One of the main questions that I hear regarding straw bale walls is "how do they hold up over time? Don't they rot?".

This is a very good question and the answer is that they hold up perfectly well if they are detailed properly around windows and doors, and given a plas...

We have just added a new tutorial section to our website called "Reading Plans". It is meant for people who are not as familiar as they would like to be with reading and understanding plans.

It can be a very daunting task to look at a set of plans for a home you are hav...

Abby & Jean-Marc Roy are busy cutting their own timber frame and they now have bent 1 complete. Jean-Marc looks like a proud papa!

Here is  another project on the Abbey Gardens site in Haliburton.  Back in 2012 we design the Food hub. And then in 2016, we had the pleasure of working with Abbey Gardens, Haliburton Solar & Wind and Fleming College to design the alternative energy presentation centre...

Don Koppin Contracting has been building this off-grid, super insulated home and has just completed some thermal images - photos showing temperatures. This kind of photography shows warm areas as yellows and oranges and dark blues and purples as colder areas.

The reason...

Construction is moving forward on Anne Marie & Lawrence's new home. The crew at Don Koppin Contracting are doing a beautiful job.

The home is an off-grid home with highly insulated double stud walls, in-floor heat and a soapstone masonry oven.

It is going to be a fantast...

The Wilberforce Branch of the Haliburton County Public Library has turned into a key community hub. Bessie Sullivan, CEO/County Librarian, has submitted the library for the Ontario Library Association's Award and it has won! 

The building was built by the 2013 Flem...

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