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 ad…

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 ab…

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 allo…

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 the…

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

How to prepare for emergencies and power outages… We are seeing more frequent and more severe weather events as our climate changes, and all evidence points to that trend continuing. Here we have a list of ways to prepare yourself in the event of grid failure or absence of municipal services.  Storing emergency food 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 availab…

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…

Polished concrete floors and counters

Finishing concrete floors with silicate densifiers

Non-toxic and durable finish for polished concrete floors, especially when using natural beeswax floor polishes for the Eco-friendly Green Building choice for finishing a concrete floor beautifully.… Polished concrete floors are extremely durable and non-toxic; silicate-based densifiers keep them that way and make it …

High efficiency wood stoves

Heating with wood and biomass fuel

Improvements in stove technology have made wood and biomass fuel a more popular and efficient heat source.… There has been an increase in the use of wood and other biomass fuel for heating homes across the colder parts of North America & Canada for the last decade. In Eastern Canada and the USA in particular this tren…

A Vancouver laneway house

Flexible house design

A well-constructed home will stand long enough to see many families come and go in its lifetime, and they won't all have the same needs. When drawing floor plans, flexible design can make future changes easier.… Design basics for flexible housing: Depending on the stage you are at in your life, you might have kids, th…

Advice

Are mice droppings and urine toxic?

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

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

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

Insulating walkout basement made of CMU Wall with a rockwool.

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

What type of Insulation can I use on the exterior of my home?

Posted by Scott Muller April 18, 2019, 2:19 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 6 Responses

What is the best way to insulate a home from the outside?

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 12, 2017, 11:58 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Slab-on-grade instead of Pressure treated wood foundation

Posted by Margot Simonot May 20, 2019, midnight Slab on Grade 1 Responses

What is the best way to seal around windows

Posted by Bryan Squirrell Oct. 8, 2019, 8:53 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

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