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New Tesla solar roof sets – ready for pre-order!

They have finally moved dream to reality, the solar tiles Tesla are finally available for pre-order! Find out more about how Elon Musk and Tesla claim to be able to change the usual way of generating…

The tiny house movement

Editor's note from Deb As people become more and more aware of the environmental impact of home building and the resulting growth in individual carbon foot prints, the need for smaller and or more…

Modular Chalet with NOYO module

There are times when a collaboration between partners leads to an exciting, new concept such as is the case with the Contemporary/ Modern style chalet #3968 for which our assistance was requested to…

Air-Purifying Hardwood Flooring Hits the Market

Here's an interesting article found on Builder Online, about a new line of hardwood floors that can improve the air quality of your home! Now you have a good reason to renovate your house or build a…

Accessible Housing By Design – Make Your Living Space More Livable

As we grow up, grow older or welcome new people into our homes, our needs as homeowners can change. A house that is designed, built or renovated according to the principles of universal design can…

Boost Your Energy With Natural Light

Modern Kitchen design by Seattle Architect McClellan Architects Abundant natural light in a home not only saves electrical energy, but it gives you more personal energy too. In a normal building,…

Passive energy in your garage

  When shopping for your house plan with an attached garage it is highly recommended to know how it will be oriented on the land in order to obtain maximal sunlight and enjoy the benefits of passive…

What is the Future of Kitchen Technology?

The role of the kitchen in our homes has changed dramatically over the years. What used to be a space simply used for food preparation has now become the hub of the home. Today, cooking is…

Energy Efficiency Series: Induction Cooktops for Energy Savings (and Safety)

I recently attended a homeshow where a manufacturer was doing a demo of induction cooktops. A pot of water was at a rolling boil and a twenty dollar bill was tucked between it and the cooking…

Tech Tuesday Topic: Samsung 55″ OLED TV Unveiled at Consumer Electronics Show

The tech wires are all abuzz from all of the technical writers at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) currently on in Las Vegas. The folks at Digital Trends shared some news that should have some…

Tech Tuesday Topic: A Smarter Bath Fan

As homes are being built tighter to save energy, effective ventilation is a must. Excessive humidity results in uncomfortable interiors, and provides an ideal environment for mould growth. A recent…

Tech Tuesday Topic: Getting Rid of Wires Without Sacrificing Sound

modern living room design by san francisco spfa.com Many of us dream of a wireless home — a place where stereos, speakers and video components all live and work together without the eyesore of ugly…

Tech Tuesday Topic – “Sleek and Sexy iPad Wall Mount”

Simple and sleek interiors are trending and the one thing that does not go with this is clutter. Those who are tethered to their iPads have a tendency to keep that same sleekness in their decor. So…

Tech Tuesday Topic: Untangle Yourself From Those Messy Wires

contemporary cable management design by Room & Board As we all become more and more tethered to our electronic devices, wire management is a challenge almost everyone faces. It's especially tough…

Tech Tuesday Topic: Save Energy With a Thermostat That “Learns”

There seems to be no shortage of gadgets coming to market that make our lives simpler, more comfortable, etc. A new thermostat coming to market will help to save money, too! The average home spends…

Tech Tuesday Topic: Automated Bathroom Lighting

When was the last time you stumbled out of bed in the middle of the night to the call of nature? Or tip-toed to the kitchen for a late night snack or something to drink? Toe-kick lighting in the…

Decor: The Best Upgrades for Your Money

Designers at HGTV share the best upgrades for your money... "The key to any new-build is the upgrades,but they can cost a fortune. A lot of them are worth spending the money, however, because they're…

8 Reasons Why New Homes Beat Used Homes Every Time

With great pricing and availability today in new home communities, why would you ever buy a used home? While short sales and foreclosures may sound like a great deal, there are so many more reasons…

Energy Efficiency Series – What makes a “Built-Green” Home Different?

    Built Green™ promotes construction of buildings that are healthier for the occupants and healthier for the environment. Sustainable or “green” building practices can reduce the tremendous…

What is the “R-2000” Standard of New Home Ratings?

Canadians are faced with a number of programs which quantify the energy efficiency and "green score" of their homes. As part of an ongoing series of articles on energy efficient new homes, we are…