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  • 3 DIY stone veneer projects for your home

    Posted on : 23-09-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    Think of updating the look of your home? Stone veneer offers an elegant solution to transforming outdated areas of the interior of your house. Stone veneer is a versatile, durable product that can be used in many ways. Here’s a few DYI ideas you can tackle yourself to modernize the look of your home.

    Fireplaces

    Fireplaces in home are a luxury we all love. Just like the rest of your house they can sometimes use a little TLC. Bring your house up-to-date and modernize the look of your fireplace. Stone veneer offers the look of traditional stone still but can completely transofrom your space. Resurfacing your fireplace with veneer is a

    Backsplashes

    A new backsplash can instantly transform the look of a kitchen instantly and since it is rarely more than 30 square feet in size, it’s also the perfect DIY project for any homeowner. To make the installation easier, consider finding a stone that can easily fill the typical 18-inches of space without multiple cuts.

    Accent Wall

     

    Add a focal point to any room with a stone veneer feature wall.  Stone is a versatile product with many looks and styles. You can easily achieve the updated look you want for any room and create an attractive modern look that will be the envy of all your guests.

     

    Stone veneer is a durable low maintenance product that is lighter weight than bricks or other natural stones and easier to handle and install. The lighter weight stones can be installed on any structurally sound wall, including interior walls. The cut stones are equally as durable, water resistant, and diverse in color and texture as the stones from which they are cut. Your options to upgrade your home with this beautiful product are endless.

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  • Build your inspiration board

    Posted on : 31-08-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    Have an idea of what you want to do in your backyard but you’re not quite there yet? Visit our Pinterest account to build an inspiration board for your latest professional or DIY project. Many of our thousands of products have been pinned on our account.

    You can mix and match textures, styles and colours. Add photos to your own board of your existing backyard or outdoor features. Create pleasing combinations and styles. You’ll also find DYI’s for many of the projects you may want to undertake in your backyard.

    When you have an inspired board of natural stone, ground coverings, landscape material and patio slabs show it to one of our helpful in-store experts. They’ll be happy to guide you through the final selection process and finalize your outdoor plans.

    We’re here to help make your backyard dreams come true.

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  • James Hardie Siding – Protect your home in style

    Posted on : 21-08-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    Hardie board siding is a cement board siding for your home. It’s been around forever and is one of the most durable and siding solutions to your home. These fiber cement products combine beautiful design with high performance.

    Unlike other siding materials James Hardie products are engineered to withstand damage from moisture and rot, and withstand the elements such as rain, sleet, or snow.

    This siding is fabricated from 90% sand and cement which makes it fire-resistant. The cement construction also makes it far less susceptible to insects and pests you’d normally have issues with in common siding products.

    Hardie board siding can be customized to look like any other siding material, including wood lap boards, cedar shingles, and wood shake siding. Your choice of colour is nearly unlimited. This allows you to get the desired look you want while still having a highly durable product.

    For longevity, durability and a stylish look this product is unmatched by any other siding product.

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  • Patio Paver Tips

    Posted on : 27-07-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    Looking to build that perfect summer patio? Here are some tips often overlooked when installing pavers.

    Call before you dig

     

    Call your local utilities before you dig. You don’t want to break any lines. Most products you will need to excavate 8” to 12” to create a level base.

     

    Start from the bottom

    Find out what you should do to prepare a level base for installation. Every manufacturer has a recommendation for how to best install their stones.  A level bedding layer is critical to all patio stone/slab installation.

    Use an edge

    Installing edging along your patio is a crucial part of the stability and longevity of your patio.

    Allow for drainage

     

    You’ll need to have a gentle pitch to drain water away from your patio or your home.

    Keep the extra

    Pavers are incredibly resilient and low maintenance but something may happen in the future and you may need to replace one. Keep extra concrete pavers from your project’s installation on hand to replace damaged pieces when spot treatment becomes necessary.

    If you have more questions about installing pavers talk to one of our in-store experts.

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  • Hardscape vs Wood

    Posted on : 20-07-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    If you’re looking to expand your outdoor entertaining and relaxing space this season the two common ways to go. A raised wooden deck or a hardscape patio. Both offer a relaxing enjoyable space but there advantages and drawbacks to both.

    Wood allows you to have the classic backyard deck. It offers almost limitless design possibilities. They will need to be raised above ground level. Another consideration is the maintenance of a wooden deck. Wood is a porous material and will degrade over time from the elements and can provide a suitable home for a number of insects. Wood decks require regular staining to maintain longevity.

    Hardscape patios are often flush with ground level. They can be made from poured concrete or pavers. Utilizing pavers or stones you can create intricate patterns that bring your patio to life. Modern concrete offerings come in a variety of styles, textures and finishes so the completed project can look like anything from granite to marble or even wood. A properly installed  patio will last for decades without any significant maintenance. There is no need to seal/reseal or restain concrete slabs or pavers, and the seams between these blocks will help protect your patio from cracking as a result of the ground settling or extreme weather.

    Cost varies between the two choices because of the wide range of different materials you can choose from. Make your choice based on what best fits your space. It may be a combination of the two.

    If you need more information or help designing your patio contact one of our in-store associates.

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  • Ground Coverings

    Posted on : 22-06-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    There are a lot of different ground coverings you can use along paths, in garden beds besides your standard mulch. Let’s have a look at a few and see if you get some ideas for your space.

    Red Cedar Bark Mulches

    CEDAR BARK MULCHES have all the benefits of cedar mulch, plus come in a vibrant red colour or a golden colour which accents the natural golden colour of cedar and retains its appearance for a longer period of time.

    Shredded Pine Mulch

    SHREDDED PINE MULCH – reddish brown in colour with a minimal amount of wood fiber, having a pine fresh fragrant aroma that contributes toward making this our most popular ground cover mulch.

    Pea Gravel

    Pea gravel are round, small and smooth compared to regular gravel. These small stones are great because they don’t decompose like lots of mulches but they can be difficult to contain without an edge on the garden bed you’re putting them in.

     

    Pumice Rock

    Also known as lava or volcanic rock. This is a great substitute for common mulches because it retains water and aids with extra aeration to the soil, prevents fungi and mold from growing, and is an unsuitable living environment for insects. This rock can retain a lot of heat and damage some plants in hot environments.

    Beach Pebbles

    Landscaping stone 1 inch to 3 inch size pebbles. Rock is large, smooth, rounded stone used primarily for decorative applications around ponds and landscape areas.

    Enviro Stone

    EnviroSTONE blends a scientifically designed crushed stone with the plant-based glue to stabilize larger joints of flagstone and paving stone applications.  When installed as per the guidelines set out by Envirobond, joint sand loss due to wind and rainfall erosion is substantially reduced while nuisance weeds and ant infestations are effectively controlled.

     

    Rubber Mulch

    Rubber mulch is made almost entirely from recycled tires. It is excellent for retaining moisture in the soil but there are concerns that chemicals could leak in the soil and they aren’t great for wildlife due to the fact that they are made from recycled tires.

     

    Leaves

    Using a leaf mulcher on your raked, fallen leaves is one of the most economical ways to promote healthy plant growth. They aren’t as attractive as most other mulches and infected leaves can transfer fungus to other healthy plants. But they do still make an excellent natural mulch.

     

    Hay or Straw

    This will provide a natural rustic look. Like most of the other natural alternatives, it works well to suppress weeds, retain moisture, and release nutrients into the soil. It needs to be replaced regularly as it decomposes quickly.

    Artificial Grass

    Imagine the most perfectly manicured, lush, solid green lawn. Made of 100% recyclable material, this strong, long lasting, polyethylene grass will provide years of enjoyment.

    Selecting the right ground covering is crucial to your landscaping. If you need any assistance one of our in-store associates will be happy to help you. Feel free to browse our ground coverings on our website.

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  • Building a raised garden bed

    Posted on : 29-05-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    Now is the time to start prepping for garden season. A project you may have been considering is raised garden beds. There’s lots of advantages to raised garden beds. They are great for growing small plots of veggies and flowers. Your plants are closer to you and easier to work with. They help keep weeds out of the soil. They’re better for drainage and help prevent soil compaction. They also help prevent pests such as snails and slugs from getting at your plants.

    First you need to plan a spot for your garden bed. Keep in mind the type of plants you’d like to plant in it. How much sun do they need? How does this garden bed work with the rest of the space and how you’ll use it.

    Decide on a material for your garden bed. The two most common types are wood and stone. There’s plus and minuses to either option. Stone is far more durable and long lasting but wood is a much quicker and cheaper solution. If you’re going to go with wood, educate yourself. Treated wood will last longer but some treated woods do have chemicals in them that will release into the soil.

    Also decide on a height. You could create walls or small living pillars that frame a patio.

    Prepare your base and clear any sod and weed beneath where you’re putting your garden bed. You’ll also want to lay a barrier cloth of some kind to prevent weeds from growing into your new raised bed.

    Build your box. Be it with wood or stone. Make it level and fill it with a mix of high grade soil and compost to give your plants the best start.

    Raised garden beds are a weekend project you can easily tackle and are easier to maintain than a traditional garden bed. Contact one of our locations today for the materials you need to get started now!

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  • COVID19

    Posted on : 29-05-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    TO OUR VALUED STAFF, CUSTOMERS AND VENDORS

    FERRELL BUILDERS SUPPLY is committed to safely provide essential needs required to complete your building projects. Some of the changes we have implemented will take longer to service you compared to what you are used to from FERRELL BUILDERS SUPPLY. We appreciate your patience through these difficult times and together we will be successful in overcoming this virus separately.

    Effective Monday April 6th Ferrell will accommodate all sales orders by phone, email, text OR in person at all our Branches. Ferrell will be limiting each branch to a maximum of 5 customers per Branch. Please note that you will be able to come in to select your Supplies for All your Building needs.

    Ferrell will provide Delivery Service and provide Curbside Pickup for all your requirements. Please provide 24 to 48 hours notice if at all possible so that Ferrell can service your needs accordingly.

    FERRELL IS PLEASED TO OFFER A 10% DISCOUNT ON ALL LANDSCAPE PRODUCTS TO FRONT LINE WORKERS!!
    (Proof of place of Employment Required).

    The following are the contact information:

    1549 Rymal Road E., Hamilton – Phone:905-387-1948; E-Mail: anthony@ferrellbrick.com; Text:9056454745

    5735 Colonel Talbot Road, London – Phone:519-652-2799; E-Mail: adam@ferrellbrick.com; Text:2263789213

    57 Schaefer Street, Waterloo – Phone:519-884-0861; Email: tracey@ferrellbrick.com; Text:5194656143

    50 Dartnall Road, Hamilton – Hardware – Phone:905-387-1923; Email: joe@ferrellbrick.com; Text:4162095312

    50 Dartnall Road, Hamilton – Steel – Phone:905-575-8524; E-Mail: jbell@ferrellbrick.com; Text:4162095312

    2560 Hwy 20 E., Thorold – Phone:905-892-2694; E-Mail: tmayhew@ferrellbrick.com; Text:2894073492

    Ferrell is committed to minimizing the risk of infection by following the following protocols:

    1) Social Distancing of at least 4 metres.
    2) Wash hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    3) Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.
    4) Avoid contact with people who are sick.
    5) Stay home if you are sick.
    6) All Branches have implemented a strict cleaning schedule everyday using proper PPE.

    Thank you.

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  • Spring Checklist

    Posted on : 27-04-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    Cleaning up the yard is a task we all need to tackle every spring. You might be a little overwhelmed and not sure where to even start. Here’s a handy list to guide you through the process.

    • Clear lawn of debris (sticks and branches)
    • Rake any old leaves from garden beds and corners of the yard
    • Replace mulch once weather is warm enough
    • Tend to perennials (divide or transplant if needed) as they emerge from soil
    • Clean outdoor patio furniture and patio
    • Check grill and perform maintenance as required
    • Attach hoses to outdoor faucets and check for leaks
    • Apply fertilizer to lawn
    • Over-seed bare spots in lawn
    • Wash and re-stain and wooden features as needed (deck bench etc.)
    • Power-wash any patio stone
    • Perimeter check your house for foundation issues and caulking around the doors and windows
    • Clean gutters and downspouts
    • Attach any rain barrels
    • Fix/seal driveway or pathways as needed
    • Wash windows
    • Plan outdoor projects for the summer

    Make the most out of your yard this summer and get it ready now. Plan your big projects in advance so you can prep any outdoor spaces as needed. We’re here to help with all your landscaping plans.

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  • The right tool for the job

    Posted on : 17-03-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    ToolsIt’s an old cliche but an important one. Using the right tool for the job you’re doing makes life a lot easier. It also makes your job safer and go quicker.

    Whether you’re doing a renovation or working on a construction site you need to take care. A worksite can be a dangerous place and present many hazards if you aren’t cautious. You don’t want to add additional risk by using the wrong tool for the job you’re doing or the right tool in the wrong way.

    Using the correct tool for the job you’re doing will also get the job done correctly and likely quicker than trying to use the incorrect tool. You’ll likely end up with a better finished product as well. Cutting corners and making do with what you have may lead to an inferior product.

    Here are some safety tips for using tools on the job site.

    – Never use a cracked rusted, broken or splintered tool. Always inspect your hand tools before beginning a job.

    – Repair or replace worn or cut power cords.

    – Tools such as sockets and wrenches that are worn should be replaced to prevent slippage

    – Utilize tools with a properly designed ergonomic grip

    – Dull blades take more force to cut

    – Always wear safety equipment. Gloves, eyewear, ear protection for power tools and a steel toe welding boot pair, the necessary safety gear such as these work boots found on this store with cat workwear available, as well as hard-hats and high-visibility clothing should always be worn on construction sites and is even mandatory by law in the majority of locations.

    Stop by one of our locations to see our extensive selection of contractor grade tools.

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  • Renovations for winter

    Posted on : 13-02-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    Being Canadians dealing with winter is just a reality of our lives. But their are definitely some home improvement projects you don’t want to complete during the cold winter months. Building a new deck for instance is ill advised when there’s a few feet of snow. But that doesn’t mean all projects need to stop. You may even get a discount if you’re using contractor as some have lower winter month pricing. Embarking on a full scale renovation takes a lot of consideration and planning. It’s not impossible but it may be smarter to tackle smaller projects that still have a big impact. Still, you should also take the time to check on critical parts of your home with a roofer kansas city, or based elsewhere, to make sure nothing is going awry.

    Here’s a list of home renovations projects to tackle during the winter.

    New countertops

    Installing new countertops can completely transform a kitchen and can be the perfect winter project. It’s an ideal project as you don’t need to go in and out of the house a lot and it has been proven that upgrading your kitchen is a smart investment for resale.

    New light fixtures

    Winter is the darkest time of the year. The lack of natural light can do a number on our mood, our skin, and overall health. Introducing better lighting in your home will not only improve the look of a room but may improve your mood by bringing more light into your house.

    The laundry room

    The laundry room is an often overlooked area of the house yet is used very often day-to-day. Some much needed shelving, cabinets and other organizational additions can make all the difference in how you use this space. Also, don’t overlook the style of the space. If it’s a beautiful space you want to be in you’ll likely get more accomplished in that space.

    Faucets

    Upgrading faucets in your house is an easy weekend fix. You may be hesitant to gut your bathroom in the cold winter months but changing a faucet can revive your drab bathroom and add a spark of life, and you can find the ones you want on sites like Anzzi fairly easily. If you want to go bigger, you may want to replace your shower or change the style of it, if you do, you’ll need to invest in good quality shower glass to make sure it stands the test of time, and use the correct sealant to keep everything intact.

    Backsplashes

    Modern interior. Spacious kitchen with white brick tile wall.

    Adding a backsplash can dramatically change the look of a kitchen or bathroom. Adding a splash of colour in your kitchen may be the cure you need in those drab winter months. Installing a backsplash is a relatively small job to complete and not very invasive to your day-to-day life. It’s the perfect weekend project in winter.

    Safety Features

    Man installing smoke or carbon monoxide detector

    Often overlooked is reviewing your homes safety. Colder months are peak seasons for home fires. Replacing, upgrading and testing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be a regular routine you do at the start of winter.

    Attic and crawl space

    Fiberglass Roof Insulation

    Re-insulating your attic or crawl space is a perfect winter time job. Often these areas are too hot to work in during the summer so completing the work in winter when you won’t overheat is just smart. Not only that but it will greatly add to your comfort during the cold winter months.

    Whatever you decide to do over winter your reno plans don’t have to come to a complete halt over winter. The cold and snow may make it a little more difficult to get some tasks done but there definitely still many projects you can tackle around your home.

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  • Sand vs Salt

    Posted on : 30-01-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    Salt on icy stone

    Icy driveways and walkways are something we need to contend with living in Canada. Your best method to avoid slips and falls is to  thoroughly clear your driveway of snow and ice. But that isn’t always doable and living in Southern Ontario temperatures often creep up above  0C and snow and ice melt and then refreeze overnight.

    Salt works well in temperatures above -12C and helps to lower the freezing point of water. Thus preventing freezing.  It is an inexpensive method to deal with slippery surfaces. Salt can be harsh on grass and shrubs so be cautious when using it around areas with lots of vegetation.

    Sanding icy areas during winter won’t help with melting or de-icing. It will specifically helps create traction on icy patches to prevent slipping. Sanding is an option for when temperatures drop below -12C. Be cautious to not over-sand as it can lead to clogged drains in the spring.

    Contact your local Ferrell Builders’ Supply to place get supplies so you don’t slip and fall this winter.

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  • Stone or Veneer

    Posted on : 16-01-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : Building Trends, Products

    Natural Thin Stone Veneer

    Stone or brick veneer – which should you choose? This has been a question plaguing home builders and renovators for ages. These being the two most popular options many people have a hard time choosing between the two for their home cladding, fireplace, wainscot, and other architectural details. We’re going to outline  the pros and cons of each to help you make a more informed choice.

    If you’re thinking of veneer

     

    • It can go over almost any surface.
    • It comes in a vast range of styles and designs to suite almost any look.
    • Stone veneer is far more flexible of a product than natural stone and can be designed or cut into almost any shape.
    • It’s a lighter weight product which means it’s easier to transport and easier to install
    • Veneer is a more cost effective product because it is lighter weight
    • Veneer is a manufactured stone that is still strong, resilient and heat resistant
    • Manufactured veneer stone is too weak to be used structurally for building purposes. Veneer stone can hold up its own weight, but it cannot carry additional weight.
    • Veneer stone’s colors can fade over time.

    If you’re thinking of natural stone

    • A durable long lasting material
    • Weather proof and holds up great in areas with frost
    • Wide selection of styles, sizes  and looks to fit your needs
    • Highly fire resistant
    • Holds colour well and not prone to fading
    • Can be used structurally to support weight
    • More difficult to cut
    • Heavier to move and install

    Deciding between the two types of stone ultimately depends on the type of installation and the final look you want to achieve. If you’re still unsure of which to go with, you can talk to one of our in-store experts.

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  • All I want for Christmas is a home renovation

    Posted on : 18-12-2019 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : Building Trends, News & Updates

    Christmas Gifts

    The holidays are fast approaching and yes even Ferrell Builders’ supply has you covered. Now, we aren’t suggesting you stock up on stone to wrap up for everyone on your naughty list but we do have some excellent options for you. So if you’re scrambling for the perfect gift for that loved one here are some options…

    Give the gift of landscaping

    Sure it’s winter but that doesn’t mean our landscape design team has packed it in for the year. Our Landscape Design and Install Program, including professional design, 3D renderings and video walkthrough is the perfect gift for someone that wants to spruce up their outdoor space.

    Expert tools

    From drywall to masonry,landscape and other specialty tools. We have your handyman’s gift covered.

    Custom engraved stones

    A custom address stone, company logo or almost any custom design can be engraved into stone by our stone engraving department.

    Granite Countertops

    Who wouldn’t want natural stone granite countertops for their kitchen? They’re solid, durable and beautiful. Anyone would be happy to have this feature gifted to them.

    We have many renovation ideas if you’re looking to spruce things up for the holidays! Also, don’t forget to stock up on salt at one of our locations so guests at your holiday parties don’t slip and fall!

    Happy Holidays!

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  • Winter Landscaping

    Posted on : 12-12-2019 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : Building Trends, News & Updates

     

    Winter Patio

    I know what you’re thinking. You can’t landscape in Canada in the winter months. You’re right to an extent, there are definitely some tasks you shouldn’t even consider in the winter. But just because there’s a blanket of snow in your backyard doesn’t mean it should be ignored.

     

    Assess and plan

     

    Winter is the perfect time to look at your land and assess what needs to be added. Is there a missing focal point? Adding hardscape items like benches or stones might be the missing piece.

    Don’t ignore your planters

    Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean your planters should sit empty or even worse fill up with snow. There are many evergreen options to adorne planters and window boxes. Also consider decorative logs or stones.

    Add some light

    Winter is the darkest season. Bring some light into your outdoor spaces with some accent lighting. Solar lights, spot lights or even string lights will brighten up your evenings.

    Warm up

    If you don’t have a stone fire pit on your patio consider adding an outdoor heater. Your patio can still be a great place to entertain friends and family in those winter months.

    Don’t slip

    One crucial element to your landscaping is making sure no one slips and falls on pathways. Make sure to apply salt or sand during those icy months to keep you and your guest safe.

    Whatever you decide to do with your landscaping over winter, trust us, you’ll be happy you didn’t neglect this overlooked landscaping season.

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  • 4 Tips for your new stone fireplace mantel

    Posted on : 27-11-2019 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    Whether you’re planning  to remodel an existing mantel or adding a new one to your home, there are a few things to consider.

    Pick the right Material 

    Natural Stone and brick fireplace
    There are few options for a stone mantelpiece. You can go with a natural stone or veneer.

    Natural stones such as limestone, quartz and granite can be used for a mantel. These natural stones will give a rich, authentic look and feel. These mantels require careful and precise installation and can be very heavy.

    A veneer stone fireplace mantel is made from  a thin layer of stone that’s attached to a base material. This is a more cost effective and solution and this approach is far easier to install while still giving the look of a stone mantle.

    Consider the space

    How big of a mantle should you have? You don’t want to over power a small room with big heavy stones. You also don’t want your new focal point to feel lost in a large room. Find the right balance.

    Plan ahead for a heavy load

    Plan for the weight of a stone mantel. A stone mantle place isn’t light. Your installation will need to account for supporting the weight. When getting in to heavier pieces of stone it’s best to consult the experts.


    Match your pallet

    Get a sample. Make sure the stone you want works in your space and with your other finishes. Remember the type of stone, size and how it’s assembled will all affect the look of your fireplace mantel.

    Whether you’re looking for sleek and contemporary or rustic and natural, a stone fireplace mantel will complete your room and fill your home with warmth and elegance. Come visit one of our showrooms and one of our staff will be glad to help you plan your new stone mantel.

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  • Insulate your investment

    Posted on : 11-11-2019 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    Fiberglass Roof Insulation

    It may not be the most glamorous investment but it is one of the smartest. Adding additional insulation to your home not only increases comfort but saves on energy costs.

    R-Value describes how effective the insulation is at stopping the conductive flow of heat. The recommended R-value for attic insulation in Ontario is between R-50 and R-60.

    Different insulations have a different value per thickness.

     

    R-VALUE PER INCH
    Loose-fill Cellulose 3.1 – 3.8
    Loose-fill Fiberglass 2.2 – 2.9
    Loose-fill Stone Wool 2.2 – 3.3
    Fiberglass Batting 2.9 – 3.8
    Stone Wool Batting 3.3 – 4.2
    Polyurethane Foam 5.6 – 8.0
    Cementiotious Foam 2.0 – 3.9

    When deciding where to spend your renovation dollars adding insulation is one of the smartest investments. It lowers energy costs, decreases sound pollution, increases comfort, prevents moisture condensation and maximizes ROI.

    Easy spots in your home to add insulation too are the attic, exterior foundation walls (in an unfinished basement. Also look at increasing your R-value anytime you’re doing a renovation.

    More insulation will help you have a comfortable, quiet and energy efficient home.

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  • Calculate your building project

    Posted on : 25-10-2019 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    Building Plans and engineer measuring toolsWalking in blind to a sales floor not knowing how much you material you need or having an idea of what it may cost can often leave you feeling dissatisfied and maybe with a little shock from the cost.

    To avoid this we suggest planning your project and cost in advance of visiting one of our stores. The more information you can give one of our sales associates the better they’ll be able to help you.

    Sketch out your initial idea and revise it until you’re satisfied. Then create a final plan with measurements. Remember you’ll need measurements for all materials.

    Research your materials. Doing a bit of research on the materials you want beforehand will help you understand the install process and what other products you may need along with them.

    Talk to the experts. Our staff will be able to help you finish your plan or suggest the best materials to complete your design.

    Our website provides handy calculators for , gravel, mulch, sand and paver sand to help you have an idea of price and quantity. If you need more help you can visit any one of our locations and experience our new Landscape Design & Install Program, including professional design, 3D renderings and video walk-through. If you love it, we’ll install it! Stop by today.

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  • Mulching in the fall

    Posted on : 27-09-2019 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : Building Trends, News & Updates

    Fall MulchWith the winter coming swiftly people think that working in the garden is done but there is a crucial step you should complete before the growing season ends. Mulching your garden beds in the fall  is one of the best overlooked practices you can do for the health of your perennial plants and your soil.

    You’ll need to take special care of perennials with shallow root systems or recently planted perennials and trees. These plants will be especially susceptible to frost and could heave damaging root systems.

    When mulching in the fall clear all annual plant debris out of your garden. Mulch should be spread to a depth of 4 inches. Excess mulch can lead to soggy ground. Avoid burying the plant’s crown as the mulch is put down.

    Ensure your garden beds have proper drainage. Overly wet garden beds can also lead to frost heaving and damage to root systems.

    Winter months can be long and cold. Your gardens roots will benefit from the added protection of an insulating layer, and your soil will be much richer thanks to your efforts.

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  • Build your own stone fire pit

    Posted on : 19-09-2019 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates

    Aerial shot of fire pit and landscape pavers at dusk. Paver patio has built in lighted pavers.

    An outdoor fire pit can extend the use of your outdoor space into cold evenings providing a beautiful spot to gather and keep warm.

    Plane your design

    Always start with a plan. Are you making a round, or square pit? Is it raised or sunken? Make a quick plan so you know how much material you will need. Plan how your seating will work with your firepit and where it will be placed. All these factors will determine how much material you need.

    Purchase your stone and supplies

    Stop by your nearest Ferrell Builders’ Supply with your plan and we’ll outfit you with all the materials you need. Have measurements so we can help determine your needs.

    You’ll likely need (depending on your plan):
    Mortar

    Stone
    Concrete
    Fire brick
    Black stove paint
    Rebar

    Prepare your base

    Excavate where you’re putting your firepit and compact the soil. Plan to be 1.5” to 2” below grade. Mark your exterior and interior walls with your desired size.
    Footings

    Using pre-mixed concrete pour footings for the stone/brick walls. Cover the area between the interior and exterior wall marks you made. Leave the interior circle (pit) free of concrete for drainage. Level the concrete 1-1/2 inches below grade.Submerge 2’ (depending on size of pit) pieces of rebar into the wet cement at various points around the footer for strength. Allow to dry completely.

    Lay the first course of fire brick

    You’ll be laying a row of face stone on the exterior of the wall and a row of firebrick on the interior. Lay your exterior row of stone first then trowel mortar along the inside wall of the stone and lay your firebrick. Remove excess mortar and level as you go until the first row is complete.

    Build the Walls

    Place a bead of mortar along the top of the stone and firebrick. Lay the exterior stone first like previous step and continue to mortar the interior wall. Fill in irregular gaps between the firebrick and face stone(if any) with scrap stone.  Lay your next row. Alternate rows of firebrick and face stone staggering joints for strength until you reach desired height.

    Lay Cap Stone

    Place a layer of mortar on the top of the wall and begin placing the cap stones leveling as you go. Fill joints between capstones with mortar. Remove excess mortar and smooth joints when complete.

    Finish

    Once all the mortar is dry spray the interior wall of the pit with black stove paint.

    Now you’re ready to move onto the seating  and enjoying a beautiful new focal point in your outdoor space.

    For a more comprehensive guide, please visit https://www.boulderhomesource.com/fire-pit-guide/

    Need help planning your firepit? Contact our landscape design team!

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