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How Much Will Cabinetry Cost For Your Remodel?

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When it comes to budgeting for your kitchen or bathroom modeling project the cost of cabinets will be between 18-25% of your total budget. All cabinetry is not created equal no matter what the cost and in this VLOG Bob speaks to the quality of cabinetry and what you should be aware of.


Terrifying, scary, frightening and overwhelming, I’m not describing a
Halloween movie, I’m describing selecting kitchen cabinets or bathroom
cabinetry for your new kitchen or bathroom. Hi everybody, Bob Gallese with
One Man and a Hammer and onemanandahammer.com. You know as a professional
kitchen and bath contractor and a dealer for many, many lines of cabinetry
such as Medallion, Shiloh, Ultra craft, Birch and Legacy to name a few. I
understand the world of cabinetry pretty well.

I know it’s overwhelming and the cost varies widely throughout the
different brands for different reasons. Some manufacturers have certain
sizes of special cabinets, other manufacturers have specific accessories.
Some manufacturers build a drawer one way. Some manufacturers have
different colors. There’s many, many things to consider when you’re
looking at cabinetry.

This is why we guide our clients including those that are do it yourself-
ers or other contractors, possibly home investors that come to us and
purchase their cabinetry to make sure that we’re giving them the cabinet
that makes sense for the home. When you go out and look at cabinets all
oak or maple cabinets look the same sitting on a shelf, but they’re not all
necessarily made the same and you cannot typically get them modified. In
other words if you want a cabinet that was a quarter inch wider, an inch
wider, than some other one’s instead of just putting a filler there are
some manufacturers who will make that cabinet that half an inch or one inch

Most manufacturers won’t do that, but in your search, and if you have a
drawing done professionally, like One Man and a Hammer does for their
clients, we’ll know exactly what you need to put in that kitchen or
bathroom so you’re not placing fillers in there, or you’re placing very few
fillers or as few as possible. About 18-25% of the kitchen remodel project
is the cabinetry. So when you’re spending that kind of money on a kitchen
remodeling project you don’t want to make a wrong decision of course.

The variants of cost can be confusing so be sure you speak with a
professional. I don’t want to say a professional cabinet person but a
professional kitchen designer or a professional kitchen remodeler because
they do understand the cabinetry and they’ve done it many, many times. We
know what’s good and what’s not so good. As a lay person most clients,
most homeowners don’t know what to look for. Typically they walk into a
big box store, look at what’s up on the shelf and they say “Okay that color
looks good and that color looks good.” Meanwhile you haven’t checked the
drawer construction; you haven’t really checked the size. Is it just a
cheap vinyl veneer or is it a wood side?

The vinyl veneer will peel off in time. I have that problem. I bought my
cabinets twenty two years ago when I bought my home. Unfortunately I
didn’t think about the vinyl ends at that time, but you live and you learn.
So here we are twenty two years later and what I’m trying to convey to my
listeners is that when you’re buying cabinetry you don’t want to buy that
cabinetry again in two or three years, maybe five years. Cabinets should
be there as long as you need them to be or until you tear them out. Well
keep that in mind as you’re looking around, as you’re getting ready to do
the remodeling project.

Come and see a professional, come to One Man and a Hammer or any other
kitchen professional. Not necessarily the big box stores out there. I
don’t know how many professionals they have on staff when it comes to
kitchens, and they only have certain kitchens or cabinetry that they can
offer to their walk in customers. So thank you for listening. Remember to
join us every Saturday morning for the Home Tool Box at 8 am eastern on WINT 1330AM Integrity Radio.

How to Plan Your Remodel w/Matt Fox

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TV Personality Matt Fox from the PBS’ Around the House with Matt and Shari stopped by recently to talk with Bob about planning a remodeling project. How do you plan for something that is going to last a long time yet stay within budget and is something that you can be proud of for years to come? And what about your return on investment when it comes time to sell? Bob and Matt talk about that a whole lot more in this week’s VLOG.


Bob: So you’re considering doing some remodeling around the home. You
don’t know where to start, don’t know where to end.

Hi, everybody. Bob Gallese at One Man and a Hammer and

You know, two of the rooms in a home that can take the remodeling,
and you get a little bit of money back when you go to sell the home is the
kitchen and bathroom. That is definitely the trend today. I think the
hardest part for most people is to figure out; What cabinets do I want to
use? What plumbing do I want to use? Should I supply my own materials and
let somebody else put it in?

Matt Fox, my guest host, has a show on PBS, which is. . .

Matt: Around the House with Matt and Shari.

Bob: All right. Matt, obviously, has been around for a long, long time. He
used to do a show on HGTV, and I’m forgetting the name.

Matt: Room by Room.

Bob: Room by Room. For some reason this morning I had that. . .

Matt: That’s fine.

Bob: . . . mental block.

Matt: You remembered my name, that’s all that counts.

Bob: Okay. All right. So, Matt, with the show that you have on right now,
what is it that you see people wanting to hear about? What do they want to
see you talk about?

Matt: Well, you just hit on the head when you started out, kitchens
and baths. First of all, we all know that kitchens are where most people
spend most of their time. You know, it used to be that we sat around the
kitchen table as kids. Well, we’re seeing more and more of that. So people
are really coming back to their kitchens, so they’re looking for that
kitchen that gives them a little bit more space so that it’s opened up for
them, but also, a little more storage because they’re cooking more.

Bob: Right, right.

Matt: They’re using their kitchen for cooking a lot more now than we
saw five years ago.

Bob: Well, and now you’re seeing the double drawer dishwashers.

Matt: Correct.

Bob: You’re seeing the microwave, as opposed to being placed above the
stove, you’re seeing the microwave maybe just below the counter top at

Matt: Yeah. We don’t want to see it as much as we used to. It used to
be just a functional box.

Bob: Right.

Matt: Now it’s part of the design element, so that’s what they’re

Bob: Then the big blower hoods. . .

Matt: Right.

Bob: . . . to get the moisture out of the home because that’s been such a

Matt: They’re expanding their cook tops.

Bob: Yeah.

Matt: They want to be able to cook more meals, more family-style
meals. You’re also seeing refrigerators that need to hold pizza boxes. You
know, they need to have a different type of setting.

So, what you’re seeing is kitchens are really the big focal point of
the home nowadays, but people are still having a hard time; Where do I
start? How do I get started? That’s why we like to tell people to find
their inspiration; be it a home show, be it a magazine, be it a contractor,
like yourself, going and talking to them, seeing other rooms that you have
done and built for other people so they have a place. They need something
in their mind to say, “That’s what I like. That’s how I feel.”

Bob: To see that picture and say, “That’s what I want.”

Matt: Yeah.

Bob: Because that’s normally what people do, folks, is they go through a
magazine and say, “That’s what I want.” One other thing that you want to
make sure that you do, make sure that you work with a contractor who will
draw this up for you, put it on CAD. I know One Man and a Hammer does, I
know many of the professional contractors do, but it’s definitely something
I think that everybody should want is something in CAD form.

Matt: You need a map.

Bob: You do.

Matt: You need a map.

Bob: You’ve got to have a blueprint.

Matt: Yeah.

Bob: Don’t go out getting three prices on your kitchen without having that
blueprint or that map because, if you do, you’re going to get prices all
over the place. You’ll never be able to reel that back in and make sense.

Matt, I appreciate your time this morning.

Matt: My pleasure.

Bob: It’s been a pleasure, as usual. We’ll talk to you again.

Matt: Thank you.

Bob: Thanks, everybody. Well, I will talk to you again on next Saturday
morning, from 8:00 to 9:00 on the Home Toolbox Show on WELW, 1330 AM, we’ll
see you then.

Building a Home Theater & How Much Does It Cost?

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Bob had a chance to sit down with Tony Fabric of X-Tend Technologies in Broadview Hts at this year’s Great Big Home and Garden Show to talk about the awesome in-home theater they had setup at this year’s show. Tony and his staff are experts at home theater construction and he is your go-to guy for everything in customized basements.


Bob: So, you don’t want to watch TV in the living room anymore, you
want to watch it in the basement. By yourself, watch
your football game, with your buddies while your wife
is upstairs watching HDTV or whatever it is that she
wants to watch. Well, I have a company that it can
take your basement and turn it into a dream home
theater. Hi everybody, Bob Gallese with One Man and a
Hammer and onemanandahammer.com. I’m here this
morning with Tony Fabric of Extend Technologies and
we’re live at the home of the big, great big home and
garden show at the IX Center and Tony, I thank you
for taking the time out. What a fabulous looking home
theater. Is this pretty common, is this the up and
coming thing?

Tony: Yeah, we’ve been installing a lot of home theaters in people’s
homes for the past 10 years. Every year, the
popularity of the home theater grows more and more.
People like to entertain in their homes. If you’ve
got kids, it’s a great place to have them come and
entertain with their friends. You know what they’re
doing, they’re not out doing something else.

Bob: As they can see on film, we’re sitting on these nice comfy
chairs, which I know you don’t need all of these
after the show, so if you need some help taking these
out of here I can help you with that. But, putting
that aside for a moment, bottom line is, just the
seating alone. These things are all electronically
controlled footrest and in and out and up and down
and this is where it’s going. The sound, the ceiling
which you can’t see yet – we’re going to get a
picture of that ceiling – is amazing. What is going
on with the lighting in the ceiling?

Tony: So, the ceiling, what we did is we used over 600 strands of
fiber optic cabling and a light generator that
actually twinkles it and it makes it look like space.
It looks like you’re looking at the stars.

Bob: Amazing, absolutely amazing. I would love them. Is that a crazy
expensive thing?

Tony: No, it’s not crazy expensive. It’s very labor-intensive so it
takes some time. But when you’re building a home
theater, it depends on the size of the room and
everything else, but it can be done for $3,000,
$5,000 depending on the size.

Bob: What’s the most important aspect of putting together a home
theater? Is it the sound buffering, is it the audio,
is it the video? What is it that is the most
important thing you have to focus on?

Tony: Well, as I tell everybody, everybody has to work within a
budget so step one is establishing what your budget
is and when you have a budget established, we usually
will sit down with our clients and we’ll say, “So
much of it can go towards the projector, so much of
it can go towards the speakers” and get you the
basics that you need to be able to watch TV and watch
movies. And then the larger your budget is, then you
can expand out and you can do things like acoustical
paneling on the walls.

Bob: Which is what this is here.

Tony: Yeah, that’s what that is right there. You can have nice home
theater seats, you can put in a star-field ceiling.

Bob: Beautiful.

Tony: You can add all the little accents and the little things that
improve the acoustics.

Bob: And I see you guys have the projection. The TV, I assume what’s
that called, projection TV, right?

Tony: Yeah, this is a projector and then we have a 120-inch screen.

Bob: Okay, and that’s the latest and greatest. And you said there
was something about new 4X?

Tony: 4K technology. So, double the resolution of 1080P. There’s
projectors that are available that will do that. The
content for that is starting to come out.

Bob: All right and the most important thing about a new home theater
is that guys, you get a new remote. I know just what
ever woman wants to see in their house, another
remote. Tony, thank you, beautiful room, beautiful
job here, it’s at the IX, come on down and see it.
Make sure you join me every Saturday morning at The
Home Toolbox from 8 to 9am on WELW and WELW.com.
We’ll see you then.

How to Prevent Kitchen & Bathroom Grout & Tile Cracking

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Problems with Bathroom or Kitchen grout or tile cracking? Find out how you can prevent that with a cool and innovative floor system from Schluter Systems. One Man and a Hammer uses Schluter products exclusively on all of our bathroom and kitchen remodels. And in this week’s VLOG Bob talks once again with Phil Woodruff of Schluter Systems.


Bob: Ceramic tile, two problems: Cracking, cold. Everybody wants to know,
how do I get rid of those two things? Hi everybody. Bob Gallese, at
One Man and a Hammer and OneManAHammer.com. There is a way to solve
both those problems, and the solution is here today. One Man and a
Hammer uses this product; it’s made by a company called Schluter.
Today, we have Phil Woodruff, the Schluter rep. Phil, thanks again for
joining me.

Phil: Thank you.

Bob: We’ve always . . . we’ve had the Ditra product out. It’s an
uncoupling membrane so your plywood’s substrate or your concrete,
possibly, can move and do whatever it wants to do; not put the stress
on the tile and crack the tile. It used to be that if you wanted to
also warm that floor, you would have to put down a heat mat, and then
the Ditra on top of that.

Phil: That’s correct.

Bob: Which means it was a two-step process and that would be a couple days
instead of . . . now, there’s a new way to do this.

Phil: There is.

Bob: Schluter has come out with this. Go ahead Phil, you let’s . . . tell
us about it.

Phil: Yes. Coming in March we have a new Ditra mat called Ditra Heat. This
is basically a 1/4 -inch underlament. You can see that it’s actually
configured differently than the Ditra mat. As you said, Bob, it’s
going to give us the uncoupling properties where we’re going to allow
the substrate to move independently from the tile. What is so
different or special about this product is that we are going to sell
cables, a cable heating system that you integrate into the mat.
Therefore, you don’t have to worry about leveling or flattening the

Bob: That is really cool stuff, because I’ve never seen anything like this
until right now.

Phil: There is nothing like this. This is the first underlament that we
know of that integrates the heating with the underlament. The other
thing it’s going to do for you is that you can customize your heating
system in your bathroom or your kitchen floor right on the job site.
What used to be, as you said, 2 days to get a floor prepped for tile,
it’s now one with just the underlament. Another big advantage is that
we talked about in the last bog, a barrier free-bath. When you pull a
curb out of a barrier-free bath, we really need to treat the entire
bathroom floor as a shower pan. We can now waterproof this product
just like Ditra with KERDI band. All we’re doing is adding in the
heating element to this.

Bob: You’re talking about heating the shower floor also.

Phil: If you were going to actually carry the heat into the shower floor,
yes you could, but you would have to put the KERDI membrane to protect
the cable in the shower. In the dry area of the floor, the bathroom
floor out by the stool, the vanity; all we would do is do the KERDI
band on the seams as we would with Ditra.

Bob: Wow. That’s amazing stuff. I’m excited because it’s . . .

Phil: We’re excited.

Bob: . . . it’s going to save so much time, which means the consumer’s are
going to save money because now we don’t have to have a two-step
process. Now it’s a one-step process putting this down and the heat
wires in, in one day instead of two days. Good stuff. I tell you what;
please, somebody call me. Let me put this in your home. I’m dying to
do this.

All right everybody. Thank you for joining me today. Don’t forget to
join me every Saturday morning from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. on the 1330 AM,
the Talk of the Town, WELW and WELW.com for the Home Toolbox Show. See
you then.

How to Manage Shower Drainage & Leak Prevention – Schluter Systems

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When we talk with clients about a bathroom remodel typically the #1 question we hear is “Will my bathroom leak in 5-10 years after the remodel?” Bob spoke with Phil Woodruff of Schluter Systems at the 2014 NARI Home Show in Cleveland, Ohio about the latest and greatest shower and bath drainage and leak prevention innovations.


Bob: We’re here at the 2014 NARI Home Improvement Show at the IX Center.
Many people have come in today talking about their bathrooms,
remodeling their bathrooms, and how they can keep it from leaking
again. Hi everybody. Bob Gallese, with One Man and a Hammer and
OneManAndAHammer.com. I know we’ve talked many times before about how
to waterproof a bathroom. Today, we have Phil Woodruff, of Schluter
Systems, which is the system that One Man and a Hammer uses to
waterproof their bathrooms. Phil, thank you for coming on today with

Phil: Thank you for having us here.

Bob: What’s the latest and greatest? What’s out there? What’s going on
with Schluter? I know we use the KERDI mat, which is the wall water
proofing system. I know they have the great drains. Is there any
improvements in KERDI, or that product is pretty good, don’t need any

Phil: We don’t need any improvement, but what we’re seeing out is a trend
is the barrier-free bath or the curbless shower and the integration of
the line drain. The line drain is definitely something that we’ve
gotten into in the last year.; comes in a variety of sizes, 3
different grade options.

Bob: Line drains. What is a line drain, exactly?

Phil: A lineal drain versus a point drain, so the old KERDI drain as we
know it, you use, is a drain that goes in the middle of the floor. We
slope the floor to it, and why we’re sloping, we’re on a compound
angle; therefore, we need a smaller format tile. What we’ve done is
we’ve come up with a lineal drain, or sometimes maybe a trough drain,
and you’ll see here, this one’s a 32-inch. These start at 20 inches;
they move up in increments of 4 all the way to 72. What that’s going
to do is it’s going to allow you guys to instead of putting a drain in
the center, you can place that drain up against the wall or at the
front of the shower.

Bob: As opposed to having a shower floor that slopes from 4 ways . . .

Phil: Your slope . . .

Bob: . . . this sloping one way.

Phil: Or two ways.

Bob: Or two ways, right.

Phil: Which now gives you the ability to sell the customer on the floor
tile that’s large format that’s so popular, the 12×24, 24×24 that’s on
the wall and the floor. We’ve never been able to put that in the
bathroom floor because of that compound angle. Now because of these
single slopes, we can integrate it or carry the bathroom floor right
through into the shower.

Bob: That’s good stuff and that’s great news, because now, that opens up
the tile selections. You don’t have to have the little 2×2 tiles or
little 3×3 tiles, which of course, involves more grout in your shower.
I know a lot of people still get hung up on the grout, so that
eliminates the need to have all those little tiles and all that grout.
Real good stuff. The drains obviously still have the standard round
drain, but we’re going to get into that on another vlog. Phil, I
appreciate your time today.

Everybody, make sure you join me from 8:00 to 9:00 on Saturday morning
on the Home Toolbox Show on AM 1330. See you then.

How Much Does a Remodel Project Cost – The Budget Process

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When it’s early in the year, January, February, that’s when folks start to get cabin fever and looking forward to the nice weather. And possibly remodeling a kitchen or bathroom or add an addition. Establishing budget criteria and parameters early is the key to a successful project and Bob explains why in this week’s VLOG.


Is it time to remodel your home? Where do you begin? Hi, everybody, Bob
Gallese with One Man and a Hammer and OneManAndaHammer.com.

A lot of questions go through people’s minds when they start thinking about
remodeling, such as; how much does it cost to remodel the kitchen, or
bathroom, or the basement, or whatever you intend on doing? It’s almost one
of the biggest concerns and I highly recommend setting a budget early on,
so you don’t get yourself in financial trouble as the project progresses.

Possibly you may need some financing. Where are you going to go? Are you
going to go to the bank? A bank is a good choice, by the
way. Are you going to go to your credit union? Maybe Uncle Joe? Maybe Uncle
Joe’s got some money in a can in the backyard. Maybe go to Uncle Joe, the
interest rate will be less.

As far as setting up what you want to do with the project, what are your
pains? Let’s talk about a kitchen. What are the pains of the existing
kitchen? Is it the lighting? Is the cabinetry falling apart? Maybe the
slide-in stove doesn’t work any more. Maybe the sink-base cabinet is caving
in from water coming in the bottom.

So you have to start thinking about a few things, such as the appliances
being number one. Are you going to replace the refrigerator? The microwave?
The micro hood? The dishwasher? Knowing those items will help you plan your
new kitchen and the new layout. You need to know those sizes.

Cabinetry. Do you want wood or particle board? Again, that comes up to the
budget. So setting up the budget early is really important.

Lighting; under cabinet lighting, over cabinet lighting, new recessed
lights in the ceiling. If you haven’t changed lighting in your home in 20-
30 years, actually 30-40 years, it’s probably too dark in the prep area and
the dinette. Lighting is a huge, huge consideration. Don’t remodel your
kitchen without it.

Counter tops, do you want to go laminate, granite, quartz? Again, budget.
If you have a budget set up, it’s going to help you understand what you can
afford at the time.

The floors, you can go wood, you can go tile, a couple other considerations
but those are the two main ones. Do you want to heat the floor, possibly?
Are you on a slab? Are you always in your kitchen? Do you want to put a
heat net down there?

Folks, when it comes down to remodeling your kitchens and bathrooms and
whatever project you’re going to do, do it right. Set a budget for
yourself, make sure you’re using the best materials you can possibly
afford, and if you can’t afford to use a quality material: do yourselves a
favor and don’t do it at all. Save your money and use the quality
materials. Otherwise, you’re going to be replacing it again in 3-4 years
and you didn’t save anything.

Don’t forget to join me every Saturday morning at 8:00 A.M. for The Home
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