Free-standing shower enclosures take the shower out of your bathtub and give it its own place in your bathroom. These enclosures can help you transform your shower into a separate oasis or even eliminate the bathtub altogether to free up space. Free-standing shower enclosures can be placed almost anywhere in the bathroom, but choosing your shower requires careful consideration to ensure the best possible fit and performance.
Our client had referenced that they were not content with their current shower stand in light of the fact that the entryway continued opening whenever they would use it alongside the reality they didn’t care for the yellowish shading and style.
When investigating the situation, we found that the entryway was opening on the grounds that the shower base was not level.
Our customer chose to move forward and update their bathroom with a more modern stand shower model.
The first step was to carefully dismantle and remove the the original shower unit.
Next, a bottom row of tiles and an area of drywall was carefully removed, replaced with new drywall, original tiles and grout.
The new acrylic shower base was installed. New tracks were installed and screwed into the walls. The doors were hung and adjusted. All seams were caulked. A test was done to ensure there were no holes, leaks or any other issues.
What a touch of elegance this newly installed Karina SlidingDoor RoundedShowerKit with AcrylicBase and Chrome finish adds to our client’s bathroom! This unit is the perfect solution for small spaces and did we mention it’s also easy to maintain?
Sending out a thank you to our client who called our team at Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services to install this unit for them.
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Like so many home owners out there, there comes point in when you may be considering ways to add spark and life back in your home. Remodeling can help bring out the much-needed changes to your current living conditions. Learn more …
Have you ever turned on your bathroom exhaust fan to hear it suddenly make a strange squeaking sound or maybe even stop working completely? Chances are the motor to your unit may just need a simple cleaning. Learn more …
Caulk is used to create a seal in a tub where the tile and the tub join. Caulk prevents water from seeping up into the tiles and causing the tiles to separate from the wall and mildew to form. Learn more…
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Most people honestly have no idea how much it really costs to under go a renovation. People often ask us how much it will cost for a bathroom remodel, and our first question is usually “What would you like to do?” and our second is “What is yourbudget?”
Bathroom remodels continue to be one of homeowner’s priority projects to tackle on their “to-do lists and there’s a good reason for it. Homeowners get a high return on investment and of course, they help turn that blah bathroom into a personal sanctuary in the process. A newly renovated bathroom definitely gives the homeowner a competitive edge when trying to sell. Keep in mind that a bathroom remodel doesn’t just happen over night. As you may already know, it can be quite stressful. One of the best things you can do is plan ahead, do your own research and follow this simple guide to make the most out of your remodeling process.
Stage 1: Ask Yourself These Questions
Before you even start the planning procedure, you will need to consider asking yourself the following questions. This will enable you to make sense of what it is you are trying to accomplish, and how to get there.
What is the main reason you want to remodel?
How much storage will you need?
How long do you plan on living in your home?
What is your routine and how can your space be improved to function alongside of it?
How much time do you spend in this bathroom space (in the morning, afternoon and evening hours?)
How many people will be using this space?
How often will this space be used?
Who is this bathroom for?
Stage 2: Handle the “Why’s?”
Why are you remodeling? This appears glaringly evident, however you have to know the genuine reason before you can make any arrangements. There are commonly three principal reasons individuals need to remodel: refresh the look, make it more practical, or for resale.
In case you’re remodeling to refresh the look, you’ll likely simply be concentrating on materials, installations, and cabinetry. In case you’re redesigning for usefulness, you’ll presumably be gutting the entire space. In case you’re rebuilding for resale, you’ll need to do some research about the present market and patterns.
Stage 3: Do Your Own Independent Research
Before you lose track of what’s most important, you will need to do some of your own research. Consider whether you require a fundamental, mid-range, or full rebuild and set aside some time to make sense of the amount you’re ready (and capable) to spend. Collect inspiration for your redesign with pictures of bathroom formats you like, outlines you like, storage solutions you like, and the sky is the limit from there.
Stage 4: Get Advice (from an expert)
An expert will have the knowledge to help you with every one of the inquiries you may have in regards to your remodel. You can get a more practical viewpoint on the design, the materials, the fixtures, and so forth from a specialist who’s done this kind of work previously. Additionally, they can help you with creating a budget and help you to stick to it.
Stage 5: Planning
Now that you have an idea of what you can afford, what you require, and what you need, you can now move forward with planning your bathroom remodel. Work together with your contractor to come up with as many ideas as possible. Look at photos in magazines or social medial outlets like face book or pint rest for motivation, and ask as many questions as you need to. The last thing you don’t want to do is to settle with an unexpected choice on a material or style. You will also need to look into the permits you require (an expert can help you with this). Don’t be afraid to spend a considerable amount of time in this step, as it may be the most important one’s of all.
Stage 6: Review
In this progression, the goal is to get all the real components and spacing confirmed before moving ahead. Survey all drawings and designed floor plans with the format and size of its components with your contractual worker and set the agreement in writing. You’ll need to make sense of the majority of the remodel so that there are no curve balls when development starts.
Stage 7: Choices
Here’s the fun part! You get the opportunity to make choices about your materials, finishes, and colors. Assemble your motivation and ask your contractor any inquiries you may have with respect to specifics. Do as much research as you would so be able to you’ll make them work information when you approach this vital discussion. Here’s the decisions you have to make: bath, shading, ledges, fixtures, flooring, lighting, mirrors, shower, sinks, toilette, tile and vanities.
Stage 8: Essential Details
This is where you will want to get to the essential details on all the additional components in your remodel, like how things will flow, where you will be storing everything while development is in progress, how you will set up your space, what time the workers will be on site, and whatever else that may come up amid the construction process. Any last-minute decisions and inquiries need to take top priority here.
Step 9: Construction
Once all the decisions are made, the plans are drawn, and the papers are signed, it’s time to begin the construction process! Yippee! After many weeks of planning your bathroom remodel is finally here. In anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, your new sanctuary will be completed.
Founder of Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services.
Donato has over 15 plus years of experience. His company has completed various projects for many clients. Donato’s philosophy is to always treat “YOUR HOME AS IF IT WERE HIS OWN”. His goal is to provide quality service at affordable prices without compromising the finished product.
Donato always ensures all his projects are completed with the highest standard of quality and craftsman ship. He also takes pride in knowing that he can take your ideas and turn them into reality….. Giving you the home you’ve always dreamed of having.
Donato D’Orazio, owner and founder of Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, classifies his vision for home renovation projects with three important goals.
1. To come in on budget
2. To complete the project on-time.
3. To make the customer’s experience as stress-free as possible
It is these three goals that form the foundation for the Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services business model, which is unique from the way that other home improvement companies operate. Our clients have told us the benefits they’ve seen from our business model.
“Start living better and get peace of mind and the freedom in life to get back to the important things that matters most to you.”
Don Continues to Find Compassion Within Himself to Stay Attached to Values That are Linked to the Common Good
In 2013 Don and and his team created the Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program benefiting worthwhile causes and creating partnerships within our communities in Durham Region. The Tree of Hope is a symbol of commitment, inspiration and community. Every year Don’s goal is to add new Helping Hands to the Tree of Hope and have it completed by December 31st from generous donations collected from clients, friends, family and local businesses in the community from our Donation Wish-List. Don believes it’s important to give back and not only volunteers his time, he also funds and hosts a number events throughout the year to help Do Good and Give Back.
Here’s an important life lesson: no matter how tough you think your life is there’s always someone who has to face challenges that are tougher than yours.
If you’re similar to numerous individuals, painting your home in winter sounds insane. In any case, did you realize that winter is a brilliant time to paint your home? Builders and property developers don’t sit tight for Spring time to hire a painter and nor should you.
Today’s modern paints will dry quickly and adhere well. Here are four awesome motivations to begin your work of art venture today.
Winter season interior painting makes great sense!
House painting in the midst of the colder months isn’t a great deal of an issue. Actually, professional painters paint throughout the winter seasons all the time. Here are four reasons why you should also:
You won’t have issues with stickiness, which can occur in summer. A damp or humid situation will back off the dry time for paint. It additionally makes it physically all the more difficult in a hot situation.
Tradesmen may not be as occupied and are frequently available for winter work. Their schedules may be more open to a accommodate appointment bookings months in advance of the spring and summer seasons.
There is a good possibility that you may be able to negotiate a better price for the project to be completed. Amid the off-season a Tradesman may bring down their costs in order to get your work.
Painting now will maximize the value of your home, more so if you are considering the thought of putting it on the market for sale in the spring.
One final point, and for some people this is a BIG one, painting your home in winter leaves the hotter months free. You’ll have the capacity to engage, have BBQ’s and completely utilize all aspects of your home in summer!
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If you are considering selling your home there are few home improvement projects that have as great an impact as a new coat of exterior paint on your home. Modifying or at the very least, refreshing the exterior paint on your home completely revitalize the look of your home and makes it more attractive to potential buyers. Learn more…
Tips on Painting the Inside Your Home
Do it yourself interior painting is by far the most affordable way to freshen up any room in your home. The advantage of painting is that it’s not terribly difficult and doesn’t require “military” training. All you need is a little patience, practice, and some helpful advice. Learn more…
I recently got called to do an estimate on replacing a front doorfor a client. When I asked why they wanted to replace the door they told me the door wasn’t closing properly and the lock was broken. The door looked to be in good condition and I recommended that we could replace the door locks with new hardware. When I investigated as to why the door wasn’t closing properly I found that the top hinge of the door had loose screws and that there were stripped holes as well. So the home owner’s problem wasn’t that the door needed replacement but that it was suffering from continuous door hinge sagging.
Do you have a wood screw hole for a hinge that is loose?
Here is the best suggestion on how to go about doing this type of repair.
Door Hinge Sagging
What To Look For
Below I have included a step by step process including photos on how to fix this problem.
Removeloose screws and drill out the stripped out holes with a drill bit the same size as the dowel that you’re going to insert into the new openings that we have created.
Remove Loose Screws
Same Size Dowel & Bit
Drilling Out Holes
Remove Hinge. Glue in dowel the same diameter as the drill bit. Use a high strength wood glue. Glue, then insert dowel into holes with hammer. Once this is done let glue dry for 24 hours before moving on to the next step.
Insert Dowel into Holes
Cut the dowel off flush with the edge of the door or hinge mortise using a hammer and chisel. Pilot drill for the screw and re-mount the hinge.
By following these simple steps we managed to fix the sagging hinge. If done properly this fix will last for the life time of the door. Not only does the home owner have a door that’s working properly, we managed to save our clients hundreds of dollarsin labor and replacement costs associated with installing a new door.
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Are you a home owner with a Stinky Washing Machine? Not to worry, you are DEFINATLEY NOT ALONE! Washer mildew and odors are one of the most common complaints.
Some of the reasons are listed below:
Interestingly enough, some washing machines have the susceptibility to smell bad due to their design.
Bad odours from a dirty washing machine can actually transfer on to clean clothing.
Hard water causes lime buildup in the washing machine parts and plumbing.
If you live in a humid climate, consistent moisture in the air prohibits the washing machine from completely drying between loads, causing mildew and stale and musky odours.
Repeatedly, soap detergent and excrement splash upwards, resulting in leaving behind grime on parts if the agitator and wash bin that are usually located above the water line.
How Naturally Clean A Top Loading Washing Machine
These instructions will assist in killing mold, mildew and keep foul-smelling odours away in your Top Loading Washing Machineby using natural ingredients which is safe and can be used on all washer components.
There are two common house hold ingredients required for this process.
White Vinegar and Baking Soda.
White vinegar will help disinfect by assisting in killing mold and mildew. The acidity in the white vinegar will help dissolve the soap scum and residue in the tub along with dissolving lime deposits in the pipes left behind from using hard water. Baking soda cleans and deodorizes.
NOTE:DO NOT ADD CLOTHES OR DETERGENTDURING THIS CLEANING PROCESS.
Choose you washing machine setting to run on Hot with the largest load setting. Add anywhere between 3-4 cups of white vinegar to the water and let your washing machine agitate for about 2 minutes in order to disperse the vinegar evenly.
Now add 1/2 cup of baking soda. Allow the machine to agitate again for about 2 minutes to incorporate the baking soda evenly. Stop the machine washing cycle at this point and have the water sit for approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour.
As the vinegar, baking soda and hot water are working, doing their job by penetrating grime and odors, use a clean cloth that has been dipped into the vinegar water and wipe down the entire washing machine. Pay special attention to the top of the washing machine, the knobs and dials, the top of the wash bin and any fabric softener and bleach dispensers.
Allow the washing cycle to resume until the water begins draining. If your washer will allow it, turn the knob so the tub will drain while spinning, further cleaning out any gunk that has been loosened up and pushing the vinegar water through the holes in the wash bin. If your washer doesn’t allow this, start another hot wash cycle at this point and allow it to run through completely.
At this point, the grime and scum at the top of the wash bin should be quite easy to wipe off with a sponge. (Note: because water doesn’t reach this part, this area may need a little extra attention)
Congratulations! You have just washed your washing machine naturally!
Leaving your washing machine lid open will allow the drum to completely dry and prevent mold and mildew odours from developing.
For best results, implement a cleaning maintenance routine monthly.
Always remember to remove your load of cleaned laundry as soon as the wash cycle is completed. This helps prevent the musky mildew smell from developing in your washer.
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Upon my inspection I found that these issues were caused by an improperly built shower base. The previous contractor had laid the ceramic for the shower floor directly on top of the subfloor without any water proofing membrane or concrete. They also used 12-inch tiles for the floor and it’s almost impossible to create a slope for the water to go to the waste drain using that size tile.
The end result was that the tile and grout failed, causing the plywood to absorb the water like a sponge. When it got to a point where the subfloor couldn’t take in any more water it started to leak onto the kitchen ceiling. Not only did it damage the ceiling it also spread from the subfloor in the shower to the subfloor in the bathroom causing the tile to crack and the toilet to move because the wood completely was rotted.
The original bathroom flooring was removed. New plywood wood was installed, screening was applied as well as a scratch coat. Our client decided on a ceramic for their floor tile. A new toilet and baseboard were also added to this bathroom.
Backer board with a built-in rubber membrane on the outer layer was installed in the shower. All joints were sealed with fiberglass mesh tape. A thin set mortar was applied to fill in all the joints in order to maintain a good tight water seal.
The original shower pan was removed. This was replaced by installing new 1 inch plywood on top of the sub floor. A layer of concrete was added to from a new base foundation. Once the concrete had cured, a rubber membrane was installed on top of the concrete. This stage of the floor was completed by adding a final top coat of concrete.
Our client’s choice of tile was a ceramic that was installed on the walls in a subway tile pattern to give it a unique and professional look. Once the tiling process was completed on all shower walls and floor, grout was applied to the tiles. The original fixtures and glass shower door were re installed.
As a professional in the home improvement business, I am extremely fortunate to be able to work with incredible clients. This project involved the remodeling of their existing bathroom that unfortunately had suffered severe water damage. Our team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services was able to complete this project on time and within the client’s budget! Did we mention our client was extremely happy?
Tip:Home owners considering hiring a professional to complete a bathroom remodel should take into account that this project could take up to a week or more to complete depending on the scope of the work. Plan accordingly and communicate with your contractor on what the entire bathroom remodel process will entail and be prepared for surprises your contractor may find along the way i.e.: water damage, faulty wiring, mold etc. You may have to temporarily use the second bathroom in your home during the remodeling process. So please be patient and work together with your contractor.
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Our Team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services had a blast at the 2014 Local Biz Expo and Trade Show held at the Ajax Convention Centre. It was an exciting event we participated in and although it was a long tiring day, it was so worth it to be involved alongside other fantastic local businesses in the Durham Region. We were featured in Snap Magazine-Ajax Edition! How exciting is that! Read all about it below!
Business professionals and entrepreneurs joined together for the annual Ontario Self Employment Benefits Trade Show held at the Ajax Convention Centre. There were more than 90 businesses on showcase to connect with other business professionals, exchange services and ideas and learn from a variety of industry professionals. The show also offered a variety of speakers, providing valuable and practical presentations, and Entrepreneurial Coaching Panels designed for individuals looking to get a head start on beginning a new business venture. There was something for everyone and lots more to see at ajax.snapd.com! A big snapd thank you to Erin Courville Photography for all her great shots.
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Bathroom fans are essential in today’s designs of air tight and energy-efficient homes and assist in the prevention of humidity issues. Proper ventilation is important when it comes to the overall health of the homeowner and assist in the structural integrity if the home.
For bigger bathrooms it is recommended to have a bathroom fan, which is an exhaust fan that pulls excess moisture away from the interior to be vented outside the building. In this way, the humidity and moisture inside the bathroom reduce the risk of growth of mold. However, be sure to check that the bathroom fan is strong enough to pull moisture outside the bathroom, and a simple way to test this is by holding up a tissue to the fan. If the tissue falls down, the fan is not strong enough.
Moisture vapor can peel wallpaper or paint off the surfaces and encourage the growth of mildew and mold. Moist air can condense inside the wall cavity, where it can cause rot, mold and serious structural damage to wall studs, sheathing, and ceiling and floor joists above and around the bathroom.
Ventilate and control all fans with timer switches. In my professional opinion, the best and most cost-effective way to remove humid air from showering is to replace your light / fan switch with an automatic timer switch. It’s designed so that the fan goes on when you set the timer, then shuts off when the time runs out.
Using a timer switch allows you to remove humidity for up to 30 minutes or more depending on the model after you leave the room, without the worry of forgetting to turn the fan off.
Like so many home owners out there, there comes point in when you may be considering ways to add spark and life back in your home. Remodeling can help bring out the much-needed changes to your current living conditions. Putting your home on the market, selling and moving somewhere new may be one solution but why bother with all of the hassle? Adding just a few things to your home can help give it life and make it feel new again. Keep in mind something very important before you start your home remodel –Have Every Thing On Hand First.
Large items such as the vanity tops and special order tiles can take several weeks to arrive, so be patient. Before you take a sledge-hammer to your bathroom, make sure everything you’re going to need — including the vanity, plumbing fixtures, any new lighting, the tub and the tile is on hand. You might get frustrated waiting around for products, but it’s better than tearing up your fixtures and having an unusable bathroom until they arrive. Plus, when your new products are on hand, you’ll know if you need to do extra work, such as moving the plumbing lines for the sink location or running new cable for your lights, before you rip up and then patch the walls.
– Dry Pack for the floor which consisted of a mixture of sand and Portland cement.
– Configuring sloping of the shower floor to ensure proper drainage.
– Installed 8×10 ceramic tile on all walls.
– Glass inlay installation.
– 12×12 sheet of 1 inch tile for the shower floor.
– Grouted tiles with sanded grout with polymer to give it strength and prevention of mold & mildew.
– Vinyl tile edging installed to the shower opening to it a clean and finished look.
If your thinking about building a shower, consider the design. Odd shaped designs take longer to tile due to the fact there are more measurements involved in order to get the tile to fit correctly. Plan accordingly in order to fit this into your project time line completion.
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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.
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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