Foundations / Discussions

Are slab on grade foundations cheaper than a basement?

My question is, when taking square footage into account, is it cheaper to build a basement for my new home or would it be cheaper to build a slab on grade and ...

Posted by Jason Nov. 21, 2019, 4:12 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

What is your opinion on filling block foundations with concrete?

Our house is a little over 100 years old, with a cinderblock foundation walls in the basement. We’ve got a minor crack in the grout, and we were advised to fil...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:06 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

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

...foundations. Is this a cause for concern for moisture, air sealing, and different vapour methods and insulation types? (Old Poly vapour sheet and fibreglass i...

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

Can you install tubing under a slab on grade foundation to extract heat in winter?

...foundations as well as ground loops for HRVs and ERVs, can be a an easy way to harness the heat of the ground without needing to do any additional excavation. I...

Posted by Jennifer Cole Aug. 28, 2019, 11:34 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Slab on Grade for House in Grand Rapids MI - Can I get Prefab form kits & Assistance easily?

I am preparing to build a house in Grand Rapids MI and believe a slab on grade foundation is best suited. do you work here or can you supply a kit and assistan...

Posted by Greg Hooks Nov. 20, 2019, 3:35 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

We have a self-adhesive membrane on the outside wall of our foundation but the water enters through the joint between the walls and the floor. How can I waterp...

Posted by Kurt Brenner Nov. 14, 2017, 9:47 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How does a Passive House handle floods?

How would a “passive” or airtight house fare in a flood incident, either from inside (burst water tank) or from outside (like New Brunswick’s spring floods)? ...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

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

I'm considering purchasing a 48 yrs. old (1972) bungalow on slab in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. To date I've only seen the standard real estate photos. I will be...

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

Should I install basement drain tile vents?

...foundations wal, trenching down 8 inches, installing a drain tile along the footer that runs to a sump, re-concreting the floor over the drain tile with plastic...

Posted by gary taube Dec. 11, 2019, 10:14 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

What insulation should I put on basement block walls that is resistant to mold?

...foundations aren’t as solid as poured concrete , so you need to be a bit careful about insulating them from the inside, because if the wall has never been insul...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Where would I go for guidance on structural design of footings that sit on top of high-density insulation?

...foundations are out of our competence range which is why on the home we're currently building on poor expansive clay soils in Wakefield, QC, we entrusted Legale...

Posted by Douglas Bennion July 31, 2019, 4:34 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

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

...foundations ), are trickier to fix than poured concrete foundations . They are not nearly as strong since it is only the mortar between blocks that holds them t...

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

Can you help me decide between a foundation, slab on grade and crawlspace?

...Foundations Better - which is Better for Cost and Durability? The downside of a slab is that all your plumbing is embedded in concrete so it’s not conducive t...

Posted by David Davenport Nov. 26, 2018, 12:57 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

What is your opinion about building a garage on posts (screw piles)?

I’m planning to build a 20x24 workshop / garage, and I’m wondering the cheapest as well as best way to do it. Is there any reason not to build it on posts? It ...

Posted by Les P Dec. 11, 2017, 2:21 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Should I insulate my basement ceiling?

...foundations are best insulated from the outside so they stay warm. So, my suggestion would be to have it inspected by a qualified professional before deciding...

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

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

...foundations and we can probably help you. We are in the process of building another demonstration house in Wakefield, Quebec, it is from a slab-on-grade kit . T...

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

Why do you say building on a slab is more ecological than starting with a basement?

I watched a presentation by Emmanuel Cosgrove of Ecohome who said that a house built on an insulated slab floor was much more ecological and more affordable th...

Posted by Geri P Dec. 11, 2017, 11:45 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

Our buider tells us that building a full basement is much cheaper that a "slab on grade" with a four foot frost barrier at the perimeter. We don't understand h...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses