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

...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 starting to loo...

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

For a first time buyer where do you start with renovations?

...to power. So keeping up on it can be difficult. As for where to start, it really depends on how much you want to invest in home improvements. So below are a s...

Posted by Joanne Geall Aug. 19, 2020, 3:14 p.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

I have many issues with my house where should I start?

...to find out where to start, eg. should I seal the house, then insulate the outside basement wall, to the roof, then re-side the house, and insulate roof. Or ins...

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Sept. 29, 2019, 3:08 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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

...where to start. The home will have to be 100% off grid due to location. Hopefully I'll be able to have a well. I currently own some solar panels and have acce...

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

Do you install natural pools?

...to install a natural swimming pool in a backyard but don't know where to start - can you help? We are not natural swimming pool installers , but check out this ...

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

Where can I buy a tiny house and plot of land to put it in a tiny house community near Seattle?

...to buy a tiny house and plot of land to put it in a tiny house community in the greater Seattle area, but don't see online where to do all this or how to start....

Posted by Marc von Borstel May 19, 2020, 10:19 p.m. Tiny house 0 Responses

What do we look for when buying land and coming up with a house building budget?

...where to start on finding land and coming up with a suitable budget. We would really appreciate advice either for where to start or for a company that might be ...

Posted by stephanie p July 3, 2021, 8:48 p.m. Planning and Design 1 Responses

What is the best wall design for cold climates?

...where to start. Do you have any design specs? To build a sustainable and energy efficient home in a cold climate you will need sufficient insulation and an airt...

Posted by Jeremy Hull Jan. 20, 2021, 10:21 a.m. Concept and design 1 Responses

What type of hrv system should I put in a 4 year old home?

...told me that my home is too tight and I need an hrv system. We live in CT and I am not sure where to start. Thoughts? Well first a clarification – your house ma...

Posted by Ellen Murray Zappone Sept. 1, 2021, 4:35 p.m. HRV and ERV 1 Responses

How much does it cost to build an Earthship?

...where do we start? Who do we ask? Who do we hire? How much money do we need? Any ideas or brainstorms are welcome. An Earthship is not an affordable home to bui...

Posted by Robin Skidmore Dec. 17, 2020, 10:35 p.m. Passive solar home design 1 Responses

What kind of insulation do you recommend to put on my exterior sheet rock wall?

...to the ones they use all over Europe. I am looking for a pointer on where to start and find more information. Thanks, Insulating the exterior walls of older hom...

Posted by Uwe Thomas May 22, 2020, 10 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How do I insulate my half below grade basement?

...too much’ or a ‘bit too little’ insulation depending on how much you install, given the different temperatures the wall will be exposed to from above grade to b...

Posted by tom mckeand Oct. 14, 2019, 11:01 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What is the best way to renovate a basement after a flood?

...toxic floor, you can read more about it here . It can be tough to offer advice without a visual, so feel free to load some photos and we can trouble shoot thi...

Posted by Wren Toombs June 18, 2018, 10:52 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 2 Responses

Can an HRV be installed in a condo?

...to whether you have access to a ventilation point outside away from sources of smell and where it is possible to install. So, I would start with Strata and ask ...

Posted by Eugene Tam June 29, 2020, 7:42 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 1 Responses

Where can I purchase non-toxic interior wall panels near Laval, Quebec?

...tomatically inflates the balloon to block the pipe, then pings your phone to tell you about it. Then you should read this page about how to build basements prop...

Posted by Louise Goulet Nov. 30, 2019, 1:14 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Where can I find building plans for an eco home?

...to our Green Home Building Guide , the Ecohome planning and design page is a great place to start, and as you get further into you planning please feel free to ...

Posted by Derek Kittilsen Aug. 4, 2019, 12:09 p.m. Planning and Design 5 Responses

What infloor radiant heating would you use in a corewood home design?

...to be - gas, wood, oil, electric? Whether you choose wires, hydronic tubes or air tubes to heat your floor, you’ll need to size the system to match the heat l...

Posted by John Yoho Feb. 6, 2020, 10:59 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Can I purchase XPS made with HFOs?

...start a new residential build Spring 2020. Can I purchase XPS panels with HFOs anywhere? If not, any idea when they will be available? If they aren't available,...

Posted by Kate Noblio Dec. 14, 2019, 12:35 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses