August 29, 2014

Renovations you should never do yourself

In an age where free do-it-yourself advice is either a few mouse clicks away, attending free workshops at your big box retailers, or just dropping in and asking a few questions at the local hardware store, there are still home renovation projects that you should never handle yourself. We’re talking […]
July 11, 2014

Hammer and Nails – Edmonton’s Renovation Blog turned 2 today! We at Nord Alta Construction can’t believe it’s been 2 years of free renovation advice and project photos. We look forward to many more years of renovation blogging. Check out our other blog posts at nordalta.tumblr.com
July 8, 2014

Products we like: Vinyl Flooring

Are you looking for a good option for flooring for your renovation project but are having a hard time deciding among the many options? Consider for a moment Vinyl Flooring. There are many style options Vinyl flooring comes in many styles and colours, simulating the look of tile, wood, cork, […]
June 21, 2014

What kind of light bulbs should I be using in my home?

It happens to just about everyone. That light bulb over your kitchen table burns out and you have to go to store and pick up a new one. The only thing is, when you get to the store, you realize that they have an entire aisle of light bulbs to […]
June 14, 2014

Should I reface my kitchen cabinets?

As the beginning of every renovation season starts to get underway, we, over at Nord Alta, start getting calls about kitchen remodels. Without fail, we always have someone who calls in looking for a kitchen remodel where they want to reface their cabinets. Flying in the face of popular home […]
May 31, 2014

Building a fire pit in your yard in Edmonton?

If you’re looking to build a fire pit in your backyard in Edmonton this summer, then you’re in luck. All the major home centers have small models that are generally very affordable and if you’re looking for something a little more extravagant, there are plenty of options either through retailers […]
May 24, 2014

Building a new deck this summer? Here are a few options.

With the May long weekend behind us, we can expect (hopefully) warmer weather and longer days. Deck building season begins and whether you hire a reputable renovation contractor or do it yourself, there are a few options out there for decking materials. Here are some popular choices: Pressure Treated Wood […]
May 21, 2014

Should your contractor supply products?

One question that often gets asked before starting a renovation project is: Who should supply the materials? The client or the contractor? Now, this usually doesn’t come up when we’re talking about plywood or drywall. This situation surfaces when we’re looking at finished products, such as bathroom or light fixtures. […]
May 13, 2014

Renovation Trends: What do you need to know?

It’s an interesting coincidence that I was doing some research into home renovation and design trends for this article when a regularly scheduled newsletter from Remodeling showed up in my inbox with exactly that topic. It seems that a lot of online publications have a lot to say about renovation […]
May 8, 2014

Renovating My Kitchen With Interior Design In Mind

Kitchen renovations, from one project to another, can be a very different experience. Talk to a dozen families that have had their kitchen remodelled in the last few years and you may hear stories like, “This contractor was wonderful to work with.” Or conversely, you may hear something like, “My […]
November 27, 2013

Where do I apply for permits to renovate my house?

The value of building permits taken out in the city of Edmonton. Each municipality, county or governing body has different rules in place on how they treat the permitting process for renovations. So how do you know what is required? The first step is to find out who you have […]
November 7, 2013

Front entry and garden door for easy accessibility

Here are a couple of snapshots of a front entry door, a deck, and a garden door we finished just last week. This project was special in that the doors were installed with accessibility in mind. The new garden door is wider than the old one, which allows for easier […]