Flooring / Guides

Rendering of River District Sustainable housing development In Vancouv
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Vancouver developer leads the way to more sustainable communities

...flooring, and air filter leads to improved indoor air quality, which in turn can improve human health, or how more insulation and improved windows can lead to l...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...flooring might not be safe on bare feet, but it could work fine as strapping on the side of a house. Things like metal roofing, windows, doors, and structural...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...flooring and joists, for example. Functionally speaking, caulking is used to prevent moisture and air infiltration, but it is also used for aesthetics. The li...

Stairs made from reclaimed barn beams
Wood and organic materials

All about wood

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

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Passive solar home design

how to build a slab-on-grade on standard soil

...flooring product translates into a savings of many thousands of dollars. And if the very concept of slab-on-grade construction leaves you scratching your head...

Slate tile installation in bathrooom
Flooring and stairs

Slate Tile installation - video

We have finished the bathroom counter, floors and shower stalls with a dark slate tile from Glendyne. Slate is a natural stone, so its surfaces have more chara...

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,...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...flooring Sandblasted antique interior doors Locally-sourced slate for bathroom floors and shower walls Lightweight synthetic gypsum drywall with high recy...

Choosing between OSB or Plywood for house sheathing for Roofs, Walls & Floors.
Wood and organic materials

Which is better, OSB or Plywood for Roofs, Walls & Floors?

...flooring. Some developers have had problems with that when delivering homes to the owners, and had to pull up and replace newly installed hardwood floors. The...

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...

Air-heated radiant concrete floor
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

Air-heated radiant floors

...flooring systems, but they often failed miserably. The most problematic of those were attempts to heat concrete floors with standard metal ducts from forced-air...