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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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