Tips for building decks / Guides

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

Building a deck ? 10 Tips to make your deck last longer

...for exotic wood you could look into finding some that is FSC certified , which is wood that comes from sustainably managed forests. To see more about choosing wood for framing see here . Ten Tips for building better decks: This is where we are hoping to tap into the collective brain power of all deck builders out t...

Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks
Paints, finishes and natural coatings

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

...for all interior applications. Cost is $0.35 per square foot for 3 coats Livos also has natural and non toxic wood finishing oils and products designed for exterior use that are suitable for staining and protecting decks, fences and exterior wood furniture. Another alternative for natural wood finishing oils are ...

How to Build Homes & Protect Homes to Stop Wildfires
Concept and design

How to protect your home from fire - a burning need to know.

...fore this exodus suggest that nearly 45 million homes currently exist in our nation’s wildland-urban interface (WUI). The following points are for folks who are not downtown. House fire risk reduction: a hot topic... Some interesting facts for homeowners. First, for those of us building on hills for the view, flame...

Frost Heave Prevention Helps Stop Frost Heaving Breaking up Home Foundations
New foundations and slab-on-grade

What causes Frost Heave? Preventing frost heaving is down to good foundation design

...for thermal mass . There is hardly any limit to the force that can be exerted by water when it freezes; even the weight of tall buildings cannot withstand the damage that can be caused when ice forms below them. A force of 19 tons per square foot has been measured with one seven-story reinforced concrete frame buildi...