Exterior Cladding

Choosing and installing exterior siding

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Carpenter ants are a common pest and nuisance to get rid of in homes

Removing insects and rodents from your home, safely & humanely (by preference)

Solutions for preventing and eliminating some common pests and insects safely & humanely (if possible). Insects & Rodents, how to show them the door... Below is a list of some of the more common rodents and insects that invade homes, and some ideas on how to rid yourself of the offending guests. We would certainly adv…

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding

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

Shou sugi ban burnt wood exterior cladding is naturally made, very durable & originated as a Japanese wood finish for homes revealing the beauty of the natural preserved timber. What is Shou sugi ban siding? © Resawn Timber Co. Shou sugi ban is an ancient Japanese carbonized wood finish created by burning the surfac…

Repainting and refinishing brick facades

All about painting brick, is it a good idea and what paint to use?

Are you planning on repainting brick finishes on the exterior or interior of your home? Using standard oil or latex paint can trap moisture & at best may cause the paint to chip or peel. Discover more here. Is painting brick a good idea? Bricks will absorb moisture from the interior of a home and they need to be able…

Installing Siding Correctly

How to install siding

Drainage planes and air spaces: Siding installation tips so your walls can dry. Siding Installation The walls of your home are an environmental separator. Their job is to keep the inside in and the outside out. Exterior cladding or siding is your first line of defense against weather elements, and its job is to allow…

Siding Choices - Board and batten siding

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

Top Tips for choosing the best siding for your house - comparisons of siding products with cost, durability, ease of installation & attractiveness - because balancing performance with cost and appearance is important. Siding is important! There is no stage of home construction that you should rush through, but if ther…

Sorting home recyclable materials at a recycling center

Why recycling is important, and how to recycle correctly at home

Ever wonder what happens to the recycling you send out to the curb? It may surprise you to learn that it is often sorted by hand. Learn how to sort it properly here. Spending more time at home in the last few months since Covid-19 redefined our reality has presented many with an opportunity to clean, rearrange furnitu…

Home construction

Hiring professionals or doing it yourself

Choosing a building team in design and construction: weigh the options between a DIY home build, hiring a general contractor, purchasing a Pre-fab kit. 1. Hiring an architect: We discussed previously the idea of choosing an architect that specializes in high-performance Eco-friendly home design and can co-ordinate the…

Home-buying tips for seniors looking to downsize

Are you a senior citizen looking to move to a smaller home? Here are some easy tips for downsizing and things to look for in a new home. More and more seniors are buying homes now as the downsizing trend is in full effect. If you’re on the fence about relocating to a new home and dread the thought of house hunting, pa…

Growing Food Indoors, Vegetables for Homes & Apartments

Food & Greens can be grown easily indoors - here's how!

Growing food at home, even in an apartment, is easy for both adults & kids ; here is a beginner’s guide to growing tasty greens & vegetable sprouts indoors - just add some window space and let the harvest begin . A certain level of independence and a real sense of satisfaction can be gained from the growing hobby of g…

Disposing of household waste properly - recycling, garbage & toxic materials

Waste management: compost and recycling

How to sort and dispose of household waste responsibly – food waste, paper, glass, paints, solvents, batteries, etc.… here is where to send stuff so it does the least harm. Curbside pickup of garbage, compost and recycling: To facilitate recycling and waste management, first determine just what services are available…

Balanced insulation levels in a green home

Insulation in Green Home Building, a balanced approach to putting it where it does the most good

Homes are often over-insulated in some parts and relatively under-insulated others. Balanced insulation when building a Green Home means applying your insulation dollars where they are most needed. Home Insulation, How Much do I need & Where? Think of the heat in your home as if it were water behind a dam, and that in…

Advice

What is the best way to do wall construction using Charred Cedar Siding?

Posted by Dobie Cheung June 6, 2020, 10:44 p.m. Exterior cladding 1 Responses

How can I prevent animals from getting behind the siding on my house?

Posted by Connie Curtin Feb. 22, 2020, 1:52 p.m. Pest control 1 Responses

Are mice droppings and urine toxic?

Posted by JT Nov. 14, 2017, 4:49 p.m. Pest control 1 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

Posted by Shawn B Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m. Pest control 1 Responses

How do you re-do the insulation on a old cabin from the outside?

Posted by Raphael Couture Sept. 14, 2020, 8 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

Posted by Ted Gorab Oct. 3, 2019, 6:09 p.m. Basements improvements 14 Responses

Can you spray foam a house from the outside?

Posted by Joan Lawrence July 11, 2019, 7:17 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 3 Responses