Interior Finishing / Guides

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...interior frame of smaller pieces of wood with a laminated front and back. Hollow interior door © makeitmissoula.com Pros: They use significantly less materials in manufacturing as well as making use of post-industrial waste by using shorter pieces of wood that might otherwise have ended up in landfills. Cons:...

Alternative wall coverings to drywall
Walls and Roofs

The best alternatives to drywall for finishing interior walls

...finishing interior walls - an ideal cottage look Bricks and masonry interior walls Using reclaimed bricks or stone as wall finishing will add thermal mass to your home and help balance temperatures . Bricks and unprocessed natural stone should not have or need any finish on it. Hiring a mason to build an interior...

MDF Formaldehyde Free Alternatives - Made from Rice Stalks
Healthy indoor air quality

The formaldehyde-free MDF non-toxic alternative made of natural rice-stalks

...interior doors, flooring, pergolas, etc. Worth noting - beyond just the toxins in sealants, as well as binders and adhesives found in most composite wood materials, there are other durability and air quality issues with MDF and other engineered building products. Solid wood is a very difficult place for mold to form,...

Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

...finishing oil © Livos Livos has an extensive product catalogue; the following is a short list of some that interested us for interior wood finishing. Kunos 240 - Universal colourless oil Kunos 242 - Colourless floor finish Kunos 243 - Superior protection for countertops and any wood in wet areas Kunos 244...

How to insulate basements properly
Insulation and soundproofing

Best practices for basement insulation in new home construction

...interior and exterior of foundation walls. This technique can increase the thermal performance of basements, reducing heat loss and operating costs. It also helps reduce the chance of interior moisture issues by raising the temperature of the first interior condensing surface, the concrete. Below is a thermal image o...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?
Passive House

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

...interior finishing options Beyond aesthetics, many of the detail finishing inside modern sustainable homes needs to be chosen with IQA in mind as well as recyclability for a reduction in end of lifecycle impact. Metal stair railings, emission-free and recyclable Edible plants in built-in planters, like living g...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...finishing sealer will peel and chip if it sees a lot of heavy use. Applying an additional sealer is an option for residential floors; we'll cover that in a moment. Stronger concrete: Terrazzo floor © Alain Hamel When you drop something heavy on a concrete floor or countertop, the action that you can't see hap...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...interior finishing © Zwarthout.com Japanese carbonized wood finish, Shou sugi ban by Resawn Timber Co. Japanese carbonized wood finish, Shou sugi ban - modern black finish by Resawn Timber Co. We love the look of the Japanese carbonized wood finish, Shou sug...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US
Concept and design

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

...interior finishing options Beyond aesthetics, many of the detail finishing inside modern sustainable homes needs to be chosen with IQA in mind as well as recyclability for a reduction in end of lifecycle impact. Metal stair railings, emission-free and recyclable Edible plants in built-in planters, like living g...

90 year old red pine refinished with zero VOC floor oil
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

How to find a healthier wood finish

...interior air quality and health. For this reason non-toxic wood floor finishing oils are gaining in popularity. There are a lot of benefits to oiled floors, especially with softwood which are prone to damage - it's very easy to touch up an oiled floor, especially when compared to a varnished one. Environmental impact...

Wood frame Triple-glazed, argon-filled windows in the Ecohome Demo House
Windows and doors

Choosing windows - which window frame? wood v aluminum v vinyl

...interior cavity, usually filled with argon or krypton gas as an insulator. Triple-pane offers you a second interior cavity, but the cost goes up, along with the weight. There is no question that triple-pane offers more thermal protection, and the added cost will likely be recouped in energy savings. You will certainl...