Finishing / Discussions

Is polyiso board or styrofoam best for insulating when finishing a basement in CO?

We have a concrete basement in decent condition that's about 20 years old in Boulder CO and having had mitigation installed for high radon levels we now want t...

Posted by Evan B. Nov. 21, 2019, 8 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Can you use Foam boards on basement walls to stop condensation?

...finishing my basement and my basement exterior walls are fully framed about 2” away from the concrete. They have mineral wool in between the stud bays but not a...

Posted by Chad Johnson Dec. 21, 2019, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What is the best way to finish a concrete floor?

...finishing concrete floors with Silicate densifiers for more details.

Posted by Steven P. Aug. 17, 2017, 3:04 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Where can I find formaldehyde free cabinets that aren't plywood?

...finishing oils off-gas natural VOCs, and even that can be a concern for people with chemical sensitivities. I apologize. I want plywood cabinets. I meant t...

Posted by Camille Young Dec. 3, 2019, 7:56 p.m. Kitchens 3 Responses

How do you prevent mold in a finished basement?

We had a water leak in our basement earlier this year and when the contractors started pulling off damaged drywall we were disgusted to find that our basement ...

Posted by Brian Cole Nov. 22, 2019, 10:22 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Can you help me choose between a slab on grade and pressure treated wood foundation?

...finishing materials to ensure healthy indoor air quality. Below are a few pages to read over, and again, please explain a bit better what you are being told abo...

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

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

It's a fairly new house (about a year old). The concrete basement foundation walls are framed (wood), insulated, sealed with a plastic vapor barrier, but not d...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

We recently moved into a 15 year old home and have a smell coming from the basement. We had a mold inspector test and look everywhere and found no issues. We t...

Posted by Aaron Keating July 27, 2019, 4:51 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How do you finish the exterior of slab on grade?

...finishing-the-exterior-of-a-slab-on-grade-floor/ As a point of interest, earlier this week we just broke ground on our next demonstration house that will have...

Posted by Dave Derouin Oct. 18, 2018, 1:45 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you build a mold-free basement in a new construction house?

...finishing basements We can help you choose the best way forward from this point, but we will need more information, so here are some questions - Where are y...

Posted by Charmaine Herzig Feb. 10, 2020, 7:32 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Where can I purchase non-toxic interior wall panels near Laval, Quebec?

...finishing materials there are a few ways you could go about it, like raw wood , wood with natural finishing oil , synthetic drywall with low-dust drywall compou...

Posted by Louise Goulet Nov. 30, 2019, 1:14 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the basement of an old house?

...finishing the floor afterwards, yes you can, but I’m wondering if you’re in a high-risk area for radon gas, and are you considering a radon barrier ? If so, the...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Jan. 14, 2020, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you apply vapor barrier and insulation to a CMU house?

...finishing basements , that’s one of our building guide pages that will help you pick a method. Read those over and get back to us, we can for sure set you up. S...

Posted by Scott Brekke Nov. 22, 2019, 9:37 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Does using T & G wood plank instead of drywall affect where we put the vapor & air barrier?

...finishing coat of veneer would likely be quite impermeable as a vapour barrier as well, but since it would be sandwiched together with a normal 6 mil poly vapou...

Posted by Sue Colbourne Nov. 9, 2019, 6:16 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

I'm trying to insulate Rim joists /cripple walls in basements have read about three methods using EPS & batt with slightly different orders. Plan to insulate c...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Do you have suggestion for non-toxic closet design company, or materials?

...finishing on our new Demonstration house in Wakefield QC with a formaldehyde-free UV treated plywood called PureBond from Columbia forest production, try that o...

Posted by Nicole Lucas Haimes Oct. 11, 2019, 10:51 p.m. Materials and resources 1 Responses

How do you know when its time to replace windows?

...finishing and trim inside the house and out. Now figure how much energy will you save with new windows compared to your existing ones. Except with very old an...

Posted by Ted Dec. 11, 2017, 12:50 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What do I in my basement where new insulation meets old?

I’m insulating my basement with 2” of EPS against poured concrete foundation, then framing a 2x4 wall, then adding Rockwool. Unfortunately, due to some areas, ...

Posted by Steve J July 20, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses