Flooring / Guides

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Crawl spaces

Should I Build on a Slab on Grade Foundation or a Crawl Space?

...flooring material you can choose for a slab on grade foundation. The only downside, is that it can be a bit tough on the knees for some people, myself included,...

"The Boneyard" in Arizona, the world’s biggest aircraft graveyard
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Old airplane fuselage is finding a new life as recycled building material.

...flooring, wall coverings and counters from various post-consumer and post-industrial waste products such as glass, concrete, cellulose fibre and porcelain dust....

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...flooring and floor joists and filling the void with clean fill and insulation and pouring a concrete floor on top makes more sense. Voila, you now have a slab-o...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

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

...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 befo...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...flooring material you can choose for a slab on grade foundation. The only downside is that it can be a bit tough on the knees for some people, myself included, ...

HOUS.E+ by Polifactory
Wall assemblies - new construction

Rammed earth house

...flooring you can find may very well be Canadian wood, but it might have made a return trip to China for manufacturing. Similar to the 100 mile diet which enco...

Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...flooring materials to suppliers so you receive stock suited to your dimensions and avoid unnecessary waste.Use scraps of batt insulation and high quality tapes ...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...flooring materials Back to internal air quality, flooring materials have been chosen for ease of keeping clean and allergen free, while being toxin-free also ...

Recycled building materials
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

...flooring etc, you will often get lucky. Reclaimed foam insulation boards © Michel Chenier As an example, the above stack of XP...

Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
Wood and organic materials

All about wood

...Flooring made from salvaged sunken timber © Logs End

White pine floors finished with Rubio Monocoat, a zero VOC durable oil
Flooring and stairs

Sanding your own wood floors

Sanding wood floors & refinishing yourself will definitely save money , and even an inexperienced homeowner can likely do a better job than the lowest bidding ...