How to choose a kitchen sink that shines

Whatever the reason for replacing your existing sink, it’s a job that’s certainly within the capability of expe­rienced DIYers, especially those who have undertaken some plumbing work previously.

If you’ve never installed a sink before, it’s a good idea to read up on what’s involved before you decide whether to do the job yourself or hire a contractor. The book I recommend is Black & Decker’s Complete Guide to Plumbing (ISBN: 978-1591866367). The websites of home improvement centres and sink manufacturers are also good places to look for installation guides.

In this article we help you make the right choice when the time comes to purchase a new kitchen sink.

Kitchen sink

Kitchen cabinet makeovers on a budget

When it comes to giving your kitchen a bright new look, you don’t necessarily need to rip out and replace everything. Repainting or replacing just the cabinet doors, drawer fronts and shelves, along with installing new hardware, can make for an amazing facelift.

Most of the wear and tear on kitchen cabinets, along with the outdated look, is on the outside of the cabinets, on the doors and drawer fronts. If the structure of your cabinets (the cabinet boxes) is in fairly good shape then there really is no need to replace them. The only reason you might want to do so is if you’re planning a complete kitchen remodel, or if the boxes are in really poor condition.
 
Kitchen cabinets can be either frameless (Euro-style) or faceframed. If you have framed cabinets, you’ll probably want to refinish or replace the face frames as well.

Kitchen cabinets

Home insulation options

According to Statistics Canada’s ‘Survey of Household Spending’, the average Canadian home spends about $2,500 on total energy costs. On average, 60 percent of that amount – $1,500 smackers – goes to heat and cool the home. That’s a fair chuck of pocket change. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to lower your overall energy costs, and keep more of those hard-earned dollars in your pocket – seal, insulate, and maintain.

home insulation


Siding

There are a lot of great choices when it comes to siding your new or existing home, garage or workshop. Learn more about the pros and cons of the most popular materials, so you can make an informed choice.

The siding on your home is an important component of curb appeal, and by extension, the value of your home. It’s also what protects the structure of your home against the elements – high wind, heavy rain, ice, snow, UV radiation, insects – and the damage they can inflict.
 
When it comes to choosing siding for your home, garage or workshop, there are a number of factors to consider, including aesthetics, installation, maintenance, price and life expectancy. Fortunately, advances in manufacturing mean the latest siding products are more durable and last longer than ever, and many of the products now come in a much wider range of styles and colours. Always check your local building codes when installing siding, as some areas have certain rules about what can, and can’t be installed.

siding

Building a custom fence

Fencing can have a dramatic impact on the curb appeal of your home, and can also provide a safer area for young children or pets to play in. 

Wood fencing remains very popular, with prefabricated treated pan­els and 4″ by 4″ pressure-treated posts the most common choice of materials. This is because they are relatively quick to install and cost less than other types of fencing, though they do require more maintenance. Even though there is some choice in the style of prefab fencing, it still has a bland, uniform look that really doesn’t enhance the appearance of a house.

custom fence