Landscaping ideas / Guides

Permeable interlock pavers & paving stones
Permeable laneways and patios

Water-permeable landscaping surfaces

...ideas and inspiration - Or go to our Guide about Rainwater Management and permeable landscaping pavers for paths and driveways Here. Water-permeable stone pathway © Torun Construction Services Landscaping stones with grass © Windsor Companies Hydr’eau Pave...

Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...landscaping. Water is a quickly dwindling resource and Canadians and Americans are the highest per capita consumers of water in the world. So anything we can do to reduce water use for decorative purposes has to be a good thing. Rainwater recovery: For home durability, it's important that we properly manage the w...

“The perfect lawn” comes with a very heavy environmental cost!
Landscaping

Which are the best bee-friendly & Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards?

...landscaping that reduces the need for supplemental water from irrigation. This often involves native plants which are hardy to the area , or drought-resistant flora from regions of low precipitation. Native perennial beds can replace a lawn providing local insect habitat & saving water Sustainable landscaping &...

The LEED Platinum infill house in Toronto
Real estate

Farnham Avenue House

...landscaping materials, and placing of vegetable gardens. The new house Providing natural light and air was behind the idea of using the three-storey stairwell as a vertical ventilation ‘chimney’ topped with programmable venting skylights. Open concept and/or dynamic partitions allow complete cross ventilation...

Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...ideas, materials, and innovative products I wanted to try out. This would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a model of sustainability, accessible design (where we can age in place), and resilience. Renovating (really rebuilding) the house cost a lot more than we had anticipated and took a lot longer than ...

Cedar deck and stairs under construction cedar naturally the most durable wood
Decks, porches and gazebos

Tips for building a deck - 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...landscaping a garden in cold climate zones and your home has a basement, is how to prevent spring thaw basement flooding - so be sure to carefully grade surfaces under decks and the deck itself away from your property to direct snow melt away from the home and basement. The Choice for Deck Surfaces - How to Choose Wo...