Tiny house design / Guides

Geothermal Heating Systems
Heat pumps, geothermal and AC

Geothermal heating for Homes in North America - Does it work & will it save money?

...tiny leak that is losing the system pressure. Geothermal horizontal loop system © Alexandre Gilbert Open-loop geothermal systems use ground water pumped directly from a supply well (75 to 100 feet deep) in order to draw and inject heat. Water is pumped out of the first well, and after the heat exchange is carri...

Polished concrete floors and counters
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

...household contaminants and spills. A densifier will protect concrete from impact damage, and most importantly, it will eliminate the dusting you would experience with an untreated floor. Applying a densifier is all that is ever needed for a garage or commercial warehouse floor; any additional finishing sealer will pe...

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

...designed to meet or exceed the EPA’s requirements for clean air, but only if the stove is used with correctly dried & seasoned wood, operated in a manner consistent with its design and is connected to a properly functioning and clean chimney pipe or stack. Many people do not realize that the chimney is the engine tha...

Snowboarder, Mike, Basich's, off-grid cabin in the woods with hot tub
Tiny house

Off-grid tiny house in the heart of the Sierras.

...Tiny House in the woods. Armed with an appreciation for the great outdoors and a desire to learn to live off-grid, he bought 40 acres in the Sierras where he could do just that. After five years of hard work, Basich had a beautiful and artfully designed tiny home, respecting the principles of the golden ratio and per...

Deck Construction, 10 Top Tips for Building Decks
Decks, porches and gazebos

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' does this as well, so laying a rigid foam insulation board down (foam or stone wool) below and around the deck block may reduce the chances of movement from fro...

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 came first. The 100th laneway house application was approved in July 2010. Council has already mandated the expansion in both the Housing and Homelessness Str...

Under bed storage
Interior design and furnishing

Storage ideas for small spaces

...Design the underside of stair cases to include shelves for books, closets or an small office space. Empty suitcases: except for the globe-trotters among us, suitcases spend most of their time dormant and using up space. They can be easily filled and labelled with rarely-used items. Of course the usefulness of this de...