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What is an Alternative ground cover to grass for a yard that gets wet and shady where kids play ?

Brooklyn, NY, small backyard. Tried to cultivate grass for years but often dies. Would love alternative ground cover. Ideally not waiting months for it to esta...

Posted by Hillary Fairbanks Sept. 4, 2020, 10:55 a.m. Exteriors - Eco-Friendly Alternatives 1 Responses

Would you recommend Legalett over water radiant floor heat for a backyard studio in Toronto?

...backyard coach houses or studios for a few reasons – as a raft slab Legalett only requires you to excavate about 6 inches or so, just enough to removed the orga...

Posted by Christine Pountney May 2, 2019, 1:22 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Do you install natural pools?

...backyard but don't know where to start - can you help? We are not natural swimming pool installers , but check out this page here for free DIY Guide to building...

Posted by Eric Wilson April 24, 2020, 10:42 a.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

What heating system to use in my new detached garage/shop?

...backyard next summer. It will be a 20'x30' on a structural concrete slab with around R-35 wall and R-40 roof insulation. There will be a south facing wall with ...

Posted by David Perreault Dec. 4, 2020, 10:23 a.m. 0 Responses

What is the best way to make a row house in Montreal Quebec more energy efficient?

...backyard. Ceiling height on main floor is 10.5' and a little lower on 2nd floor and basement. Current heating/cooling: extra-old electric baseboards, and one ...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Feb. 26, 2019, 9:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Is it possible to build a prefab as a guest home next to an already built home?

...backyard is sometimes possible but it really depends on your municipal regulations. Some cities have programs such as the Ottawa Coach House pilot project or th...

Posted by Sadhvi Alam Jan. 17, 2021, 5:48 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

Which is the best way of solar heating an indoor public swimming pool to save operating costs?

...backyard pools, but I think you would be subject to greater scrutiny with municipal building inspectors for public health and safety reasons, so I don't think w...

Posted by Ιωάννης Σταυρόπουλος March 29, 2020, 12:50 p.m. Solar thermal collectors 1 Responses

What would be the best alternative to chemical treatment for outdoor pools?

...backyard pools is a natural swimming pond , read more about them here and download a free natural pool DIY building guide – All about natural swimming pools a...

Posted by Ladka Heidari April 19, 2020, 6:24 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 1 Responses

How can I find a natural pool designer?

...backyard swimming pond will be different in all cases so it is something best seen to get the optimal design. Hi I'm from the Philippines are there any natura...

Posted by James Ford-Hutchinson Aug. 14, 2020, 10:38 p.m. Natural swimming pools and ponds 3 Responses