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Designing and building a beautiful, energy-efficient home requires careful thinking and execution with special attention paid to the building envelope. A tight envelope means that a smaller heating and cooling system can be installed, and therefore, the running costs will be lower than a typical home of the same size.
This post was updated on October 31, 2019. IceStone countertops are made from 75% post-industrial recycled glass, Portland cement and a non-petroleum-based binder in Brooklyn, New York. They look like a subtle terrazzo for your countertops. The company was...
Update as of October 29, 2019. I contacted Blu Homes this week to see if they were still offering to build homes in Canada. This is the response they sent me: We are currently not serving your geography and only available to build in California. If you do own land in...
If you've ever picked up an antique chair and compared it to picking up a new one, chances are you will be surprised at how much heavier it is. Old chairs tended to be made with oak, maple, and other hardwood species. Not only that, but they are most likely made from...
There are several advantages to using reclaimed wood for your floors. It has character (you can see nicks, gouges, worm holes), it’s dense because it is probably from an old growth forest, it gives the wood a second life, and it supports local industry.
LED lighting is far more complex than traditional incandescent lighting. We examine the issues to consider in choosing the right lights for your home.
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Prefab and modular homes are not only faster to construct, they can usually be made to higher environment standards. Further, because they are made off-site, they generate less construction waste than a standard build.
There are plenty of ways to build green. Methods such as straw bale, rammed earth, and cross-laminated timber had fallen out of favour as brick and lumber-built methods became quicker, but they are getting a revival because of their postivie attributes.
- Landscaping for maximum energy and water efficiency
- Environmentally-friendly path and mortar systems
- rain-barrels and cisterns
- solar panels and residential wind turbines