Barn wood / Guides

Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
Wood and organic materials

All about wood

...wood takes its fair market share. Where to buy wood: Wherever you live in Canada, there is without a doubt wood being harvested not too far away. If you want to ensure your wood qualifies in some sense as 'local', you can start first of all by species selection - choose woods that are grown in your region. Don't bu...

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 ceiling. The aesthetics of drywall compared to wood ceilings: Clearly my bias has been established; I like wood ceilings . I find those moments when you are vacantly staring at a ceiling to be infinitely more interesting with tongue and groove wood than staring at a monotone eggshell-white surface - cold me ol...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...wood. Choosing FSC products promotes the market for responsible forestry management. Engineered hardwood floors: Engineered wood is comprised of several layers of plywood forming the core of your flooring, with a top layer of hardwood. When finished, engineered wood will look like any other hardwood floor. ...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...wood refers to smaller pieces that are machine grooved and glued together. They are strong, and enable the use of smaller pieces of wood that have limited use. Pros: They are cheaper than solid wood, last a long time, use post-industrial material, don't contain harmful glues, and they can usually be found somewhat ...

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

...wood lumber to the housing industry. Read more here about other hemp building materials on the market and why they are sustainable. Hardwood flooring companies will on occasion use wood reclaimed from river beds , recycled barn boards, or renewable building materials such as bamboo, but this hemp flooring from ...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...wood sheds, bed frames, chairs and tables etc. Companies that accumulate them are often relieved if you come take some - but be certain to double check that pallets and pallet wood are safe by understanding pallet labelling for toxicity here .

Bathroom with refinished claw foot tub and barn board trim in a home c
Materials and resources

Finding environmentally friendly materials

...wood © elementalbuilding.com RONA for example is a Canadian-owned company that has made a commitment to offer only FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) wood products, a major move to bring responsibly harvested products to the mainstream marketplace. Wood carrying the FSC logo has passed a 3rd party independent asses...

Natural Building Insulation Made of Grass - Eco-friendly, Green
Insulation and soundproofing

Non-toxic natural building insulation made of grass

...barn in the Sottish Highlands during prolonged rainy weather. That....would be noticeable. There are some like celllulose and wood fiber panels that have been around for awhile, but a few of the newer and more interesting ones we've found include hemp insulation, and grass insulation. And while we're at it, I think t...