Kitchen / Discussions

Are there non-toxic quartz kitchen counters?

I have a medical condition and cannot tolerate any type of scents and mainstream products for building e.g. chalking, paint, glue, etc. . We have picked our qu...

Posted by Jackie kierulf June 27, 2018, 11:08 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 2 Responses

Do you have any tips to unclog a sink with standing water?

My kitchen wastes always blocked the sinks filter and, for this reason, water does not clear from the pipes. Water stands in the sink and, the clog doesn't mov...

Posted by Laura Tom Jan. 7, 2019, 2:06 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

How do you install grey water recycling in a tiny house?

...kitchen sink. Thank You for all the great information on your website!! For a Tiny House on wheels you don’t have to concern yourself with municipality regulati...

Posted by Grace Schock June 21, 2018, 3:23 p.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

When I use my stove hood I get smoke odours in my home, is that due to negative pressure and how do I fix it?

...kitchen I had a stove hood installed that vents directly to the outside. But when the hood is running at the same time as the heating system I can smell smoke i...

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 12:37 p.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

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

...kitchen and one full bath at the opposite end of the house on one level. The water heaters will be electric, perhaps heat pump style. Should I consider two hot ...

Posted by Shaun B June 28, 2019, 2:14 p.m. Hot water 1 Responses

Where can I find non-toxic outdoor material to use for carcuses for BBQ joinery?

ideally waterproof (or water resistant), mould proof and able to be used as shelving

Posted by Ros Young Jan. 7, 2020, 6:47 p.m. 0 Responses

Is Blum hardware LBC compliant or free of Red List components?

I can find no information on this online and Blum seems to be vague about it also. Any assistance would be appreciated. That is a great question, and so far we...

Posted by Phil Lipton Aug. 27, 2019, 10:45 a.m. Kitchens 2 Responses

Where can I find formaldehyde free cabinets that aren't plywood?

I'm looking for a formaldehyde free cabinet that is all wood and is no or low voc. No plywood please. Are you looking for formaldehyde-free cabinets for a kitc...

Posted by Camille Young Dec. 3, 2019, 7:56 p.m. Kitchens 3 Responses

Can you help me decide between a foundation, slab on grade and crawlspace?

...kitchen or bathroom modifications in the future. But if you build it properly and anticipate your future needs there really should be no problems. What you ar...

Posted by David Davenport Nov. 26, 2018, 12:57 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

How much does it cost to build a house by square foot?

...kitchen counter, or 5 thousand for one the same size, so your taste is a big factor. Flooring materials also vary wildly in cost per square foot, even the paint...

Posted by Mike D Sept. 5, 2017, 4:12 p.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What's the difference between a slab on grade and a monolithic foundation?

...kitchen will be extended into the current living space to make a big family area on one side, and have a big island into the new room on the addition side. We t...

Posted by Ronaldo Johnitas Dec. 10, 2019, 6:12 a.m. Slab on Grade 4 Responses

How can I solve a moisture problem in attic from 1941 home?

...kitchen , dining room, hallway, and 1 bedroom ceiling. Will a fresh coat of paint do very much to help? I am reluctant to use Kilz or something else that has a ...

Posted by Rachel Katz June 8, 2019, 4:06 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 0 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...kitchen, pantry or wherever the food is, carpenter ants on the other hand will more likely be found where there is moist wood, so it could be the kitchen (plumb...

Posted by Shawn B Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m. Pest control 1 Responses

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

...kitchen and hallway warmer in winter and cooler in summer. After that, I would look to fit light coloured blinds or curtains if you've any large south facing ...

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