Renovations / Discussions

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

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 to insulate an apartment you don't own?

I'm a tenant, not a homeowner, so I can't tear down drywall and reinsulate but winter is coming and drafts are already getting in. Is there anything I can do t...

Posted by Teresa Cunningham Oct. 21, 2019, 3 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What 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 Catharine Jans Dec. 11, 2017, 11:25 a.m. Heating with electricity 1 Responses

What is the best way to finish basement walls?

...renovations, specifically raising the bottom plate up on foam blocks to prevent water damage in case of flooding, that will also stop moisture from the concrete...

Posted by Aram Scaram Jan. 21, 2021, 5:13 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate the basement of an old house?

...renovations The poly vapor barrier that you may have seen in that article is mostly to satisfy building inspectors, or to be used as part of a radon gas barri...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Jan. 14, 2020, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you build a mold-free basement in a new construction house?

...renovations: How to prevent mold when finishing basements We can help you choose the best way forward from this point, but we will need more information, so h...

Posted by Charmaine Herzig Feb. 10, 2020, 7:32 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Do I need ceiling fans if I have an HRV?

...renovations without great effort. An HRV does not provide the same amount of circulation as a ceiling fan does, and without one, warm air will still collect up ...

Posted by S McIntyre April 2, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Ventilation 1 Responses

Where can I sell windows- Brand New, unopened?

...renovations and demolitions, this page will give you some good ideas on how to find that market place - Where to buy and sell used building materials

Posted by Michael Parnell Sept. 9, 2020, 9:52 a.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 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 put hemp insulation in an attic?

I need to pull the cellulose from the attic, I have a radiant barrier on the attic ceiling and floor. I am removing the cellulose, but what non toxic insulatio...

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How do I insulate my half below grade basement?

I am about to start a full strip out and rebuild of my basement to make a secondary suite. I've been reading all the information on the site and find it very u...

Posted by tom mckeand Oct. 14, 2019, 11:01 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What do I in my basement where new insulation meets old?

I’m insulating my basement with 2” of EPS against poured concrete foundation, then framing a 2x4 wall, then adding Rockwool. Unfortunately, due to some areas, ...

Posted by Steve J July 20, 2019, 10:01 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses

Should we renovate or get a Prefab Kit house?

Hello, My husband and I are considering our options for our home and lot in Peterborough, ON Canada. We have been thinking of completely renovating our current...

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

How do I apply for a free energy audit?

...renovations in Canada Canada Greener Homes Grant 2021 - How to Apply Step by Step What is offered changes fast as elected officials change – and that can be...

Posted by Mary Wong Oct. 15, 2021, 11:49 a.m. Grants and incentives 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 6 Responses

Can I spray foam insulate from the outside?

I bought an old timer home on Gibsons, BC and the siding needs replacing. I want to use the opportunity to seal up and insulate the wall cavity once exposed. I...

Posted by Kurt Klischuk June 6, 2019, 8:56 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Should I remove the plastic sheet in my cellar?

...renovations If you have cut open the poly vapor barrier on the basement walls then that is letting moisture escape, that’s a good thing. Do you have a dehumid...

Posted by Justin D'Arcy Dec. 4, 2020, 12:13 p.m. Basements improvements 2 Responses