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custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks
Kitchens

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

...kitchen renovation by River Woodworks © Ecohome Custom green kitchen renovation by River Woodworks © Ecohome Formaldehyde-free kitchen cabinet renovation by River Woodworks © Ecohome Green kitchen cabinets in a Custom kitchen renovation by River Wo...

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

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

1. Make a realistic budget and schedule: This is, without a doubt, the starting point to a successful build - don’t underestimate the time and money it will take to complete a build or renovation. Even professional contractors tend to underestimate the costs and duration of a project. Get advice from multiple prof...

Which Houseplants are Best to Clean Air & Remove Toxins?
Healthy indoor air quality

Which houseplants are best for purifying air? Ecohome investigates

...kitchen to remove formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene , which can be found in certain kitchen appliances and furniture. • Snake plants in the bedroom because they absorb CO² in the day, release oxygen at night, & who doesn't like snakes in the bedroom? • Boston ferns in the basement because they like cool, moist area...

Drywall and construction dust
Cleaning and maintenance

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

...renovations in warmer months: This is not always possible of course, either due to your own schedule, availability of funds, and often times the availability of contractors, but summer renovations allow for a much more thorough exchange of interior air by keeping windows open. Seal air vents: At least during the time...

Skygarden House home renovation in Toronto, Canadian Green Building winner
Real estate

This beautiful Renovation in Toronto is a Canadian Green Building Award Winner

...kitchen area is easy to maintain and brings light into the room The design provides outdoor living spaces on multiple levels to address the owners’ desire for a better connection to the home’s natural surroundings. Green space is increased with the installation of green roofs and the replacement of the paved backya...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...kitchen and bathroom; good thick curtains are very effective in reducing heat loss; install electronic thermostats to reduce heat consumption, and use zero VOC paints. You can also install LED or compact fluorescent bulbs , caulk and foam any gaps, and cover your windows with plastic in winter. These upgrades don’t n...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

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

...renovation by anticipating and designing for that moment right now. Think about potential layout changes or where a future granny suite would be, and during your build you can run the necessary plumbing and wiring, along with framing future door openings. So when that day comes, rather than a major disruptive renovat...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...renovation, but accurately determining the structural integrity of a foundation and supporting walls is not something most people are qualified to do. So don’t get too far into the decision-making process without first consulting an engineer or experienced construction professional you trust to see if home renovation i...

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build
Interior design and furnishing

Interior furnishings & decor

...Kitchen and bathroom cabinets Mass-produced cabinetry items are almost always loaded with formaldehyde and other VOCs. It is possible, but not easy to find formaldehyde-free units off the shelf if you find the right store. If you are building custom kitchens and bathrooms, speak with your cabinetmaker about using n...

Frost in Attics: What causes Attic Ice? How to Fix it?
Roof assemblies - renovation

Why is there frost in my attic? Is ice in roofs a problem & How do I stop it?

...kitchen fans when showering and cooking, run a dehumidifier in the basement if needed, and don't hang laundry to dry indoors, unless of course your humidity is down around the 30% RH level then go for it. It will save some dryer energy and a little more humidity will make for a more comfortable living space. If you hav...

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

Livos is a Quebec manufacturer of natural wood finishing oils, and they are very transparent about the composition of their products which are mainly plants and some other natural materials. There are also no heavy metals used in the colouring pigments, so it is a completely sustainably-made and healthy product. "In...