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What is your opinion about building a garage on posts (screw piles)?

...posts? It seems like it would be much cheaper than a foundation. Thanks for any help. Additions and small buildings are often built on screw piles, so sure, you...

Posted by Les P Dec. 11, 2017, 2:21 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

What is the Kenogami House heating system?

...posts regarding the Kenogami House talked about using a phase change thermal battery, to avoid overheating during sunny winter days that provided too much passi...

Posted by dean c March 22, 2019, 3:46 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

Is cross laminated lumber to heavy to frame a cantilevered room?

...posts and beams. And as it is 15 ft in the air with sun exposure I hope never to paint the exterior. Suggestions? Anytime you are looking for a structural sol...

Posted by Teresa Pfiffner May 20, 2020, 7:43 p.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses

How do you insulate a cottage crawlspace? It's in the Haliburton Highlands

...posts on this site, we wonder if a) we should close all the vents, b) remove the pink insulation to reduce humidity, c) remove the styrofoam boundary from under...

Posted by Beata Domanska May 25, 2020, 11:38 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

Halo Exterra rigid exterior insulation - has anyone work with it?

...posts on wall insulation very informative. Hi George, Winnepeg is far from a balmy climate in winter, and if I'm reading that right you're planning on 4 inches ...

Posted by George Shannon Jan. 21, 2020, 3:39 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

Should you allow air flow through a crawl space with a dirt floor?

Hello, We own an 800square foot cabin in Northern Saskatchewan that is not winterized. The foundation was originally on concrete blocks so we had it lifted a...

Posted by Amber Murray Aug. 17, 2020, 10 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

Can houses built on screw piles move?

My 560 sq.ft. Knotty Pine Cabin sits on screw piles and rocks in high wind and a little during the stat of the spin cycle on the washing machine. Should I be c...

Posted by Pamela Douglas June 23, 2020, 1:18 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What ext. wall assembly is recommend for a timber frame house (heavy timber)?

...posts. So you can go with a number of wall assemblies, but if fire prevention is your concern, I would be looking at things like Metal or stone siding, anything...

Posted by Heath Jarrett March 10, 2020, 11:38 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

In your Edelweiss house you use 2x6 studs. Why not use 2x4 studs and add 2" rigid on the inside?

...posts required between windows. The sections of wall between the south-facing windows in the Edelweiss house are fully filled with 2x6s, and would have been muc...

Posted by Tom Wagar Aug. 25, 2019, 3:40 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What are your thoughts on a Yurt for colder climates?

...posts in the ground), and it can be easily transported in the future on a flat bed truck. That would be a far different lifestyle that Yurt living for comfort...

Posted by Lexy Cara Jan. 23, 2020, 1:39 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

How do you fix a moisture problem in a finished basement?

...posts from our Green Building Guide Pages that may help Why are Basements Moldy? Preventing moisture when you insulate your basement Building better bas...

Posted by Margo MACFARLANE Oct. 28, 2019, 10:24 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Can you use a vapour retarder paint on the ceiling instead of using a poly vapour barrier?

...posts. If I do this, how do I nail the interior walls to the exterior walls? Is the only connection going to be at the top plate (where I'm thinking of using a ...

Posted by Anwas Qwelten June 8, 2019, 3:56 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses