Saturday, June 30, 2012

Wood vs. Steel Studs Debate

Wood vs. Steel Studs has been almost a religous debate among contractors and homeowners alike for years now.  Instead of taking one side or another, we believe both wood and steel studs are appropriate in the certain situations.

Consider the following:
-Steel studs are lighter than their wood counterparts
-Steel studs are much cleaner than wood studs considering the sawdust factor alone
-Steel studs are cheaper than the wood studs option
-Opinions vary on ease of use between the two...We have built with both depending on the situation...Wood is easier to cut with your mitre saw, but using tin snips on steel studs is also pretty straight forward once you get used to it (albeit the potential to cut your skin on steel studs is more likely when using snips for the first time)
-Also, look ahead to what you plan to hang on the walls after the studs and drywall are up.  For example, if you are planning on buying and hanging an 80" flat screen TV, go wood studs as many of the TV bracketing systems do not support TV hook-ups into steel stud walls.

Send us a message if you have any additional questions about the pros and cons of both steel and wood studs.

Take care!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Cabinet Wood Types

When considering what type of wood to select for your cabinets, here is a list of common wood types that you should think about:

Pine - a softer wood that it usually considered for a more rustic/cottage look and feel due to the knots within the wood.  Prone to dent easier than other woods due to its soft density. Typically on the lower cost than other woods as well.

Oak - a much harder and denser wood with open grains running through out it.  Typically much more durable and seen in a variety of different colours and shades.

Maple - another hardwood with less grain variation than Oak. 

Hickory - also another option to be considered when looking for a more rustic appearance.

Mahogony - provides more of a richer deep wood appearance, typically highlighted in accents of brownish/redish colour tones. 

Poplar - a common, more plentiful wood commonly used in cabinets.  A more cost effective wood used for many wood construction projects.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Top 10 Accents

Our clients are always ask us to spice up their custom built-in designs with some decorative accents.  So here is our top 10 list:

4-Chair rails
2-Upgraded Baseboards
1-Crown Moulding