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 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 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

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 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

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

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 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

Where do you install a weeping tile with a high water table?

The plans on my new house call for my footings to be 18 inches below the level of my basement floor. High water table and the engineer wanted the footings on u...

Posted by Alex Kesheshian June 11, 2020, 11:54 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 prefab slab-on-grade ...

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

How do you fix radon and water infiltration in a dry stone foundation?

...foundations from the inside can be risky, I’d talk to a local professional about that and get it inspected first. Stone and mortar foundations are much weaker t...

Posted by john flannery July 14, 2020, 4:24 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 5 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 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

How do you prevent moisture from getting into a basement footing?

Hi this article about Mold in basements didn't mention anything about footing protection. What is your suggestion about preventing moisture from getting into...

Posted by Frank Liu June 24, 2020, 9:58 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

What is the best type of radiant floor heating for a garage?

...foundations , powered either by electricity or gas. Radiant heat is a very comfortable heat, so as you choose the more affordable fuel source and the system is ...

Posted by J.F. March 24, 2017, 11:14 a.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses