Renovations / Discussions

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

...renovations – The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes Here are our top 10 energy-saving home improvement tips with the greatest r...

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

What is the best way to make a row house in Montreal Quebec more energy efficient?

...renovations. How would you approach the heating/cooling of this house? I should have two heating sources, I've heard. Some options: -Mr. Slim ductless sys...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

What type of green flooring is best for a basement floor?

We just had a rare flash flood which raised the water table and forced water into our basement between the floor and wall. It was a finished basement with carp...

Posted by Jeff Krohn Sept. 15, 2019, 5:52 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to insulate my basement?

I have an unfinished walkout basement with 3 sides at or below grade. The two sides of the house have poured concrete step foundation down toward the rear with...

Posted by Chris Rogers Oct. 27, 2019, 11:23 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 0 Responses

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

...renovations and energy efficient upgrades. Please have a read on a few of these pages, and once you have a better idea of what you want to get done and your b...

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

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

Eight years after our house was built, we noticed that the MDF baseboards in our finished basement became discoloured and swollen from potential moisture. We r...

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

Can you add external insulation to a brick home?

We have a 70 year old home and need to add insulation. It is painted brick and we are interested in adding insulation and recladding the exterior. Is this the ...

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

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

We have a self-adhesive membrane on the outside wall of our foundation but the water enters through the joint between the walls and the floor. How can I waterp...

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

How do you insulate a 70s home with 2x4 walls that has fiber glass insulation?

What is the best way to insulate from the outside? Rock wool? How costly of a project is this? Here is an article that will give you a starting place about tea...

Posted by Mark Aussenegg Nov. 26, 2018, 6:49 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is your opinion on filling block foundations with concrete?

Our house is a little over 100 years old, with a cinderblock foundation walls in the basement. We’ve got a minor crack in the grout, and we were advised to fil...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:06 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 1 Responses

Is EPS or XPS better for use in basement rim joists? Should faced or unfaced foam boards be used?

My home in south-central Pennsylavnia was built in 2001. The unfinished basement (walls and floor) surfaces are formed of poured concrete. One side of the base...

Posted by Thomas Dispenza Sept. 8, 2019, 12:43 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

What insulation should I put on basement block walls that is resistant to mold?

Concrete block basement wall. Moisture issue in spring ( and I suspect fall). Before we can really answer we’d have a couple of questions first - what climate ...

Posted by Ken Gee July 31, 2019, 3:25 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What would you say is the most comfortable heating system for a home?

...renovations for some ideas, and feel free to write back with a question on that front.

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

What are the factors I should consider for choosing between a slab on grade and basement?

We are in the planning stages of designing a new home to be built to passive house standards, although not interested in certifying it. We are trying to decide...

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 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

What is the best way to reduce humidity in a basement?

We live in Bellingham WA and our basement was built in the 70's. It has high humidity (70-80%RH) although I don't see any visible damp anywhere. The washer/dry...

Posted by Frank Cooper Oct. 17, 2019, 10:45 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Is There a Difference Between an Air Barrier and vapor barrier?

Hi, I have an open beam house (no attic access) built in 1962. I live in cold, dry Edmonton Alberta. My low slope roof doesn't leak, however about once a year ...

Posted by Sherri Mccormick Aug. 17, 2018, 3:24 p.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Should I test my home for radon gas?

...renovations that you would need to undo to fix the problem. Wierd that Health Canada calls under 200 bq the 'safe' level. I get that you need to pick a point so...

Posted by Mary Anne S March 5, 2019, 7:46 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 4 Responses