Kitchens

Design and material choices for kitchens and eating spaces

Kitchen and dining room © Ippei Shinzawa

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custom kitchen renovation by River Woodworks

Formaldehyde-Free Green Kitchen cabinetry for a Non-toxic Home - Price Comparisons

Kitchen cabinets can off-gas formaldehyde and countless other chemicals for years after they have been installed. Here is a price comparison of some Green Kitchen cabinet choices for better indoor air quality (IAQ). Green kitchen cabinets - why does it matter? To improve the air quality of your home, that's why! “Indo…

Laminate Kitchen countertops can be beautiful & green too - Counter by Formica

Choosing green kitchen countertops for sustainable homes Including LEED v4 & Passive House PHIUS+ certified

Kitchen counter alternatives to pressed wood: composite paper, aluminum, recycled porcelain, glass and quartz. Here is a look at their durability and cost. The most common kitchen counters you will find in homes are traditional laminate countertops. And they certainly live up to the adage ‘you get what you pay for’, a…

Disposing of household waste properly - recycling, garbage & toxic materials

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 available…

Consentino ECO - Formaldehyde-Free Recycled Quartz Countertop

The Cosentino ECO is a Kitchen countertop made of recycled plates, bottles and mirrors - video

The ECO brand Kitchen counter from Cosentino is part of the quartz family but is made with 75% recycled materials for Sustainability & hard wearing properties . Healthier Kitchen Components - Countertops If you're into healthy Green Homes like we are here at EcoHome, there's a lot to think about when choosing a health…

How Much do Sustainable Green Kitchen Countertops Cost?

Pricing green kitchen countertops - there's never been a bigger choice of sustainable kitchen counters

Make an informed decision when picking kitchen counters - think about cost, but also durability, and how your choice of materials will affect your health. How to price a sustainable kitchen countertop? As a professional cabinetmaker, I have often been asked how much a kitchen costs. There is no accurate answer of cour…

Cambrian Black Granite

Granite counter tops

Granite makes for great counters, but for the most part Canadian granite has a pretty consistent colour, which doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room for design. The discovery of Cambrian Black granite in Saguenay,Quebec means there is a little variety availa. There are substantial environmental impacts that come with shi…

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

Kitchen and bathroom design can have a significant impact on your energy and water consumption, as well as the durability and air quality of your home. Water and moisture wreak havoc on homes, affecting function, durability and our health. Given that kitchens and bathrooms are the main source of humidity, we need to p…

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…

Non-toxic food safe natural wood finishing oil for counters, floors, decks

Natural wood finishing oil is non toxic too

Kunos oil from Livos is a natural finishing oil for floors, counters, furniture & decks - enrich wood surfaces safely, protect them from stains & water ingress. Livos is a Quebec manufacturer of natural wood finishing oils, and they are very transparent about the composition of their products which are mainly plants a…

All About Hemp Wood Flooring, How it's Made, Where to Buy?

Natural non-toxic hemp flooring by HempWood & Tennessee Wood Flooring

Natural building materials such as hemp flooring or HempWood contribute to healthy indoor air quality; they can also act as carbon storage & preserve natural resources & forests traditionally used for wood flooring products. Natural building products such as hemp flooring are gaining in popularity for those who want h…

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 homes …

Advice

What is the best material to build kitchen cabinets with?

Posted by Rebecca Lisle Naugher Sept. 19, 2021, 2:28 p.m. Kitchens 5 Responses

Where can I find formaldehyde free cabinets that aren't plywood?

Posted by Camille Young Dec. 3, 2019, 7:56 p.m. Kitchens 3 Responses

Is Blum hardware LBC compliant or free of Red List components?

Posted by Phil Lipton Aug. 27, 2019, 10:45 a.m. Kitchens 2 Responses

Can you put hemp insulation in an attic?

Posted by Pamella Weatherly-Phillips Aug. 16, 2019, 11:49 a.m. Roof assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best material for flooring?

Posted by Babak K July 17, 2020, 2:09 a.m. Flooring and stairs 1 Responses

Where can I purchase hemp insulation and what is the lead time?

Posted by Nancy McEnery Sept. 8, 2021, 6:41 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

Where do I start to build a small, affordable, low-maintenance house?

Posted by Ocean-Lynn Georgelin Oct. 22, 2019, 11:40 p.m. Concept and design 2 Responses