Building on a low budget / Discussions

How do you design and build a green home on a very small budget?

...ather the Canadian climate, and cost of this. I am starting again in life and I am doing Renovation at college (at age 47) which covers sustainable construction...

Posted by Paul Squire Nov. 8, 2018, 8:25 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

Building a Honka log “pretty good house” planning - thoughts on hvac, ventilation and roof

...onstruction loan is awarded and that number sets what we'll get). See what's a good bet and what a waste of money (for the appraised value and impact on quality...

Posted by Klemen Novak June 28, 2020, 1:55 a.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

...ar panels and have access to a variety of machines for digging and clearing land, and I know if I can create a reasonable plan I can get friends and family on b...

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses

What is the best heating and cooling system for a slab on grade home?

...ans that are designed for a slab on grade home. I am really leaning towards slab on grade for the aesthetics, savings, as well as for environmental reasons. I l...

Posted by Matthew Gioia July 7, 2020, 11:03 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

How do we find a designer for our new build?

...asy maintenance, nice heat absorption from S facing sun) Wood burning fireplace Spiral staircase to second floor if necessary for minimal space. (Ladder as othe...

Posted by Tim Blais Feb. 15, 2021, 8:40 p.m. How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals 1 Responses

What do you look for when buying an existing home to convert to a green home?

...ase How to stay on budget when renovating and building new And, if you end up with a house that is in fairly good condition, there are always easy and basic...

Posted by Ismael Rumzan Nov. 30, 2021, 8:02 a.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

Should I install two small electric hot water heaters - or one big one?

...as not cheap) and it only lasted about 3 years until a coil burnt out and I had to switch it out for a standard water heater. Here are our pages about home wa...

Posted by Shaun B June 28, 2019, 2:14 p.m. Hot water 2 Responses

How can I get rid of moisture between the vapor barrier and the insulation in a basement?

...ondensation on insulation side of VB in two areas, about ten feet each, one on an original basement wall, one on a section of new. Condensation was ground-level...

Posted by David Mitchell Aug. 14, 2018, 6:32 p.m. Basements improvements 42 Responses

What is the right amount of insulation for a house?

...ated house with double walls or Larson truss (either would have dense pack cellulose) on a slab foundation with radiant in floor heat. I saw a post with a chart...

Posted by Ryan Gerbrandt Feb. 11, 2019, 9:57 a.m. Passive solar home design 4 Responses