Welcome to another show of So You’re Renovating! cottage edition. This is the tenth week of heavy renovations. We are progressing very well, the construction material keep on coming in according to our tight schedule and we invite you to join us every week to follow the evolution of our minimalist pro-environmental country home.
If you just logged on, you need to know that this house was almost just a cabin that we lifted up with crane to redo the foundations. We have added an extra floor, in reinforced concrete, reconstructed the third floor from the old cottage, re did the roof added seven skylights, replaced all doors and windows, insulated, built interior partition, plumbing, electricity, ventilation, installed fabulous minimalist style shower, bathtub, hard wood floors ceramic tiles and today we are about to start the installtion of a magnificent kitchen.
Okay, let’s not loose anytime and let me present our Handy-friends for this week’s show.
By the way, we have a little contest here. You can go to the So You’re Renovating.com and vote for your preferred handy-friend. The handy friend that collects more vote will win at the end of the series the help of our renovation team to renovate:……… is own place.
Retrospective 30 sec.
Last week retrospective 30 sec.
Last week we saw Linda construct a ceramic shower stall on the third floor.
Also, Serena applied the grout for the ceramic kitchen floor
And finally, Jason install the medecine cabinets and tempered glass panels to complete the shower in our minimalist master bathroom.
Despite of the apprehension, our handy-hosts have been quite successful and I can’t wait to see how you guys are goin to perform. What do you say!
Job assignment :
A/ Start the installation of the reknowned designer Jen Claude Poitras
B/ Install the tempered glass Della shower door for the ceramic shower stall Linda constructed last week.
C/ Finish and install superb natural solid wood interior doors.
Insulating window kit
Moen’s Solace faucets
Install a toilet bowl
Install lights in the fire place mantel and ventilation register.
Install skylights accessories
Cut cermamic tiles using state of the art ceramic tile cutter
Eco Nordik hardwood floors
Interior doors :
In every good renovation projects, good chances are that you will need to install new interior doors. It is quite an easy and simple task with the new pre-built products available on the market today.
Before you install such an beautiful door, you need to finish and protect its surface.
We decided to stain the interior solid wood doors the same color as the cabinets in the kitchen and in the bathrooms which is dark brown, expresso.
To do a good job you need to
Sand the wood surface in the direction of the grain.
First using medium grade sandpaper (#120) and working your way to #150 and then fine-grade #280
Remove all sanding dust before staining.
Pre-treat soft or porous woods such as maple, birch, and pine like this door with a Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner. This will help the wood to evenly absorb stain color. Apply stain within two hours of pre-treatment.
Assure you to Stir the stain thoroughly and do a color test on a hidden area like the exterior side of the frame.
Apply the stain in the direction of the grain with a brush or clean cloth.
Let the stain penetrate 5 -15 minutes to ensure you achieve the desired color.
Remove excess stain with a clean cloth. Wipe in the direction of the grain, while blending light and dark areas to obtain uniform color.
To Darken color, apply a second coat after 4-6 hours, repeating application directions of first coat.
Sand between each coat.
After a minimum of 8 hours, apply a clear, protective finish
Each pane of glass is wrapped with plastic. After treating the door (paint, stain or varnish), cut along the perimeter of the glass with a sharp utility knife. To remove, place a straight smooth edge against the glass, peel one corner and pull off the plastic towards you.
Repeat the same instructions on the opposite side.
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Remember : to obtain a nice finsih for a solid wood door, you always need to sand and to stain in the wood grain direction.
Make sure you mix the stain toroughly and make a color test .
Finaly, sand both sides of the door between each coat of stain.
As for the installtion of the dor itself, it is very simple.
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Assemble the frame and put it in place. The frame sides must be perfectly aligned with the walls. Temporarily screw in the upper section of the frame on the hinge side.. Adjust the door and frame levels, and then nail in the base of the frame. Use cedar wedges to support the door and give it the right height during this operation Make sure the door is well adjusted, opens and closes properly. Insert cedar wedges to maintain the frame in its position. Once everything is aligned, fix the door frame into the wall studs permanently. Cut out the exceeding cedar wedges with a utility knife and put up the stop molding on the frame. Slide insulation blanket pieces into the cavities around the frame if the gaps are large enough and apply acoustic sealant.
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For better soundproofing and great style choose solid wood quality interior doors.
And don’t forget to slide insulation blanket pieces into the cavities around the frame if the gaps are large enough or apply acoustic sealant.
Climaloc Window Kit comfort Plus #10 (7)
Your windows are collecting ice in winter. Maybe it is because they are not completely airtight of the thermal resistance is not very high. One efficient and economical solution is to install a window kit confort plus.
A window kit increases the R-Value of a window, which means its thermal efficiency up to 90 %. It stops cold drafts, reduces heat loss and prevents frost and condensation.
This way, your windows be stay clear and will be protected from humidity problems and mildew.
This new premium heavy-gauge insulating shrink film is 40% thicker than conventional shrink films. This premium crystal clear film is efficient even in extreme temperature.
The kit contains a reusable tape measure and a trimmer knife.
Its unique double-sided tape is easy to use.
Do not apply the tape to wallboard, plaster, veneer panel or mahogany moulding.
If surface of the moulding is below 5 degrees Celsius, or 40 degrees F, heat with a hair dryer prior to applying the tape.
Clean and dry the window moulding or frame thoroughly.
Apply the tape, liner still intact to the outside edge or to the face of the window moulding frame.
Peel off liner to expose adhesive.
Unfold the plastic film and cut to size, allowing at least 5 cm (2 inches) extra on all four sides. Be sure to unfold the film completely.
Press the film lightly on the tape at the top edge of the window. Pull the film tight and attach to the tape at bottom sides. The film may be removed and repositioned if necessary.
Press the film securely to tape.
Shrink the film with a hair dryer at highest heat setting. Hold the dryer a few centimeter from the film surface, starting at one corner and moving slowly back and forth across the entire film surface until all wrinkles and creases disappear. Avoid touching the film with the dryer.
Trim the excess film with scissors or a utility knife.
Clean the film with a damp soft cloth if necessary.
For an easy removal, heat the tape with the dryer and slowly peel it off.
Finaly, note that this premium heavy-gauge insulating shrink film is ideal to insulate your basement windows.
Della Shower doors.
The shower door that we will install for the ceramic shower really steals the show and stands out from ordinary shower doors. It features kiln-fired tempered glass doors that bring exceptional style.
Before the installation, you need to protect the shower base.
Measure the distance between the holes at the base of each side glass panels.
Put the bottom rail into position on the shower base and the side rails temporarly against the walls. Make sutre that the bottom rail is centered according to the measurments you just took.
Now leveled the side rail and mark the location on the wall.
Drive the necessary holes with cuation and attach the side rails on the walls.
You can then install the side glass panels in the side rails using the screws and washers provided.
Attach the bottom rail to the side glass panels.
Install the hinges on the the panels and put the doors into place.
Install the structural arms onto the side glass panels and attach to the walls.
Finaly, install the door knobs, the caps and the covers.
And that is all there is to it. What is left is the silicone joints on the exterior, between the walls and the side rails and between the side rails and side glass panels. At the bottom, you need to draw a silicone joint between the bottom rail and the shower base for a prefectly waterproof installation.
There is no question that the Della shower doors will add tremendous and superb style to your bathroom but it aslo features many advantages.
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The beauty of neo-round curves creates unparalleled shapes.
The designer’s ultimate dream.
1/4'' / 6 mm Neo-Round Frameless Pivot
Auto-close exterior hinge seals ensure an effortless, watertight fit
Decorative pull handle adds a note of softness
Discreet fixed arms hold panel firmly to the wall, and double as a towel bar.
Drip seal reduces leakage at door opening
Full-length magnetic profile: provides light-touch opening and closing
Faucets, 3rd floor bathroom.
To complete the amazing shower, we chose the Solace faucets form the new Moen’s show house collection.
The faucets in your home can really make a big difference in style and practicallity.You would be surprised how many times a day you are using faucets.
These Solace Faucets transform the way you'll look at water. The clean, simple styling makes a striking statement - whether it's placed on a traditional sink or mounted to the wall like here.
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Remember that faucets play an important role in your home style. They should absolutly be taken into consideration when renovating and designing your home.
The Jean Claude Poitras Kitchen:
To install these suberb kitchen cabinets design by Jean Claude Poitras the first thing you need to do is locate the highest point in the floor where you want to install the cupboards.
Make a mark on the wall. On this mark, draw a horizontal, leveled line that corresponds to your cupboard’s height. Following this reference line, locate the wall studs with a finishing nail or an electronic detector. Usually, wall studs are found every 40 cm center to center. For pre-assembled cupboards, remove the protection film by cutting through the back of the unit so as not to damage the finish. Put the first cupboard in place. The first cupboard is the most important one. It must be absolutely level otherwise all the others will be crooked. Adjust the cupboard level with cedar wedges on each side. Once the cupboard is level, screw it in the wall studs.
Use cedar wedges to adjust and level the second cupboard. When the two cupboards are screwed together, make the necessary adjustments to the second cupboard and screw it in permanently in the wall studs. Proceed the same way for every other cupboard. Each time, fix the cupboard you are working on to the one before with vise grips. Once the two cupboards are aligned, screw them in.
Note that cabinets are installed without their doors and drawers. Only when the installation is complete will the cabinet doors and drawers be reset.
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Write out the horizontal reference line on the width of the next cupboard. Draw a vertical leveled line and put up the cupboard by setting it against both lines. Finally, put the next cupboard in place and repeat the same installation steps. Slide in the shelf support fixtures, and then the shelves. Put the cabinet doors back on and slide the drawers back inside. If necessary, adjust the cabinet doors with screws designed for this purpose. Some manufacturers offer hardware that make door and drawer installation much easier. For example, this type of cupboard only requires three screws for an impeccable finish.
Jean Claude Poitras is one of North America`s most celebrated fashion designers for 30 years.
Most recently, Mr. Poitras has widened his attention to focus on lifestyle objects.
Inspired by the latest and best of European home design trends, Mr. Poitras has also concentrated energy on designing the heart of the home itself- the kitchen.
Working in alliance with Maax, he has now created one of North America’s most efficient, forward looking and handsome line of contemporary kitchens.
In his words : ``Places of convivial graciousness as well as highly efficient machines for living``
The basic ingredients :
Logic, Ergonomics, Technology
The à la carte spices :
nuanced exotic woods
tinted and textured glass types.
And finaly, lacquer colors
Special features :
Deep, wide engineered drawers
Upward-opening cabinet doors
Light-looking, texture adding, less-is-more glass
Special details :
Stainless steel drawer separators
Professional style stainless steel cabinet doors
Bi-fold doors for super-easy access
Extra-deep cookware drawer with handy rack for lids
Open-wide see-all systematized horizontal storage
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Remember that these Jean Claude Poitrs kitchens differenciates themselves by
Beautifull nuanced exotic woods
Subtly tinted and textured glass types.
Lacquer colors that depicts as passionate as tropical fruit and tranquil as northern landscapes.
Remember that You can go to the So You’re Renovating.com and vote for your preferred handy-friend. The handy friend that collects more vote will win at the end of the series the help of our renovation team to renovate:……… is own place.
General pro-Environment segment
We wanted to renovate a country house to put the highlight on the environment. Our homes play a very important part in the way we live and consume. Homes affect our energy consumption, waste production, and pretty much everything else. Your home, the way it is built, the material that were used, its design and its style all play a decisive role on your behavior.
Make sure that when you renovate, you take these transformations as an opportunity to improve your energy efficiency, reduce your waste and recycle. When you think renovations, think environmentally friendly
Interview : Eco Nordik hard wood floor.
Last week we saw Kim install superb oak floors. We will now meet one of the company representative to talk about this pro-environmental choice.