Renovating / Discussions

Improving the efficiency of a home built in 1978 during renovations, do I need an HRV?

I'm looking for ways to tighten up the envelope as I make improvements. One question I have though is does it make sense to install an HRV in an older leaky ho...

Posted by joe cruikshank Feb. 8, 2020, 12:08 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

Do you buy used building materials if they are in good condition?

...renovating and would like to sell them. (Cheap). Just need to remove them from my garage, no space. No we don't, sorry! But there is a market for used building ...

Posted by Cheryl Nicholson Sept. 5, 2018, 7:03 p.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 1 Responses

Do you have suggestion for non-toxic closet design company, or materials?

...renovating a house, and moving in fairly soon. We live in Southern California, and I want to avoid toxic materials, particularly in the bedrooms. Can't seem to ...

Posted by Nicole Lucas Haimes Oct. 11, 2019, 10:51 p.m. Materials and resources 1 Responses

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

...renovating in Saskatchewan, Canada. I want to add insulation on the exterior of the home. The house is currently covered with an old concrete type stucco that m...

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

Do I need a standard 6 mil poly vapor barrier with dense cellulose exterior wall?

...renovating a 1915 bungalow in masachusetts with no existing wall insulation. I've opened the wall cavity and plan to use a dense pack cellulose to achieve R-14....

Posted by jeff Chormann May 1, 2020, 9:18 a.m. Air and vapour barriers 2 Responses

Should we renovate or get a Prefab Kit house?

...renovating our current home but then came across the option of the Pre Fab Kit. Could we speak with someone directly to find out more information and if this wo...

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

What are your thoughts on a Yurt for colder climates?

...renovating an RV style trailer (if we can find one that does not off gas). The idea of a moveable home is attractive to us because we are not sure where we want...

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

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

...renovating exterior walls you need to observe the normal practices for wall assemblies or ‘control layers’, meaning air barriers, vapor barriers and thermal bar...

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

How do you prevent moisture from getting into a basement footing?

...renovating, this page about basement construction may be an even more valuable read for you. Building better basements: how to insulate your basement properly...

Posted by Frank Liu June 24, 2020, 9:58 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

For home renovation, is it better to install insulation on the inside or outside?

...renovating anyway, consider the options for insulating an older wall from the outside here

Posted by Neil Richardson Jan. 29, 2019, 4:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you Insulate a cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

I am looking for advise on how to insulate CMU walkout basement with Rockwool insulation. I have one wall fully above ground (walkout side) one wall fully be...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

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

...Renovating a Basement Having to remove all the poly is probably not the news you were hoping for but you are at least fortunate in the sense that there is no ...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 15 Responses

Which type of exterior insulation to use on a house?

...renovating old homes, we often recommend Mineral wool (often referred to as Roxul or Rockwool). We like it for the very reasons you mention, that it isn’t harme...

Posted by Trevor Marshand May 26, 2020, 1:16 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Can you provide Crawlspace Insulation Design Assistance?

Be warned; this is a long post! Apologies in advance. I live in the colder climate of western Massachusetts in an 1830s vintage home. We have a 4'6" crawlspa...

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

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

...renovating basements , which may be of value to you anyway. In that article you will also see a photo of a block wall with rotted bottom plates, likely what y...

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

Can you use polyiso insulation on the exterior of a wall behind cedar siding on the west coast?

...renovating the exterior of existing homes, since moisture moves right through it you are not at risk of trapping humidity inside the wall assembly.

Posted by Iain Matheson Jan. 28, 2020, 10:38 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

...renovating homes & for building new homes with high performance insulation systems such as Passive House or LEED. You can then either fill the new cavity with d...

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