Cottage / Discussions

How do you Insulate a 3 season cottage?

...cottage from inside or the outside? And what kind of insulation is better? The inside of the cottage right now has no finished walls From what you describe, I w...

Posted by Terry Skindilias April 23, 2019, 9:27 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

How do you insulate a cottage crawlspace and install radiant floor heat?

...cottage. Currently it is off the ground at various heights, from 6" to 3 ft. Supported by cement blocks at various locations under the cottage and some around i...

Posted by Todd hall June 28, 2020, 8:36 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How do you insulate a cottage crawlspace? It's in the Haliburton Highlands

...cottage contribute to moisture inside cottage? We would like to reduce moisture and keep the cottage as warm as possible because we are living here part-time th...

Posted by Beata Domanska May 25, 2020, 11:38 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Should a Vapor Barrier be installed over Exterior Grade Plywood?

...cottage with 1" x 2" and filling the gaps with 1" of Rigid Foam insulation. In the future I may add A/C to the cottage. Do you believe a Vapor Barrier to be nec...

Posted by Michael Klauck March 6, 2020, 1:24 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

Is there a safe MDF? formaldehyde & anti-fungicide free, etc? Or a green sealant?

...cottage I'm constructing. It also saves wall prep , texturing, layers of painting, dust and all the labor involved. There is one non-toxic MDF alternative we kn...

Posted by Elize St Charles May 23, 2020, 10:52 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

How do you insulate a crawlspace with dirt floor?

...cottage with a crawl space near Halliburton, Ontario,Canada. It has a solid block perimeter but has a dirt floor. Also, there is a very large rock under the cot...

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

How do you insulate a crawlspace?

...cottage, it has a 20 'X 20' crawlspace with floor joists at about 24" on center. I put 6 mm polythene on the ground and put fiberglass insulation between the jo...

Posted by Drew Weistend Nov. 14, 2017, 9:22 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What is the best septic system if we plan on using the hydraloop

...cottage and possibly, with the approval of the township, several other 3 bedroom cottages. We plan on installing Hydraloops in all the cottages. We would like...

Posted by Genevieve Brunet Sept. 9, 2020, 9:16 p.m. Greywater Recycling 2 Responses

What is your recommendation for an air source heat pump?

...cottage style 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...

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

Halo Exterra rigid exterior insulation - has anyone work with it?

...cottage build in 1927 which I now live in year round. there plus R40 in attic and heat crawl space below. The walls are wood chips and some fiberglass where wal...

Posted by George Shannon Jan. 21, 2020, 3:39 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

Do we have the option to build to meet the reqs. of the Living Building Challenge?

...cottage roughly 2.5 hrs from Toronto. Cost is a huge factor so it'll be great if I can undersand what's the estimated cost per square foot of a passive, LEED ho...

Posted by Lydia Singh Jan. 8, 2020, 1:30 a.m. Green building certifications 4 Responses

What is better for a small slab on grade foundation: water (glycol) or electrical radiant heat?

...cottage will be close to Morin-Height, Quebec - so climate zone 6 I believe I will look at the Legalett option. It would be interesting to learn the benefits ...

Posted by Mark Dixon July 7, 2020, 2:56 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 3 Responses

Is it a good or bad idea to spray foam directly on the interior of shiplap siding?

...cottage with open stud walls so you see the back of the siding from inside the house. But the short story is – walls need to be able to dry, and I don’t see how...

Posted by MITCHELL KOCH Aug. 21, 2020, 3:49 p.m. Exterior cladding 1 Responses