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Kitchen and Bathroom design tips
Kitchens

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

...bathrooms can lead to rot and mold, affecting air quality and forcing costly repairs. Venting kitchen fumes to the exterior will also reduce the amount of time spent cleaning, which few will complain about. In older homes it is worth a check to make sure bathroom and kitchen fans aren't vented into the attic. Ran...

Slate tile installation in bathrooom
Flooring and stairs

Slate Tile installation - video

...bathroom counter, floors and shower stalls with a dark slate tile from Glendyne. Slate is a natural stone, so its surfaces have more character and inconsistencies in texture - and at times in thickness - than manufactured tiles. This can mean a bit more effort on the part of installers, but a more natural look with the...

Under bed storage
Interior design and furnishing

Storage ideas for small spaces

...bathroom cabinets hide completely dead space that can reclaimed for storage. This is a solution for custom made cabinets only of course, you won't find it at Ikea. A slightly modified kick plate height can make for a built-in and retractable stool in the bathroom for kids. Kickplate drawer in bathroom cabinet © A...

Water efficient Boulevard FloWise toilet from American Standard
Bathrooms

Efficient toilets for LEED homes

...bathroom chores will understand that it is not only about the look, but also for ease of cleaning. There is a lot to consider in high performance building, and details like performance toilets are not minor, they are a big part of delivering homes that will keep everyone satisfied.

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?
Walls and Roofs

Condensation on windows is a pain but is it a problem & how to stop it?

...bathroom fan during the shower and for 15-20 minutes after to get that humid air outside. Because of the number of incorrectly installed bathroom fans we’ve seen installed – it’s also probably worth double checking in the loft space that bathroom fans are correctly vented to outside and that joints are duct taped up pr...

The off-grid Ecocapsule accessory dwelling unit
Tiny house

The off-grid Ecocapsule tiny house

...bathroom with a shower and a toilet that collects bio waste, the Ecocapsule can be used as a tiny home, a pop-up hotel, a humanitarian refuge, or even an electric car charging station. Its 9744Wh battery is powered by a 750W silent wind turbine and 600W solar outputs that enable it to operate completely off-grid. A d...

The LEED Platinum Beachaus II from Inhaus Development Ltd.
LEED Homes

LEED Platinum Home in British Columbia

...bathroom home includes a large separate office/studio space and bright, naturally lit living spaces. Following in the footsteps of the Beachaus I project, Beachaus II from Inhaus Developments has again proven that luxury living and sustainable housing are perfectly compatible. Efficient design, durability, air qualit...

Snowboarder, Mike, Basich's, off-grid cabin in the woods with hot tub
Tiny house

Off-grid tiny house in the heart of the Sierras.

...bathroom per se, but equipped with a hot tub and chairlift, this gorgeous Tiny House is most perfectly situated in the heart of the Sierras. © Mike Basich Basich began his career as one of the pioneers of snowboarding. Once embroiled in competitions, he lived a very "big" life which he describ...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...Bathroom fans to manage moisture and prevent the risk of mold growth Central vacuum removes dust and helps reduce allergy symptoms Chosen ERV & Ventilation Brands : Venmar, air exchanger, bathroom fan, range hood, central vacuum Healthy interior finishing options Beyond aesthetics, many of the detail finish...

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...bathrooms to facilitate safety handles. Universal access doors (36") and spacious bathrooms. Under-counter openings for wheelchairs. There is no question that incorporating flexible design features into new home construction will add some cost. But it will almost certainly save someone a lot of money at some po...

DIY Bidet Installation Video - Save on Water & Paper
Bathrooms

DIY Bidet installation video

...bathroom tissue! The first hurdle to jump is to realize that this no longer means a second toilet-shaped throne in your bathroom to where you move your bottom after you’ve completed the first step of your mission – to successfully jettison all unwanted materials. You can purchase bidet add-ons that fit to existing to...