Floor plans / Guides

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...floor plans that work for you right now but can be easily adapted to accommodate different family dynamics in the future. Flexible housing starts with a basic layout that allows for functional expansion in the future. Lay out your interior floor plan so that if you need to expand out or up, space is already allotted ...

Radiant floor tube installation
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor tubing installation video

...floor in the Edelweiss House. We have a 10 zone system, allowing floor temperatures in each room to be controlled independently. HePex tubing was provided by Uponor, who also use building plans to give customers a zone plan to follow making the install quick and easy, also ensuring the right length of run for each zone...

Techniques for reducing sound transmission in buildings
Insulation and soundproofing

Controlling sound transmission in buildings

...floor) but also for the walls and floors that abut the party wall. The details of the connection between the walls and floors should be known too, if possible. This information is needed to decide if flanking paths are likely to be a serious problem. Building plans or information from the developer might be available...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

Efficient home design, or how to design a home to use less energy

...plans to use old doors for example, or some specific flooring material, you many need to adjust framing or floor heights. Old doors don’t always meet the standard openings and its best to know the exact sizes before you start building. Designing a green home: Whether you are designing your home yourself, or having ...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...floors also easily accommodate radiant floor heating, which offers a very balanced and comfortable environment, transforming the concrete mass into one big radiator. One of the great advantages of radiant floor heat is that the further you get from anything radiating heat (imagine a woodstove), the cooler it gets. So...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...floor insulation and reinforcement mesh as per engineering specifications. If you are installing in-floor radiant heating, be sure to have it designed by engineer to properly locate the heating delivery system so as not to affect the structural integrity of the slab. Raft slab Installation First the formed edge...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Slab-on-grade vs foundation and crawlspace or basement

...floor © Bala Structures A slab floor is a fantastic way to start a passive solar home , as your entire floor surface consists of several inches of thermal mass to absorb heat. A slab is a great place to bury electrical work, plumbing, central vacuum tubes, phone and internet lines, speaker wires, and most important...

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...plans at sensible dimensions. If you plan lengths to be 4 and 8 foot increments instead of 5 and 9, this makes the best use of industry standard dimensions. Order pre-cut lumber (some lumber yards will use your building plans to deliver framing materials cut to the lengths you need. This can save you time by not need...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...plans were made early on the finished site for permeable parking pads to control run-off, use of high reflecting landscaping materials, and placing of vegetable gardens. The new house Providing natural light and air was behind the idea of using the three-storey stairwell as a vertical ventilation ‘chimney’ to...

Cutting a 110 year old dying pine tree.
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

The rise of urban logging

...flooring and trim. After being left to air dry for two years, much of the lumber was taken to a local mill to be turned into tongue and groove flooring. The rest was milled and finished by the owners (in their new workshop) as the materials for baseboards and trims. Urban logging © Brian Blak Some of the wood w...

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...Floors ranging from R-42 to R-120 under the bathroom Triple-pane sliding patio door Photovoltaic panels and a wind turbine will power two hot water tanks for radiant heating and domestic hot water Walls, as well as floors, will be heated with radiant tubing Read more here about Portable Wind Generators and Mi...