Renovation / Discussions

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

...renovation anyway then I would say you are best to insulate from the inside, and there are few methods. First, have the wiring checked by a licensed electrician...

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

What is the best exterior Wall and Roof Rigid Insulation for a barn renovation?

Building a 24 X 50 Post and Beam barn. Thinking of applying 2 layers of 4 " (8" total) of rigid insulaton, offset seams on top of 1 X 8 sheathing. Seams of top...

Posted by Ron Busch June 27, 2020, 3:50 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

...renovation we have decided to strip the walls inside and out, keep the structure but add insulation to the inside but also the outside of the walls so we don’t ...

Posted by Sylvie Gagnon Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Where can I buy hemp insulation for home renovation In Durham Region, Ontario?

Where can I buy hemp insulation in Durham Region area of Ontario, Canada? You can buy hemp insulation at Ecohome for Canada or the US , just send us an email...

Posted by Virgil N Jan. 23, 2020, 10:50 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

What is the best way to do a basement renovation?

...renovations are completed because people usually rebuild them in the same way , which would meet Einstein’s definition of insanity – doing the same thing over a...

Posted by BIG FOOT Nov. 18, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do I create a complete air barrier using a vapour retarding primer?

After reading about vapor retarding primers on ecohome I am sold on using this technique to air-seal my 50's house after doing renovation work. The missing par...

Posted by Mihai Wilson May 3, 2018, 10:15 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

...Renovation at college (at age 47) which covers sustainable construction. I liked the earthship idea but have read the flaws in Canada, I just like the thought o...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Should I put insulation on the exterior of a brick house?

...renovation to a 1940s double brick bungalow in Toronto. This includes adding a second story addition which is vertically flush with the existing exterior brick ...

Posted by Andrew T Oct. 3, 2021, 7:03 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do you know when its time to replace windows?

...renovation work, while he was here he said my upstairs windows were very old and should be replaced. They have wood frames and they are for sure old, but they a...

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

What are the best Wall and Roof insulation choices and rain screen?

...renovation and addition to the house and trying to make it as airtight as possible. After reading through multiple articles and your responses I was able to nar...

Posted by Valeriy Kraydman March 15, 2021, 3:32 p.m. Exterior cladding 0 Responses

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

...renovation and have been doing some reading on your website only recently. I'm realizing that I may have made some mistakes and would like your advice as to wha...

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

Can you add exterior rigid foam insulation (e.g. EPS) with replacing windows?

We are contemplating an energy retrofit to several 1960's chalet style cabins in Northern VT. Budget matters and the windows of the cabins are in reasonably de...

Posted by Peter Milliken Nov. 9, 2020, 9:13 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

What is the best way to super insulate the exterior of our 1975 four level split home?

Our idea is to 'double strap' the exterior. First, the siding is in excellent condition and is the masonite type that was fairly common in the that time period...

Posted by Dan LLC Properties Dec. 26, 2020, 4:03 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 0 Responses

Should I use vapour barrier on ceiling of three season cottage?

We are insulating roof from inside and then installing a wood ceiling. Wonder if there are any advantages to using a vapour barrier or whether this will actual...

Posted by Erica Pennell Sept. 14, 2021, 7:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you add external insulation to a brick home?

...renovation project since it doesn’t trap moisture in any wall system. You could apply Rockwool (rigid Comfortboard, not batts) then a weather barrier / air barr...

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

Do I need a vapour barrier in Ontario?

I'm doing some remodelling on a cottage in Ontario. Some walls are being stripped to the studs and getting insulated with Roxul R14, some walls are not. I plan...

Posted by Gordon Harold April 22, 2021, 9:28 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 0 Responses

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

...renovation project How to stay on budget with renovations How to insulate a crawlspace How to remove radon gas from basements and crawlspaces ...

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