Old house / Discussions

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

...old in basement renovations The poly vapor barrier that you may have seen in that article is mostly to satisfy building inspectors, or to be used as part of a...

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

How do you stop air leaks in an old 1950's house?

...house. What do you recommend be done to reduce air loss throughout the house. The subflooring laying on the joists are diagonally laid planks rather than plywoo...

Posted by Don Fraser Sept. 3, 2021, 3:22 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

How do can I insulate an existing basement floor from 1906?

...Old house; basement is only 21% of total under house footage. 79% is crawl space. Basement Never painted. Walls go up 4 ft to a 2ft wide ledge and then the old ...

Posted by Cathy Gaskins Feb. 18, 2021, 11:24 a.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How do you rebuild an existing basement?

...older home with an existing basement. We would like to take down the top of the house and rebuild on the basement. What do I need to do to make sure it's stable...

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

Can I add Larsen Trusses and cellulose to 1920s House in Minneapolis?

...house insulation that will explain, including how Larsen trusses and cellulose were used on a Passive House. How to insulate the exterior walls of old homes a...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 17, 2020, 2:30 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Can I reclaim old triple slider windows?

...old windows because I want to spend the money I would otherwise spend on windows on a heat pump hot water tank, which I can use to also help heat the house. Reg...

Posted by Keanan Toews Jan. 20, 2019, 1:01 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

I want to insulate the outside of my house, which type of insulation do you think is best?

...older spruce and spruce trees. Since we have lived here, during the winter months the house is cold during windy days. On those days the back wall is cold. You ...

Posted by J. Ferguson Nov. 15, 2017, 10:34 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 12 Responses

How do you install rigid insulation to the outside of a brick house"

...old brick house from the interior or exterior and adding a vapour barrier are two different things, so let’s address them separately. And since you didn’t write...

Posted by Gordon CASWELL Dec. 13, 2019, 11:38 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Are their grants in my area?

...old house and we are loosing lots of heat!

Posted by Shannon Hutchison Jan. 29, 2021, 10:30 a.m. Grants and incentives 0 Responses

Is it a good or bad idea to spray foam directly on the interior of shiplap siding?

...old house and there is NO sheathing - just the finish siding. When you are insulating the exterior walls of a home to improve energy efficiency, you have to mak...

Posted by MITCHELL KOCH Aug. 21, 2020, 3:49 p.m. Exterior cladding 1 Responses

Do you need an HRV or ERV in a 68 year old home?

...old house with brick exterior walls and plaster interior walls. I'm assuming the insulation is rock wool with paper. My house can get dry in the winter sometime...

Posted by Gary Szymkowski Nov. 1, 2020, 10:11 a.m. Ventilation 0 Responses

What can I use as an air barrier under an old wood floor with no sub floor?

...old house 1860 with 1910 addition. The old wood floors have no subfloor and on first floor, that is above a dirt floor basement. Since we have access to the flo...

Posted by Mimi Costley Nov. 6, 2021, 11:11 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 1 Responses

In the winter should you heat a low/dirt floor crawl space with a furnace vent?

...old house with a low/dirt floor crawl space and plumbing under the home, would heating the part of the plumbing area cause any mold or other problems in the win...

Posted by janis hobson Dec. 11, 2019, 3:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

What is your opinion on filling block foundations with concrete?

...house is a little over 100 years old, with a cinderblock foundation walls in the basement. We’ve got a minor crack in the grout, and we were advised to fill the...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:06 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What Should You Look For When Buying a Slab on Grade Home?

...house. Thanks in advance, Mike Buying an older home is always a tricky call, because the further you go back in time, the less and less insulated homes were...

Posted by Mike Molloy Nov. 6, 2019, 7:29 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What type of Insulation can I use on the exterior of my home?

...old home, circa 1920’s, I’m currently renovating in Saskatchewan, Canada. I want to add insulation on the exterior of the home. The house is currently covered w...

Posted by Scott Muller April 18, 2019, 2:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 6 Responses

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

...house is only 3 years old so the French drains shouldn't be clogged, though the ground does not slope away from the foundation so we know we will have to change...

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

How do I apply for the Canada grant to get renovations done?

...old, i need a large window and 4 smaller ones, basement insulated and a mini split installed because house is freezing in winter. i live in newfoundland..how do...

Posted by Debbie Brown Sept. 7, 2021, 11:52 a.m. Grants and incentives 1 Responses