Basements & Slab-On-Grade

Foundations, slab on grade and durable basement finishing

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Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

Basements flood, full stop. As a hole in the ground similar to a swimming pool, once all is done to stop water getting in, we then need to remove any water with a sump pump, a sump pump battery backup & maybe a sump pump alarm to stop basements flooding. Spring flooding of basements is very common and most times can b…

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 sh…

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation

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

Crawlspaces are becoming rare for new home construction in USA & Canada. If you've got a crawls space with damp, mold, odor & cold issues, here's how to insulate it properly to fix it permanently & have a more comfortable home. Crawlspace insulation - be careful to get it right A crawlspace comes with all the downside…

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 conditions…

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 betwe…

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide

how to build a slab-on-grade on standard soil

How to build a slab-on-grade with a thickened edge on standard soil. There are many ways to build a slab-on-grade (or frost-protected shallow foundation), the following is a step-by-step walk though of a thickened-edge slab floor we built. XPS or EPS high-density foam is typically used under concrete slab floors, in t…

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 base…

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?

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

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 protected…

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 concr…

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

How to prepare for emergencies and power outages. We are seeing more frequent and more severe weather events as our climate changes, and all evidence points to that trend continuing. Here we have a list of ways to prepare yourself in the event of grid failure or absence of municipal services.  Storing emergency food a…

Advice

How much for a 1200 square foot house will it cost me to finish the slab

Posted by Walter Hale Oct. 1, 2020, 7:20 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

Can you install a slab on grade foundation in the Fall and leave it over winter?

Posted by Matthew Gioia Sept. 21, 2020, 9:15 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best way to stop thermal bridging between my ICF walls and my footing?

Posted by Walter van den Broek Sept. 18, 2020, 11:23 a.m. Foundation choices 1 Responses

Could we use a raft slab with ICF walls on a sloped site?

Posted by Paul Fischer Sept. 15, 2020, 2:21 p.m. Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is a thermal break solution at a door threshold?

Posted by Shaun B Sept. 13, 2020, 6:31 a.m. Slab on Grade 2 Responses

How do I get rid of moisture with cement floor crawl space that has a vapour barrier?

Posted by Cindy Chatham 04 chatham Aug. 25, 2020, 4:47 p.m. Crawl spaces 1 Responses

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