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Exterior lighting adds 'wow' factor.

Niseko Construction Basics – Let there be light!

Lighting is a fundamental but often neglected part of the interior planning of a home or chalet. After all, we perceive our surroundings thanks to light: light animates a space, highlighting the forms, textures, and colours that you put so much effort into selecting.  A successful lighting scheme can accentuate the design and decoration of […]

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Energy Efficient Homes – Insulation

Super-Insulating your alpine home or chalet will not only lead to greater year-round comfort but could also provide considerable savings on your heating and cooling bills over the life of the property. If your property is also a rental property or lodge, these savings will directly translate into an improved yield or return on your […]

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Feng Shui and Solar Orientation

Feng Shui (pronounced “fung shway”), is a term composed of two Chinese characters: feng (wind) and shui (water). Wind and water are the two natural elements that flow, move, and circulate everywhere on Earth. They are also the most basic elements required for human survival. Wind — or air — is the breath of life, […]

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Passive Solar Design

Tapping Free Energy: Passive Solar Design

Passive Solar Design Most of us have heard of the term passive solar design. Some of us may associate the idea with unconventional, fully self-sufficient, ‘off the grid’ homes, but in fact mainstream builders, architects and homeowners are increasingly embracing the concept. Passive solar design is all about taking advantage of the suns free energy […]

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