Wood / Discussions

Can I use Brio on my indoor cedar porch floor?

I have cedar on the floor of my porch and want to clean it up. After sanding I could apply tung oil but it has a long cure time so I was wondering if I could u...

Posted by Linda Burnside March 31, 2021, 4:37 p.m. Paints, finishes and natural coatings 2 Responses

Are your prefab kit homes available in Central Florida?

How about hurricane, flooding and heat resistant kit homes? You can see our prefab modular kit houses available across Canada and the US here There has been ...

Posted by Johali Mathews Sept. 6, 2021, 3:40 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Can you elevate a slab on grade foundation?

...wood fiber / cement product called Thermasill that allows for a solid surface outside of doors while avoiding the thermal bridging of concrete . And if you ha...

Posted by Raoul Lions July 27, 2019, 2:47 p.m. Slab on Grade 4 Responses

Building a Honka log “pretty good house” planning - thoughts on hvac, ventilation and roof

...Wood is somewhere in the range of R1 per inch, so a log house wouldn’t be anywhere close to Passive house in terms of either airtightness or R value. We would b...

Posted by Klemen Novak June 28, 2020, 1:55 a.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

Which insulation should I use under my cottage?

...wood foundation wall sitting on a continous block wall, I assume the 2x6 / plywood wall is all above grade? Is the wall in good shape with no moisture or stru...

Posted by denis maurier May 3, 2021, 11:14 a.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

How do you fix radon and water infiltration in a dry stone foundation?

...wood insulation to solve that problem! And where exactly are you located? That would affect a few things, including how much of a risk there is of the foundatio...

Posted by john flannery July 14, 2020, 4:24 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 5 Responses

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

...wood framed walls directly against the concrete, then rigid insulation boards afterwards? If so then I would say they are an expert in making mold grow perhaps....

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 16 Responses

Halo Exterra rigid exterior insulation - has anyone work with it?

...wood chips and some fiberglass where walls have been opened. The siding needs to be replace so was plannin to put Tyvek then two layers of Rockwool comfort boar...

Posted by George Shannon Jan. 21, 2020, 3:39 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 9 Responses

Can you spray foam a house from the outside?

...wood framing members will be able to be recliamed, reused or recyled, whereas if they are covered in spray foam they will end up in a landfill. We've never be...

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Can basement walls to dry to the inside with foam board?

...wood burner so it doesn't come on very long. Basement walls are 77' total and 7½ high, i figure the xps board would be cheaper and actually insulate. Let me...

Posted by Tim Hanrahan Aug. 20, 2020, 12:34 a.m. Basements improvements 6 Responses

How do you attach steps to slab on grade insulation?

...wood fiber and cement, so there is no health risk. Legalett products are available all across North America if they are of interest, but to clear it up a bit ...

Posted by Mary Alm Dec. 2, 2021, 11:24 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

What are the best windows for replacement in a basement?

...Wood v Aluminum v Vinyl

Posted by Chrystele Chevallier-g May 21, 2020, 12:30 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What are the most cost-effective green building strategies in new home construction?

...wood, aluminum and vinyl frames . Eliminating thermal bridging – yes, always eliminate thermal bridging through the building envelope for energy efficiency an...

Posted by M T Nov. 4, 2019, 11:07 a.m. Concept and design 3 Responses

Why do you shim up basement walls?

...wood framing. See more here – How to build basements properly so they won’t develop mold Your basement walls are not structural, so you can easily shim them...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:17 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...wood? Some solar heating options are linked below. Solar Radiant Heated Floor Kit - Slab on Grade for LEED, Passive, ZNE Wood Pellet stoves that don't nee...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

Should I build a basement or slab on grade?

...wood, marmoleum, cork, or carpet . You don’t *need* radiant heat, but personally I wouldn’t build a slab without it. Radiant floors are an efficient way to heat...

Posted by robert baker March 27, 2020, 6:54 p.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 9 Responses

What is the best way to finish basement walls?

...wood. This is also a good time to check and see if you have high radon gas levels in your basement and deal with it now, read here about How to remove radon gas...

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

How do you insulate a cottage crawlspace and install radiant floor heat?

...wood floor joists and that is a bit too close to the wet ground for my taste. Take a look here at our pages about crawlspaces to get an idea of the basics on ho...

Posted by Todd hall June 28, 2020, 8:36 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses