How to build a basement / Discussions

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

...a slab floor can also act as an excellent heat sink for passive heating and cooling, if you have adopted that design strategy. Radiant heating is also an easy a...

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

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

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

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...basements, and what you calculate as the entire square footage of livable area. And more importantly, the sad reality is that very few basements are actually bu...

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

Are slab on grade foundations cheaper than a basement?

...aking 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 add an extra room - als...

Posted by Jason Nov. 21, 2019, 4:12 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

How do you fix a moisture problem in a finished basement?

...ass insulation and replace it with spray foam insulation and then apply the vapour barrier and dry wall. We are unsure as to how to proceed. Please advise. That...

Posted by Margo MACFARLANE Oct. 28, 2019, 10:24 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 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 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 can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...All are factors to consider for health and home durability. Can you help me? We have a similar problem and i have called many many people and cant find anyone w...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 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

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

...How to stay on budget with renovations How to insulate a crawlspace How to remove radon gas from basements and crawlspaces How to insulate a C...

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

Should I install basement drain tile vents?

...ating radon gas in basements , have you ever tested for radon gas and are you in a high risk area? My description was correct and quite understandable. To stop ...

Posted by gary taube Dec. 11, 2019, 10:14 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

How do you design and build a green home on a very small 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 , and to ...

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

How do you remove moisture and condensation from basement walls?

...and this page on why basements are moldy , as well as how to insulate a basement properly . Perhaps they used metal studs instead of wood studs as a way to stop...

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