Interiors

Interior design, material selection and finishing information is divided into the different rooms of your home. The choice of flooring, cabinetry materials, paints and coatings, doors and moldings and furniture is done primarily with personal appeal in mind. If you combine that with materials that are more durable and healthy, you protect your investment, and the quality of the air you breathe.

Quarantine DIY Projects to do with Kids - Refinishing Wood
Interiors

Home improvement projects to do with kids - Refinishing wood

At the end of last year when looking forward to 2020, being confined to home with no school for kids wasn't part of the plan - but making the best of this opportunity to pass on some life skills seems like a good idea. If you are home with your kids like us right now, then you can count yourselves among the lucky ones…

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?
Interiors

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

Laminate countertops are traditionally a "cheap" counter option, favored by cookie-cutter home builders, but as there are now better laminate countertops out there for sustainable green homes, we thought we'd give them another look & see how to choose. Are laminate counters good? Laminate countertops were a long-time…

Healthy Home Offices - Natural Biophilic Design Ideas
Interior design and furnishing

How do you create a healthy home office? With Biophilic Interior Design

Home offices are being used much more than before, and we're staying inside more than we should - Here's how to use Biophilic Design in a Home Office for better health. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have daydreamed on more than one occasion of having the luxury of being able to work from home. Oh, the thought of…

Detergent-free eco friendly Laundry balls
Cleaning and maintenance

Do Laundry balls work?

Ecohome's little sister, Ecohabitation in Quebec, tested eco-friendly detergent-free laundry soap balls, read our review and see the results in the Ecohome Building Guide. While walking through a home show not long ago I came across a product that has always intrigued me, the laundry wash ball, some kind of magic bean…

DIY Bidet Installation Video - Save on Water & Paper
Bathrooms

DIY Bidet installation video

More and more people are installing bidets at home, so Ecohome took a look... does the idea of a jet of water blasting your nether regions seem a hard leap to make at first? Well, the times they are a changin’. Should we consider adding a bidet? Although quite popular in Africa, Asia and Europe, the bidet has been slo…

Smart Homes, Technology & UV can Help Reduce COVID-19
Cleaning and maintenance

Keep homes cleaner & safer with smart home features & UV light

Smart homes can help reduce the transmission of bacteria and viruses by reducing the number of surfaces we touch in our homes, and for most things we do touch we can zap those with UV light and sanitize without chemicals. Coronavirus or COVID-19 is changing how we live, obliging us to practice social distancing and pr…

All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?
Flooring and stairs

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

Natural building materials such as hemp flooring or HempWood contribute to healthy indoor air quality; they can also act as carbon storage & preserve natural resources & forests traditionally used for wood flooring products. Natural building products such as hemp flooring are gaining in popularity for those who want h…

custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks
Kitchens

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

Kitchen cabinets can off-gas formaldehyde and countless other chemicals for years after they have been installed. Here is a price comparison of some Green Kitchen cabinet choices for better indoor air quality (IAQ). Green kitchen cabinets - why does it matter? To improve the air quality of your home, that's why! “Indo…

Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

Kunos oil from Livos is a natural finishing oil for floors, counters, furniture & decks - enrich wood surfaces safely, protect them from stains & water ingress. Livos is a Quebec manufacturer of natural wood finishing oils, and they are very transparent about the composition of their products which are mainly plants a…

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

Wood ceilings are a beautiful natural material with no off-gassing and no treatment necessary so why do we systematically choose drywall. Wood ceilings - what's the the skinny? Ahhh, the charm of a wood ceiling, seriously, what's not to like? The intent of this page is less about talking you out of installing gypsum b…

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica
Kitchens

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

Kitchen counter alternatives to pressed wood: composite paper, aluminum, recycled porcelain, glass and quartz. Here is a look at their durability and cost. The most common kitchen counters you will find in homes are traditional laminate countertops. And they certainly live up to the adage ‘you get what you pay for’, a…