Raise / Discussions

Can you raise a garage floor?

...raise it at least 4 inches! Is it possible? If so, how? Thank you in advance. No sorry, there’s really no way to raise a concrete floor. Have you considered p...

Posted by Anwar Chowdhury Jan. 3, 2021, 2 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

I'm building a home up north in Parry Sound, Ontario next year. I'd like a slab foundation raised three feet above the ground level. I'd like to have a wrap ar...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 4 Responses

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

...raise the house 2-3 feet and put it on gravel and an insulated slab while turning the basement into a thermal battery by filling it with sand and running piples...

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

Where is the correct vapor barrier location in Chicago?

...raised ranch in the metro Chicago area. The foundation walls raise 4.5 feet above grade. The floor joists on top of the wall extend out 30 inches from the found...

Posted by Joel Peerson Jan. 31, 2021, 7:31 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

Can you replace an old slab foundation with an air heated slab?

Is it possible to retrofit an existing slab built in the 70's; to a modern ecoHome standard? I imagine the house would have to be raised (jacked up) and possib...

Posted by Mike Molloy Nov. 7, 2019, 8:44 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

How do you install your own DIY radon mitigation system?

...raise the stakes of a DIY project. And if you did test the air already, how high was the reading? Is it finished living space? Is the garage on the same level o...

Posted by Ariel Fridman Jan. 27, 2020, 10:59 a.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 1 Responses

How do you calculate window height and location for passive solar heating?

...raise into the air to the height of your overhang, see where the shadow falls, and you will have your answer. It’s a great question and I really wish we could...

Posted by Daniel Gardener Sept. 12, 2019, 8:54 a.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

How do you add an Air Exchanger to a house with Hot Water Heat?

...raise the temperature of incoming air during the coldest times), so you might need to get some info from your local building inspector. The Lunos I mentioned ab...

Posted by Bob Engelhart June 17, 2020, 10:08 a.m. Ventilation 3 Responses

How do you fix high humidity levels in a basement?

...raise it up 4-6 inches and only the tallest of your tall friends will bonk their heads. As for a sump pump, I have never heard anyone say they 'regretted' put...

Posted by JR Tadinac Aug. 21, 2019, 11:26 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 3 Responses

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

...raise the water table, so it's not a great surprise that it will find its way up through the junction between walls and the floor. It’s hard to give you accurat...

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

How does a Passive House handle floods?

...raise any wood flooring above the surface of the concrete. As for appliance leaks, there are a couple of easy steps you can take to prevent damage – place was...

Posted by Wendy Tsao May 7, 2018, 12:46 p.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

How should I insulate under a concrete hydronic slab on stilts?

...raise the grade with compactable fill to the desired level you were going to go with the screw piles and drop a slab right on it. At least I would price it out....

Posted by Cam Smith Feb. 6, 2021, 12:21 p.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

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

...raise the bottom plates of the framed wall by placing it on small blocks of foam, that way if there is ever any minor flooding in the basement it keeps the wood...

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

Can you create a passive wine cellar by insulating and air sealing a crawl space?

...raise the humidity to whatever levels are ideal for wine storage using a dedicated humidifier. Thank you for your answer. "Are your wood studs directly agains...

Posted by JC Wong April 2, 2021, 6:50 p.m. Crawl spaces 5 Responses