Building Lots & Infrastructure

Finding suitable building lots and managing infrastructure

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Choosing a building lot

What to look for when buying a building lot

Finding a suitable building lot requires a lot of consideration and research; here are some things to look for.

Evaluating a home before purchase: how to recognize value and potential problems

A simple checklist for home buyers - visual clues that can help indicate the quality and durability of a home.

Cedar deck and stairs under construction

10 tips for building decks that will last longer

How to build decks with greater durability - material choices and construction techniques for longer lifespans

Caulking around windows is a cheap way to save a lot of money and ener

Green home improvements: a pyramid scheme that actually works!

There are a number of ways you can up the efficiency of your home without spending much money. Here are our top 8 home improvement tips with the greatest ret...

Wood frame construction

Material choices for wood frame construction

Solid wood and various wood-based products are used for framing, insulating and finishing. Here is a brief rundown on the different products you have to choo...

Choosing house sheathing

Which is better, OSB or plywood sheathing?

Both plywood and OSB have benefits and drawbacks, the most important thing is to understand and respect their limitations to avoid a wall failures.

The village of Baie-Saint-Paul in Charlevoix

Moving to the country - living a rural lifestyle

Tips for getting out of the city and living a rural small town lifestyle.

Balanced insulation levels in a home

Balanced insulation: putting it where it does the most good

Homes are often over-insulated in some parts and relatively under-insulated others. Balanced insulation means applying your insulation dollars where they are...

Rendering of the Ecohome demonstration house

Ecohome Demo House: High performance, affordable cost

Ecohome's Demonstration House will be used as a vehicle to launch a free online building guide series detailing best practices for high performance, cold cli...

Drywall and construction dust

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

Dust and chemicals in building materials can trigger permanent respiratory issues such as asthma; here are some ways to safeguard your air and health while w...

cold climat sk

Skylights: an asset or a liability?

Skylights offer natural light in a home but account for a lot of heat loss and can cause problems in cold climates. Here are some tips for selection and inst...

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