BuildDirect Blog: Life at Home

Dreaming of Small Homes and Simpler Lives

Most of my friends and I seem to have happened upon an “evolving consciousness.” I dig ...

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Urban Greenspace From An Old Railroad Track

My ancestors came from Holland in the mid-1600s and settled in New York City. When ...

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Outdoor Spaces For Guests in Fall: An Infographic

Technically, it's still summer. But, as of Labor Day and the beginning of a new school ...

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7 Things You DON'T Need in Your Bathroom

Don’t store what you don’t need! Whether you want to improve your guest quarters or ...

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Outdoor Living in Fall, Part 3: Outdoor Structures

As we have seen so far in this series, fall is an excellent time for ...

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kitchen waste
  It’s the peak of harvest season, which means lots of vegetable washing, chopping, cooking, freezing and canning. That means lots of food scraps, water usage, stock making, recycling and composting. I am by nature a frugal person trying...
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I was saddened to read about the community gardens along the Arbutus corridor in Vancouver being bulldozed. The article stated that gardens tended by families, some for 20 years, on an unused railroad track right-of-way had to be removed....