Basement / Discussions

What is the best type of home heating system?

...basement and pellet stove on the main floor. The house is not very big, 1600 sqft with a basement. All our living space is on the main level. We have been loo...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

What Should You Look For When Buying a Slab on Grade Home?

...Basement; Which is Best? Reading that page will give you a better idea of what to look for in a slab. And the first question in my mind would be if it was hea...

Posted by Mike Molloy Nov. 6, 2019, 7:29 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can my shallow crawl space be converted to a slab foundation?

...basement found water at about 42" below ground level. These constraints seem to have ruled out a lot of possibilities. Would it be realistic to look at converti...

Posted by Sian O'Keefe Aug. 15, 2020, 12:52 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 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

How do you insulate a crawlspace with dirt floor?

...basement or crawlspace you are at risk of radon gas contamination , so venting is good for now but I would think of a longer term solution. The whole Ottawa Val...

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

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...basement. Southern Ontario and we have full unobstructed southern sun exposure. Do you have any other tips to consider? Thanks for any input in advance. Col...

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What is the best foam board insulation under drywall?

I live in Climate Zone 6 in a low humidity, cold, and snowy environment. Heating only no cooling. Currently have T1-11 siding, tar paper, R13 FB insulation, an...

Posted by Wesley Pracht Jan. 11, 2020, 8:10 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What are the options for adding Exterior Roof Insulation?

...basement) 2x6 framed with vaulted ceilings (standard scissor trusses). It was built in the mid 1990s to the R-2000 standard. I am looking to take it to a passiv...

Posted by Marlo Raynolds Aug. 29, 2020, 9:19 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

I'm building a home up north in Parry Sound, Ontario next year. I'd like a slab foundation raised three feet above the ground level. I'd like to have a wrap ar...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 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 help me choose between a slab on grade and pressure treated wood foundation?

...basement, PWF or concrete, so I'm not sure where you're being advised to mix a PWF and a slab on grade, or how to even do that. A slab on grade floor consists o...

Posted by Margot Simonot May 20, 2019, midnight Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can you use spray foam Insulation under a slab?

...basement rim joists or to create a radon barrier in a crawl space it’s a great choice, but in most other applications, and certainly with a slab on grade there ...

Posted by Linda Martin April 6, 2020, 11:54 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best underfloor insulation type for radiant floor heat?

...basement ? And is it heated or unheated below? And is it insulated below? We aren’t too familiar with existing building practices in Ireland unfortunately so we...

Posted by David Irwin July 12, 2020, 6:48 a.m. Heating and cooling 1 Responses

Could we use a raft slab with ICF walls on a sloped site?

...basement on problem soils A raft slab is engineered to spread the weight of the building evenly over the entire surface of the slab, so there is no footings n...

Posted by Paul Fischer Sept. 15, 2020, 2:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best heating and cooling system for a slab on grade home?

...basement that will rot inside a decade, but certainly with a well built and insulated basement since that’s more expensive to do than the way almost all homes a...

Posted by Matthew Gioia July 7, 2020, 11:03 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

What should I look for if I want to buy a slab on grade house?

...basement.

Posted by terry northcott March 25, 2019, 11:02 a.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