Slab Vs Basement
Friday, May 08, 2015 7:22AM
Slab Vs Basement

 When you are building a new custom home, should you build on a slab or a basement foundation? If you're considering cost, there is usually a cost savings associated with building on a slab - both immediate and long-term. Typically, building code requires that a basement must have all of the interior walls insulated, roughed-in for electrical wiring, and dry walled, which adds cost over and above  concrete walls. Basements also add a significant amount of air volume which requires heating - if the space is unfinished and used for storage, you will spend twice as much to heat your home for half of the space being lived in.  However, it is often more expensive to "build out ...

Humidity Control
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 3:17PM
Slab Vs Basement

Excess humidity is caused by excess moisture that is trapped in the interior space. Our heating season is approximately 200 days, which is when the abundance of moisture in your home is trapped. It is estimated that anywhere from 2000-10,000 L of water can be stored in the home during this time. There are many contributors to this moisture build-up. One in particular that affects older homes in our rural valley setting is wood storage for wood heating. A single cord of wood stored inside the home will released up to 270 L of moisture during one heating season! Showering, cooking, dishwashing, laundry, and even breathing all contribute to indoor moisture levels. If the indoor humidity is too ...

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
Wednesday, March 04, 2015 11:59AM
Slab Vs Basement

Ah March. The precursor to April - the "not quite out of winter, with a glimmer of hope in eventually seeing summer" time of year.Spring always entails "spring cleaning" for homeowners. Making an effort to conduct routine maintenance on your home at this time of year will ensure that your home stays in top condition for the months ahead. Of course there are many components that require maintenance throughout the year, but this list is directed at productive spring maintenance.1.       Gutter Clean-out - leaves, snow, dirt, and ice have collected from the autumn and winter season. Clean out your gutters to ensure proper drainage during the rainy ...

Ice Damming
Monday, January 12, 2015 9:54AM
Slab Vs Basement

 It's that time of year where -5 feels like it's tropical weather, and snow is piling up in every nook and cranny of the great outdoors. One phenomenon that can happen during this chilly season is ice damming. Ice damming is when a large amount of snow on the roof melts and then refreezes on the roof's edge. This has the potential to cause serious damage to the roof, exterior cladding, and at its worst it can affect interior drywall and cause structural damage as well.SourceIce damming occurs when a roof cavity is not properly insulated, and ventilation within the cavity is not adequate. Attics needs adequate airflow through the space to ensure the roof deck stays cold. Insulation in ...

What is a Net-Zero Home?
Monday, November 17, 2014 11:05AM
Slab Vs Basement

We are often asked, "what is a net-zero home?"  The phrase is becoming more popular in the residential construction world, specifically for builders who design and build super energy efficient homes. But what does it mean, and what does it involve to build your home this way?The textbook definition of net-zero homes are "homes in which the total amount of energy consumed in a year is less than or equal to the total amount of energy generated on-site during that year. " The usual choice for the power source for net-zero homes is solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, which capture the sun's energy and transform it into electricity. Of course, a well-insulated, air-tight building envelope is ...