Tiny / Discussions

Should I put foam boards right against my basement wall or leave an air gap?

...tiny stream of light coming through only one block and had to seal it. Rain does not get directly on the walls and the crack was so small that nothing comes thr...

Posted by Elijah Hargett Jan. 9, 2021, 5:31 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 4 Responses

What insulation is there for a shipping container home that isn't spray foam?

Are there any solutions to not using closed cell spray foam when trying to prevent condensation in the wall assembly of a 40 foot shipping container home?

Posted by Jim bo April 1, 2021, 3:37 a.m. Tiny house 0 Responses

Where do I find home building resources for owner-builders?

Hi! I'm looking to get started on the planning of an owner-build for an accessorry dwelling unit (807sqft limit, 2BR limit, 20ft height limit) in Hamilton, Ont...

Posted by Alex Angel Sept. 30, 2021, 3:20 p.m. Architecture and plan design 1 Responses

How would you insulate a shipping container house?

I am undertaking a project in Baja California Sur. I am attempting a building a sustainable community of houses that uses shipping containers for the structure...

Posted by Randy Moory July 20, 2021, 7:02 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

Do you sell and ship kits in the southwest United States?

We are buying land for an off grid cabin in Flagstaff arizona, 8200 feet elevation so it gets a good amount of snow. Flat buildng lot. Will be on solar, septic...

Posted by Tracey Locke May 31, 2020, 12:57 p.m. Architecture and plan design 3 Responses

What type of insulation is best for coach house?

...Tiny House, or simply a conventional and typical family-sized home, first see here – What is the best insulation for a home? There is not much difference in...

Posted by morwarid safa Sept. 24, 2021, 2:23 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How to insulate an apartment you don't own?

...tiny nails, holes that small are easily repaired when you move out. That would go a long way to making it more comfortable. It means looking at a wall of your b...

Posted by Teresa Cunningham Oct. 21, 2019, 3 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

How thick should EPS foam insulation on basement walls be?

...tiny foam beads squished together, so there is a continuous path between the beads where moisture can move, but the rate moisture will permeate is reduced by in...

Posted by Derrick R March 17, 2021, 9:13 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

Is it possible to reconcile installing a wood stove in a airtight, super-insulated house?

...tiny leak in your building envelope drawing in cold air. Our recommendations would be to buy a high-efficient stove (the smallest you can get if its super ins...

Posted by rick seward Dec. 23, 2018, 2:49 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses

What is the best way to do a radiant floor in an off grid house?

...tiny amounts of otherwise scrap wood, provided 12 hrs of heat. Friendly Fires seems to be the Canadian distributor for this once Canadian made product. Finishin...

Posted by Julien Comtois Oct. 2, 2021, 11:21 a.m. Heating and cooling 6 Responses

Looking to build a small home as eco as possible, where do we start?

We are looking to build an approximately 30x30 small 2 story single pitch home, with a budget of approx $200,000 in Edelweiss, QC - where do we start? We are...

Posted by Jennifer Bisson July 12, 2019, 12:12 p.m. Planning and Design 2 Responses

What is a pet proof, safe and durable wood floor sealer?

...tiny muddy feet would be a natural wood oil finish, you can read more here – Natural Food Safe Wood Finishing Oil for Floors, Counters & Decks Anytime you h...

Posted by Gail Hagopian Oct. 13, 2020, 11:53 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...tiny piles of wood fibers that looks like sawdust, or bit of insulation such as foam, that will help you determine if they are drifters or residents. it’s worth...

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

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

What would be the best house design financially, and would weather the Canadian climate, and cost of this. I am starting again in life and I am doing Renovatio...

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

Should I bother testing for radon in a gutted and uninsulated house?

...tiny and sharp debris (lots of glass, a million half-buried lathe nails etc). I was planning on using recycled roofing EPS to cover the floor and then poly on t...

Posted by Luba Sharapan March 27, 2021, 12:04 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

What is the best type of home heating system?

...tiny radiator in each bedroom just to be sure. That way I get air conditioning out of the deal too. This to me would be the greenest, cheapest and most sensible...

Posted by Jennifer Doll Jan. 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Heating and cooling 3 Responses

Does strapping’s nailing jeopardize membrane integrity?

...tiny holes and cut the air change rate by close to half during that process.

Posted by GUY DUPONT Nov. 26, 2021, 11:12 p.m. Air and vapour barriers 3 Responses