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Quarantine DIY Projects to do with Kids - Refinishing Wood

Home improvement projects to do with kids - Refinishing wood

At the end of last year when looking forward to 2020, being confined to home with no school for kids wasn't part of the plan - but making the best of this opportunity to pass on some life skills seems like a good idea. If you are home with your kids like us right now, then you can count yourselves among the lucky ones…

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 long-time…

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

Wood ceilings are a beautiful natural material with no off-gassing and no treatment necessary so why do we systematically choose drywall. Wood ceilings - what's the the skinny? Ahhh, the charm of a wood ceiling, seriously, what's not to like? The intent of this page is less about talking you out of installing gypsum b…

Installing recycled drywall in the Edelweiss House

Choosing the best drywall - video

Drywall may all look the same sitting in stacks in the store but they are very different in performance, strength and ecological impact. How to Choose Eco-Friendly Drywall: There is a lot more to choosing drywall than one might think, and as it finds its way into pretty much every building made, a lot of resources ar…

Interior solid pine door

Interior finishing

Whether you are renovating or building, the materials you choose for interior finishing will affect not only aesthetics, but also indoor air quality. Here is a look at the pros and cons of the different materials you will have to choose from. Adhesives and sealants: Modern homes have a lot more caulking and adhesives…

How to Find & Order In-Stock Essential Products Online COVID-19 & Coronavirus

Life Hacks to help stay Eco during Quarantine & Ordering Online

We heard about an awesome way to find essentials online that are in stock & at regular pricing which, for as long as we're on 'social distancing' lock downs or quarantine, is music to our ears! Here we share what we found. Finding essentials while at home with the kids - ordering online What a year this week has been…

Smart Homes, Technology & UV can Help Keep Families Safer

Keep homes cleaner & safer with smart home features & UV light

Smart homes can help reduce the transmission of bacteria and viruses by reducing the number of surfaces we touch in our homes, and for most things we do touch we can zap those with UV light and sanitize without chemicals. Coronavirus or COVID-19 is changing how we live, obliging us to practice social distancing and pr…

Non-toxic building materials can improve home air quality

Maintaining healthy indoor air quality

We spend an average of 90% of our time indoors, where air is usually 3 to 4 times more polluted than outside air. Building practices and building materials can lead a building up of VOCs, chemicals, mold and mildew in our homes. Mold in homes is a bad sign so how to get rid of it or prevent mold in drywall? Mold and m…

Growing Food Indoors, Vegetables for Homes & Apartments

Food & Greens can be grown easily indoors - here's how!

Growing food at home, even in an apartment, is easy for both adults & kids ; here is a beginner’s guide to growing tasty greens & vegetable sprouts indoors - just add some window space and let the harvest begin . A certain level of independence and a real sense of satisfaction can be gained from the growing hobby of g…

Poly vapour barriers in air conditioned houses can cause mold and rot

Why you should Never Install Air-Con in a Home with a Vapor Barrier

The practice of putting polyethylene vapor barriers in houses was intended to keep them dry, but it ends up keeping them wet. It's time to explore alternatives and to reconsider how to keep homes cool in summer. Vapor Barrier + Air-Con = Damp Moldy Walls So here's a little known fact that most HVAC installers won't te…

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

Condensation on windows is a pain but 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 – Is it Bad? It’s that time of year when condensation on windows becomes a pain, we wake up…

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