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 wider.
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.
Spring is finally arriving, slowly but surely and our thoughts now turn to the outdoors. Urban gardening has become a very popular hobby for many people in the Cleveland and Northeast Ohio region. This week Bob talks with Kevin from http://gracebrosnursery.com/ about how you can get started and get started this weekend!
Thinking about a new basement bathroom but worried about the cost? In this week’s VLOG Bob talks about saving a good bit of money while having that second bathroom you’ve always wanted and dreamed about.
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 OneManandaHammer.com.
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.
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 times.
Matt: Yeah. We don’t want to see it as much as we used to. It used to be just a functional box.
Matt: Now it’s part of the design element, so that’s what they’re doing.
Bob: Then the big blower hoods. . .
Bob: . . . to get the moisture out of the home because that’s been such a problem.
Matt: They’re expanding their cook tops.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 floor.
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: . . . 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.
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 me.
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 improvement?
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.
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 Tool Box on AM 1330 WELW, the talk of the town. See you then.
Unfortunately no matter if you live in Cleveland, Ohio or Popp’s Ferry, Mississippi thieves target homes when the owner is away. In this week’s VLOG Bob offers some security tips that work if you’re heading to Grandma’s for the holidays or when you’re away on vacation.