Backyard / Guides

The Archipod
Tiny house

Have a backyard home office delivered by truck

I'm sure we can all agree that as the cost and inconvenience of commuting to work continues to escalate, the advances in networking technology are making the possibility of working from home a viable alternative to schlepping ourselves to the office. When we consider eliminating the daily commute, the benefits are c...

Ottawa Coach Houses with prefab modern tiny house kit homes are available here
Tiny house

Ottawa now allows backyard coach homes & high-end tiny house kits

...backyard coach homes is new as of 2017. What's new since 2020 is that local prefab modern tiny house kit homes are available here that can be supplied prebuilt and finished, and delivered ready to connect up to services and use in a matter of weeks! Why build a tiny house or coach house? There are a myriad of reaso...

The Methane Midden compost water heater that surpassed its goal on kic
Plumbing and water heaters

Compost pile hot tub water heater

...backyard inventions or hear of one, by all means tip us off.

“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?

...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,...

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

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

...backyard. Good luck, and let us know if you try it! Now you're motivated to try swimming in a natural pool, you can learn how to heat a pool in the most effective & Eco-friendly way, saving energy & money here . From the EcoHome Green Building Guides Also for beautiful gardens improve Biodiversity in your backyard ...

Choosing a home and neighbourhood
Real estate

Shopping for a home? Some tips for finding the right house and neighbourhood

...Backyard privacy and greenery Sun exposure: For interior quality of life, also for a garden if that's your thing. Community: Do you like the neighbours and community? Is it kid friendly? (this is good to know, even if you hate kids) How to recognize a valuable home: Don't just look at how many bedrooms and ...

Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...backyard' was applicable to a resistance, this is it. It's often hard at first to watch your neighbourhood add new houses, low rise buildings and certainly high rises. But the overall benefits for a city are unquestionable. Increased urban density means taking advantage of existing infrastructure like power, water ...

Real estate

Real estate

...Backyard privacy and greenery Sun exposure: for interior quality of life, also for a garden if that's your thing. Community: do you like the neighbours and the area? Is it a kid friendly neighbourhood? (this is good to know whether you like kids or not) How to recognize a valuable home: Don't just look at t...

Lasagna Gardening - How to Build an Easy Vegetable Garden
Food production

Lasagna gardening - the easiest vegetable garden at home?

Lasagna gardening - what is it? The easiest way to turn a backyard lawn into an organic food-producing garden is by building a lasagna garden, as there is no digging required. The first thing we will clear up for any rookie gardeners; we aren’t planting noodle trees where we will be harvesting penne and rigatoni. ...

Artistic rendition of the 2000 square foot sustainable home being buil
Living Building Challenge

Taking the Living Building Challenge

...backyard for food production. Other features will be a rainwater treatment system for showers, photovoltaic solar panels feeding the power grid and pre-fab straw bale walls. "The treatment of human waste into useful compost rather than being one of the largest environmental problems facing our waterways is absolutely...

Cutting a 110 year old dying pine tree.
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

The rise of urban logging

...backyard studio (which Brian and Colleen have dubbed the treehouse) has drawn in many curious and inspired neighbours who have walked away with bits of this locally infamous tree for their own projects. Boards stacked for air drying © Brian Blak Reclaiming materials not only saves money and natural resources, i...