Decks / Guides

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

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

...decks & floors that's non-toxic, see here for details - or if refinishing a deck or using reclaimed timber, we've succesfully used this cleaning, lightening and staining system for older wood decks - in particular, check out the how-to video . Ultra low voc deck stain system keeps decks looking better longer and sa...

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

...decks, fences and exterior wood furniture. Another alternative for natural wood finishing oils are by Prato Verde and can be found here in the Ecohome sustainable product directory . Or I've even family who swear by buffing wood vigorously with MCT oil and they printed off some lovely photos on their new canon prin...

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

...decks, and damage to basements and slab on grade homes. While the solutions to preventing frost heave are the same, the ‘actual’ cause of frost heave is somewhat misunderstood. It is mostly thought that the upward expansion of existing moisture in soil is what causes frost heave, but it’s slightly more complicated. S...

Installing a rainwater catment system
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Installing a rainwater catchment system

...decks. Here's an interesting set up: Other considerations: If you use rainwater for showering, be aware of the difficulties matching different water pressures. The mains pressure is often higher than what a pump can produce and the mains pressure can stop the tank water from coming thr...

How to Build Homes & Protect Homes to Stop Wildfires
Concept and design

How to protect your home from fire - a burning need to know.

...decks. In a drought, dry grass may burn faster than a person can run, so consider drought-resistant landscaping rather than a lawn. Clean leaves out of gutters because they can catch embers. Maybe consider stone patios instead of ground-level decks. Remove or prune trees that are too close, and clear dead branches st...

Rain barrels for storm water management and rainwater harvesting
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Introduction to rainwater harvesting

...decks, or in other unused spaces. There is a huge range of options for large single storage tanks (cisterns). They can be made from plastic, ferrocement, metal or fiberglass, and range in size from 50 gallons to thousands of gallons. Indoor use: Stored rainwater can be very safely used for toilet flushing and sho...

Net Zero Homes - Canada's first certified Net Zero House in BC
Green building certifications

The first Net Zero-labelled homes in Canada

...decks are strategically placed to optimize views, provide shelter and maximize privacy. The house is rectangular in plan, with the longer north and south elevations facing the property lines, the east elevation facing the ocean, and the west elevation screened from the road by a detached garage. This Net Zero Energ...

Tesla Solar Roof Cost Comparison, Competitors & Reviews
Solar photovoltaic

Are Tesla solar roofs worth the money? Are there any competitors? Our take on the future of BIPV

...decks and acts as the roof covering. Costs & Warranty comparison for SunTegra solar shingles Install price: SunTegra doesn’t list the cost on their website, but numbers circulating around the web indicate $3.65 per Watt. Product warranty: 10 years. Power output warranty: 25 years. So is Tesla the best sol...

Making home made DIY laundry detergent from buckeyes or horse chestnuts
Lifestyle and environment

How to make Eco-friendly DIY Buckeye / Horse Chestnut laundry soap

...decks - we just wouldn't want mold in clothes. Home made DIY laundry detergent from buckeyes or horse chestnuts stores well in a plastic laundry detergent jug How much Horse Chestnut or Buckeye DIY laundry soap should you use per load? Washing clothes with horse chestnut soap is an imperfect science of cour...

Spray Foam Insulation - Is it Good or Toxic & Dangerous?
Insulation and soundproofing

Is spray foam insulation a good choice for your home? Or a toxic recipe for disaster?

...decks and subfloors, it is almost impossible to remove. So building materials that would otherwise have been recyclable or reuseable will end up in a landfill. Even now while the price of lumber is astronomically high - and so motivation is high to recycle and reuse wood as much as possible - it’s still very diffic...