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The sharing economy is growing by leaps and bounds. Tool libraries and maker programs are a big part of that growth. Learn how you can participate.


Steve explains how the walls in most homes built for cold places are not actually built to withstand their climate. What can be done? It begins with an understanding of this hidden problem.


A genuine need for small, efficient houses exists and is growing. The technology to build modular homes at lower cost than site-built houses also exists, too. All that’s needed is for more Canadians and lending institutions to realize that when it comes to houses, small is an exceptionally good idea.


Think you’ve seen everything log building has to offer? Think again, as we show you how this Canadian craftsman takes the craft to new levels.

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Never been to a media tool event before? Check out this video. A little like a miniature Detroit Auto Show, you get to see a lot of cool tools in a small space.


Do you find the simple, community-based ways of the Amish interesting? I always have. In this article, I talk about my new Amish neighbors on Manitoulin Island and some of the valuable lessons they’re teaching me.

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Using a beautiful lakeside site example, Steve Maxwell reveals four pivotal strategies that can help anyone interested in building elegantly and efficiently with minimal environmental impact.

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Every pickup truck owner has stories to tell. Watch Steve’s story about life with the two trucks he’s owned over the last 30 years on Manitoulin Island, and the great help they’ve been on the the Maxwell family homestead.

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Want warm feet? Save money with reduced overall room temperature and still be comfortable with infloor heating systems. The new electric system Steve tours here is more reliable and a pretty smart control system. Watch and see.


Have you ever wanted to build your own house? The story of Chuc and Linda Willson might give you encouragement. The 60-something couple designed and built their own place using local, sustainable materials wherever they could. See how they did it right here.