Renovate / Discussions

What is the best way to renovate and make a self sustaining eco friendly family house?

...renovate the house to its maximum potential including solar panels to be the most energy efficient and eco friendly house possible. Could you steer me in the ri...

Posted by Emmanuel Sylvestre Aug. 31, 2020, 8:15 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What is the best way to renovate a basement after a flood?

Hello, I'm in the midst of a post-flood basement renovation and have been doing some reading on your website only recently. I'm realizing that I may have made ...

Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

Should we renovate or get a Prefab Kit house?

...renovate and repair is always a tough decision, we actually have a page about that whole process that you may want to look over – Renovate or Tear Down and Re...

Posted by Ali Mackenzie Aug. 12, 2020, 7:44 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

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

My house was built in the Late 1940 - early 1950's, it is a farm buglalow with an addition in 1973, a poured concrete basement and concrete block foundation ad...

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

How can I heat a bedroom above a garage?

...renovate our basement I'm wondering whether we replace the existing system and install an electric wire system from within the garage. We have solar so the cost...

Posted by Steve Dulmage April 30, 2020, 9:18 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

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

...renovated at this time. The two units have separate mechanical and electrical systems, though they share a hot water heater that's located in the basement. In t...

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

How can I insulate an interior back wall that is NOW an exterior back wall?

I had an interior porch torn down and had an exterior porch built. Now the back wall to the building is letting in cold air. I need to insulate the building. W...

Posted by Sabrina Ross Sept. 21, 2020, 10:55 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a concrete block house?

I purchased a home built in the 50's. The exterior is brick. I removed some interior paneling expecting to find a wood frame celtex and empty wall cavities. I ...

Posted by kent wardecke Oct. 17, 2020, 11 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to Insulate a basement and floor joists that are embedded into the concrete?

...renovate basements so they don’t go moldy Apart from that, the other issue you point out is having floor joists embedded in the concrete. That’s another issue...

Posted by David Pereira April 28, 2020, 10:34 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 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

Should I put foam boards right against my basement wall or leave an air gap?

...renovate upstairs. The furnace kicks on every few minutes and is driving the heating bills up drastically. Exterior insulation is for sure the best, no question...

Posted by Elijah Hargett Jan. 9, 2021, 5:31 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 4 Responses

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...renovate a basement so it won't develop mold in case you didn't see it in the links above. So I have mostly the same problem and need some advice. My basement...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 22 Responses