Furniture & Interior Design

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Under bed storage

Storage ideas for small spaces

Design and furnishing ideas to make the best use of empty spaces in a home.… From underneath a bed, under a subfloor or the underside of the staircase, there are many underutilized areas in a home that can make life in a small home a lot less cluttered. Here are some ideas on how to transform dead space into storage s…

Fire retardants in furniture are intended to slow flames

Flame retardants in furnishings - an unnecessary and serious health risk

Flame retardants are found in almost all manufactured materials. They pose a serious health risk yet are virtually useless for preventing fires.… With the intention of reducing the speed at which flames can spread, fire-retardant compounds are added to almost all the materials we furnish our homes with: children's toy…

Laneway house by Lanefab Design/Build

Interior furnishings & decor

Protect your air quality with chemical-free home furnishings…   Protecting your indoor air quality: Any renovation or building project is exciting, but it can also be exhausting and emotionally taxing. Right at the end when it's time to furnish your new space can be one of the hardest times to stick to your environmen…

Tiny House living in cold climates - one of the best tiny homes on wheels

Tiny Houses - Living in Cold Climates

Are you wondering how to build a Tiny House for living in cold climates? How much insulation does a tiny house need? See plans for the best tiny house on wheels that we've ever seen.… Are tiny houses a good investment? That depends on how you want to live and how well they are built. Small homes are more affordable a…

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 fo…

Tiny Tack House living room

The tiny house movement: Tiny Tack House

Despite being portable, it's almost impossible to think of this traditional looking tiny house as an RV.…   Inspired by the Tiny House Movement, Chris and Malissa Tack designed a 140 Square foot home that sits on a 7’ x 20’ trailer bed. This traditional looking home with gable roof and dormers just happens to be mobil…

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 continua…

The Fun Box

The Fun Box! Solar, wind and human powered luxury living

The Fun Box is a masterpiece of energy and space saving solutions that translates into it's own brand of decadence. Check out the photos, and don't miss the YouTube video.… There seems to be a design trend of trying to out-cool the previously coolest tiny house, and as long as that keeps happening we will keep having …

Condensation on windows in our homes - why is it there? - how to stop it?

Condensation on windows, what causes foggy & wet windows, is it a problem & how to stop it?

Condensation on windows is a pain in winter and runs down the wall can mean hidden issues in our homes - What causes fogged up windows, how big a problem is it and, most importantly, how do we stop it?… Condensation on Windows – what’s all the fuss? It’s that time of year when condensation on windows becomes a pain, …

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

Integrating Douglas Fir timber frames and structural insulated panels, FabCab offers universal accessibility in its eco-friendly homes, cabins and accessory dwelling units (ADUs).… FabCab’s approach to sustainability is simple — design healthy, efficient environments to accommodate varied lifestyles. Dedicated to desi…

Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

Harold Orr introduced us to some of the most essential components of durable and energy efficient homes. Here is a look back at the passive solar heated house he designed that revolutionized the housing industry.… While developing pages on passive heating and cooling for Ecohome, and writing about Passive House, we we…

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