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Concrete Floors


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Thermal Mass – Finished Concrete Floors

Thermal mass refers to the ability of materials to store heat. Construction materials store heat differently. For example, wood absorbs heat slowly and steel absorbs heat quickly. Concrete and masonry materials absorb and release heat effectively, which is why we … Continue reading

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Painting and Floors

Painting and Floors

We are working on painting (just finished the primer and ceilings, next is the colour on the walls). Zenon came in and did our hardwood floors. Next up is staining and finishing the concrete floor. Photos to come….

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Hardwood floor

Hardwood floor

Hardwood going in the bedrooms.

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Practical Plumbing 101

When we first started devising and revising the plan for this house, it seemed logical to locate all the plumbing elements in one area to save money.  In practical terms, this lead us to locate the upper and lower bathrooms more … Continue reading

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Concrete Floor Poured

The concrete floor was also poured last week.  The purpose of the concrete floor is to act as thermal mass to store the heat from the sun.  When the sun shines on the concrete during the day, the 4″ thick … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Double-Wall System

If you conduct a web search for “double wall” framing, you’re bound to come across many ways to create a super-insulated wall system from dimensional lumber.  (See for instance,, or search out “Larsen Truss” for more information)  Our wall … Continue reading

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