Retaining walls / Guides

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...walls or even as outdoor furniture. They can also be covered with dirt and used to introduce plants. Of course, over time, nature will supply many varieties to fill the structure if you don’t get in first. Gabion retaining walls in modern architecture Gabion walls in modern architect-designed homes Gabion w...

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

...walls are insulated, the result can be a thermal bridge between the footing and walls or floor. This brings unwanted heat loss, as well as a greater risk of condensation forming on those colder portions of concrete. Alternatively, a basement can be constructed by beginning with an insulated raft slab, followed by an ...

Choosing a building lot

Things to look for when purchasing land for building a house

...retaining walls; not only can this be a nice aesthetic look, but it can save you having to purchase materials for that purpose. Assessing trees: You may have to fell a few trees to make room for roads, septic, well and the house . Remove any dead and dangerous ones before building, but a doing a tree evaluation can a...

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix
Choosing where to live

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

...retaining walls, paths and rock gardens. If you have native and drought resistant plants that need to be removed, set them aside for replanting afterwards. They obviously like your property and will do well. Build with your own wood: If there are trees that have to come down, see about finding a use for them. Hir...

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Slab on Grade

how to build a slab-on-grade on standard soil

...walls would bear, we installed EPS foam. Slab floors are often built in a way that requires footings and sometimes frost walls to be poured first, with the interior slab floor being poured later once the footing has set. Insulation underneath the footing is often omitted with this technique, which leads to thermal br...

Installing foam panel insulation, which is best?
Insulation and soundproofing

Rigid insulation panels: which ones to use for different applications

...walls in cold climates. It won't offer nearly the thermal protection you think it will in the dead of winter, and it may cause moisture damage due to its lack of permeability. Polyiso insulation boards are the most widely used low slope, above-deck commercial roofing insulation. As a versatile choice for commercial r...