Bungalow / Discussions

Which exterior insulation is best to create at thermal break in an bungalow in Alberta?

...bungalow. We have a fully insulated (with spray foam) basement up to the rim joists. This space is now wonderful to live in. However, at -40, we experience ...

Posted by Rebekah Barnes Jan. 17, 2020, 10:07 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

I have many issues with my house where should I start?

My house was built in the Late 1940 - early 1950's, it is a farm buglalow with an addition in 1973, a poured concrete basement and concrete block foundation ad...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Which is the best basement insulation?

...bungalow in Ontario. Basement will have 9' ceilings, 5 ' concrete wall and 4' knee wall built with 2x6 and batt insulation r22. Should I run rigid insulation in...

Posted by Alex Kesheshian April 23, 2020, 12:29 a.m. Basements 1 Responses

What type of insulation should I put on the exterior of my new home?

...bungalow in Ontario. 2x6 framed walls with r22 batt insulation and vapour barrier on the inside and just house wrap on the outside was what the original plans c...

Posted by Alex Kesheshian April 23, 2020, 12:22 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

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

...bungalow on slab in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. To date I've only seen the standard real estate photos. I will be viewing it for the first time on Saturday, Nov. ...

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

How do you build an air heated concrete slab?

...bungalow in a moderate climate. Temperatures range from about 30 to 65 in the winter and about 45 to 75 in the summer. The house will be south facing with lots ...

Posted by Matt Wisniewski Dec. 27, 2020, 6:27 p.m. Passive solar home design 0 Responses

For home renovation, is it better to install insulation on the inside or outside?

...bungalow. the interior walls are a very thick plaster board (maybe 1" or more thick). I want to take the walls down to the studs and insulate. There is family d...

Posted by Neil Richardson Jan. 29, 2019, 4:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you spray foam a house from the outside?

...bungalow with a second storey added in 1988. We are replacing the vinyl siding with Hardie Board, and want to improve the insulation at the same time. Right now...

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Can you jack up a cottage and build a slab on grade underneath it?

...bungalow humid in all seasons. THis mostly due to the house being directly next to a hill. I've looked at your radiant air heating solution and was wondering ...

Posted by William Rae June 6, 2021, 12:23 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Do I need a standard 6 mil poly vapor barrier with dense cellulose exterior wall?

...bungalow in masachusetts with no existing wall insulation. I've opened the wall cavity and plan to use a dense pack cellulose to achieve R-14. The exterior wall...

Posted by jeff Chormann May 1, 2020, 9:18 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

Can a solar thermal air system be coupled to an HRV for heating incoming fresh air?

...bungalow on our lot in 2009, it is 28' x 42'. It and has an existing Fantech HRV system to provide fresh air and minimize heat loss of the exhausting air to pre...

Posted by Brian Billings March 21, 2019, 2:53 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

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

...bungalow and the basement is always humid and the dehumidifier runs constantly. It also costs a fortune to heat. I was advised to insulate the top portion of th...

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

Why is there mold on particle board outside vapor barrier on new addition?

...bungalow 3 years ago. In the second summer the second floor bedrooms start to have a musty smell, particular smell coming through outlets. We cut a square into ...

Posted by Christine ML June 7, 2020, 1:35 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is your recommendation for an air source heat pump?

...bungalow with 2 x 6 walls with spray foamed 9' walls, vaulted southern kitchen and living room with passive solar window design and 6' overhang on south& west w...

Posted by Martin Dandeneau July 9, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

Is spray foam a good way to insulate a house from the exterior?

...bungalow. In addition, i dont expect our interior drywall forms a very great air barrier either - we have the usual holes from outlets etc but we have a lot o...

Posted by Simon Levitt Dec. 21, 2020, 2:14 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Should I insulate my basement ceiling?

...bungalow is around Toronto, and is a little over 100 years old with block walls in the basement. we recently learned our basement wasnt insulated properly, and ...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:23 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How well do Legalett slab on grade floor forms work?

...bungalow of ~ 2000 sq ft with a 3 car attached garage. Based on the promotional material, the Legalett system seems like a good choice to avoid sump pump and op...

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

Should I replace my geothermal system with a gas boiler?

...bungalow located on acreage just east of Edmonton. The house was built in 2007 and received the Green Vision Award for Alberta that year. Features include ICF w...

Posted by Lawrence Brusnyk Oct. 31, 2018, 8:07 p.m. Heat pumps, geothermal and AC 1 Responses