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Tiny Tack House living room
Tiny house

The tiny house movement: Tiny Tack House

...House blog or visit their blog, Tiny Tack House , where if you want to skirt the entire design process, you can purchase their building plans. ...

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Wall assemblies - new construction

Wood framing

...House are FSC certified, and provided by our sponsor Kott Lumber . Kott engineered the plans for us , supplying detailed framing documents including a cut ...

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Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...House Program. At that time, council asked staff to report back after the first 100 laneway house applications had been approved, or after 3 years, whichev...

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Concept, design and architecture

Efficient home design

...house: We just can’t stress this enough — a smaller house is a more efficient house. A smaller house means less land to excavate, less materials to manufac...

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Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

Passive-Aggressive House

...House,” without further explanation, seems to make people visualize a house that will fall down if you punch it. Others confuse it with “passive solar” houses f...

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Waste management

How to dispose of Construction waste responsibly

...house with reduced waste in mind by keeping the plans at sensible dimensions. If you plan lengths to be 4 and 8 foot increments instead of 5 and 9, this makes t...

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Choosing a building lot
Excavation

What to look for when buying a building lot

...house you want, or any house at all, so before you make a purchase make sure you can proceed with your plans. Issues to consider before making an offer: ...

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A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

...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 la...

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Concept, design and architecture

How to stay on budget when building a home

...house will have depreciated compared to a new house, so you can’t realistically expect their costs to be the same. In addition, current building standards are m...

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Urban Farm Unit
Landscaping and food production

Growing food in urban cores with the Urban Farm Unit:

...plans for the Urban Farm Unit (UFU) . Chivialle designed a simple, open source model with a shipping container base topped by a greenhouse extension, both of wh...

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Lifestyle, location and commuting

Home-buying tips for seniors looking to downsize

...houses with adequately sized kitchens and open floor plans. On the other hand, if you hate to cook, look for a house with a small kitchen. Read more about ...

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