Deck building / Guides

Deck Construction, 10 Top Tips for Building Decks
Decks, porches and gazebos

Building a deck ? 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...Deck building topics for durable deck construction: Meeting setbacks and getting building permits in Canada & US Creating a solid base structure: cement pillars (Sonotubes), screw piles, floating deck blocks Wood selection - pressure treated or hemlock base, cedar or composite decking Durability strategies fo...

Shipping Container Homes in a Warm Climate might be a good option
Tiny house

Beautiful shipping container homes - Tiny Houses in warm climates

...deck for a tiny house This Tiny House consists of a converted shipping container skillfully made into a ground level living space. It includes a lounge and fully equipped kitchen, a bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, a spacious luxurious ensuite attached, and that awesome open deck joining both rooms for outdoo...

building with recycled shipping pallets
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Building with recycled shipping pallets

...Building with shipping pallets © b Sq. Design Studio With interior and exterior climbable walls, plenty of counter space, a 12 foot roof deck and two door openings, this structure is the ultimate play space for children and adults alike. Recycled wood pallets were chosen as the primary material for this fea...

Beautiful LEED home in Mulmur, Ontario.
LEED Homes

A beautiful lakeside LEED Platinum home

...building that does not sacrifice design. Sited facing the bank of a stream-fed pond, this four-season house is nestled into a natural slope. Extensive 14-ft high glazing offers expansive views of the landscape and access to a full-length deck. Bedrooms are located on opposite ends of the rectangular plan, book-ending...

Reduced carbon concrete Patio blocks and CMU
Concrete and masonry

Reducing emissions with CO² cured-concrete

...deck, check out our 10 Tips for Building a Green Wooden Deck here Other advantages: Reduced efflorescence as it is less porous, and absorbs less water than normal concrete Stronger and more abrasive resistant than standard concrete Improved durability: more resistant to cracking due to the freeze/thaw cycle ...

Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

...deck finishing oil © Livos Now you know about natural, food-safe, non-toxic finishes for wood surfaces and furniture. Learn more about sustainable construction and how to create healthy indoor spaces , all in the Ecohome Building Guide and the following pages: Top ten tips for a longer lasting deck ...

Frost Heave Prevention Helps Stop Frost Heaving Breaking up Home Foundations
New foundations and slab-on-grade

What causes Frost Heave? Preventing frost heaving is down to good foundation design

...building inspectors to know for sure how deep you might need to go to get under the frost line. This is, of course, great as a general rule if you are building something without permits or building inspectors, but for anything of greater consequence like full home construction, don’t chance it in the least. Buildings...

Ice dams on roofs & how to fix them
Roof assemblies - renovation

What causes ice dams and how to fix them

...buildings over the course of the winter, and see the differences. One of the best times for amateur building-forensics is in the fall when there is no snow on roofs and frost forms on cold mornings. Below is an example of something that sticks out like a sore thumb once you understand the significance. A newly-built ...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...building geometry and glazing were optimized for passive solar gain during the heating season and solar exclusion during the cooling season due to a large tree on the west side of the property. High-performance insulation , an airtight building envelope , triple glazing , and mechanical ventilation with energy recove...

Affordable green prefab homes - contemporary rancher style - Abri 1850 BV
Architecture and plan design

Prefab Homes for Sale - Beautiful & Sustainable - Available Now

...building a new place to live. Everything is planned in advance, leaving nothing to chance and ensuring a quick and smooth assembly to a high quality controlled finish and performance. Designed around the concept of enjoying the outdoors, each model wraps around its indoor/outdoor deck, creating a haven away from the ...

Solar thermal collectors

Product of the month: Solar water heater with overheating protection

...deck on the most south-facing roof. This is for both aesthetic and functional reasons – sleek looking panels lying flush on a roof deck are less obtrusive to the eye and they are also less likely to suffer damage during high winds or require engineering to be securely mounted to roof trusses. We would strongly advise...