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 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 t...

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

DIY radiant floor tubing installation video

...house. You can find out more about Ecohome's LEED V4 Platinum Edelweiss House , Radiant floors , slab on grade construction step by step , Raft slabs for buil...

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 manufactur...

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 lis...

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 t...

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. T...

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

...houses good for the environment?’ . Le Refuge - a tiny house prefab kit home Along with a trend towards compact living, another quickly growing trend in hom...

Slab-on-grade construction technical guide
Slab on Grade

Slab-on-grade technical guide

...house or in the garage or shed. Basements usually house mechanical rooms. Keep this in mind during the design phase should you choose a slab, as mechanical sy...

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds
Concept and design

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...house you want to build based on your building plans, and the bank will give you money in portions; they will assess your project in stages to ensure you are on...

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. long-term needs...

Prefab frost-protected shallow foundation insulated form kit
Slab on Grade

Raft slabs - How to build Insulated Frost Protected shallow foundations (FPSF) on problem soils

...house bears. It is engineered to distribute the load evenly over the entire building surface. Building sites with poor soil conditions (disturbed soil, expans...