Renovating / Guides

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

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

...renovating. It may well be that you cannot move in on the date you initially planned. Allow yourself a buffer period beyond the slated completion date so you aren’t stressed about having nowhere to live if you house sells or lease is up before your new home is ready. Before moving in, we recommend that the main livin...

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?

...renovating an old home © Ecohome Cinderblock, stone or cracked concrete foundation renovations: Before renovating or insulating, determine first that foundations can safely continue to support a structure long into the future . A foundation that isn’t badly deteriorated can be upgraded to modern standards of mois...

When should you replace windows
Windows and doors

When should you replace old windows?

...renovating a home when they are in an "unsalvageable" state of disrepair or wood decay & rot. Yes, old windows will leak more air and lose more heat than new ones, but there is an energy variable to consider with replacement of windows as well. Purchasing a new window will also have its own energy and carbon footprin...

Insulating crawlspaces as part of home renovation
Crawl spaces

How to insulate crawlspaces properly as part of renovating an older home

Crawlspace insulation - be careful to get it right A crawlspace comes with all the downsides of a basement, but it is just too low a space to be functional either beyond the folded plastic christmas tree and a couple of boxes of baubles. Unless there is a good reason for it, going through the process of pouring a fo...

How to Insulate Exterior Walls from the Outside US Canada Ecohome
Walls and Roofs

The easiest way to insulate walls from the exterior in older homes

...renovating or remodeling is a great way of improving a home's walls thermal performance and reducing energy use while reducing heating bills, carbon footprint and improving a building's comfort level. It may look easy to go buy some packs of rigid insulation panels down at the local hardware store and screw them to you...

Passive House wall system ; Larsen Trusses & dense-packed cellulose insulation
Wall assemblies - new construction

Larsen truss wall systems with double-stud construction & extra insulation for new homes & energy efficient home renovation

Larson truss wall systems for new green home building & renovations for max wall insulation A Larsen Truss is a type of lightweight & non structural double-stud wall assembly that allows for thicker insulation, is ideal for dense-packed cellulose insulation wall systems and a very high R-value building envelope with...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

Adhesives and sealants: Modern homes have a lot more caulking and adhesives than older homes. Adhesives are liberally applied to many surfaces for ease and speed of job completion, as well as to prevent squeaking between flooring and joists, for example. Functionally speaking, caulking is used to prevent moisture ...

Consentino ECO - Formaldehyde-Free Recycled Quartz Countertop
Kitchens

The Cosentino ECO is a Kitchen countertop made of recycled plates, bottles and mirrors - video

...renovating sustainably for a greener home, see here for details . Now you've learned about the sustainable ECO countertop from Cosentino, for more help in choosing other types of sustainable & green countertops for kitchens & bathrooms , carrying out sustainable non-toxic green kitchen renovations or sustainable ...

How much is Too Much Insulation in my Attic or Walls?
Insulation and soundproofing

How much insulation is too much in attics and walls?

...renovating a home. In other words, it’s the worst house any builder is legally allowed to build. How’s that for some perspective on what building to code really means? Is insulating a building to code good enough? The US states are for the most part, small enough that there aren't generally great differences in cli...

Lifestyle and environment

Resources and getting started

...Renovating If you have either the skills to do it yourself or the patience to live in a mess for a bit, this can be a more affordable way to break into the housing market. You can increase the value of your home while at the same time reducing its operating costs. Be sure to have a home properly inspected before pu...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system
HRV and ERV

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

...renovating a reasonably airtight house, especially if going for Passive House or LEED certification , don't lose sleep over which one to get, ERV or HRV – just get one. For more articles on HRV & ERV Ventilation Systems, see here from the EcoHome Green Building Guides Whether to choose a HRV or ERV System based o...