Wood flooring / Guides

Installing Siding Correctly
Exterior cladding

How to install siding

...wood and maybe some money for someone that likes a DIY project. If you have enough material to meet your needs, you could use old flooring, even old plywood ripped into strips on a table saw. An air space of even 1/8th of an inch will do the job, so what you use as furring is really only a spacer and isn't too import...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...wood ceiling made from reclaimed sunken river wood Environmentally friendly cork flooring Sandblasted antique interior doors Locally-sourced slate for bathroom floors and shower walls Lightweight synthetic gypsum drywall with high recycled content Mineral-wool insulation , including the insulation used under ...

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

Recycled & reclaimed materials

...wood sheds, bed frames, chairs and tables etc. Companies that accumulate them are often relieved if you come take some - but be certain to double check that pallets and pallet wood are safe by understanding pallet labelling for toxicity here . And last but not least, reuse household waste wherever possibl...

Slab-on-grade for Ecohome's upcoming video building guide
Slab on Grade

how to build a slab-on-grade on standard soil

...wood. Hard to say if it ended up being easier or not in the end, but it went fine. Slab on grade forms © Ecohome Forms need to be well-secured to avoid a blow out, including lots of braces to hold the weight of the concrete so forms don't bend. Three runs of 2x6's easily held concrete and insulation, and after ...

Renovate, Remodel or Rebuild? How to choose which is Best for Homes
Wall assemblies - renovation

Should I be renovating my home or tearing it down & rebuilding?

...flooring and floor joists and filling the void with clean fill and insulation and pouring a concrete floor on top makes more sense. Voila, you now have a slab-on-grade foundation . You can then have either have a beautifully sealed and polished concrete floor or install eco-friendly hardwood flooring on top of the conc...

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

...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 the interior of the wood but continues to let it breathe. This helps preserve the natural beauty of wood and enhance the grain and colour. As far as durability ...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...wood as structural beams in buildings and homes , or so it would seem in the circles where we travel. This is a great trend towards preserving natural resources and old growth trees, as Mass Timber Panels are made from post-industrial waste wood as well as smaller dimension trees from logging that are normally too smal...

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 finishing oils are gaining in popularity. There are a lot of benefits to oiled floors, especially with softwood which are prone to damage - it's very easy to touc...

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 refinishing of a wood floor, know what you're tackling first. Is your floor old floorboards that have been covered with carpet? Are they good enough for sanding and finis...

Recycled building materials
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Where to buy and sell used building materials

...flooring etc, you will often get lucky. Reclaimed foam insulation boards © Michel Chenier As an example, the above stack of XPS foam insulation was purchased through an online classified website for $3 a sheet, whereas purchased new in a building supply store they would retail for abou...