House plans / Guides

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels
Tiny house

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

...House construction video of Ben's first design, the 'Hobbit House'. So that covers how to build a tiny home in a cold climate, see other Tiny house designs such as the Tiny Tack Hous e , Built-in storage designs for small spaces , Coach houses , Laneway houses , and learn if Tiny Houses are Good for the Environ...

Radiant floor tube installation
Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized

DIY radiant floor tubing installation video

...plans to give customers a zone plan to follow making the install quick and easy, also ensuring the right length of run for each zone to ensure balanced heat throughout the house. You can find out more about Ecohome's LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House , Radiant floors , slab on grade construction step by step , Raft sl...

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 list for each framing member. We were also provided with a wood order to match, along with pre-cut lengths whenever possible. This gave us multiple points towards ...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

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

...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 manufacture and ship, less space to heat, less space to cool, less taxes to pay, less to clean. And they are always cheaper to buy or build. We do not suggest you live ...

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. The Tiny Tack House © Christopher Tack The Tiny Tack House © Christopher Tack Solar panels outside the Tiny Tack ...

The Affordable Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab 2 Bed kit home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab 2 bed kit home

...house on wheels that has to meet highway regulations for vehicle size. It’s a bit more like a bijou 2 bedroom condo than a tiny house, and with a few benefits that make it more liveable than your average tiny house, like being able to stand up in your bedroom while pulling your pants in in the morning. Or having friend...

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed Modern Green prefab tiny house kit home
Tiny house

Le Refuge - An Architect-Designed modern Green prefab tiny house kit home

...house, and with a few benefits that make it more liveable than your average tiny house, like being able to stand up in your bedroom while pulling your trousers on in the morning! The LEED for Homes ready modern style tiny house prefab home kit - Le Refuge LEED, Passive House & Net Zero Energy ready prefab hom...

Passive House in Quebec
Passive House

The Passive-Aggressive House - Our History of a Passivhaus Build

...House © Mark Rosen. These were the kinds of facts I used to recite when people looked at me quizzically; the term “Passive 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 from the 1970s, which often ...

Lifestyle, location and commuting

Home-buying tips for seniors looking to downsize

...house search by considering finished square footage. Then, think about how you live. If you love to entertain, look for 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. long-term needs for seniors housing While considering...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...house or a basement. Despite their disadvantages, basements are often very practical since they provide a significant amount of storage space. Without a basement, everything that would have been down there must fit into the rest of the house or in the garage or shed. Basements usually house mechanical rooms. Keep t...

A Vancouver laneway house
Flexible house design

Flexible house design

Design basics for flexible housing: Depending on the stage you are at in your life, you might have kids, they might be gone or you might want to have some in the future. Design floor plans that work for you right now but can be easily adapted to accommodate different family dynamics in the future. Flexible housing...