About Our Suppliers and Contractors

On this page, you’ll find an evolving list of all the suppliers and contractors we are using, with some comments where we think it is appropriate and fair:

Architecture and Design:

  • Hughes Downey Architects, Kingston. *Following the retirement of Bruce Downey, Hughes Downey is no longer operating, but our architect, Mikaela Hughes, is definitely still working and has taken further qualifications in Passive House design since working on our place. Anyone wanting to contact her, please get in touch with us.
  • Construction Maison Passive Inc.
  • Stich Consulting and Design

Building and General Contracting:

Site Preparation and Landscaping:

  • Mel from IsLandscapes

Trenching, Excavation, Septic and Cistern supply and installation:

Equipment Hire:



Insulation & Air-Sealing

Windows and Doors






Built-in shelving and cupboards

  • Bookshelves and cupboards by Jeremy Balint, Wolfe Island.

Paints, Stains and Finishes


Kitchen & Pantry:

  • Ikea kitchen cabinets and matt white ‘Voxtorp’ fronts, ‘Ivar’ pantry shelving
  • FSC-certified countertops by Paperstone (from their budget / surplus site, Green Counterops Direct – *great products at a better price, but if you are in Canada, ordering is a chore because you have to arrange all the delivery and customs clearance yourself.
  • 36″ Induction cooktop by GE Café (in the Sears sale)
  • 28″ single bowl steel undercounter sink (in Lowe’s sale)
  • All other appliances reused from current kitchen

Electrical & Lighting:

  • Rough-in and installation by Leduc Electrical of Kingston
  • All light fittings use dimmable LED bulbs, mostly by Ikea
  • Some shades from Japanese designer, Toshiyuki Tani, a whole variety of vintage Danish and Dutch shades, mainly sourced via Vintg.com (formerly Retrostart), and the rest from Ikea.

Japanese Room

  • Japanese room built by Joe Calnan, Wolfe Island.
  • Shoji sliding screens and tatami mats from Lilin Tatami in Vancouver, BC. They supply real tatami mats (the grass-filled ones, not the ones that have a foam core and a tatami outer layer – although they can do those too) and both standard and custom sliding doors and frames. *Excellent service and very quick and easy to deal with.