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Non-toxic food safe wood finishing oil
Healthy indoor air quality

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

Livos is a Quebec manufacturer of natural finishing oils, and they are very transparent about the composition of their products which are mainly plants and som...

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...

Slab on grade or a foundation and basement?
Foundation choices

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

...home air quality. The first factors to consider when designing the foundation of a home are lot size and soil conditions. When space is limited (with total...

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 ...

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...

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. Sealing concrete floors: Raw concrete is very porous and will have ...

Exterior damp proofing and drainage mat to protect basements from wate
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...homes is heat security, as extreme weather events in cold months routinely drive residents from their homes for lack of power and heat. Homes that are better si...

Naturally finished red oak floors
Flooring and stairs

Flooring material options

...home to avoid the dust and fumes that come from finishing. Maintenance would be the same as any other wood flooring. We recommend oils over polyurethane, w...

Wood frame construction timber choices
Wall assemblies - new construction

Material choices for wood frame construction

...finishing applications and furniture. Engineered wood is at greater risk of moisture damage, learn more here. Interior finishing wood Mouldings...

Finished basements can lead to mold and mildew
Healthy indoor air quality

Why are basements moldy? How to fix or Prevent a Moldy Basement

...home for as long as your home stands, especially if the relative humidity and natural (air leakage) ventilation in the home means that ground floor rooms are le...

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...