Backyard ideas / Guides

Urban farming

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...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 are at all facing south you'd be surprised at the yield you can get with a little ingenuity. Repurposed eavestrough in a vertical garden. Image via plantedw...

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 the Cheapest Source of Heat: Solar should always be the primary heat source for a pool which will be a combination of good location in the yard to maximize su...

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

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

...backyards have one main point in common – Kentucky blue grass. But here we’re talking about ground covers and alternatives to this grass , not a bunch of fiddle and banjo players jamming in your backyard. The traditional green grass we use to cover our front and back yards has many disadvantages and quite honestly,...

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 . The system is designed to treat 600 litres of rainwater per day, which is done without using any chemicals. Water is first filtered by charcoal, purified with ul...

Shipping container homes, Good or Bad?
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly & good or bad to live in?

...ideas, the re-use of shipping containers for housing makes complete sense on the surface, but they may not be the best use of materials when you look at the big picture. While it may work fine in a moderate climate, slugging it out through a Canadian or Northern US winter in a metal box may not be the wisest of moves, ...