Building a Net Zero home can represent an excellent investment in the long run, saving you a considerable amount of money on energy bills, while providing a more functional, comfortable and durable living space. However, building a net zero home
As housing prices continue to rise, many homeowners are looking for ways to expand their living space without breaking the bank. Attics are one of the best candidates for home remodelling projects because, like an unfinished basement, the roof and
A bedroom/ensuite remodel can create your perfect sleep environment, so you enjoy your 7 – 9 hours of rejuvenating sleep each night.
A finished basement is a valuable addition to your property. Finish your basement; don’t let this perfectly good square footage go unused.
What makes a great bathroom? The perfect bathroom remodel depends on meeting the needs of the individuals in your household.
Eating, making meals or entertaining; thoughtful design and kitchen remodelling can give you a kitchen a room your love being in.
Considering renovating before selling? The buyers’ discovery that components of the house need replacement, or there are structural problems, can be a deal breaker.
Designing meaningful living spaces that are elegant, comfortable, calming and help bring us joy is challenging and rewarding work.
We’ve compiled a list of remodelling FAQs for you, responding to the most commonly asked remodelling questions.
Whether you buy a new net zero ready home before 2032 or retrofit the one you have, the upgrade future-proofs your investment.
High-performance homes are simply a better home – better for the environment, more comfortable to live in, healthier, quieter, more durable, and more valuable when it comes time to sell.
Net zero is the first milestone in each household’s net zero journey towards net zero sustainable living in the twenty-first century.
The Passive House high-performance building standard is recognized by the United Nations as the optimal way to build healthy, climate-resilient, affordable, and energy-efficient buildings.
Architect, design-build contractor, interior designer and interior decorator?… it can be confusing, and there’s some overlap between roles.
Building a custom home can be a daunting task, and many home buyers will end up buying a spec home or working with the builder to alter a home currently under construction. A spec home is one built on ‘speculation’,
Whether you decide on renovations that enhance the curb appeal and visual enjoyment of your home, or you’re reworking the floor plan and adding more space, you will typically increase the value of your home more than the cost of the improvements.
Yes, British Columbia homeowners have quite a few incentive programs available to them, in the form of rebates and grants. The most popular are the Home Renovation Rebate Program by BC Hydro, CleanBC and FortisBC; the FortisBC Home renovation bonus
Monthly energy savings with a net zero home aren’t the only return on investment. CleanBC offers a range of clean energy incentive programs.
A Deep Energy Retrofit (DER) is an energy conservation upgrade involving an analysis and construction process targeting a reduction of on-site energy use by 50%+.
As you work at creating a great home design, remember that the floor plan that is ideal for your lifestyle may not be suitable for another family. A perfect design and floor plan must not only meet your current needs but support your family’s lifestyle in ways you may not yet have considered.
With a solid whole home remodelling plan, and great execution, your remodel can be an exhilarating, deeply gratifying and life-changing experience.
Roof Systems: pitch, shape and aesthetics of the roof; we cover the top roofing materials used in high-performance homes on Canada’s West Coast.
Net zero homes generate as much energy as they use, so the net amount of energy purchased from the hydro company over the year is zero. Net zero homes are designed to be up to 80 percent more efficient than
High-performance home insulation, windows and doors: sub-slab insulation, super insulation and ENERGY STAR® certified doors, windows and skylights.
In this article our goal is to provide you with a basic understanding of popular heating/cooling/ventilation solutions for high-performance homes, so you can engage in informed discussions with the consultant or designer/builder you’re considering for your custom home or remodel.
What is it like, living in a passive house in the Sea to Sky Corridor? Squamish and Whistler both offer residents a warm small-town vibe, but with big-city amenities and outdoor recreational activities right at your doorstep. The Sea to
Remodel or tear down? In mature neighbourhoods in developed cities and towns, vacant land can be hard to find, and the perfect lot for your dream home is probably already occupied. It may be possible to remodel the existing house to fit your vision, but tearing down the old house to build fresh has become a very popular strategy.
We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of net zero FAQs, and included a few questions that are more difficult to find answers to. The questions and answers are loosely grouped by topic. If you have a net zero question not listed
Renovating your property can be a rewarding and cost-effective way of improving your home. Home maintenance and the necessary upgrades tend to get away from most of us; and soon there’s a list of noises to track down, cracks to
We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of passive house FAQs for you, with the most commonly asked passive house questions and also some of the other questions that are more difficult to find answers to. The questions and answers are loosely
Most homeowners who’ve built their dream home will reflect fondly on the day they decided to take their dream book of ideas and upgrade them to goals. The path ahead may seem like a mountain to scale today, but having
Whether it’s time to build that recreational room you’ve always imagined, or your family simply needs more space, a home addition can add more living area, enjoyment and value to your property. Building an addition to your home is often
Canada’s commitment to tackle climate change is evident in its programs to decrease overall dependence on fossil fuels and reduce carbon emissions. The housing and construction industry has been particularly identified as one area that can have an immediate impact.
The BC Energy Step Code encourages homeowners to invest in more efficient home upgrades and products that can save money by reducing long term operating costs.