Originally posted by ionosphere:
Why do they always use blue wood on the shows. The builder of my home told me, when I asked him why he didn't use it in my new house, that it costs twice as much. So if their budget is so limited, why do they use this expensive blue wood?
Bluwood is treated to protect against moisture and Formosan termites. Here is a blurb about it from http://www.ecob.net/index.php?p=products&id=110
I see it being used on a number of the Canadian produced shows, it might be code required in parts of Canada. Just because regular wood is cheaper doesn't mean I'm going to build my deck out of regular wood when pressure treated is available. With respect to the budget I suspect that it is all part of the show format that Hillary is given a pretty unrealistic budget to meet the owners must haves.
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