Basements & Slab-On-Grade

Foundations, slab on grade and durable basement finishing

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Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

One of the first decisions when building a home is what type of foundations to sit your home on - cold-climates, termites, problem expansive clay soils, insulation & vapor & radon barriers all need to be considered...… What is the difference between a slab on grade & a crawl space? A slab on grade, or ‘frost protected…

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

Crawlspaces are very rare as part of a new home construction nowadays in USA & Canada. If you've got one here's how to fix it.… Crawlspace insulation - be careful to get it right A crawlspace comes with all the downsides of a basement, but it is just too low a space to be functional either beyond the folded plastic ch…

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

How to build on sites with expansive soils, high water tables and poor bearing capacity.… The soil conditions of some building sites are not suitable for a slab-on-grade foundation with a thickened-edge footing without first beginning with extensive and costly soil remediation. Opting for a raft slab in such condition…

Finishing the exterior of an insulated slab-on-grade floor

Insulating the exteriors of basements and slabs leaves you with needed to finish the exterior. In this video you see an easy fix to have the exterior surface secured by set concrete, while avoiding any thermal bridges in the process.… WATCH MORE sustainable building VIDEOS Once a decision has been made to choose betw…

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide

Slab-on-grade technical guide

A slab-on-grade home or building is more affordable, more comfortable and more Eco-friendly. Here is a technical guide & design guide for construction of a slab on grade foundation.… Slab-On-Grade Construction - Technical Guide   Deciding to build your home with a slab-on-grade foundation instead of a conventional bas…

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

How to build a slab-on-grade foundation saving money on basement frost walls for home construction with a Frost Protected Shallow Foundation… Slab on Grade foundation, detail design; the basics There are many different soil conditions and corresponding slab designs. This page is about how to build a thickened edge con…

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

One of the first decisions when building a home is what type of foundations to sit your home on - cold-climates, termites, problem expansive clay soils, insulation & vapor & radon barriers all need to be considered...… What is the difference between a slab on grade and a crawl space? A slab on grade, or ‘frost protect…

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?

Choosing between a slab-on-grade or a foundation and basement

Outlining the benefits & drawbacks of slab-on-grade construction compared to basement foundations - As the first step of home design is deciding which foundations to build it on!… Is a concrete basement or an insulated slab on grade the best foundation choice?  Traditionally, home construction often starts with a conc…

Slab on grade for a Passive Solar LEED Home insulated by Rockwool © Ecohome

Insulating below slab-on-grade floors

Installing 8 inches of Roxul mineral wool below a concrete slab floor… Insulating below slab-on-grade foundations Why insulate under a slab on grade foundation? For comfort, and to save money, that's why! In many areas Building Code has fallen behind common sense on what specification of insulation to use under a slab…

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

Whether a house is worth rebuilding or is better torn down depends on a lot of factors, many of them personal, but also financial considerations like grants, sustainability & current condition of the building structure… Should I Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? This very question comes up a lot for me during site consult…

Choosing a building lot

Things to look for when purchasing land for building a house

Finding a suitable building lot requires a lot of consideration and research; here are some things to look for.… It is not illegal to sell an unbuildable lot, so buyers beware. Any number of roadblocks can prevent you from building the house you want, or any house at all, so before you make a purchase make sure you ca…

Advice

What is the best way to insulate the ceiling of my crawl space?

Posted by Judy Mendel Feb. 17, 2020, 11:10 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

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

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

How do you remove water droplets from under a crawl space vapor barrier?

Posted by Paul Racioppo Feb. 7, 2020, 3:49 p.m. Crawl spaces 3 Responses

How do you best use polyiso insulation in a basement?

Posted by Iain Matheson Jan. 24, 2020, 7:45 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to Insulate the crawl space of an old home?

Posted by Aj Jan. 21, 2020, 8:13 a.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

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

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

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