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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.


How to Build a House: Building your own home is technically simpler than it seems, and a classic publication called Canadian Wood-Frame House Construction is …


Adding daylight to your home is one of the best things you can do and it’s the ultimate green energy source. Here’s how to make it happen with sunlight tunnels when conventional skylights aren’t an option.


Thinking of a bathroom renovation? See how one handy homeowner did an outstanding job using best-practice methods.


Winter is a bad time for mold growth on bathroom ceilings. Watch Steve Maxwell’s video on how to get rid of mold on bathroom ceilings for the long haul. Great looking results that resist future mold regrowth for a long time.