

Posted by Lauren Panzani Nov. 13, 2020, 11:06 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

How do you build a house ready for climate change?

...construction That second link is a great example of how to future proof homes against some of the concerns you mention, it comes from design features we appli...

Posted by Mike Joyce May 6, 2021, 8:47 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What is the best way to do exterior foundation styrofoam finishing?

...basement foundation has exterior rigid EPS foam panels , and to finish it I attached a diamond lath to the foam with roofing nails to hold the parging, and did ...

Posted by Castor River Farm Jan. 31, 2021, 12:56 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses