Wood finish / Guides

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...woods such as pine, hemlock, maple or oak and is the perfect finish to the exterior of a variety of wood framing materials . How carbonized wood finish is mad...

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

How to find a healthier wood finish

...wood floor finish , but the majority of them are high in VOC's which are detrimental to interior air quality and health. For this reason non-toxic wood floor fi...

Non-toxic food safe wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks and toys
Healthy indoor air quality

Naturally made non-toxic wood finishing oil

...wood finishing oil can even be used on childrens toys © Livos Kunos is an impregnating wood oil that acts as a dye, sealant and finish; it bonds with ...

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?

...finishes for drywall & wood ceilings: You need to prime and paint drywall but you do not need to do anything with wood. Some people choose to stain or seal wo...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes
Flooring and stairs

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

...wood floors: Engineered wood is comprised of several layers of plywood forming the core of your flooring, with a top layer of hardwood. When finished, enginee...

Cutting a 110 year old dying pine tree.
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

The rise of urban logging

...finished by the owners (in their new workshop) as the materials for baseboards and trims. Urban logging © Brian Blak Some of the wood was used for bench...

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding
Exterior cladding

Choosing the right exterior siding for fitting, cost comparisons & appearance

...wood siding Wood siding fitted horizontally © Ecohome Pros of Wood Siding: It makes for a great looking traditional finish to the si...

How Much do Sustainable Green Kitchen Countertops Cost?
Kitchens

Pricing green kitchen countertops - there's never been a bigger choice of sustainable kitchen counters

...wood is a renewable resource, and with a non-toxic finish this can be one of the healthiest and ecologically sensible choices. It's best to use a hardwood like ...

Crawl Spaces or Slab on Grade Foundations?
Foundations and Basements

Slab on grade or crawlspaces, which is better?

...wood finish to it. Most engineered hardwood products can be added to a slab on grade without risk of cupping and cracking. Such wood can be found pre-finished...

Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...wood: Engineered wood products for framing homes Engineered wood requires more processing than standard wood. As may be expected, engineered wood is mor...

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

Sanding your own wood floors

...wood floor again, something that you mop or vacuum once a week. Floor preparation, the first step to the perfect wood floor Before attempting the refinishin...