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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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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 : 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 floodlights or lanterns to brighten up entrance areas. If you would like outdoor lights wired into the walls, you should call an electrician to install them for you. Try clicking here for electrical services.
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 : 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. At the same time, you may find that adding a pavilion with fireplace is a better and more suitable solution to your garden. This just means that the chimney will be placed somewhere else on the beam, which could make it easier to use and control. Regardless of how you do it, nothing beats being able to cuddle with your loved ones in your garden throughout the year.
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. For example, if you want to get a new wooden fence installed in your garden, it might be worth checking out this information from Illinois Fence Company. This way, you can choose which fence material may be best for your needs. When it comes to quality, don’t scrimp! 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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