How to build a basement / Discussions

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

...al and more affordable than a basement. How does he arrive at this conclusion? Basement or not, you need a mechanical room, storage space, a laundry room, cold ...

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

Do you have recommendations for radon sealing basement concrete & installing new flooring?

...ave great luck with an adhesive. Here are a few pages to check out that seem to address a lot of your issues that would be a good place to start: Radon gas ba...

Posted by M N Sept. 1, 2020, 2:20 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you install your own DIY radon mitigation system?

...ation strategy is installing a dedicated HRV in the basement that is activated by a radon gas detector; that would eliminate the risk of accidentally damaging a...

Posted by Ariel Fridman Jan. 27, 2020, 10:59 a.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

Can you use Foam boards on basement walls to stop condensation?

...at you may wish to employ so you have a durable and mold-free basement wall, this page will help – How to fix and prevent mold in basement wall renovations ...

Posted by Chad Johnson Dec. 21, 2019, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

...to itself, maybe start that on a separate question thread with details about the current assembly you plan to keep and details about the one you plan to add and...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

How well do Legalett slab on grades work?

...ally need to build such a house if it were on a crawl space or basement? What I mean here relates to the part above the foundation; i.e. the main house and gara...

Posted by Steve Sykes Aug. 18, 2019, 3:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What flooring options work with a passive solar design?

...to consider? Thanks for any input in advance. Collecting solar heat from south facing windows is a great way to save money and energy on heating, and a conc...

Posted by Christopher Dunn Feb. 23, 2020, 11:50 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

How do you rebuild an existing basement?

...as been there at least 30 years and has zero water issues. To demolish a house and rebuild on an existing basement foundation can be done as long as the basemen...

Posted by Lisa Tuck April 14, 2020, 11:34 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you prevent mold in a finished basement?

...ad a water leak in our basement earlier this year and when the contractors started pulling off damaged drywall we were disgusted to find that our basement wall ...

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

What do you think about SIP framing system?

...a slab on grade and a basement foundation And remember that bigger isn’t always better. A bigger house costs more to design, more to build, more to heat and m...

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

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...ar panels and have access to a variety of machines for digging and clearing land, and I know if I can create a reasonable plan I can get friends and family on b...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...age has a video about how to build passive solar homes , where you can see how we raised the level of the slab with clean compactible fill, exactly as you would...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...ard from agents at least in Ontario where we are, is that you may be at a slight disadvantage as many buyers are expecting a basement, but slab on grade fans ar...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

...a SIP wall, the foam boards will act as a vapor barrier and the thermal barrier. For an air seal, you may want to actually do that first, which could be a simpl...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

The thickness of vapor retarding latex paint - Is measurement wet or dry?

...tore to see if they have ideas too. Worst case scenario is that it doesn’t work, and from there maybe you may have to do an actual poly vapor barrier and a floa...

Posted by Kim Boas July 24, 2020, 10:36 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How do I insulate my half below grade basement?

...to treat basement walls as one singular wall rather than as an above grade and a below grade portion. Granted, there will what some will consider a ‘bit too m...

Posted by tom mckeand Oct. 14, 2019, 11:01 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you build a mold-free basement in a new construction house?

...anks Basements can easily be built to remain mold-free, but sadly that is not usually how they are built, and standard building practices virtually guarantee ba...

Posted by Charmaine Herzig Feb. 10, 2020, 7:32 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

...ains what a mistake a basement vapor barrier is - Why are Basements Moldy? How to Fix & Prevent Mold in Homes A dehumidifier is a good thing to have in a ba...

Posted by Aaron Keating July 27, 2019, 4:51 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses