Old house / Discussions

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...house, here are a few links to check out: How to Build Tiny Houses on Wheels for Cold Climates Are Tiny Houses Good for the Environment? If you are lo...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

How do you improve an old block foundation with no insulation or exterior moisture barrier?

...old moisture in the wall when it needs to be able to escape. That's why its wet and moldy. Read here first - Why basements are moldy and how to insulate basem...

Posted by Wilhelmina Lange March 11, 2021, 4:19 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

Should I insulate my basement ceiling?

...old next winter and that will spread to the rest of the house with the ceiling opened up down there. Should I insulate the basement ceiling? It’s possible that ...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:23 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How to air seal & ventilate a partial gut reno of a 1901 house?

I'm renovating a 1901 house, detached wood frame with stone foundation. We are creating a ~1500SF owner's duplex on the 2nd floor and former attic. The basemen...

Posted by Zach Zill Feb. 7, 2021, 4:33 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 0 Responses

Should I vent the space between a block wall and vapor barrier?

...old behind the wood paneling, sheetrock, 2x4 wood studs, and fiberglass insulation. The old walls were just about touching the block walls and had no barrior be...

Posted by Nick Santore Oct. 10, 2020, 2:03 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Can you provide Crawlspace Insulation Design Assistance?

...older climate of western Massachusetts in an 1830s vintage home. We have a 4'6" crawlspace (approximately 18' x 26') beneath our wood floored living room. The h...

Posted by Randy Christensen Dec. 10, 2019, 12:17 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

I have chronic illness from the air quality of my home, can you help determine if I need to replace the HVAC system?

...house, is there a way to replace old metal dirty hvac (suspect mold caught in joints etc.)? Local HCAV didn't offer a good suggestion - just air exchanger and t...

Posted by Niki Harrison Sept. 6, 2019, 4:32 p.m. HRV and ERV 4 Responses

How should I install XPS insulation in a basement?

...house is 40+ years old and the sill plate and rim joist look great with no signs of rot, but that is probably because the basement is unfinished and any moistur...

Posted by Ken Hunold Dec. 27, 2020, 7:22 p.m. Basements improvements 0 Responses

Basement reno - How do I effectively insulate my basement?

How do insulate and integrate insulation for the wall, floor and rim joists? Details: 2-story house built 1983, located in southern Ontario (GTA). Poured con...

Posted by Steve J Feb. 13, 2019, 10:25 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

How do you know when its time to replace windows?

...house and frame structure (not uncommon, certainly with older houses) it is very easy for the foam to become un-adhered and allow air to leak through. For sea...

Posted by Ted Dec. 11, 2017, 12:50 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

How do you install radiant floor heating in an old building?

I have an old camp 16'x24'...looks like hell on the outside but all the wood is good on the inside....just bare stud walls ...real 2x4's....it sits about 2 fee...

Posted by Rob Doda March 19, 2020, 3:21 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 2 Responses

What is the best way to Insulate the crawl space of an old home?

...old home with a dirt crawl space that is completely dry, no Mold in the entire home, has new windows and new insulation in the attic. I have started the insulat...

Posted by Aj Jan. 21, 2020, 8:13 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

How do you prevent mold under flooring of a house on concrete slab?

House is being built on concrete slab. I would like to ensure that moisture coming through the slab will not be trapped beneath the flooring. Is your slab buil...

Posted by Linds Cullen Dec. 31, 2020, 4:11 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

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

...house, then insulate the outside basement wall, to the roof, then re-side the house, and insulate roof. Or insulate inside basement walls, and insulate the roof...

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

Can you add external insulation to a brick home?

...old extreems are an issue. You can for sure insulate the exterior of a painted brick house, in fact that would probably help preserve the bricks. Be very carefu...

Posted by Rachel Kaiser April 2, 2020, 9:11 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What type of hrv system should I put in a 4 year old home?

...old me that my home is too tight and I need an hrv system. We live in CT and I am not sure where to start. Thoughts? Well first a clarification – your house may...

Posted by Ellen Murray Zappone Sept. 1, 2021, 4:35 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Followup to the question How do you install Larsen Trusses on a home in Minneapolis?

Perhaps my wording should have been, wrap the poly around the sheathing, then nail on the Larsen Trusses. My house like most in built in the early 1900's, has ...

Posted by Ken Traefald Feb. 27, 2020, 1:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you jack up a cottage and build a slab on grade underneath it?

...house being directly next to a hill. I've looked at your radiant air heating solution and was wondering if it would be possible to raise the house 2-3 feet an...

Posted by William Rae June 6, 2021, 12:23 p.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses