Sanding floors / Guides

White pine floors finished with Rubio Monocoat, a zero VOC durable oil
Flooring and stairs

Sanding your own wood floors

...sanding machines, what are the choices? Buffer sanders work in a circular motion , it's the same machine that is often used to polish and clean industrial and commercial floors. If you've used one in any other application you could give it a try, but sanding floors might not be the best place to learn. They have a ...

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

How to find a healthier wood finish

...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 impacts and indoor air quality (IAQ) Whatever floor finish you choose, different products will have different impacts on your home air quality and the pl...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

...sanding over their head. Drywall is, however, the common ceiling material of choice in tract-home developments. With economies of scale and operating like an assembly line – the drywall crew rips through a house in maybe a day or two, then a separate crew does the mudding and sanding and a third crew comes in to pain...

Recycled barn beams and a refinished clawfoot bathtub
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...Sanding, caulking and paint can bring them back good as new. Bricks and masonry: Putting materials with high thermal mass in the path of the sun will absorb heat and help regulate home temperatures. If you're looking for used bricks to reclaim, there are several places to check depending on the amount of time and mon...