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 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’…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Drywall and construction dust

Tips for keeping air clean during renovations

Dust and chemicals in building materials can trigger permanent respiratory issues such as asthma; here are some ways to safeguard your air and health while work is going on. Construction is a dirty business, and living in a home under renovation can aggravate asthma and other respiratory illnesses, it can also lead…

How to plan and budget for home renovations and new builds

Important tips for a successful build or renovation

Planning and budget tips for home building and renovating. 1. Make a realistic budget and schedule: This is, without a doubt, the starting point to a successful build - don’t underestimate the time and money it will take to complete a build or renovation. Even professional contractors tend to underestimate the costs…

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

What is the best material for flooring?

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

Are there non-toxic quartz kitchen counters?

Posted by Jackie kierulf June 27, 2018, 11:08 a.m. Healthy indoor air quality 2 Responses

Do you buy used building materials if they are in good condition?

Posted by Cheryl Nicholson Sept. 5, 2018, 7:03 p.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 1 Responses

Where can I sell windows- Brand New, unopened?

Posted by Michael Parnell Sept. 9, 2020, 9:52 a.m. Recycled and Reclaimed Materials 1 Responses

Where can I buy an MDF alternative?

Posted by Vijon Fuller Feb. 15, 2022, 11:50 a.m. Wood and organic materials 1 Responses