Cool Products – Basement Development Innovation – DRIcore Smartwall

Building Science is now telling us that the traditional method of perimeter wall wood framing, batt insulation and polyethylene vapour barrier for residential basement developments leaves much to be desired from a “home-health” point of view.  External forces such as Hydrostatic Pressure can cause moisture in the adjacent soil to be drawn through porous concrete foundation walls and slabs by way of capillary action. Despite the prevalence of current water mitigation techniques (Foundation wall damp-proofing, polyethylene vapour barrier, etc.), water can still be drawn into your basement, most notably through the unprotected bottom of your concrete foundation wall footings. This is a phenomenon known as “Rising Damp”.  Due to these and other factors, homeowners have often been faced with unknown moisture building up behind their basement walls, promoting the growth of unhealthy mold…not good for the home, not good for the occupants!

Enter DRIcore, with its’ new SMARTWALL System.  Designed to replace standard perimeter wall framing, insulation and vapour barrier methodology, this unique new system consists of:

-        2’x2’ interlocking DRIcore Subfloor panels with a built-in air space underneath that allow moisture migrating up through the concrete floor to dissipate without affecting the flooring (optional, but recommended component).

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-        2’x8’ (or 10’) interlocking wall panels with built-in Vapour Shield Technology that eliminates all air pockets and creates an effective insulation R-Value of R-17.

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-        Tapeless joint technology allows DRIcore “Patch-Pro” to be applied directly to the panel joints without tape.  Simply apply, sand, paint.

-        The SMARTWALL Panels have built-in Easy-Wire Channels for feeding electrical wiring, as well as specialty panels with pre-installed switch & plug boxes.

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What a great idea! Not only is there a significant time savings with a SMARTWALL installation, but this highly superior system also adds value by defending against moisture incursion, which in turn promotes “home health” quality and helps retain your home’s long-term worth. Considering our mutual goal of a warm, dry, comfortable basement living space, we recommend taking a close look at SMARTWALL! Go to DRIcore.com for full detail on how the SMARTWALL System works, then call Channel Custom Builders for a no-obligation basement development estimate using the SMARTWALL System.

Cool Products – Freestanding Bathtubs

If you think back to when tubs were made of copper, filled by hand with buckets and much resembled horse watering troughs, then to the iconic cast-iron claw-foot tub and indoor plumbing, much has changed in the world of bathing! But what was old is new again, with the modern day version of the Freestanding Bathtub.

Freestanding tub/bathroom renovation in the Calgary community of Lakeview Village

Freestanding tub/bathroom renovation in the Calgary community of Lakeview Village

No longer made of copper or cast-iron, most of these current tub offerings are of one or two piece formed acrylic, which are much lighter to handle and warmer to the touch. There are many attractive design choices that reflect traditional and contemporary styles, but the common theme is soaking comfort! And for a gentle, relaxing massage, add in a soothing bubble-jet feature. Plumbing fixtures can be highly decorative when installed outside the tub in a floor-mounted “stand” configuration, or internally plumbed with deck-mounted taps, filler and even a telephone spray head. It takes some planning and co-ordination between plumber and flooring installer to ensure the kind of professional “fit & finish” desired, but this extra effort will be worthwhile.

Freestanding tub/bathroom renovation in the Okotoks community of Downey Ridge

Freestanding tub/bathroom renovation in the Okotoks community of Downey Ridge

If you are curious about the world of relaxation bathing, have a look on Channel’s website “Shopping” page for links to a variety of manufacturers’ products. Or give Channel Custom Builders a call about the bigger picture…your new bathroom, kitchen, basement renovation, addition or completely new home plan!

Freestanding tub/bathroom renovation in the Calgary community of Hidden Valley

Freestanding tub/bathroom renovation in the Calgary community of Hidden Valley