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Get Your Home Organized With These 4 Spring Cleaning Tips-Don of all Trades

 

It’s Time to Get Your Home Organized 

Spring is the time of year when everything in nature is changing and promising new life and new hope.  After the long, dark, winter months, spring is literally a breath of fresh air. It’s no wonder we get inspired to carry the freshness of this season into our homes. Spring cleaning is the perfect way to get organized and make your home as lovely as the season itself. Finding the right solution for organizing your home can make such a difference in the appearance and functionality of your home. Below are 4 organizing solutions that can help you clean, organize and rejuvenate you home.

SAY GOOD BYE TO CLUTTER

The decluttering process, for some people, can be on the most stressful first steps in the process organization because they are unsure of where to start and what to get rid of. RELAX AND BREATHE.  Just take it ONE ROOM at a time. There’s no need to worry about trying to get the entire house done it one day. It’s better to take your time and get it all done right then to rush through the process and to end up with unnecessary clutter in your home. This is one of the most important steps in getting organized because it will free up so much extra space in your home. So how do you decide of what to get rid of?  A good rule of thumb is to keep this in mind to go by is this :IF YOU DON’T LOVE IT AND YOU DON’T USE IT, THEN IT’S CLUTTER!  Don’t be afraid to get merciless with this process. The more you declutter the less you will have to clean and the more balanced both mentally and physically your life will be. Discarding and recycling unwanted items will give you so much more space to get neat and organized.

GET STORAGE SAVVY

One of the biggest reasons our homes get out of control with clutter is because we do not have designated places for all our items.  Giving your items a “home” is the best way to get organized and keep it that way. Choosing storage solutions like affordable plastic containers are fantastic because they come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  Wide flat containers are an excellent choice to be used for storing seasonal clothing under a bed. Stack containers in closets for storing shoes and accessories. Use smaller containers to organize the contents in drawers such as pens, note pads, small toys, etc.  Grab a few glass jars and chalk and you now have an adorable way to organize your kitchen pantry. Finally, use hooks wherever needed. Hooks are great in closets to house jewelry and are also perfect in laundry rooms for hanging brooms, mops and ironing boards.

NEVER UNDERVALUE THE POWER OF A SHELF

Consider adding shelves as this is a great way to provide storage in just about any room. Consider the option of using decorative shelving with hooks and pegs in your kitchen for storing mugs, pots and pans or cooking utensils. Add some shelving to a living room to make extra space for books, pictures and other decorative items. And don’t forget that closets could always use a little more space for storage. By simply adding shelving to closets, there is now a designated space to make room for those bulky sweaters, bags, shoes and other personal items.

GLITZ UP THE GARAGE

At times we get so caught up in looking after organizing the inside of the home at we neglect the outside like the garage for example. The garage doesn’t have to be a designated space for parking only. Putting in the time and effort to organize your garage will open up so much great valuable space for storage. Utilize the same concept of organizing the inside of your home for your garage space as well.  Decluttering, using labeled containers, and adding hooks and shelving can turn a garage into a perfectly organized storage space.  Use hooks for hanging jackets, bags, and muddy boots.

It’s time to get organized and there is no better time than spring.  If you follow these helpful tips, your home will feel as fresh as this beautiful spring weather.  You will be ready to sit back, sip some lemonade, and enjoy the season.

 

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Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donations make a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided with a place of safety, support and hope at Herizon House women’s shelter.

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Now that winter has come and gone and you’re like most of us who welcomes Spring with open arms, keep in mind that this is the perfect opportunity to consider getting your home ready for spring.

Enjoy some helpful tips below on how to get  your home ahead of the game as the warmer weather approaches.  Learn more…

 

 

 

 

Replacing Worn Weather Stripping  Around Doors

Drafts through your front doors don’t  seem as much of a problem in the summer months, but the truth is it can be.  If your weather strip allows a ¼” opening around a door, it’s like a hole in the wall that is 4” x 4”.  Drafts don’t seem as noticeable  the summer months  because the  air flows from cold to warm which is why it’s more noticeable in the winter season. Learn more…

Cleaning and Restoring a Weathered Deck

This weathered deck got a transformation into a beautiful and inviting living space again with some advanced preparation, repair work and an application of good quality deck stain to block the sun’s harmful rays and to protect the wood. Completing this deck with a professional finish. For this project we used a solid stain to hide any mismatching boards and  any imperfections.      Learn more…

 

 

Selling Your Condo? Renovation tips with Don of All Trades

There are many opportunities for investors to purchase new condo units. When you list your unit on the resale condo market, it needs to stand out. Below are some simple condo renovations that will get your asking price or better.

Flooring

If your home has hardwood floors, in it pays to have any carpeting removed and the floors refinished. Replace worn out existing carpeting with light tan or other neutral-colored carpeting. Replace chipped or cracked ceramic tile. Clean or replace the grout.

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Ceilings & Walls

Nothing says freshness like a new coat of paint.  It hides stains from grease or smoke and ceiling cracks. Use fiberglass tape on large cracks, cover with joint compound and sand, then paint a neutral color.

Photos provided by Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

Kitchen

Statistically, kitchen remodels return nearly 100%. Cabinetry is highly visible because it is at eye level.  Resurface beat-up cabinets by replacing the doors and hardware. If your cabinets are painted, add a fresh coat of paint and new hardware.

Granite counters, though popular, are not strictly necessary. Simple laminates, newer faucets and sparkling sinks sell very well.

Bathrooms

The national average of recouped cost is more than 100% for bathrooms. New floors, fixtures and lights pay off.

 

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We offer a wide range of home improvement services for your home including FREE ESTIMATES in Durham Region. Call 905-259-5249 or visit our website at: www.donofalltrades.ca to find out more!

 

Don Of All Trades is Giving Back to the Community

Please donate to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Project!

Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donations make a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided with a place of safety, support and hope at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help improve the lives of abused women and children in the  community. Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca community page to find out how you can make a difference.

DIY Project-How To Create A Memory Wall-Don of all Trades

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There is nothing more exciting than transforming  a space in your home from plain old ordinary to something beautiful, unique and extraordinary.  If your walls could tell a story what would that story be? Below is a recent project Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services  completed from start to finish. We have to say that  our team but most importantly our client,  loved the results!

We took this small plain hallway, landing and staircase to the next level by adding special personal touches and turned it into a Memory Wall that will be enjoyed for years to come.  We hope this project will give you some insight and inspiration if you are considering  DIY Memory Wall of your own in your home.

Good to know tip…

You have to start with a perfectly smooth surface to end up with perfectly painted walls or woodwork.

Step 1-Surface Preparation-Before You Paint
  • Remove any removable elements like railings, door handles, light fixtures, picture frames and so on.
  • Even if your steps, railings,  walls, ceilings, trim, doors and baseboards  appear to be clean, it will still be covered in dirt, grime and oils from hands.  So, make sure to give it a once over with some warm soapy water.  we just used a mild dish-soap, followed up with a final pass of clear water, so we didn’t leave behind any soapy residue.  Then, just allow ample dry time before applying your first coat of paint.
  • Have a good look at the conditions of your walls and ceilings to find any rough patches,  holes or damage  that might need re patching,  sanding and repair accordingly.
Step 2-Make Any Necessary Repairs 

The original railing was in need of repair. A new stair newel post, new top rail and mounting hardware was installed. Instead of replacing the stairs with new ones, broken steps were repaired, finished grade plywood was installed to eliminate creaking and to help add more strength to the steps.

Good to know tip…

Are the walls in your home in need of a fresh coat but not sure what color to choose?   Talk  with the paint experts to find out what colors are trending in 2018.

Step 3 – Selecting the Right Paint and Varnish

The steps were painted with 2 coats of a Charcoal Shade and finished off with 2 coats of water based varnish satin coat with #Serenity brand #Cottagepaint which was purchased at the Benjamin Moore Whitby Shores Decor Centre.

Although making the decision of trying something completely different by painting these steps a dark color was a difficult one, this client was extremely pleased at how they came out. Walls were patched and sanded. Even the front hallway closest got fresh coat of paint inside and out. Walls were painted in a shade of grey, all ceilings and trim were painted in a white.

Good to know tip…

Remember that stairways and halls must have good general lighting for safety. To prevent accidents, stairs should be lit from top to bottom with switches in both places. For safety in hallways, place lighting fixtures every 8 to 10 feet (2.4 to 3.0 m). Tie in the fixtures you choose by matching your foyer chandelier or pendant with close-to-ceiling fixtures for hallways and smaller chain hung fixtures for stairways.

Step  4 – Choosing Light Fixtures

The original outdated lighting was replaced with  more modern energy efficient  Hampton Bay 12 inch brushed nickel led flush-mount light fixtures.  These ceiling light fixtures are engineered to save you money, and they are designed to look great. This collection is a modern, elegant style featuring a brushed nickel finish and frosted glass shade that diffuses the light so that there are no shadows or dark spots. These ceiling lights are built with steel to look great and save you money for many years while blending nicely with the decor of your home.

Good to know…

Applying a wall decal can be a quick and easy way to add a new style to any room or space. 

Step  5 – Choosing The Right Words To Tell A Story

We did some research on line and found a great website that offered a huge variety of non-permanent  beautiful wall lettering  quotes that was delivered right to their door.  Measurements were made prior to making an order to ensure it would fit the space on the wall it was going to be applied to.   Our client chose the  MagicWall Family Memories Wall Lettering  in colour-black-48×13 inches (122 x 33 cm) size to help tell their family’s story.  This beautiful wall quote was super easy to apply and was applied to the right side of the wall above the hand railing.

Good to know…

One of the most common reasons people develop their photos in black and white today is because it lends a certain timeless quality to the images.

Step 6 –  Memories With Meaning

These photos helped tell the story of what is important to our client.  This special project was completed  to create a space to tell a story ranging from important moments from the the past to present.

Special moments of youth, dating, marriage,  birthdays, holidays, friends and family members, home, pets and children growing up.  A total of 40 photos were developed online through  Wal-Mart Photo Centre.  All photos were reprinted  in 8×10 sizes (at a very reasonable price) on the wal-mart photo centre website in black in white to keep the theme the same and to give them all a timeless quality to the images.

A total of 40  Nikolai 8 x 10″ Black photo frames were purchased on the Walmart.ca  website (again at a very reasonable price) and were conveniently shipped to our clients door within 4 days of ordering.  To help keep the damage to the walls to a minimum, Command Brand Damage-Free Picture Hanging Strips were used to hang all photos.  These strips were a perfect solution to prevent filling in 40 nail holes in the walls later on in the future.

These walls will be telling this client’s story for years to come and will be enjoyed by neighbors, friends and family members who come to visit. We are extremely pleased at the results,  the story and special meaning  this Memory Wall tells. It’s quite simply “Beautiful.”

 

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  About  Mr. Don D’Orazio

Founder of Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services.

Donato has over 20 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.

Don’s Motto

“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.

Our Memories of Giving Back in 2017

Beautiful Glass Subway Tile Installation-Don of all Trades

 

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Subway tiles are a popular choice of wall décor for modern kitchens, bathrooms, fireplaces, or any other indoor or outdoor space.  Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services recently completed the look of this brand new kitchen by installing   glass subway tile back splash with spectacular results! Using subway tiles in your kitchen may add a traditional feel to a place, but their look certainly never gets old.

Photos courtesy  Don Of All Trades

Love the classic look of subway tile, but want to try something a bit different in your kitchen? Consider this glass subway tile product that our client’s chose in their kitchen project below.

Photos courtesy  Don Of All Trades

Product Description

Series – Bliss Elements 2×6 Mesh Mount Glass Subway Tile

Color – Mist

Size – 2×6 Glass Subway (12×12 Mesh Mount Mosaic)

Type – Glass Tile (Glossy)

No Minimum

Application – Walls

1 Sheet = 1 Square Foot

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Don Of All Trades is giving back to our community. Please donate to our Helping Hands Program benefiting women and children.

Please donate to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Project!

Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donations make a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided with a place of safety, support and hope at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help improve the lives of abused women and children in the  community. Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca community page to find out how you can make a difference.

Cleaning and Restoring a Weathered Deck-Don of All Trades

This weathered deck got a transformation into a beautiful and inviting living space again with some advanced preparation, repair work and an application of good quality deck stain to block the sun’s harmful rays and to protect the wood. Completing this deck with a professional finish. For this project we used a solid stain to hide any mismatching boards and  any imperfections.

Clean & Restore a Weathered Deck-Don Of All Trades
Cleaning and staining a weathered deck extends its life.

Preparing and Cleaning the Deck

 

Step 1

Our team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services started off this project by removing all furniture, plants and grills. The deck was swept clean and surrounding plants and shrubs located around the perimeter were covered with plastic.

Step 2

An inspection of the condition of the deck was done looking for any loose, split, popping nails and rotting boards  to be replaced. For areas with splintering, 80 grit sandpaper would be used to sand any rough areas of the wood.

Step 3

A power washer was used to help remove any loose flaking stain, dirt and debris.

Step 4

We visited our local Whitby Shores Benjamin Moore Store and purchased the Benjamin Moore REMOVE (315) wood cleaner and followed the manufacturer’s instructions for the correct cleaner to water ratio. REMOVE was sprayed onto the entire deck. The deck was scrubbed  with a long-handled scrub brush to loosen the dirt, grime debris mold and mildew. We then rinsed off the deck.

Cleaning & Restoring a Weathered Deck-Don Of All Trades

Product Features Include:

-Removes both latex and oil stains

-Fast acting formula

-Removes clear finishes through SOLID COLOUR STAINS

-Concentrated Formula

-Clean up soap  and water

-Recommended Exterior

 Step 5

The second phase of  preparing this deck was applying  another product called Benjamin Moore Restore.  This product helps to restore old weathered wood. It’s a bleach flee formula and is gentle to wood and the environment. Restore also helps bring back the natural grain in the wood and helps the wood accept the new stain.  Restore  was sprayed onto the entire deck. The deck was scrubbed  with a long-handled scrub brush to loosen the dirt, grime debris mold and mildew. We then rinsed off the deck. We allowed some time for the deck to dry out before the staining process.

Good To Know:

Be prepared to spend most of your  day completing this process depending on the size of your deck. This deck was approximately 350 square feet and this project took  approximately 9 hours to complete.

 

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Product Features Include:

-Restores old weathered wood

-Bleach-Free formula is gentle to wood and environment

-Not intended for removing old finishes. Use Benjamin Moore REMOVE Finish Remover (315) to remove old finishes

-For restoring severely weathered wood

-Ideal for removing moderate to severe mold and mildew

-Concentrated formula

-Clean up- soap and water

-Recommended-Exterior

 

Visit our website at http://www.donofalltrades.ca to find out more information about or services or to book a complimentary in-home estimate today!

Applying the Stain

Good To Know

If you have near by  plants and shrubs around your deck, Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services recommends to cover  them with plastic in order to protect them from any splattering or dripping stain.  Once the staining is completed, remove the plastic from the plants and shrubs.

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 Our client’s choice of stain to be applied on this deck was the Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Exterior Stain Brand Natural Cedar Tone Solid Stain.  Solid stain was used for this rather than the semi-solid due to the fact that this deck had been stained 3 times in the past with a solid stain.  2 Gallons were used to complete this 1 coat project.  Recommended curing time: Let the stain cure for at-least 1 week but light traffic only after 2 days.

Our experience applying the Arborcoat Exterior Waterborne Exterior Stain was that this product had a much better finish on the floor planks, the tack  up time was nice with a quick flash drying time and laid down very nicely. The end results were fantastic and our clients was extremely pleased at the results.

So what is the difference between  Semi-Transparent, Semi-Solids and Solid Stains?

Semi-Transparent— Lightly pigmented, these stains impart more color the surface than wood toner stains, while still letting the wood grain to be seen.

Semi-Solids—Semi-solid/semi-opaque finish masks most of the wood grain, but allows some of the wood texture to be seen.

Solids— Choose these stains if you want a rich, vibrant opaque finish that completely hides the wood grain while allowing very little of the wood texture to show through.

 

More Handy Tips:
  • Deck cleaner solution and deck restore products are very corrosive and be mindful of any splashes against your home as it may cause damage including to  any surrounding plants. Would recommend doing this project in the early spring, before the plants come up.
  • Avoid staining the deck in direct sunlight. The stain will dry too quickly and the decking boards will not have time to absorb the stain.
  • Use a long-handled scrub brush to help scrub the deck with solution.
  • Pay close attention to the weather for the week.
  • Wear safety glasses, rubber gloves, close-toed shoes and protective clothing.
  • Stir the stain thoroughly. Avoid shaking the container because bubbles will develop and it will be hard to get a smooth finish. Pour the stain into a paint tray.

 

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We have new 2016 Helping Hands additions for the month of April to go on our second Tree of Hope!

 

 

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Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donation makes a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided a place of safety, support and hope  at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help the lives of abused women and children in your community.

Please visit donofalltrades.ca Community Page to find more information on how you can give the gift of hope.

 

Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance ServicesDon of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services is so much more than a great improvement company. We’re helping people live better. Once customer at a time.

We’re Giving Back to the Community in a BIG WAY!

 

8 Inch Plank Laminate Flooring-Don Of All Trades

Why choose to have this service installed by Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services?

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Nothing beautifies the look of a home instantaneously as new flooring. Employ the experts at Don of All Trades Installation Services to install your new floor and we’ll take care of every detail, from start to finish. Its worry-free renovating with results you expect.

8 inch plank laminate flooring-Don Of All Trades 

So you’ve decided to take on the latest project in your home, new flooring. Today, consumers have an endless supply of choices to pick from when it comes to flooring products. Hardwood flooring, Laminate, Carpet and Tile products exist for most any situation.

Each room of a home serves a different function, involves a certain traffic area and serves a different purpose.

Our Experienced Installers can assist you with choosing the right flooring for your needs from start to finish. We will remove your existing flooring and replace with a new flooring product with spectacular results.

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At Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, we offer a variety of installation services and repairs to help improve the style and value of your home while giving you peace of mind and freedom in life to get back to what matters most to you.

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Our Home Improvement Specialists can assist you with a variety of service options from complete remodeling to smaller repairs through our General Home Repairs Service. It’s time to get that To-Do-List done of home repairs you’ve been putting off for the longest time around you’re home. Contact us for a complimentary consultation today!

 

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Ceramic Tile  is a popular flooring  choice for today’s homes.  Ceramic Tile is extremely  durable,  relatively  easy to clean with low… Learn more

 

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Tips On Sealing Natural Slate Tile Flooring

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Marble mosaic tiles will create a unique look to any home. These natural  stone tiles come in difference sizes and finishes to suit the … Learn more

Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance ServicesDon of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services is so much more than a great improvement company. We’re helping people live better. Once customer at a time.

We’re Giving Back to the Community in a BIG WAY!

 

Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope-Don Of All Trades

Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donation makes a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided a place of safety, support and hope  at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help the lives of abused women and children in your community.

Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca Community Page to find more information on how you can give the gift of hope.

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Marble mosaic tiles will create a unique look to any home. These natural  stone tiles come in difference sizes and finishes to suit the effect you wish to create. Installing Mosaic tiles is a classic and elegant way to finish a backsplash, kitchen and bathroom application. Give your bathroom floor a unique, contemporary look by installing Marble Mosaic Tile. Express your style with marble tile borders and accents.

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Some helpful information on the flooring product used in this project below:
 Novecento Marble Mosaics

Product description:

White Hexagon Mosaic

Colour-White

Application– Floor/Walls/Backsplash

Sizes-1 1/8 Hexagon-mesh mounted on 12″x12″

Cut tile into desired sizes

Important Information to Know

The character of the product creates a degree of variation in shade, colour, tone and the size of each piece.

Care Instructions:

Use appropriate tile and grout cleaner

Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services was recently hired to on work this project involving the removal of the existing powder room floor and replacing it with Novecento brand Marble Mosaics.

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Handy Tip Number 1

Be sure to wear safety glasses because there is going to be a lot of broken tile bits flying everywhere.

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We started by removing the baseboard, sink and toilet. We then proceeded  to remove the porcelain tile on the floor. We chose to start in one corner and worked our way across the floor. The original  diamond lath that was under the tile was also removed and we  and continued right down to the sub floor.

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We began the rebuild by screwing down the chipboard  and installing diamond lath and stapled it to the sub-floor. Next,  a scratch coat mortar was applied  to the diamond lath making sure that the end result was a base that was as level as possible.

Handy Tip Number 2

If you don’t have the skill set to apply scratch coat mortar evenly, another  option would be  to install cement board over the subfloor. It will save a lot of headache when you install the flooring on a level surface.

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Handy Tip Number 3

When dealing with natural stone you always have to seal prior to grouting so that the natural stone does not absorb the colour of the grout.

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Once this process was completed we installed the Marble Mosaics tile without any issues. This floor was level and are happy to mention that we did not experience any uneven tile setting. With this type of tile, you cannot build up your floor  with mortar to compensate for an uneven surface. If you try to do this you could run into all sorts of problems with uneven tile and mortar squeezing out between the grout joints.

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Once the marble mosaics tile had a day to set up, we then grouted the floor. Because this floor product is a natural stone, we applied an un-sanded grout and didn’t want to scratch the finish and keeping in mind that these grout joints were less that 4 millimeters.

The end result, spectacular! We absolutely love this marble mosaics tile flooring. Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services is looking forward to completing more flooring projects like this in the future!

 

Kind words from our clients…

Thanks so much Don, awesome job!! Will def be recommending you to friends and family.

Safe travels,

Carly and Kyle

Bowmanville, Ontario

 

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Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope-Don Of All Trades

Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donation makes a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided a place of safety, support and hope  at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help the lives of abused women and children in your community.

Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca Community Page to find more information on how you can give the gift of hope.

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Vinyl is a great flooring preference  that fits every décor and budget. Vinyl floors are an affordable option that offers style, durability, and long-lasting performance. When installed correctly over the proper sub-flooring, vinyl is extremely resistant to dents, scratches, and stains.
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Four more great reasons for choosing Vinyl Flooring  listed below.

Upkeep

 Vinyl flooring is relatively easy to care for. You have to make sure that grit and dirt are kept swept free to maintain the surface of the floor. Then you can use a damp mop and an approved vinyl floor cleaner to remove stains.

Comfort

Vinyl flooring does not get cold in the winter, and is generally soft beneath your feet. Some vinyl sheets and tiles have a padded layer that can make walking on these floors even more pleasurable.

  Economical

At the low range, vinyl can cost as little as fifty cents per square foot. However higher end premium vinyl materials can cost as much as ten dollars a square foot. The difference in price is determined by the quality of the tile, and the design options found in the surface.

 Water Resistant

 A well installed vinyl floor is almost impervious to water penetration, making this the perfect material for use in a bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, or other high moisture space in the home.
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At Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, our Home Improvement Specialists,  recommended  this type of sheet vinyl to install in the bathroom for two reasons.

Reason Number 1:

The first reason was the concern of a potential “tripping hazard.” Our client has difficulty lifting  his feet high off the ground. The original  bathroom floor tiles were popping off and the  risk of potentially  falling was extremely high. With sheet vinyl you greatly reduce of trips and falls.

Reason Number 2:

And the second reason being that because he is an older gentleman, this  sheet vinyl flooring  would be a warmer flooring alternative in the winter,  giving him more comfort when he utilizes the bathroom facilities.

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Don Of All Trades is giving back to our community. Please donate to our Helping Hands Program benefiting women and children.

Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donations make a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided with a place of safety, support and hope at Herizon House women’s shelter.

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There’s nothing more exciting than adding  upgrades to your home like this Subway Pattern Kitchen Backsplash install our team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services recently completed for our client.  These home owners picked their own choice of colour and style of tile. I have to say, the end result is SPECTACULAR!

With this   ceramic wall tile, it’s easy to add a splash of contemporary styling to your decor. This attractive tile features undulated smooth surface in a trendy subway style. Elegant white shades of this glossy ceramic create a distinct pattern for various install projects in  bathrooms, kitchens   and other residential or commercial spaces. 

Did we mention that it is also surprising affordable to have it installed with Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services? Visit www.donofalltrades.ca to find out more!

 

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Glass mosaic tile kitchen backsplash install by Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services
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Up for a DIY Mosaic Tile challenge? Here’s some important steps to remember BEFORE you start the installation process.

Important Information To Remember

  • Make sure the surface is level and clean prior to installation.
  • If applying mosaic tile on gypsum, it is important to apply a coat of primer prior to beginning your mosaic wall tile installation.
  • Always check all the purchased boxes of tiles before starting. I have been in situations where clients thought what they purchased was all the same tile when in fact what they brought home was 3 different types of tile.  This step saves everyone involved  a lot of time and aggravation.
  • Inspect each tile prior to installation.
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Don Of All Trades is giving back to our community. Please donate to our Helping Hands Program benefiting women and children.

Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donations make a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided with a place of safety, support and hope at Herizon House women’s shelter.

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October Helping Hands Women’s Lunch-Don Of All Trades

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My name is Yolanda and I am the volunteer Coordinator of the Don Of All Trades Building Trees of Hope Program.  I recently hosted  a private Women Lunch  in aid of Herizon House Women’s Shelter-a not-for-profit, charitable organization that provides a place of safety where women and children will feel accepted, supported and empowered as they move towards living their lives free of violence in Durham Region.

This event was held  on Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Menu

The menu for this special  Women’s Helping Hands Lunch in support of Herizon House.

Our Menu

There was a turkey lunch buffet style served with all the fixings!

We also had the deserts covered!

Home made carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.
Home made carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

 

Apple pie & pumpkin pie
Apple pie & pumpkin pie

There was no charge for the lunch, instead I asked each of my guests to donate one brand new robe and a set of women’s slippers which would go directly to the shelter.

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 As we all know, networking events are great but from my past experiences, I feel there is never enough time to really get to talk and get to know each other.

This  special lunch was the perfect opportunity for women in business to spend some time together, have fun,  connect and enjoy some good food, great conversation a nd help our community.

I was excited and looking forward to being their hostess for this event and being able to reach out and assist women and children in our community who at times, need help the most.

 

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To be honest, I didn’t think I was going to finish setting up and cooking on time but it all worked out in the end. I hope you all enjoyed the food and desserts. We both hope that you all had a good time connecting with each other and helping out the community. My goal was  that you all left this event feeling good and will hopefully keep in touch with both Don and I and each other. Thank you again!

Thanking all the incredible women in business that attended made a contribution to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Project.
Thanking all the incredible women in business that attended made a contribution to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Project.

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Giving thanks to some incredible women in business!

Thank you Jessica Towers owner of Jessica’s Hair Design, Rhonda Lee Axhorn, SRES, Sales Representative – Island Heritage Realty, Rita Vee and Cat Kay from The Secret Lotus, Shannon Sheppard Communicative Disorder Assistant, Karen Woolley, Sue Pitchforth owner and principal designer at Décor Therapy Plus, my wonderful friend Angela Gazze, Stephanie Atwood + Ginette Vachon owners of Tranquility Matters for joining and contributing to our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program and helping our communities. I am honoured.

 

Our swag bags given to our guests who attended our Helping Hands Woman's Lunch in support of Herizon House.
Our swag bags given to our guests who attended our Helping Hands Woman’s Lunch in support of Herizon House.

We hope you all enjoy your swag bags. I love them! They are filled with so much love! Special thank you going out to Pam Little from Pam Little, CGA. Pam has always contributed to our events and helped our cause. Also, thank you going out to Doreen Foote Bradburn, Mary Kay Consultant and Michelle Medeiros owner of HOUSE DREAMER and all local businesses who donated items for the swag bags.

 

Adding a special little "something" as my way of saying thank you for these women's support.
Adding a special little “something” as my way of saying thank you for these women’s support.

Just finished putting together some special gifts to add into our swag bags from me to you! I hope you all enjoy them and they make you smile and give you inspiration ladies because you are all so wonderful and I am so blessed to know each and every one of you!

 

Special Thank You going out to Cat Kay owner of the Secret Lotus.
Special Thank You going out to Cat Kay owner of the Secret Lotus.

A very special thank you going out to Cat Kay owner of The Secret Lotus and Rita Vee who came from Markham, Ontario to attended our Helping Hands Women’s Lunch. It was a pleasure to meet you both. Thank you so much ladies!

 

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Thank you Stephanie Atwood and Ginette Vachon for showcasing some of your Tranquility Matters products at our women’s lunch. I enjoyed shopping, the fact that you both are so knowledgable  and passionate about what you do. It was a pleasure.

 

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Thank you Jessica Towers owner of Jessica’s Hair Design for sharing tips on hair care and important information about hair accessories and products. I love the fact that you provide a mobile service that makes it convenient for anyone! Great job Jessica, I really enjoyed it!

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Sending out a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you who attended and contributed this month to our Don Of All Trades Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Women’s Lunch in support of Herizon House!

It was a HUGE Success!!!!

 

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Because of your generosity and support we are able to present Herizon House in aid of abused women and their children fleeing from violence the following items this month of October:

– 1 Christmas tree
-7 beautiful party lite candles displays
– 1 electric tooth-brush with replaceable heads
– 2 cases of baby wipes
– 3 bottles of baby shampoo
– 2 bottles of head & baby body wash
– 3 bottles of Johnson baby lotion
– sanitary napkins
– 12 pairs of slippers
– 8 robes

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And a beautiful and generous cash donation of $273 from Ginette Vachon & Stephanie Atwood owners of Tranquility Matters.

I will be putting your Helping Hands on my Tree of Hope. Thank you ladies on behalf of my partner Danny and I for your support. Thank you for keeping me inspired, focused and helping us to continue moving forward by giving back to our communities and making a difference.

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Sending out a Thank You to my partner Don for helping me get ready for this event and also sponsoring this event!

Kinds words from  some of our guests…

Thank you for making The Secret Lotus, myself and Rita Vee a part of your group. You have beautiful energy Ms Yolanda . I look forward to seeing you soon and being a part of your cause. XXX!

Cat Kay

Thank you for making us a part of your group. It was a pleasure to meet all of you. Yolanda you have an amazing heart!! Thank you.

Rita Vee

It was such a wonderful afternoon Yolanda! Thank you for inviting me. It was a pleasure meeting so many amazing ladies and getting to know them. Delicious food, great ladies and conversation and all of us getting together to support a cause near and dear to us all.

Sue Pitchforth

today I think it was confirmed that you are truly an angel on earth! my mom and I just love you, we had a blast!!! If next month’s date changes…we are in!! Otherwise keep us posted for the next ones after! It was like sitting with family when I have never met 99% of those people prior to! I loved it! What an amazing day with AMAZING FOOD, FRIENDS AND CONVERSATION!!

Stephanie Atwood

THANK YOU Yolanda and Danny for all that you do to help others! Wonderful company, fabulous food and a deserving charity…a recipe for a perfect day…just wish I could have stayed longer!! 

Shannon Sheppard

Thank you Yolanda – you are a lovely, kind, gifted person – enjoyed meeting people in your network – and look forward to chatting with you again soon.

Karen Wooley

I can’t wait to do this again…

Yolanda 🙂

 

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Don Of All Trades is giving back to our community. Please donate to our Helping Hands Program benefiting women and children.

Every gift is a gift of hope. Your donations make a difference in the lives of women and children who are survivors of violence and abuse that are provided with a place of safety, support and hope at Herizon House women’s shelter.

You can help improve the lives of abused women and children in the  community. Please visit www.donofalltrades.ca community page to find out how you can make a difference.

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