House budget / Discussions

How can I build a Passive House in Boston on a budget?

...house in Boston on a tight budget? Local builders here are too expensive. Thank you We can’t help you find local builders, but some of our prefab kit houses are...

Posted by Sharon kuong March 31, 2021, 1:33 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

How much does it cost to build a house by square foot?

...house building budget Tips for a successful renovation or house build And here is a short list of things that affect building cost - 1– Corners are expe...

Posted by Mike D Sept. 5, 2017, 4:12 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What do we look for when buying land and coming up with a house building budget?

...house and creating a house building budget, here are two pages on exactly that topic– How to create a house building budget and stay within it Important tip...

Posted by stephanie p July 3, 2021, 8:48 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

Are Insulated Concrete Forms and Gigacrete panels good?

...house to passive house standards and keep it to a relatively small budget. I stumbled upon ICFs and Gigacrete while researching building materials, but haven't ...

Posted by Dallin Sumpter Feb. 21, 2019, 2:46 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 5 Responses

Building a Honka log “pretty good house” planning - thoughts on hvac, ventilation and roof

...budget. Any alternatives? At approx 1200sf I'm hoping the roof budget to be as low as possible / below 20k. I'm also trying to understand how any of this can ...

Posted by Klemen Novak June 28, 2020, 1:55 a.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

Looking to build a small home as eco as possible, where do we start?

We are looking to build an approximately 30x30 small 2 story single pitch home, with a budget of approx $200,000 in Edelweiss, QC - where do we start? We are...

Posted by Jennifer Bisson July 12, 2019, 12:12 p.m. Planning and Design 2 Responses

What is the best insulation for a small energy neutral home project?

At the moment I'm designing a small house that I hope to be able to be able to live in all year round, with zero bills so I'm using wind, hydro and solar for e...

Posted by Dan Gull Nov. 11, 2019, 6:40 a.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

How do insulate a basement slab that is sloped ?

...budget). We live in zone 5a and the house was build in 1950. Normally I would've covered the slab with dimple membrane, 2" XPS and osb/plywood achored with tapc...

Posted by Louis-François Lapointe Nov. 11, 2020, 10:34 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the optimal setup for mechanical systems for slab on grade?

...house wide plenum for the ERV alone? And if that's the case, would it be more efficient to hook the heat pump in to the ducting, rather than a wall mounted unit...

Posted by Dave Nuttall July 6, 2019, 9:42 a.m. Mechanical systems 1 Responses

What is the best way to reduce humidity in a basement?

...budget, and have next to no headroom.) I appreciate there's no perfect solution - but I wondered whether we would be better getting a continuous drain dehumid...

Posted by Robert J. Pierson Oct. 17, 2019, 10:45 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

How do we find a designer for our new build?

...budget – including septic, well, driveway, electrical. Land already purchased, so not incldued in 235k. Below was the start of our dreaming. We've refined to ...

Posted by Tim Blais Feb. 15, 2021, 8:40 p.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 1 Responses

How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

...Budget How to Stay on Budget When Building a Home And for general design ideas, I’d say you are better off starting with a slab on grade and not a basement ...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

I have many issues with my house where should I start?

...house, then insulate the outside basement wall, to the roof, then re-side the house, and insulate roof. Or insulate inside basement walls, and insulate the roof...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to renovate and make a self sustaining eco friendly family house?

...house in Thorne Quebec. I would like to renovate the house to its maximum potential including solar panels to be the most energy efficient and eco friendly hous...

Posted by Emmanuel Sylvestre Aug. 31, 2020, 8:15 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

I want a 2 bedroom prefab house on land in Towson. How much?

...budget is 100,000 Prefab kit houses can come with various levels of completion, allowing you to have a completed house or do some of the work yourself. 100 K is...

Posted by Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe March 12, 2021, 6:02 p.m. Architecture and plan design 3 Responses

What is your experience and thoughts on pre-fab wall assemblies?

...houses for sure, especially those that meet LEED or Passive house performance levels . As for the one that you mentioned, nothing stands out as being particul...

Posted by Shaun B Nov. 12, 2019, 4:16 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

What are the HRV or ERV options for 40-yr 2-storey 2000 sq ft home?

...house of its age and depreciation, and our likely ten additional years ownership, the investment of $4000 is too high The street wise contractors say, just op...

Posted by T Newell July 17, 2020, 1:59 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...house while the super insulated house cost more per month due to the added up front building cost. I'd like to aim for the better built house with instant payba...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses