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As with most new homes built by developers, it came with an unfinished basement which the homeowners can opt to have finished or do it themselves. Ours came with a rushed finishing job that didn’t suit our needs.
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.
Increasingly, North American tastes are leaning towards mattresses made primarily out of foam - even those with springs in the core will have foam on either side. Additionally, pillowtop mattresses aren't flippable. Because of these developments, mattress lives have...
The Endeavour Centre in Peterborough, Ontario has consistently developed excellent, hands-on courses for students of all ages to learn the craft of building low-impact, sustainable homes. The "low-impact" aspect is important because there are lots of "green...
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Reclaimed wood is a beautiful option for many homes that are either being renovated or built from scratch. Fortunately, in Ontario, there are plenty of choices. Reclaimed wood is often available in wider planks due to its coming from first or old-growth forests.
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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