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!...

Laminate Kitchen countertop formaldehyde free by Formica

Choosing green kitchen countertops for LEED homes

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’...

Disposing of old batteries

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...

Recycled quartz countertop

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.…   There's a lot to think about when choosing kitchen countertops, starting first of all with finding something you like to look at and to work on. But in order to like something, it will have to las...

Choosing a durable kitchen countertop

Pricing Green 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.… As a professional cabinetmaker, I have often been asked how much a kitchen costs. There is no accurate answer of course, though when pressed, I would have to say...

Cambrian Black Granite

A new colour option for 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 s...

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 t...

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 en...

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...

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...

How to Choose between an HRV and ERV system

Choosing between an HRV and an ERV

A modern airtight home needs mechanical ventilation. The choices are Heat Recovery Ventilation or Energy Recovery Ventilation & this page explains the difference between an HRV & ERV to help choose which one you need.… All homes need ventilation, whether natural or mechanical with an ERV or HRV system. Buildings and...

Advice

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

Posted by Phil Lipton Aug. 27, 2019, 10:45 a.m. Kitchens 0 Responses

What are the tips to unclog a sink with standing water?

Posted by Laura Tom Jan. 7, 2019, 2:06 a.m. Plumbing and water heaters 1 Responses

Slab-on-grade instead of Pressure treated wood foundation

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

Electric Hot Water Heaters - should I install two smaller ones or big one?

Posted by Shaun B June 28, 2019, 2:14 p.m. Hot water 1 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

Posted by Anonymous Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m. Pest control 1 Responses

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