Bathroom / Guides

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

1. Make a realistic budget and schedule: This is, without a doubt, the starting point to a successful build - don’t underestimate the time and money it will take to complete a build or renovation. Even professional contractors tend to underestimate the costs and duration of a project. Get advice from multiple prof...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...bathroom sinks and laundry, but not kitchen sinks or toilets. That’s known as "black" water and there is no secondary use that you’re going to want that for - except for possible subsoil irrigation for garden shrubs and lawns where it's allowed - because plants are pretty useful for reducing nitrate content too. Gray...

Mobile tiny house
Tiny house

Is Tiny House living in a cold climate good or bad for the planet?

...bathroom, a heat source, ventilation system, windows and a door; but instead of those costs being spread over 1,000 or more square feet, they may be spread over only 100 square feet. So, relative to the size, you will probably pay a lot for a tiny house. If you manage to get a permit to build something super-tiny on ...

Step by step guide for slab-on-grade home construction
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade construction: the ecoHOME A to Z Slab building guide

...bathroom, get your contractor to do the rough-in before pouring your slab on grade or Frost Protected Shallow Foundation (FPSF) since it is very difficult to modify plumbing after the pour. INSULATION AND AIR / VAPOUR BARRIERS FOR SLAB ON GRADE: Install anchor bolts and lateral insulating panels and then the cent...

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

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...bathroom counter and flooring © Ecohome Slate is a natural stone, extracted from what was the bottom of ancient oceans, and can commonly be found from Quebec to Newfoundland. Finished floors generally have widely varying colours and texture. See our Natural Slate tile installation video building guide to learn more...

Real estate

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

...Bathroom water damage: Does it have wood around wet areas? Are there signs of water damage anywhere? Are toilets and faucets modern low-flow models ? If appliances come with it, take out your phone again and take a picture of the model number stickers on appliances to check online what sort of quality you are buying....

Heating an off-grid home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

OFF GRID LIVING BLOG, PART 4: Off-grid heating systems - lessons learned from our off grid home

...bathroom), and two hydronic baseboard registers upstairs. This system provides amazingly warm and comfy floors in the bedrooms when we run the heating system. Some people with heated floors don't get to have the warm foot experience that often with high efficiency homes, but this has not been the case for us. As the ho...

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...bathroom sinks, tub and laundry unit in a 30 gallon storage tank and had a counter flow coil of fresh water to recover some of the waste heat in the waste water. This unit was not very successful as the waste water had soap added to the water before it entered the tank and the soap caused the water to gel. Air lock...