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…

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…

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…

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

Planning and budget tips for home building and renovating. 1. Make a realistic budget and schedule: This is, without a doubt, the starting point to a successful build - don’t underestimate the time and money it will take to complete a build or renovation. Even professional contractors tend to underestimate the costs a…

Disposing of old batteries

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 availabl…

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.   For those that aren't made for the bustling lifestlyle of cities, small towns can be a dream come true. The nature of small towns is one of community and accessible downtown cores. Essential services like grocery stores, banks and post offices…

Keyhole Garden

The Keyhole Garden: An Introduction

How to get this drought-resistant efficient growing method working for you, a five step process. A keyhole garden is a circular raised garden bed with a compost basket at the center and a keyhole-shaped path that allows access to the entire garden. The compost basket can be fed throughout the season and will continual…

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

Can you install foam boards directly against basement walls?

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

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