May 9, 2013

Is your contractor a carpenter or a handyman?

Anybody can call themselves a contractor. In the city of Edmonton, there is no special requirement for operating as a general contractor other than applying for a license with the city. This means that no formal training is required to be a contractor. The person you may be speaking to […]
April 13, 2013

Energy Efficiency is more than just dollars and cents While it’s true that renovations done to help improve the energy efficiency of your home will potentially save you money on your energy bill, here are a few other reasons we think energy efficiency upgrades are important. Comfort A properly insulated […]
March 9, 2013

Is your renovation project safe? We all know that construction sites can be a dangerous place to be, especially if that construction site happens to be where you’re living. And, as people, we tend to forget about the little things that help to make sure we still have ten fingers […]
February 19, 2013

Hammer & Nails thoughts on Age and Accessibility in Edmonton

Are you affected by old age? Something happened to me this last year that has started to tug at the corners of my mind and set me on a course of thinking that I haven’t considered before. Age has started to affect me. Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not that old. […]
February 4, 2013

A Clearer Look at Windows Here is an interesting video that was forwarded to us last week about heat transfer through different types of glass. With so many different window products under a lot of different product labels, it’s hard to know exactly what you’re getting when you purchase new […]
January 23, 2013

Designing your kitchen: The Hammer and Nails guide to a beautiful kitchen – Part 3  If you missed parts 1 and 2 of our series, you can click here to find them. Cabinets When it comes to cabinets, in our opinion, you get what you pay for. If you have […]
January 14, 2013

Designing your kitchen: The Hammer and Nails guide to a beautiful kitchen, Part 2 Welcome to Part 2 of our feature on kitchens. If you missed part 1, you can find it by clicking here: Designing your Kitchen: The Hammer and Nails guide to a Beautiful Kitchen, Part 1 This […]
January 10, 2013

Designing a beautiful kitchen: Part 1

When I got through writing some of this article, I noticed that it was quite long, so I decided to split it up into a few parts. Here is Part 1. Part 2 should be out some time next week. Before we start getting into kitchen design, we want to […]
January 9, 2013

Experience Countertops

Happy New Year everyone! Hammer & Nails would like to start 2013 off with an article about countertops written by our good friend Aaron Woods, sales manager at Floform Countertops. A number of the kitchens that Hammer & Nails have been involved with have their countertops done by Floform and […]
December 5, 2012

Accessibility is in the Eye of the Beholder: A Case Study of Major Mark Campbell Sometimes, planning a project for accessibility requires more than just following codes and guidelines. Here’s a look at an accessibility project that Robert and I are currently involved in. The homeowner, Major Mark Campbell, lost […]
November 27, 2012

How to choose a contractor We’ve all heard that if a contractor pulls up in an old VW Bug with a step ladder strapped to the top of it with a frayed rope, we should probably not hire them to do our home renovation. So, what should you be looking […]
November 22, 2012

Another Beautiful Kitchen Here are some before and after shots of a kitchen we finished a couple of weeks ago.  The new cabinet layout combined with the removal of a wall between the kitchen and the dining room helped to turn this once cramped kitchen into a spacious, eye pleasing […]