Exteriors

Whatever amount of outdoor space you have and however you hope to use it, we can help you turn it into a functional and enjoyable space. We cover everything from growing food on a balcony to storm water management, solariums, deck building, natural pools and urban farming.

Greenhouses and solariums

How to build a greenhouse in a cold climate

Three greenhouse owners share their construction methods and experiences.

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Solariums in cold climates
Greenhouses and solariums

Solariums in cold climates won't heat your home

Solariums and sunrooms in cold climates will not add heat to a homes as commonly thought.

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Dog strangling vine invasive species
Landscaping and food production

Avoiding invasive species when landscaping

How to identify and choose plants that are native to your region.

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Cedar deck and stairs under construction
Decks, porches and gazebos

10 tips for building decks that will last longer

How to build decks with greater durability - material choices and construction techniques for longer lifespans

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Permeable interlock paver stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

How to create landscaping surfaces that allow for the absorption of storm water.

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Flooded streets Calgary Alberta
Rainwater management and irrigation

Rainwater management and water-permeable surfaces

The importance and the benefits of creating buildings and landscapes that retain and manage rainwater on site.

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Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Landscaping and food production

Grow food at home: 7 tips for growing food in small spaces

With a little creativity and ingenuity small spaces can be maximized for a greater harvest and look great doing so!

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Edible Perennials
Landscaping and food production

A guide to growing edible perennials.

Whether or not you're interested in edible landscape design, permascaping, or creating a food forest, this list of cold tolerant edible perennials is a great...

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Natural backyard swimming pool (NSP)
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

Say goodbye to chlorine and hello to beauty, by using plants for filtration and oxygenation of natural swimming pools.

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The Elegant Farm hydroponic bottle garden
Landscaping and food production

Hydroponic bottle gardener launches kickstarter campaign

Canadian aims to make home-grown greens accessible all year round.

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7 Principles of a super abundant, solar, year round greenhouse
Greenhouses and solariums

7 key principles for an abundant greenhouse

The year round off-grid greenhouse demystified, a Guest Post by Lindsey Schiller

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