Backyard ideas / Guides

Urban farming
Landscaping

Landscaping, outdooring & urban farming

...backyard or even better some acreage to grow edibles, but that isn't always the case. Some of the more limited spaces would be apartment balconies, but if they ...

“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 to grass lawns - Ground covers! North American backyards have one main point in common – Kentucky blue grass. But here we’re talking about gro...

Swimming Pool Heating - Save energy & money & be Eco-friendly as possible Tips
Natural swimming pools and ponds

Heating a Swimming Pool - Top 10 Cost-Efficient & Eco-friendly ways to heat a pool

...backyard pool for as much of the year as possible without the pool heating costing the Earth. Literally. Reduced pool heating costs = better savings 5) Use ...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...backyard of the house. In addition to mechanical filtration systems (coarse, sand and activated carbon filters), water passes through a Waterloo Biofilter . T...

Shipping container home
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly?

...ideas, the re-use of containers for housing makes complete sense on the surface, but may not be the best use of materials when you look at the big picture. Whil...