How to build a basement / Discussions

What is the best type of home 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 are the options for adding Exterior Roof Insulation?

...ary. A product that may actually fit your purpose is ThermalWall insulation panels if the circumstances are right. They are foam panels with a metal rail in the...

Posted by Marlo Raynolds Aug. 29, 2020, 9:19 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 4 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

Do I need to insulate under the footings of a frost protected shallow foundation?

...a slab on grade DIY installation vide o so you can see how quick and easy it goes together. Further to that, there are a few variables at play that need to be...

Posted by Jon Piana April 15, 2019, 8:45 a.m. Slab on Grade 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

What is the best way to insulate a Multi-material wall?

...ant to be clear what your plan is – you have a concrete foundation, a portion of block foundation and an above grade brick wall that you want to insulate? And y...

Posted by Steve J Sept. 29, 2020, 10:15 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 7 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 should I look for if I want to buy a slab on grade house?

...to see if there is moisture damage. I would also ask for any building details that may be available; and if it has a radiant floor I would personally want to ...

Posted by terry northcott March 25, 2019, 11:02 a.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best heating and cooling system for a slab on grade home?

...ant, partly due to how it impacts comfort. As you say, a slab is a more affordable way to build an efficient house than a basement, so you’re ahead of the game ...

Posted by Matthew Gioia July 7, 2020, 11:03 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

Where can I purchase non-toxic interior wall panels near Laval, Quebec?

...ar Laval in QC and I am replacing wood panels in my basement due to a sewer backup situation. I have asthma and would like a lost cost non toxic wall panel, tha...

Posted by Louise Goulet Nov. 30, 2019, 1:14 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 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

Where do you install a weeping tile with a high water table?

...at I’m suggesting here isn’t that you choose a slab on grade instead of a basement if your plans are already done, this is just an alternative way to build a ba...

Posted by Alex Kesheshian June 11, 2020, 11:54 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses