August 2, 2013

Our Favorite Accessibility Features When Renovating

A lot of accessibility features can be added to a renovation project for little or no cost. Here are some of our favourites: Install some lever style handles for your plumbing fixtures or door hardware – Lever style handles are easy to use and don’t require a lot of hand […]
June 17, 2013

The Barriers of Barrier Free Living

Ask around in the City of Edmonton if people have heard of the term ‘barrier free’ and you’d be surprised to know that more and more people are becoming familiar with housing needs for people with mobility issues. Seniors groups and associations have become more prevalent and it’s no longer […]
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 17, 2013

Products we think you’ll like – Tubular daylighting systems Without a doubt, one of the hardest things to overcome in Edmonton is the weather. During the winter months temperatures fall to uncomfortable levels and the lack of natural sunlight causes a lot of people to start taking vitamin D tablets. […]
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. […]
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 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 […]