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 […]
November 9, 2012

Renovating for Accessibility On our last blog post, we looked at some of the myths of accessibility renovations. If I’ve convinced you that you should incorporate some accessibility renovations into your next home renovation project, here are some ways you can make your home more accessible. Low Profile Thresholds You […]
November 7, 2012

Breaking Down the Barriers – Myths about accessibility renovations Barrier Free Remodelling, Universal Home Design, Aging in Place Renovations. If you are considering doing any renovations to your home, you might want to think about these topics. “But Hammer & Nails,” you say, “These renovations aren’t for me. I’m just […]
October 10, 2012

Hammer & Nails at the Delton Cabinet Innovation Showcase Robert and I got the chance to tour the shop floor of Delton Cabinets on September 21, 2012, for their Cabinet Innovation Showcase and we liked what we saw. In addition to seeing the shop floor, booths from various counter top, […]
October 2, 2012

Hiring A Contractor for Home Renos

Congratulations. You’ve decided to go ahead with you home renovation project. With that big decision out of the way, you’re now faced with another one. Should I hire a general contractor to oversee it or should I try to manage the project on my own? Some people will argue that […]
September 19, 2012

Avoid Unwanted Cost Out Of Your Renos

“Surprise!” Normally, people like surprises. In renovations, however, hearing that word is almost always leads to stress and unhappiness. Why? Because it’s usually followed by bad news; the kind of bad news that means spending extra money. How can you avoid surprises in your renovation project? Here are a few […]
September 5, 2012

Does your contractor know what he’s talking about? Although no one in the renovation business knows everything there is to know about renovations, Robert and I feel it’s important to continue learning about them. We attended The Schluter Systems Innovation Workshop, held on July 19th and 20th, 2012. The workshop […]