Home finishing / Guides

Non-toxic food safe wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks and toys
Healthy indoor air quality

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

...home’s Emmanuel Cosgrove is also a regular user - "I find it to be a great wood finishing oil to work with because it doesn’t have a powerful odour, but mostly ...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...homes have a lot more caulking and adhesives than older homes. Adhesives are liberally applied to many surfaces for ease and speed of job completion, as well as...

Concept, design and architecture

How to stay on budget when building a home

...home prices with the list price of similar-sized homes for sale on the market. A 30-year-old home usually requires a lot of maintenance work, and perhaps major ...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building a home

...homes in the EcoHome Guides Or learn more about framing timber for homes in the specific Guide Section devoted to Wood & Organic Materials for high efficie...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

...Home with eco-friendly drywall. Reclaimed river wood installed on ceiling © Ecohome Paint and finishes for drywall & wood ceilings: You nee...

Tips for finding a reliable green home builder
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

How to choose a home-building contractor

...home, finding a builder that has built a Passive House, LEED or ZNE certified home is a good thing because they'll know and understand the importance of the fin...

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...Finishing basements is quite common for adding space to a home, but be sure your walls are well-constructed to prevent moisture damage. If you are pouring a bas...

Home construction
How to Find Qualified Green Building Professionals

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

...home: LEED Platinum prefabricated home © Roman Szumski Prefab home manufacturers are beginning to pick up on green building trends and are start...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...home. This is an excellent flooring option for anyone with chemical sensitivities who wants a beautiful and durable eco-friendly floor in their passive solar ho...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

Choosing between a slab-on-grade or a foundation and basement

...home Guide How much insulation does a basement need - EcoHome Guide How to finish the exterior of Insulated basements and slabs - Ecohome Video Guide ...

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

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...home, some will at times cost more and add absolutely nothing, except perhaps help ease the burden on your conscience. While we don't have suppliers listed...

Search...