High Impact- High-Style Way To Add Beauty And Value To Your Home

 

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Recently I was in my local hardware store and I came across a product display of Peel & Stick Metal Tile by a company called Aspect. Well, I’m always on the look out for new products for our clients and I just had to share. This product gives off a high impact, high-style way to add beauty and  value to your home.

If you’re looking into upgrading your kitchen or bathroom with a product that’s clean, affordable and well,  on a mission to complete a Do It Yourself project or are considering  hiring a local home improvement company to install them for you, well here is Peel & Stick Metal Tile project that might be right for you!  Aspect Peel & Stick Metal Tiles come in varies finishes such as Champagne, Stainless Steel, Bronze and Copper. As well they come in a long grain and short grain direction.

You can achieve that high impact, modern look of metal at a fraction of the cost. Choose from many styles, shapes and colours to suit your every mood. Aspect Peel and Stick Metal Tiles are Eco-Friendly and manufactured from 50% recycled materials and 100% recyclable. So what’s your style? To find out more visit Aspect Peel & Stick Metal Tile’s Website at:  www.aspectideas.com.

 

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Summary of Installation According The Instructions:

Plan and Prep

With so many tile patters to choose from, choose the design that best fits your style and decor. Prepare and prime the surface you’re applying tile on. This product can be installed over most structurally sound substances if they are clean, smooth, dry and free of dust, wax and grease.

Layout & Measurements

All area to be covered must be measured. Lay out the entire project on a flat surface, like a table or the floor, before installing the tiles to be sure you have enough tiles and your design correct. Using a chalk line, create at least two reference lines to guide tile placement.

 

Peel and Stick & Enjoy!

“Dry Fit” Tile against the wall exactly where it will be placed. Once stuck, it stays stuck.

Remove the backing from the tile to expose the adhesive, and align the tile where you want it and press into place.

Firmly press the tile over its entire surface area to be sure it adheres properly. Install remaining tiles in the same fashion as above.

 

According to the labelled instructions: Minimal Tools Required

–  Measuring Tape

–  Straight Edge

–  Pencil or Other Non-Permanent Marker

 

If Cutting Tiles Tools Required:

– An Electric Jigsaw is recommended

– A Hacksaw, miter saw, or sharp utility knife will also work

–  Fine-grit sandpaper (400-600 grit)

DIY Aspect Backsplash Tile Installation Video

 

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Double Bathroom Remodel By: Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

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Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services was hired to do a complete double bathroom renovation. We gave our clients the best price possible, worked with them every step of the way from the beginning to the end.  I have included some before and after photos  stages of this particular project. Enjoy!

So Here’s What We Did:

– removal of existing bathtubs and replaced with deeper modern  acrylic tubs

– installed  new backer  board for both showers

–  installed ceramic tile of 2 different colors as well as a mosaic inlay that consisted of a combination of glass and marble.

– flooring was to be completely replaced in one bathroom with new ceramic tile and grout while the other required some tile to be replaced

– client chose to have melamine countertops installed on original vanities

– installation of new sinks, new fixtures for bathtubs and  faucets

– oval shower curtain installed

I personally had a wonderful experience with our clients. I learned a lot about them and shared some wonderful tricks of the trade and look forward to working with them again in the future. I am very pleased at the results and so are our clients.

Tip: In this project, our clients saved money by deciding to reuse and repainting their existing vanities along with deciding on painting the bathrooms themselves.

For more information about our services please visit our website at www.donofalltrades.ca . If you live in the Durham Region and have a question or would like to book a complimentary consultation  please call our office at 905-259-5249 and we would be happy to assist you.

 

 

 

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Expert Advice On Home Staging

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Home staging can set you apart from your competition and lead to a faster sale. Consider investing some time to speak with a local Professional Home Stager and book a consultation. Professional Home Stagers have the experience, knowledge and tools that can help you through the process and prepare your home for listing photos. The latest stats show that 91% of buyers find there homes online. With the help of a Professional Home Stager you can help increase the potential of interested parties right away. Professional Home Staging can be more affordable than most might think  and definitely always less money than the home reductions later on. You want to make that first impression to potential buyers the moment they walk in to your home for a showing.  If you’re on a tight budget, consider using whatever you have around your home or borrow items from friends and family.  You may have children and wonder what do with their toys? Consider purchasing a large rubber bin to keep a small amount of their toys that will be easy and quick to clean up and put away when you suddenly have a potential client coming over to  see the house. Your pets feel the stress as well when it  comes to the  changes around the home. Consider temporarily having them stay a friends or families home for the week.  Buyers have to like what they see. You only have 1 chance to make the best impression and this is where an experienced Professional Home Stager can help you stage your home properly in order to sell your home faster.  Below I have included a few tips, video links and a website to a Professional Home Stager that can help you through the process when you decide to sell.
Tips For Outside:
–  Make sure your home is clean.
– Deep clean inside and out.
– Now is the time to correct this maintenance repairs issues outside.
– Clean gutters, edge any beds, add fresh mulch around your garden beds, replace light bulbs  and paint your front door.
Tips For Inside:
– Steam clean grout. This will take years off the age of your bathroom and floors.
– Replace or Deep Clean your carpets. No one wants to purchase someone else’s dirty, old worn out carpeting.
– If you have hardwood flooring in good condition  under your carpeting then consider the investment of have them refinished or installing new flooring. Hardwood adds value  to a home.
– De clutter
– Pack up any personal possessions, family photos, trophies on walls and fridges. This will hep your home look lighter, brighter and more stream lined.
Working with a Professional Home Stager can reduce the stress throughout the process of selling your home and can assist in selling your home faster and assist in making that First Impression. Below I have included a video and link to a Professional Home Organizer : Sue Pitchforth owner of Décor Therapy Plus. Décor Therapy Plus is an Award winning Staging, Re-Design & Decorating company offering friendly, professional advice on all your decorating dilemmas. From Colour consultations, furniture placement, personal shopping to helping you plan & design your new home, Room for Change is always available to help you with your decorating needs. http://decortherapyplus.com/. Enjoy!
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Sue Pitchforth Owner/Principal Decorator/Stager Of Decor Therapy Plus
I’’m Sue Pitchforth and I’’m here to help you improve your life by improving your home. My collaborative, friendly, and hands-on approach ensures that whatever I do will be something that you will love and will allow your unique personality to shine.

We can work together on various aspects of your home or help you sell your home by staging it for selling. I can even help you style your events and ensure that your vision comes to life.

For whatever kind of decorating services you may need, I can be there to help.

Please Watch Video Link Below from Sue Pitchforth owner of Decor Therapy Plus!

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Expert Advice on Functional Furniture Placement

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Sue Pitchforth Owner/Principal Decorator/Stager Of Decor Therapy Plus
I hear all the time from my clients that they are nervous and not sure about how to angle their furniture in a room.  Most homeowners have their furniture lined up against the wall  – many times this might not be the best and most functional furniture placement for them.

Why not try to angle your couch, dining table, chairs?  If you don’t like it you can place it back the way you had it.

Here are a few examples of how angling furniture really adds interest and energy to a room.  Have fun changing the flow and feel of your room.

Photos courtesy  Decor Therapy Plus

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 For whatever kind of decorating services you may need visit decortherapyplus.com.

 

 

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Identifiying The Risk Factors And Making Home Safer For Seniors

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Identifying The Risk Factors  And Making Homes  Safer for Seniorscritical steps in reducing falls and fall-related injuries to seniors at home.

 

 

Did You Know?

Seniors injuries due to falls remain the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations among Canadian seniors, and between 20% and 30% of seniors fall each year.

Facts:

  • 1 in 3 seniors will experience a fall each year, and half of those more than one.
  • 40% of seniors’ falls result in hip fractures.
  • 20%  of injury related-deaths among seniors can be traced back to a fall.
  • Seniors are injured AT HOME more than any other location. The bathroom and stairs are particularly dangerous.

 

Falls and associated end results not only  harm the injured individuals but also affect family, friends, care providers and the health care system.

Most falls occur as a result of compounding factors that combine and overwhelm an older person’s ability to maintain or regain his or her balance.

Research has identified numerous conditions that differentiate between older persons who fall and those who do not fall.

 

Each older person may face a unique combination of risk factors based on life circumstances, health status, health behaviours, economic situation, social supports and the environment. Understanding what puts a person at risk of falling is a critical step in reducing falls and fall-related injuries among older Canadians.

 

Factors in the living environment:

Home hazards that have been demonstrated to increase the risk of falling for older people include throw rugs and loose, worn or deep pile carpets; electrical cords in walkways; raised door sills; cluttered floors; poor lighting; slippery floors; poorly designed tubs, toilets and fixtures in the bathroom; no aids or poorly installed aids such as grab bars or hand rails; and pets that get under foot.

 

What Can I Do To Lower My Risk Of Falling At Home?

You can prevent falls by identifying the hazards and making the needed adjustment’s to your home and lifestyle, and by making sure you eat well, stay fit, and use whatever devices will facilitate your daily life while keeping you safe.

 

Safety

  • Fire escape routes in the home must be kept clear and accessible at all times.
  • Smoke alarms on every floor and outside every bedroom are absolutely necessary. Check the batteries in the alarms regularly.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector that sounds an alarm.
  • Seniors who are deaf or hard of hearing should consider purchasing flashing or vibrating smoke alarms.
  • Areas including stairways, porches and outside walkways should always be kept well-lit.

 

Escape Plan

Family members should update planned fire escape routes plans with seniors   current capabilities in mind, and practice with them. Make sure there are two ways out of each room. Keep hallways and stairs uncluttered. Instruct seniors to call 911 from a neighbor’s house, and not to go back inside their home. If they cannot leave on their own, they should still dial 911. Place a telephone beside the bed, as well as slippers, house keys, eyeglasses and a flashlight.

 

Removing Hazards Around The Home

A senior who may experience problems with balance, walking or have poor eyesight needs to make sure to examine their homes to identify potential hazards. Look to remove or repair items that may cause tripping, such as:

 

 

Bathroom

  • Ensure that you have non-slip surfaces in the tub and shower.
  • Install grab bars by the toilet and bath to help you sit and stand. Make sure they are well anchored.
  • Use a raised toilet seat, and a bath seat in the shower, if you need them.
  • Wipe up moisture or spills immediately.
  • Use a long-handled brush or mittens with straps to help with bathing.
  • Install night lights in hallways and bathrooms.

Kitchen

  • Store household items on lower shelves so that you can easily reach them.
  • Store heavy items in lower cupboards
  • If you have to climb for something, use a step stool with handrails
  • Always wipe up any spills immediately to prevent slipping.
  • Consider using non-skid floor products such as a non-skid floor wax.
  • Always ask for assistance with tasks you feel you cannot  do safely.
  • Use a reaching device that you can buy at a medical supply store so you do not need to climb for an item.
  • Replace appliances that are broken or not working properly.
  • Install lighting in areas where sharp tools are used on a regular basis.
  • Do not try to carry too many things at the same time.
  • Have a place near your door where you can place packages and groceries while you close the door and get ready to put items away.

Living Room

  • Keep all areas of the home free from clutter.
  • Get rid of loose wires and cords as well as any other potentially hazardous items that  could potentially cause injury.
  • Dispose of  any loose rugs or scatter mats and replace with one’s that are designed to be non slip.
  • Repairing of  loose carpeting and areas of raised flooring.
  • Check the conditions of stairways and railings and replace with sturdy handrails  accordingly.
  • Consider purchasing a cordless phone or if you have trouble seeing, purchase a phone with larger numbers from a medical supply store.
  • Cover sharp corners on  tables or counter tops in order to avoid serious injuries in the event of a fall.
  • Move of any  furniture and electrical cords out of walking pathways
  • Have good lighting installed throughout the house and install night lights.
  • Always wipe up any spills immediately to prevent slipping.
  • Always ask for assistance with tasks you feel you cannot  do safely.

Stairs

  •  Always make sure that your stairs are well-lit.
  • Check the conditions of stairways and railings and replace with sturdy handrails  accordingly
  • Have solid handrails on both sides of the stairway.
  • Remove any objects or clutter on the stairs!
  • Never rush up or down the  stairs. It’s a major cause for falls.
  • Do not try to carry too many things at the same time.
  • Always ask for assistance with tasks you feel you cannot  do safely.

Exterior

  • Keep front Steps and walkways in good repair and free of snow, ice and leaves.
  • Keep the front entrance well-lit.
  • Put gardening tools such as hoses and rakes away when not using them.
  • Always ask for assistance with tasks you feel you cannot  do safely.

 

Staying fall-free can help you to stay independent  and avoid the need to enter a long-term care facility. The more risk factors a person has, the greater their chances of falling. Falls usually happen due to the combined effects of factors that can be prevented.

 

On a positive note, many changes are easy to make and inexpensive. Changes can be simple, such as removing rugs. More complicated home modifications may require help of a professional, but there is government and non-profit groups available to help seniors. Some of these services, moreover, may be free of charge or low-cost.

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