Buying a building lot / Guides

Choosing a building lot
Excavation

Things to look for when purchasing land for building a house

...ay; natural peatlands; building lots that have had fill added. A geotechnical engineer can confirm what type of load a certain soil type can handle. Individual structural engineers may not require a soil test before approving a project, but a municipality might. If a building lot is not suitable for a traditional b...

Choosing a home and neighbourhood
Real estate

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

...alk-ability Emergency services: Hospitals, fire and police Municipal services: Access to power, water and sewage (this is more relevant for building lots) Green space: Being close to parks and water ways Soil conditions and topography to avoid flooding Stay away from flood plains Backyard privacy and greene...

Real estate

Downsizing your home: buying tips for seniors

...ated to modern tastes, or has its appearance changed little over the decades? A little effort makes a big difference in how long your home sits on the market. Homes with lapsed maintenance and outdated features sell more slowly and for less than modern, updated homes. A quick sale is important when you're buying and ...

Real estate

Real estate

...alk-ability Emergency services: hospitals, fire and police Municipal services: access to power, water and sewers (this is more relevant for building lots) Green space: being close to parks and waterways Soil conditions and topography to avoid flooding Stay away from flood plains Backyard privacy and greener...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...ayback on that additional investment might be 10 or 15 years, after which you will see a net savings. Not to mention a final product that will be far more durable and have greater resale value. If you plan to build a healthy, high performance home, the best investment you can make is taking the time to do your resear...

Lifestyle, location and commuting

Home-buying tips for seniors looking to downsize

...ay to keep a few sentimental items, but don’t be afraid to give your son his collection of baseball cards or to give your handmade quilts to family members and keep your favorite one. It’s also a smart idea to have a yard sale after you declutter. People will purchase just about anything, and they love a good bargain...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...and potentially very serious for those that already do suffer. Those at the highest risk are children, with young lungs that are still developing. Asthma rates among children have been climbing at an alarming rate, and home air quality is suspected to be one of the main causes. Renovations are a part of life that a...

Bike lanes in Vancouver
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver's goal of becoming the Greenest City by 2020

...and can cause damage to the interior of walls as many litres of water carried in warm air can pass through even the smallest of holes in a heating season. A house with an EnerGuide rating is like a car with a safety check. It is an independent third party report on the quality of what you are buying, and an indicatio...

Bike lanes in Downtown Vancouver
Choosing where to live

Urban living

...ation, as you will spend a lot of time in a car. Transportation fuel makes up a much greater part of our carbon emissions than a lot of people might think, consequently home location is one one of the biggest variables in your personal carbon footprint. The average Canadian house size: Canadians on average have a...

Leed platinum plaque
Green building certifications

All about green home certification programs & rating systems for USA & Canada

...ance areas: Site, Water, Energy, Health, Equity, and Beauty. A 'living building' earns that title by generating all of its own energy and capturing and treating all of its waste water. Certification under the Living Building Challenge can only be achieved after a full year of occupancy to determine actual operational...

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

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...ave a detailed material list: Draw up a precise list of the necessary materials, with prices and the name of the store where you will get them. Don’t leave material selection to the last minute as product availability can be a problem at times, and even more so with higher quality materials that aren’t usually availa...