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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

Which insulation should I use under my cottage?

my cottage is over a dirt floor, the foundation walls all in 2x6 and plywood, what type of insulation can i use on walls . and to point out the walls are sitti...

Posted by denis maurier May 3, 2021, 11:14 a.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

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

...cottage a bit to level it. Your cottage would need to lifted high enough that you can at least get a Bobcat under there to level it, add clean crushed stone a...

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

Should you insulate an A-frame cottage with cathedral ceiling from the exterior or interior?

We have a 20'x30' Aframe cottage that we have started a reno on. We have removed the panelling inside and the outside boards are visible and in great shape. Sh...

Posted by J Genereaux Oct. 26, 2020, 10:38 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to do a cottage reno adding an insulation blanket?

...cottage to 4 season. The current wall is drywall with poly vapour barrier, 2x4" framing with fiberglass. The sheathing was 7/16 asphalt sheathing with an exteri...

Posted by Barton Rowe Feb. 28, 2021, 1:27 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 2 Responses

Should I use vapour barrier on ceiling of three season cottage?

...cottage I would definitely include a vapour barrier. It will also act as an air barrier if you tape it well, so it will be more efficient and not feel as drafty...

Posted by Erica Pennell Sept. 14, 2021, 7:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Which is the best exterior insulation board to make a cottage 3 season?

Hello, our house built in 1920 untouched save for a simple kitchen. It's walls are toung and groove pine. No heat no insulation just the wainscotting walls. Th...

Posted by Sharon Challingsworth April 23, 2021, 7:16 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 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

What is the best way to insulate a crawl space?

...cottage itself has been well sealed, the floor joists on one 1/2 of the cottage has R12 between the Joists, the other 1/2 looks like it has ceiling tiles betwee...

Posted by Murray Kipp Sept. 17, 2021, 7:35 a.m. Crawl spaces 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

What is the best indoor lighting solution for a single story cathedral ceiling?

We were originally looking at recessed 4-in LEDs lighting across the cathedral ceiling (single story cottage in Quebec with insulated R60 roof), but now concer...

Posted by Marc-Andre Roy June 1, 2021, 8:39 p.m. Lighting 1 Responses

Do I need a vapour barrier in Ontario?

...cottage in Ontario. Some walls are being stripped to the studs and getting insulated with Roxul R14, some walls are not. I plan on adding house wrap and insulat...

Posted by Gordon Harold April 22, 2021, 9:28 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 0 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 2 Responses

What experience do you have with techno piles?

...cottage in the Bas St- Laurent. thanks, Rob Techno piles, helical piles or screw piles can be a good option in some cases, particularly where there are extrem...

Posted by Rob DesBaillets Aug. 26, 2021, 8:49 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

Do I need to spray foam the ceiling of my crawl space to help winterize it?

I have a 600 sq foot cottage and would like to winterize the crawl space. Every winter I have the water turned off to keep the pipes from freezing. The crawlsp...

Posted by Sheilagh Thompson Jan. 21, 2021, 1:48 p.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