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.
Here’s a list of home renovations projects to tackle during the winter.
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. Improving the 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.
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.
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.
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
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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Posted on : 30-01-2020 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates
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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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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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.
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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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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
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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Posted on : 11-11-2019 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates
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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Posted on : 25-10-2019 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates
Walking 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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With 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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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):
Black stove paint
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.
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.
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.
Need help planning your firepit? Contact our landscape design team!
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Posted on : 28-08-2019 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : Building Trends
We’re coming up quickly on the fall season and most of you are probably dreading the thought of putting gardens to bed and raking leaves.
But there’s a lot more that can be done to your outdoor space in the fall then just clean up the yard. Here are some landscaping projects that are perfect to tackle in the fall season.
Plant New Trees, Shrubs and Perennials in the Fall
There are many reasons why planting in the fall is an optimal time of year. A very obvious ones just coming out of the hot, dry summer months is that the weather tends to be cooler and there’s more precipitation. This tends to be better for the majority of plants that do well in our climate. As the weather continues to cool there’s also less bugs and pests that may feed on new plants.
Tackle Outdoor Construction Projects
Lower temperatures and shorter days with less direct sunlight make the fall the perfect time for outdoor improvements. Some projects you may want to consider are retaining walls, perfecting your patio, building that much needed stone path or installing a sprinkler system. Planning and completing construction project now means you may need to wait out the winter to really enjoy the fruits of your labour. But it also means you won’t be dealing with a wet spring, or hot summer making the work easier to complete.
Fertilizing and seeding your lawn are great projects to tackle in the fall. Fertilizing allows your lawn to build up nutrients to stay healthy over the winter. Seeding in the fall is ideal because seeds will stay damp longer in the cooler weather.
Add Outdoor Lighting
With shorter days adding some outdoor lighting can extend the use of your yard and patio long after the sun has set. It’s also added safety for people walking on your property. Use decorative lights to illuminate walkways, and install flood lights or lanterns to brighten up entrance areas.
Refresh the look of your home with a paint job. Whether it’s your door, trim, patio or porch you’ll want to get this done before it’s too cold out. If you have peeling or exposed wood painting before the winter weather hits to prevent damage to wood from ice and snow. Be cautious of cold days as all paints and stains have an ideal temperature they should be used in. Using the wrong paint in colder weather could mean you’re redoing the job next spring.
Whatever project you decide to tackle, it can add a lot more fulfilling than raking leaves and cutting back shrubs does. There’s no reason to pack up your patio set just yet.
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Posted on : 17-08-2019 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : Building Trends
House with a beautiful garden on a sunny day
Building a stone garden path can add some much-needed charm and whimsy to your backyard. Stone paths offer a practical route for foot traffic through your garden or lawn without wearing down the vegetation. They also act as a practical form of ground cover.
There are many different types of building stone available, and many styles of pathways. It’s important to choose one suitable for the walkway you want to create. You also want to choose stone that complements your yard and home. Consider climate, how it will be used, how it will look with existing features in your yard. A loose pebble or gravel may spill over into neighbouring flower beds or lawn. There are many factors to consider when choosing a stone.
Denser stones (granite, bluestone or quartize) are better for colder climates where as softer stones (limestone and sandstone) are better for warmer climates. Softer stones tend to be more porous and can absorb water and crack more easily in cold climates.
Consider the use of the path. Is this a primary walkway with high foot traffic leading to an entrance? A secondary path to a garden that will prevent wear or your lawn or an ornamental path to accompany a garden feature. Plan accordingly – high foot traffic areas will need smooth uniform stone to prevent tripping hazards. Secondary and ornamental paths can be more spaced and rustic looking.
Know your square footage. Plan out and measure your path before you start stone shopping. This way you’ll have an accurate idea of price and store clerks will be more able to assist you.
Know how to prep your base. If you’re doing the install yourself different types of stone will require a different base preparation. This can add to your cost and install time. Educate yourself on how you’ll need to prepare the surface for the stone and style of path you’re creating. Poor underlayers lead to movement and damage.
A simple stone path is the perfect weekend project to enhance your backyard space. If you need help with your path you can take advantage of our new Landscape Design and Install Program, including professional design, 3D renderings and video walkthrough. If you love it, we’ll install it! Stop by today!
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Protect your home with one of the strongest materials. Steel. Bellara Steel Siding is meant to be tough yet beautiful. We carry woodgrain finishes in Deep Walnut, Mountain Cedar and River Rock Grey. The durable finish on the siding assures long-lasting colour.
Made from 26 gauge steel it is durable, low-maintenance and resistant to bumps and dents.
Backed by a 40 year limited warranty Bellara is positioning itself as the future of residential steel construction. Strength, beauty and elegance fuse together to create a modern architectural look that will add striking visual interest to any house or building.
Contact us today to learn more about this exciting new product!
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Posted on : 17-07-2019 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : Building Trends
There are many advantages to a raised garden bed. They can extend the growing season because they can easily be covered and the soil will warm sooner in the spring. There’s less weeds and there’s no foot traffic on them to deal with in your garden.
They also create beautiful natural, barriers in your yard.
Here are some tips for getting the most out of your raised garden bed:
Use a barrier to prevent other plants and roots from making their way into them. You could use a commercial weed barrier, a piece of old carpet, or a thick piece of corrugated cardboard. Essentially you want you prevent your clean soil from getting filled with weeds.
Mulch the top layer. This will prevent weeds and help keep the soil from drying out. Raised beds will dry out quicker than regular garden beds
Add compost/ manure annually to add nutrients back into the soil. Soil soil will settle and get depleted as time goes on. Adding a bit of compost yearly will help mitigate the breakdown.
Plan an irrigation system. Installing a system before you plant can save you a lot of time standing around with a hose.
Cover up in winter. Soil exposed to harsh winters will break down quicker. Add a layer of mulch or cover crops (ryegrass or crimson clover) once the growing season is done.
One of the trickiest things about raised beds is knowing how much soil and mulch you need to get to fill the bed. Avoid an extra trip to your garden store and use this handy calculator to figure out how much you need. https://www.gardenlifepro.com/soil-calculator/
With a bit of planning you can build the perfect raised garden beds that will be the compliment your beautiful backyard oasis.
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Posted on : 05-07-2019 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates
This is a common problem most people have when placing an order.
The simplest method to determine swing on a door is to open the door and stand with your back to the swinging door hinges. If the door swing is on your left, it is a left-hand door. Alternatively, if you stand with your back to the swinging door hinges and the door is on your right, it is a right-hand door.
If you still need some help we’ve provided this chart with all the possible configurations. And of course our staff is available to help you along the way as well if you need some assistance determining which configuration fits your doorway.
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Posted on : 10-06-2019 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : News & Updates
We’ve been supplying reinforcing bars and mesh for over 30 years to satisfied customers. Ferrell Builders’ Supply Steel division has the experience and updated rebar equipment to service the our clients’ needs.
Our expert staff has the knowledge and skills to provide you with estimating, detailing, fabrication and delivery. We are also able to provide rebar placing upon request. Our operations are centrally located in Hamilton, Ontario and have access to all major highways for easy delivery in Southern Ontario.
We currently use a rebar software (ASA) system providing a high detailed information of our client’s needs. We supply all rebar sizes 10m, 15m, 20m,25m,30m and 35m. We also supply wire mesh and related products in the reinforcing steel industry.
Whatever your project we can provide reinforcing steel to whether your build is residential, commercial, industrial or low-rise condos. We strive to provide customer satisfaction, meet all client’s specifications and maintain a safe and stable work environment. We’re eager to help you with your next construction project.
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Posted on : 29-05-2019 | By : Rohinton Gatta | In : Building Trends
Are you looking to level a steep slope or build and enclose a raised garden bed? A simple interlocking block retaining wall may be your answer. Retaining walls can be a simple weekend project when properly planned and can greatly enhance your landscaping.
Interlocking retaining wall blocks have a lip on the bottom of the rear side to lock the blocks together. When the gap behind is filled in with earth forces the blocks forward strengthening the joints. These systems are meant for relatively low walls between 15 to 28 inches.
Follow these 8 steps to build your wall:
Measure and mark out you retaining wall using line and stakes.
Dig a trench for the foundation layer of blocks. You need your first row to be slightly below grade and the width of the trench should be twice the width of the block so you can easily center and level each one. The depth will vary depending on which block you choose but generally around 6 to 8 inches deep.
Compact the soil in the trench using a tamper and then add a 2-3 inch layer of paver base. Rake it in to create a level surface and compact this once again using a hand tamper.
Use a chisel and hammer to remove the lip from the first row of blocks. Then set and level your first block. Add more paver base if required or use a rubber mallet to compact the block down into the trench. Continue laying your first row of blocks checking the level as of them as you go. Continuously leveling is a key factor to a long lasting retaining wall. An uneven wall will have weaker joints and deteriorate quicker. Taking extra care on the first row will make other rows more uniform.
For your second row cut your first block in half to stagger the joints. Lay the remaining blocks in the row and then finish with the other half of the cut block. Continue this pattern with staggered joints until you reach your desired height.
To prevent earth from seeping through your joints drape landscape fabric along the back of the blocks and backfill with gravel for proper drainage.
When you’re ready to lay the top cap or final row sweep any debris away first. Use construction adhesive to secure the caps to the row below.
Fold over any excess landscape fabric and cover with topsoil or mulch.
At this point you should have a finished retaining wall to be proud of. If you need help planning your retaining wall stop in at any of our locations and one of our expert staff will be more than happy to assist you.
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Now is the time to get your backyard ready for the summer season. You might have a blank canvas to work with or you’re simply tired of your old deck and need something new. The key to creating a backyard you’ll love and love inviting your friends and family to visit is making livable spaces. Creating outdoor spaces that flows from indoors to outdoors for entertaining, cooking, and relaxing that you’ll use over and over again.
Outdoor Fire Pits
An outdoor fire pit is wonderful to relax next too and can extend your time outside by keeping you warm on chilly nights and even well into the fall.
Who doesn’t love the sound of water in the garden? Water trickling over stones adds an atmosphere of peaceful relaxation to your space. You don’t need to build a large pond. There are many options that will add the sound of trickling water to your space so you can have a more zen space.
Quality over style
Invest in quality and natural materials. Consider how it will withstand the elements. Are there special considerations for your areas climate you should be aware of? Heavy rain, common drought, strong winds etc. Build your landscape and patio features to last. What material should you be using? Stone, brick or wood? You don’t want to rebuild them every year. If you don’t know ask an expert.
Create separate living spaces
Whatever you decide to do in your backyard build your spaces to fit your needs. Create a separate cooking space, an entertaining space, a lounging space or a space to relax by the fire. You don’t want to lounge next to the barbeque. Create another space where you can relax away from that.
Light your space
Lots of lighting will not only increase the attractiveness of the space but allow you to get more use out of outdoor areas. Incorporating outdoor lighting throughout your landscaping will help you maximize the use of your whole backyard.
Before you build, plant or landscape consider how much ongoing work your new outdoor feature is going to cause you. More time enjoying your outdoor space is preferable to more time maintaining it. Don’t create an ongoing headache for yourself.
Whatever you decide to do with your space we’re here to help. Stop by our Hamilton location and experience our new Landscape Design and Install Program, including professional design, 3D renderings and video walkthrough. If you love it, we’ll install it! Stop by today!
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Posted on : 08-01-2014 | By : Ferrell Contributor | In : News & Updates
You know your commute to work like the back of your hand. You have the drive etched out in your brain including contingency plans for every possible train, bridge, boat, slow poke and the ever present road construction. You know which spots are no-go zones when you are running late (which NEVER happens to me-cough, choke). You’ve got the whole commute down to an art form-like knowing at which point you need to be in the right or left lane and which spot you can’t have any vehicle in front of you as you approach your right turn just in case the light turns red and you are stuck for 2-3 minutes while your co-workers are stealing your favourite parking spot. Just me? Am I the only neurotic one? Is this behaviour exclusively for those of the unorganized persuasion?
Just because we plan on things going one way, that doesn’t mean they will. You can map out your route, your construction project or your life, but we all know things can go wrong. Contingency plans, back-up plans or Plan B-no matter what you call it-don’t always work but they certainly help. Building or renovating a house can be a frustrating experience if not planned out well but as our buddy Murphy and his inevitable list of laws warn us, things don’t always go according to plan.
I built a house years ago, or rather I chose a subdivision and a blueprint from the builder’s selection and then miraculously 3 months later, I moved into my brand spanking new home. I am not usually a terribly organized person (and this is where my friends and family that I force to read my blog gasp in mock shock, or perhaps do an eye roll and throw in a derogatory comment or two) but I can be the Queen of all organizers (complete with colour co-ordinated cape) when I actually try. When I built my house, I wore that Organizing Queen cape proudly. At the time, I was moving from one town and (it’s important to mention here), school district to another town and school district, working two part time jobs and babysitting a few neighbourhood children all while raising two daughters with a shift worker husband. I had a binder in which I kept every imaginable detail regarding the construction of my new house, the sale of my old house and since the construction was slated to be completed ten days prior to Christmas (yes-crazy, I know) I also included my Christmas lists. I was uber organized but let me tell you-if I lost that binder, I would have had the mother of all melt downs.
With my detailed lists of paint colours, flooring choices and brick selection etc plus the various Christmas gifts that were purchased, wrapped and where they were hidden plus which job I was working at and whose child I was babysitting-everything should go smoothly, right? Stop laughing people-we all know that that couldn’t possibly happen, especially when I was juggling that many balls at the same time. One of those balls was bound to drop and bounce down the stairs only to roll under the furnace.
Aside from having to pick a new building lot a week before construction was supposed to begin because the house was too wide for the lot, the coveted island I always dreamed of having was not going to fit in the dream kitchen (until I drew a sketch, road map and diorama), the framer neglected to include head room going down the stairs because the blueprints told them not to and (here’s my favourite part) the house was delayed two weeks-meaning we’d be moving in after Christmas instead of before-the entire process wasn’t too painful. There were so many things that could have gone wrong but we had a good builder, a temporary roof over our heads and of course, my binder and cape.
If you are planning on building or renovating, bring your lists in to Ferrell Builders’ Supply and we’ll help you with your material selection as well as help you choose a contractor. These contractors and builders are our customers which means we sell them building materials and talk to them all the time. Several of us have hired them ourselves. Once you’ve got your contractor picked, listen to them, go over your details together and understand no matter how well you prepare yourself, sometimes things don’t always go according to plan.
In the end I had a beautiful home that I loved and a builder that I valued. I learned a lot during the building of my home. I was grateful that I, for once in my life was organized because if I wasn’t, the problems and stress I could have encountered could have rendered me catatonic. I like to think that because of my obsessive planning, Murphy didn’t do too much damage. As I get older, I have become better at organizing my life. I write/type lists (and lists and lists), don’t sweat the small stuff and have traded my binder in for a cell phone and laptop, but I absolutely refuse to give up my cape!
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