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A blog about all things rural and agritourism related

Top 4 Features To Consider For Your Passive House

What are the details and considerations that make a passive house or high-performance house different than a typical building? In our previous article, What is the Passive House building standard, we introduce you to the program and outline how it differs from building codes and other programs. In this article, we dive a little deeper […]

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A Quick Guide to Understanding Passive House

Most people associate passive house, high performance, and net zero with energy goals for your building. But Passive House buildings are so much more! By following the building standard, you can create a higher quality space that focuses on occupant well-being and comfort and many more non-quantifiable benefits.  This passive house near Goderich is currently […]

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You can now have Second Dwellings on your farm property… 

Second dwellings are being encouraged by the Provincial government on all properties in Ontario to help with the housing crisis. This means farm properties, too, but with some caveats. The provincial planning act tries to help by encouraging all municipalities to allow second dwellings on all their property zones and types with fewer restrictions. In […]

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5 ways designing a barn house is different from a normal custom home!

Do you live in a barn? Or do you want to? It’s really important to realize that designing a barn conversion to a house (or other structures), is not at all the same as starting with a blank paper for a custom home. You have this amazing timber frame you need to work around to […]

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Architecture for Kids!

Keep your kids busy with this house book Free Printable! Including lesson on architecture for kids!

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Passive House Features: Free Heating!

Its -25 outside and the furnace in a passive house probably isn’t running! How is that possible? Careful thought at the very beginning of building design and some free heat from the sun!

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A Search for the Perfect Barn Frame:what to look for in a timber frame

A Search for the Perfect Barn Frame:What to look for in a timber frame VELD architect is embarking on a major bank barn reuse project! So in light of this journey we are going to shares its joys, challenges, and stories along the way. Hopefully providing you with information and confidence for you to consider […]

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10 Cottage Design Must-haves

Well I managed to have a vacation last week with my 6-month old and husband. We stayed at a cottage near the beach in Ontario. And although I managed to avoid most work, I couldn’t help but notice the lack of design at the cottage we rented.  So here are some must-haves for your cottage […]

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Farmhouse Design Part III

So you’ve decided you want to build a new farmhouse on your property. First you need to decide if the “Builder’s special” is the type of home you want or do you want something truly special. Check out this blog to help you decide if a custom home is right for you. Most of you […]

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Farmhouse Renovation – Part II

So you’ve decided to preserve a bit of rural history and renovate your brick farmhouse. Here are a few items that you should know. Yes, generally renovations cost more (approximately 5%). But the results are often more appreciated than building new and many of the large expenses are already taken care of such as exterior […]

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