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Slate tile installation in bathrooom

Slate Tile installation - video

Slate tiles for finishing bathroom counter, floors and shower stalls.… We have finished the bathroom counter, floors and shower stalls with a dark slate tile from Glendyne. Slate is a natural stone, so its surfaces have more character and inconsistencies in texture - and at times in thickness - than manufactured til...

DIY cork flooring installation

Cork flooring installation video

Cork as a finished flooring product: renewable, beautiful, comfortable and affordable.… Cork is a renewable resource, harvested from trees without killing them. Although it comes from far away (mostly Portugal), its carbon footprint from transportation is quite reasonable given that it is light-weight and can be mad...

Marmoleum is a non-toxic eco choice for flooring

Marmoleum: a healthy and durable flooring option.

Marmoleum is not just your grandmothers floor anymore, this healthy, durable flooring is an excellent choice for even the most modern of homes.… By Richard Kujawski, Managing Editor of Living Green Magazine. Remember linoleum, that durable but boring material found on most kitchen and bathroom floors of older hom...

White pine floors finished with Rubio Monocoat, a zero VOC durable oil

Sanding your own wood floors

This is one place where you can safely save some money. Sanding wood floors is a time consuming but relatively easy procedure.… Sanding wood floors & refinishing yourself will definitely save money, and even an inexperienced homeowner can likely do a better job than the lowest bidding handyperson who quotes on it. O...

Eco-friendly & Healthy Flooring is best for Green Homes

Eco-Friendly Flooring material options for Green-Homes

Find healthy and durable flooring that is right for you. The following is list of the pros and cons, durability, cost and lifespan of various flooring materials.… The floors you choose really create the atmosphere in your home and give it its identity. The first considerations should be to choose a durable and non-t...

Prefab LEED Passive House Kit Homes the Future of House Building?

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of home building?

Prefab homes make choosing an Architect designed LEED or Passive House high performance house design easy. All the important choices of non-toxic Sustainable materials have been made, add a building lot & in a few months you're home & dry (& warm!)… Prefab Home kits are ideal for Passive House or LEED certified home...

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 i...

Are Laminate Countertops Good for Sustainable Green Counters in Homes?

Are laminate countertops good for a sustainable green home?

Laminate countertops are traditionally a "cheap" counter option, favored by cookie-cutter home builders, but as there are now better laminate countertops out there for sustainable green homes, we thought we'd give them another look & see how to choose...… Are laminate counters good? Laminate countertops were a lo...

Prefab Passive House & LEED Kit Homes for Sale in Ontario & North Eastern US

Prefab Passive House & LEED ready kit homes - the future of buying a new home?

Prefab homes make choosing an Architect designed LEED or Passive House high performance house design easy. All the important choices of non-toxic Sustainable materials have been made, add a building lot & in a few months you're home & dry (& warm!)… Prefab Home kits are ideal for Passive House or LEED certified home...

Natural backyard swimming pool design (NSP)

Natural ponds and natural swimming pools

Say goodbye to chlorine and hello to beauty, by using plants for filtration and oxygenation of natural swimming pools.… The origins of natural swimming pools Natural pools were inspired by the beauty and joy of swimming in mountain lakes, a team of Austrian researchers are credited with launching a movement back ...

Cutting a 110 year old dying pine tree.

The rise of urban logging

Felled trees in residential areas have most often been either burned as waste, or taken to landfills. With the help of portable mills and tree salvage companies, better use is being made of this valuable resource.… It's always a bit sad to watch an old and seemingly healthy tree come down. But if it must, it's great...

Advice

What type of wood can be installed on a radiant floor?

Posted by Anonymous Dec. 11, 2017, 1:59 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

What is the best way to finish a concrete floor?

Posted by Anonymous Aug. 17, 2017, 3:04 p.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

hydronic radiant cooling

Posted by dean c April 30, 2019, 8:01 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

Considering a slab on grade vs a basement

Posted by Shaun B April 2, 2019, 6:35 a.m. Slab on Grade 3 Responses

Slab-on-grade instead of Pressure treated wood foundation

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

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