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

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

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 I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

...age has diagrams on how to build basements properly - How to insulate a basement and protect it against water damage and flooding Bulk water directed toward...

Posted by Kurt Brenner Nov. 14, 2017, 9:47 a.m. Foundations and Basements 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 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

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

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

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

...a full basement, what are the implications of having half of the footprint as a slab, and half basement? Thanks Shaun That is a common question, and a hot...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 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

Does insulating a slab on grade make the building less stable?

...a slab, and builders will often express doubts about unfamiliar building techniques. That can on occasion be an effort to steer a potential client towards somet...

Posted by Nicolas Jalbert May 28, 2018, 4:56 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best type of heating system?

...anada, 47% of homes are heated with natural gas, and 37% are heated with electricity. The rest are a mix of wood, pellets, oil and propane , and a very small am...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 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

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 7 Responses