Interior Finishing / Discussions

What is safer than OSB for someone with multiple chemical sensitivities?

...interior finishing (walls and trim) were done with a formaldehyde-free UV treated non-toxic plywood , so if you are considering it for indoor finishing then tha...

Posted by Ian Smith April 27, 2020, 1:01 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Where can I get wood planks for a ceiling?

...finishing wood online , or use barn boards, the options are pretty endless. You can even cover ceilings with finishing grade plywood.

Posted by zulie alnahas Aug. 23, 2020, 6:01 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 1 Responses

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

...finishing materials there are a few ways you could go about it, like raw wood , wood with natural finishing oil , synthetic drywall with low-dust drywall compou...

Posted by Louise Goulet Nov. 30, 2019, 1:14 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Does using T & G wood plank instead of drywall affect where we put the vapor & air barrier?

We want to use fir T and G for our interior walls instead of drywall (new build with plywood exterior sheathing and Tyvek - which will eventually have cedar sh...

Posted by Sue Colbourne Nov. 9, 2019, 6:16 p.m. Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces 3 Responses

Why is there condensation above ground on an interior basement wall?

...finishing our basement and installed 1 inch foam insulation to the exterior wall before framing and then installing fiberglass insulation. When he began drywall...

Posted by Barb Daluisio Jan. 12, 2021, 1:26 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How would I rectifiy problem of foundation wall cracks with finished basement?

...interior walls had been insulated but not on a portion of the basement walls that were not finished on the interior. I have dug down about a foot on the exterio...

Posted by Terry P July 22, 2020, 7:07 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Do you have suggestion for non-toxic closet design company, or materials?

...interior finishing on our new Demonstration house in Wakefield QC with a formaldehyde-free UV treated plywood called PureBond from Columbia forest production, t...

Posted by Nicole Lucas Haimes Oct. 11, 2019, 10:51 p.m. Materials and resources 1 Responses

How do you polish a concrete slab to be a finished interior concrete floor?

...finishing the apartment floor to be a light grey concrete floor that looks nice. The concrete was poured 8 months ago, and we are noticing some divots. We live ...

Posted by Betsy Lund May 20, 2020, 2:13 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

...interior repairs without more details about what insulation and finishing you have, but proper exterior drainage and other storm water protection may solve the ...

Posted by Kurt Brenner Nov. 14, 2017, 9:47 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How do you apply vapor barrier and insulation to a CMU house?

...interior of the concrete block but since it is rock face, that IS the siding so I have to build the layers on the interior. What did you end up doing, if you do...

Posted by Scott Brekke Nov. 22, 2019, 9:37 a.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Why do you shim up basement walls?

...finishing the wall? I don't want water getting behind the wall and I don't want mice or bugs coming in through the gap. There has been flooding here, but if it ...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:17 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

What is the best way to install 5" of XPS rigid foam on interior basement walls?

...interior. On that point – if drying to the interior is something you read here on our site let me clarify – yes you should let walls dry to the interior, by t...

Posted by Sean MacDonald June 14, 2021, 10:42 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 8 Responses

Where can I find formaldehyde free cabinets that aren't plywood?

...interior finishing on both of our last demonstration houses. it has a UV treated surface finish and there is no fomaldehyde.

Posted by Camille Young Dec. 3, 2019, 7:56 p.m. Kitchens 3 Responses

What is the best way to finish a concrete floor?

...interior air quality. Our choice would be to use silicate sealants, which are effectively a liquid glass you spread over the floor and then burnish into the...

Posted by Steven P. Aug. 17, 2017, 3:04 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the basement of an old house?

I read your article about insulating interior basement walls, using eps or Rockwool comfort board then 2 x 4 studs with rockwool bats. I've also seen the part ...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Jan. 14, 2020, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

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

...finishing basements We can help you choose the best way forward from this point, but we will need more information, so here are some questions - Where are y...

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

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

...interior during certain conditions. I can’t think of any condition when you would want moisture to escape from the floor, so I must be missing something… I'll b...

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

What is the best exterior rigid foam insulation for under a deck?

...interior temperatures . You will have a choice between foam panels, we would recommend EPS rigid foam instead of XPS as it is cheaper and less environmentally...

Posted by Andrew Cherubini March 21, 2021, 9:02 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses