To achieve a textured and vibrant look similar to buildings found throughout Europe, our friend recommends using natural ochres and oxides and recommends their use with milk paint to achieve that perfect patina. The Environmental Home Center located in Seattle, WA has an assortment of these products that are also […]
In an effort to act locally and reuse the resources we have, some homeowners have turned to greywater technology to replenish the non-potable (not approved for drinking) water in their homes. The AQUS System from WaterSaver Technologies takes used water from your sink and filters and disinfects it so it […]
Today we join Houseblogs.net and many others in Blog Action Day, to bring attention to our environment and what we can do to improve it. Check out our latest green building posts as well as a little tip we posted on ReadyMade.
The Live Building at Queens College in Kingston, Ontario is a green building lab that was built to show how sustainable practices can be incorporated into building design. Our favorite feature of this building is the Biowall. Three stories high, the acts as a biofilter and a central aesthetic feature […]
From the Building a timberframe home from scratch blog we’ve found a great posting of how they used scraps and leftovers from their slate roof installation to tile their bathroom and sunroom. With the help of a wet saw they were on their way. This is a great example of […]
Here’s a weekend project that can teach you some principles of sustainable living by building your very own solar water heater.
This couple built their eco-friendly dream home that includes all the bells-and-whistles when it comes to environmentally conscious materials and design. But their fervor for living “green” hasn’t come cheap. There are less expensive alternatives to every solution they chose but if money were no object this house project would […]
Jetson Green has built a Green Building video player that combines their favorite green videos from YouTube. You can watch all 17 in a row and let them know if you like the player and they’ll continue to update it.
Straight from Tatooine comes the Eco-Dome (small house, “moon-cocoon”).
Apartment Therapy, the authority in organizing and decorating your small home, has just launched their Green Home. There’s some good stuff here that doesn’t require a small home or apartment to implement. Saving water, storing bicycles, and green cleaning products, are just a few of the interesting posts we’ve read […]
Back on the subject of kitchen remodels, over at Lime.com, Philip Higgs states, Kitchens are a big energy sink – you’ve got five or six appliances sucking electricity, plus hot water and heavy lighting demands – so remodeling one can chop your energy needs considerably if you do it well. There […]
Treehugger introduces us to recycled vinyl wallcoverings that meet LEED certification and can be applied using water-based adhesives and are colored using water-based inks. These wallcoverings are stylish and come in three different lines that would look great in most commercial applications as well as your own home. Second Look […]
Here’s an ingenious solar heater made of painted soda cans, plywood, and some plastic tubing. The builder wanted a cheap solution to bringing some hot air into his garage. It may not make a huge difference in temp but it certainly qualifies for a build-it-yourself solution.
Apartment Therapy has turned us onto a great looking school in Vermont called Yestermorrow Design/Build School. They are a non-profit educational institution and offer over 100 hands-on courses per year in design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft as well as courses in sustainable design.
Time for a lesson in Green Building from Inhabitat. Read on for one of the best online tutorials of green building from a site that is “devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter […]
We just switched some lamps over to IKEA Energy-Saving bulbs. We have always loved the glow of incandescent bulbs over fluorescent so we were skeptical that these lights would have that harsh “too-bright” glow. We have been pleasantly surprised and adjusted easily to new light and plan on replacing more […]
Last night we attended our first “green” party in celebration of Domino’s Green March issue. It was a dreary evening in NYC but the turnout was great. The event was held in a stark open studio space with the focus on two large shelves of earth-friendly products, not to mention […]
What’s that bounce in your step? It may be the rubber sidewalks that can be found in 20 states across the country. Another eco-friendly and functional solution for walkways, the primary advantage of rubber sidewalks is their inherent flexibility and allowing for root growth while traditional concrete slabs will crack […]
Making your home more energy efficient is the single most eco-friendly improvement that you can do. Why not start with your insulation. Whether you already have standard fiberglass insulation or not, there are now “green” insulation options that are healthier for you, are little to no impact on the environment, […]