Alternative ground cover / Guides

“The perfect lawn” comes with a very heavy environmental cost!
Landscaping

Which are the best bee-friendly & Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards?

...alternatives? Alternative eco-friendly ground covers to grass Alternatives for grass - ground covers! Choosing an alternative to grass as a backyard p...

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood
Decks, porches and gazebos

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...ground level for your base. This will ensure the ground below your post does not freeze and heave. Deck support in concrete with galvanized post support ...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

1. Asphalt shingles: Asphalt shingles © Ecohome We’ll start with shingles to get it out of the way, because choosing an eco-friendly, durable roof cove...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...Cover the French drain with a layer of crushed stone, then cover it with a geotextile to prevent the accumulation of sediment. Notes for Drains under FPSF o...

Building a Passive House that's LEED Certified too - an Owner's Tale
Passive House

An owner/builder's account of building a Passive House

...ground) to preheat or precool air being fed into the air exchanger. For additional heat we installed two little mini-split heat pumps (one head on the ground ...

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

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

...Cover the pond surface with a net to prevent the accumulation of leaves and debris Dismantle and drain filtration systems and pumps. Comparing cost - natu...