House framing / Discussions

What's the best lumber for framing a house?

...framing and they suggested framing a house with rough sawn lumber ? How big is this lumber yard? Clearly you weren’t at Lowes or Home Depot , but was this someo...

Posted by Natalie Pierce Nov. 21, 2019, 8:26 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...framing, not directly onto the concrete wall so the house can breath. What is the right course of action? Thank you Can you please explain a bit better what the...

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 14 Responses

How do you prevent mold in a finished basement?

...framing was rotten in multiple areas and the insulation was full of mold behind the vapor barrier. The scariest part is that our house was only built in 2007! ...

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

Which type of exterior insulation to use on a house?

...house: Its' in Northern Ontario , Canada. Atikokan to be specific. The house has a brick front (which I won't be adding insulation to) the other 3 sides a...

Posted by Trevor Marshand May 26, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How should I install XPS insulation in a basement?

...house is 40+ years old and the sill plate and rim joist look great with no signs of rot, but that is probably because the basement is unfinished and any moistur...

Posted by Ken Hunold Dec. 27, 2020, 7:22 p.m. Basements improvements 0 Responses

In your Edelweiss house you use 2x6 studs. Why not use 2x4 studs and add 2" rigid on the inside?

...house are fully filled with 2x6s, and would have been much thicker if the structure were made out of 2x4s. Designs with higher levels of glazings are often 2x6 ...

Posted by Tom Wagar Aug. 25, 2019, 3:40 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What do you think about SIP framing system?

...house costs more to design, more to build, more to heat and more to cool. So my first tip would be to build the size of house you want to live in. As for struct...

Posted by Nadia Mehan July 24, 2020, 3:29 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 2 Responses

Can you run plumbing in exterior walls?

...framing that is part of the exterior wall? Does this go against the plumbing code or do I have enough insulation with the 2” of eps (and some of the mineral w...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 22, 2021, 10:28 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

What type of framing is best to reduce CO2 emissions in a single family home?

When designing a single family home in Canada, what is the best type of framing to use in order to reduce carbon emissions/ embodied energy/ wasted material? I...

Posted by Rachel Rodd Sept. 28, 2020, 3:04 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

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

...house but on the lower end of the cost scale, check out our Edelweiss House for inspiration. It is a 1,450 square foot LEED Platinum house we built in 2015 for ...

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

How do you seal windows from the exterior for water and air but not create a vapor seal?

...House videos. If you did then you know we tried two approaches, backer rod and caulking as well as taping the window to the rough opening , on the interior side...

Posted by Piyush Prince Nov. 7, 2018, 12:10 a.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

Can you spray foam a house from the outside?

...house wrap house wrap / weather resistive barrier) as a drainage plane, then install siding with air space with vertical strapping , and finally the Hardie boar...

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

How do you Insulate a 3 season cottage?

...framing and it has siding on the outside (and you are really just looking for a bit more comfort in the spring and fall) then I would treat it as a normal stud-...

Posted by Terry Skindilias April 23, 2019, 9:27 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 4 Responses

Is the ZIP sheathing system good or bad for water control?

...house building market, because too often I’ve seen them turn brittle and peel right off the wall, particularly when they are subjected to the freeze / thaw cycl...

Posted by Trevor Prinz Nov. 26, 2019, 4:03 p.m. Walls and Roofs 5 Responses

How do you replace windows in a double stud wall house?

...house. I would like to expand and replace the windows on the north side of the home. Is there anything special that should be considered to expand the size of t...

Posted by Sasha June 25, 2018, 10:25 p.m. Windows and doors 3 Responses

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...house faces north which is all open fields, except for a row of older spruce and spruce trees. Since we have lived here, during the winter months the house is c...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 12 Responses

Halo Exterra rigid exterior insulation - has anyone work with it?

...house has a lot to do with what is going on inside the walls, and how extensive your energy-efficient renovations will be. The following page will help you unde...

Posted by George Shannon Jan. 21, 2020, 3:39 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 6 Responses

What do you think of insulated T Studs in Canada?

I found a video of a house using the thermal or T-stud. Have you seen this product and what are your thoughts on its use in Canada. It allows for a fully insul...

Posted by Lee Watt June 3, 2019, 10:57 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses