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…

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…

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 a…

Choosing the right firewood

Burning the right firewood for maximum heat output and minimum environmental impact

Dense hardwoods like maple, oak, birch and cherry are some of the better woods for heating & burn hottest. Different species of wood are available in different areas, so the best firewood will vary by location, see below… First Rule for Firewood? Before we get into which wood is best for burning, or which wood burns t…

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…

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces

Grow food at home: 7 tips for growing food in small spaces

With a little creativity & ingenuity small spaces can be maximized for a greater food harvest from your garden & look great doing so… Many of us look forward to the unmistakable taste of fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruit, especially those that come from our own soil. For those of you who would like to grow foo…

Advice

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 0 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 I spray foam insulate from the outside?

Posted by Kurt Klischuk June 6, 2019, 8:56 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Can you use Foam boards on basement walls to stop condensation?

Posted by Chad Johnson Dec. 21, 2019, 7:59 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Halo Exterra rigid exterior insulation - has anyone work with it?

Posted by George Shannon Jan. 21, 2020, 3:39 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 3 Responses

Can Rockwool be installed over Type II EPS?

Posted by Brian Bonnell March 30, 2020, 11:04 a.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

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