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

Can these homes be built on screwpiles as an alternative to slab foundations?

...foundations, screw piles or slab on grade, so it really depends on the model. Currently we don’t have enough supply to meet demand, so wee are looking to expand...

Posted by Mark Pospisil July 28, 2020, 9:41 a.m. Architecture and plan design 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

Why does interior insulation cause a freeze/thaw cycle- cinder block foundation?

...foundations (or CMUs - concrete masonry units) are more at risk of cracking when insulated on the interior because they no longer have the interior heat to keep...

Posted by P Mci July 5, 2021, 11:17 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 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

What is the best way to build a slab foundation on a slope?

The grade on the building site drops 8 feet over 72 feet. Is it feasible and cost effective to build three slab foundations that step down in order to deal wit...

Posted by keri gelenian Nov. 23, 2020, 6:32 p.m. Foundation choices 2 Responses

How do I close the gap from the exterior cladding overhang to the foundation?

...foundations. hopefully ive explained my problem correctly

Posted by derek hill April 2, 2021, 1:05 p.m. Exterior cladding 0 Responses

What is the best way to do exterior foundation styrofoam finishing?

...foundations. I saw a reputable company do some parging over a mesh on the styrofoam and two years later it was all flaking off from the frost. The only one I ...

Posted by Castor River Farm Jan. 31, 2021, 12:56 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 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

What are the foundation options for a prefab house?

...foundations, elevated foundation to manage slope, access to utilities and low cost. Cons are insulation challenges under the skid and enclosing requirements und...

Posted by Richard Bowie Nov. 20, 2020, 3:40 p.m. Foundations and Basements 2 Responses

What experience do you have with techno piles?

They seem to have many ecological strong points - once one has decided not to go the basement route. What in floor heating system - if any - would you recommen...

Posted by Rob DesBaillets Aug. 26, 2021, 8:49 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 0 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

What is the best way to insulate a concrete block house?

...foundations in general are best insulated from the exterior to keep them warm, but it doesn’t sound like that is your plan. You need to be careful when insulati...

Posted by kent wardecke Oct. 17, 2020, 11 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

How do you create a slab on grade on a slope?

...foundations were you considering to date? Do you have plans drawn up yet? A soil engineer involved? If you can answer me those points I will have some ideas...

Posted by Adrienne Rayna June 30, 2020, 3:58 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 3 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

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 9 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