Tiny House / Guides

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot
Healthy indoor air quality

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

...houses rot while old ones are in great shape? It should be no wonder that a leaky house with durable materials and very little insulation could remain in almo...

Wood Combustion - How it works and the different stages
Wood stove and biomass heat

Wood Combustion – How Firewood Burns & How to get the best heat while being eco-friendly

...tiny bit) but we are getting close! At this point, we are over five hundred degrees and temperatures are on the rise. The chemical structure of the wood starts ...

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

...house. Something to remember - the reason we dig down 4 or 5 feet in cold climate zones is so the ground acts as insulation against frost heave. 'Insulation' ...

Efficient green home design choices
Concept and design

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

...house: We just can’t stress this enough — a smaller house is a more efficient house. A smaller house means less land to excavate, less materials to manufactur...

The Archipod
Tiny house

Have a backyard home office delivered by truck

...house gas emissions. According to a 2011 report by the Telework Research Network, if compatible workers in Canada spent just two days working from home every ...

Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes
Pest control

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

...house is one thing; keeping them out is another. They can get through very small holes, so do a meticulous inspection of your house, particularly at major junct...

Efficient home design

Phase change building materials - natural heat storage in buildings

...house. Energy is then stored in your walls, in the form of tiny sealed beads of liquid that used to be solid when your home was 22°C. A lot of unwanted heat is ...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...house insulated with foam panels that has a propane-powered clothes dryer, cook stove and water heater. Here is how Mike Reynolds described that very house in...

Interior solid pine door
Doors and trim

Interior finishing

...house that match exactly, but you could always just call that 'character'. They may require some minor repairs, sanding or paint removal. Be sure to use a p...

Shipping container home
Architecture and plan design

Are shipping container houses environmentally friendly?

...house is strong, but so is a solid wood-framed house . There is a common association between container houses and green roofs, partly due to the fact that conta...

Vancouver's first laneway house
Tiny house

Vancouver 's laneway house movement is increasing urban density

...House Program. At that time, council asked staff to report back after the first 100 laneway house applications had been approved, or after 3 years, whichever ...