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Bathroom Renovation Tips-Shedding Some Light on Your New Bathroom Remodel

Photos Credit to Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

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 your budget?” 

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.

Ready to start the first phase of your bathroom remodel? Call Donato D’Orazio Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services  today!

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


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About Don D’Orazio

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.

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



Less Is More-Get Rid of Your Clutter and Live Better with Don of all Trades

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It’s a reality that a lot of us don’t want to admit but I truly believe that we have become a culture drowning on our own possessions. We are quick to take in more and more  (holiday, birthday, sales needs), but we  keep putting off  the time  and energy needed  to get rid of it.

As a result, we fill our homes up with more and more “stuff”.  So in order to try and manage these possessions, we have convinced ourselves into believing the best solution is to seek out organization tools to manage all of it.

So what do we do?  We go out and buy bigger containers or look up on line for more efficient organizational tips and tricks. When it comes down to it, organizing our possessions is just  simply  a temporary solution that  in a nutshell is an action that must be repeated over and over again with time.

A simple way to define organizing? It’s  the act of rearranging.  Let’s face it, we are always on the look out  to find more storage solutions to organize our “stuff”. I know I don’t have time to constantly go out and find new storage solutions. Do you? Additionally, organizing our “stuff” (without removing it) has some other major consequences that are rarely considered:

  • It doesn’t benefit anyone else.  The possession we don’t use just sit on shelves in our attics, garages and basements…even when we know that some of our closest friends and family members could desperately use them.
  • It’s not a solution to our debt problemsWe often don’t want to admit to anyone else or ourselves for that matter that there us an underlying issue that we just buy too much stuff. It doesn’t help when we go out of our way to purchase containers, rent storage units, or even buy a larger home to house it all in when it comes to rearranging out processions.
  • It doesn’t change our desire for more.  All that hard work and effort we put forth by organizing our things into plastic bins, boxes and closets doesn’t change the mindset we have and the desire to purchase more things.
  • It stops us from evaluating our livesWhile the act of rearranging our stuff might cause us to look at each of our possessions, it doesn’t make us stop and truly evaluate them-even more so if we are just placing them into boxes and closing the lids. However, when we consider removing possessions from our home, things start to get a little more serious as the questions of passion, value and what’s truly more important to us start to run through our minds.
  • It doesn’t help clear the path to moving  forward. We all know the “good” feeling both  physically and mentally we get  when we spend weeks organizing rooms in our homes. When you finally take a step back and look at how the room as been cleared and appears to look larger and more clutter free and all your processions now have a  dedicated spot to be stored in. Looks great right? But for how long?   How long before we have to do it all over again?  We make up excuses to keep our processions like- “our house is too small”, or “we don’t make enough money” and “we still can’t find enough time in the day.” Sound familiar? We may have rearranged our stuff…but not the path to move forward in our lives.

Less Is More-Get Rid of Your Clutter and Live Better!

The beneficial part  about the act of physically removing pocessions from our homes helps accomplish us to clear our minds, move forward and just live happier and a healthier life. And the best part of all is that it’s a permanent solution!

On the other hand, the act of removing possessions from our home accomplishes many of those purposes. It is not a temporary solution that must be repeated. It is an action of permanence—once an item has been removed, it is removed completely. Whether we re-sell our possessions, donate them to charity, or give them to a friend, they are immediately put to use by those who need them.

When moving forward with the process of  removing our possessions, it also begins to turn back our desire for more as we find happiness, freedom and an abundance of owning less. And when we remove ourselves from the all-consuming desire to  own more, this enables the opportunity for significant life changes to take place.

As  you move forward to get your home and life organized, challenge yourself to remove the unneeded items in your home.  Rid yourself of the extra weight in a permanent matter.  Carry a garbage bag from room-to-room. See how big of a donation pile you can make. Or help eliminate some-if not all- debt by selling them. Keep in mind that it doesn’t matter so much how you remove them, as long as you do.  It’s so much better to de-own than declutter. 

To make a significant change in slowing down the accumulation of things in our homes, we really have to be honest with ourselves and change our mindsets and evaluating our purchases differently. Always keeping in mind that your purchase cost will go  far more than the price on the tag. Each one will also require time, energy and an effort once they enter your home. Before making a purchase, begin asking yourself the following questions below.

  • Is this an item that is really needed?
  • Am I buying this item for the right reasons?
  • Is this new possession going to add more extra work to my life?
  • Is there a place to store this item once I bring it home?

Celebrate Spring with Don of all Trades Affordable Handyman Packages!

Spring has finally sprung and it’s the perfect time to repair, refresh and remodel with Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services. Choose any one of our affordable Handyman Packages that fits your needs and budget.

Compare us to anyone!
Let’s get your Fix-It-List Done so you can get back to the important things in life that matter most to you.


Call our office now at 905-259-5249 to book your free in-home quote today!

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.

Looking Back in 2017 Video


Don of all Trades Interior Painting Tips: Paint Like A Pro


There is no simpler or inexpensive way to dramatically change the look of a home than with a fresh coat of paint.

Anyone who has  done their own interior painting knows that it is not nearly as easy as it seems. From an uneven paint finish on the wall to drips on the floor, you need to avoid any number of pitfalls before your DIY paint project can be a success. Here are 2  Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance  Service’s  interior house painting tips and tricks to help you paint like a Pro and achieve a clean professional look.


Tip No. 1- Painting Interior Doors

Using a small roller to paint doors can greatly speed the process. Work quickly by rolling on the paint, then use a brush to smooth out the paint and fill in any spots missed by the roller.


Tip No. 2 -Painting Baseboards and Trim

A scarper or trim guard are handy tools that help in painting trims They make painting trims, baseboards, moldings and dividers a very easy task. You’ll be able to avoid dripping or running paint on another surface. They will prevent paint on the floors or the walls. They also give you a sharper and cleaner edge that looks professionally done.


Have a question about your painting project? Get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you! Call 905-259-5249 or email infodonofalltrase@gmail.com and book your free in-home estimate in Durham Region Today.

Check out our blog for more great tips at: donofalltradesblog.wordpress.com or visit our website at www.donofalltrades.ca to find more information about our services.


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.

Looking Back in 2017 Video

Thinking of Painting Your Home in Winter? – 4 Great Reasons Why You Should


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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.

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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:

  1.  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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


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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!

Have a question or need some assistance with your home improvement project? Get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or call us at 905-259-5249.


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.

Looking Back in 2017 Video


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If you are looking for a durable floor that is easy to maintain and affordable, laminate flooring can be a great choice.

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Also called a “floating floor,” laminate can be installed directly over your existing plywood or subfloor or any other hard-surface floor, such as hardwood, concrete or linoleum. There is very little waste when using this flooring, unlike hardwood, laminate planks have no defects or imperfections.

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For this project Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services installed Uniboard Brand Premium Laminate Long Strip flooring. Gone is the outdated heavily soiled carpet replaced with new laminate flooring that gives this living space a new upgraded rich and clean look. By choosing to install laminate flooring, our clients  now have a floor that cleans easily, is attractive and durable.


If you would like more information about this Uniboard Brand Premium Brand Laminate Flooring installation, we have provided some of this products features and information  below.

Uniboard Premium Laminate Long Strip Flooring

Product Features

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  • Micro-Bevel Technology
  • Premium pre-attached acoustic underlayment
  • 20 Year Warranty
  • Environmentally Preferable Product
  • Made In Canada
  • Carb Compliant

Manufacturers Maintenance Guide

Vacuuming, sweeping and on occasion damp cloth is usually all you need to keep your floor clean. For heavier cleaning, us a non-abrasive household cleaner or a cleaner especially formulated for laminate floors. Simply, use a slightly moistened cloth to avoid excessive water on the floor. For specific stains or cleaning questions please contact the Uniboard Canada Inc. technical support line at      1-877-864-8641.

For more information about this product visit UNIBOARD  Canada INC. at http://www.uniboard.com.

Check Out Our Current Flooring Install Specials Going on Now!


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.

Have a question about your current flooring or any other home repair? Leave a comment below!

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Kudos to everyone who helped out and showed their support at our Helping Hands Christmas Cookie Fundraiser on Saturday November 26, 2016.

2016 Helping Hands Christmas Cookie Fundraiser. On left Don DOrazio, Founder of Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services and Yolanda DOrazio Volunteer Coordinator of the Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Project.

What an incredible day!

Kudos to everyone who helped out and showed their support at our Helping Hands Christmas Cookie Fundraiser at the Hope 4 Her Gift Show on Saturday November 26, 2016.

After weeks of baking, planning and organizing to be part of this very special day, our team  at Don of All Trades is proud to announce that our  tables raised $713 that was donated to Herizon House Women’s Shelter.   

 We also wanted to send out a HUGE Thank-You to everyone who bought cookies before the event!

What an incredible and humbling experience to help give back to our community. This was a lot of work but it was so worth it!

Looking forward to doing  it all again, in 2017. Thank you and Happy Holidays from our team at Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services.

Look at what we baked!

View photos of our event!

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Welcoming our latest 2016 Helping Hands donators!


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Very Special Thank-You Going to the following local businesses and friends who donated prizes to help raise money to donate :

Michelle Medeiros– http://www.hdreamer.com/

Stephanie Atwood– http://www.tranquilitymatters.ca/

Drew & Anna Stevens–  https://peppernorth.com/

Pam Little– http://www.pamlittleaccounting.com/

Sandra Howlett–  http://www.applemelondesigns.com/

Jacquelynn Joan Tanner http://www.jacquelynntanner.com/

Cindy Toth Hewitthttp://www.whitbyshorespaint.com/

Rhonda Lee Axhornhttp://selectproperty.ca/

Lisa Day- https://lisa-a-day.scentsy.ca/

Shannon Sheppardhttp://www.advanced-hearing.ca/

Karen McIsaac-Duguay,  Country Style at 932 Brock St North, Whitby for letting us put up a poster of the Hope 4 Her Gift Show

Our very good friend Marg Stevens

Thank-You Lisa!

Sending out a SHOUT OUT to the true Community Events Coordinator Lisa Smith and the host for Hope 4 Her Hand Made and Local Gift Show that was held on  Saturday, November 26 benefiting Herizon House Women’s Shelter. Thank you for letting Don of All Trades and our Helping Hands Building Trees of Hope Program participate in this amazing event once again for all the  good work you all do!

A Very Special Place


Thank you for letting Don Of All Trades be part of your special event!
Thank you for letting Don Of All Trades be part of your special event!

Important information about Herizon House and what important services they provide to our community.

Herizon House is a 30 Bed Emergency Shelter serving women and their children fleeing abuse and violence.
They provide:

-Emergency Shelter
-Crisis counselling for abused women
-24 hour crisis phone counselling for abused women
-Housing and legal support
-Referrals and community advocacy
-A safe and non- judgmental environment for women leaving abusive relationships and wishing to live independently of their abusers.

Women in crisis can find support 24 hours a day by calling 1-866-Herizon (1-866-437-4066).

Our Mission:
We provide a place of Safety, Support and Empowerment for abused women and their children. We are committed to ending the cycle of abuse and violence in the community.

Remember, Every woman has the Right to Live a Life Free from Abuse.

Learn more at herizonhouse.com.


A Special Project for Bark in the Park 2016-Don of All Trades


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Earlier this year our team at Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services, was contacted by a friend and local business owner Sandra Howlett  of Apple Melon Designs. Sandra needed some  help to create a special dog house to be used  as part of a fun game at her second annual Bark in the Park Event, a festival celebrating pets and the people who love them.


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Sandra sent us the information and design ideas including  measurements.

Our team members  at Don of All Trades were not only honoured to be included to participate in this special project, we were also very excited to be part of such a great cause!

Our very special dog house is now completed and will be holding   something very special inside at the Bark in the Park Event Bowmanville 2016 on Saturday August 27 & Sunday August 28th, 2016.  We can’t wait to see the end results once Sandra adds her finishing design touches!


 What we used to complete this dog house project below.
 Materials List:
  • 4 White knotted Pine 16X7 inch boards
  • 4  Pine knobs for legs
  • 2 Spring Hinge for door
  • 1 Everbilt Brass Laiton Latch for door lock
  • Continuous Hinge  screws
  • 1 bottle of Le Page wood glue
  • Dowle and wood screws

Total labour hours: 8

We  wanted to thank Sandra Howlett, owner of Apple Melon Designs for letting us be part of such a special event and for her kind words below!

Kind words from Sandra Howlett

Bark in the Park 2016 Bowmanville-Don Of All TradesI can’t even begin to tell you how excited we are to give you a sneak preview of a super fun game that will be at BARK in the PARK….

When it’s painted it will be amazing!

We wouldn’t have this fun game without the talents of our amazing sponsor Don Of All Trades’ Danny D’Orazio…..he has graciously donated the materials and his time so we can bring you this game.

Thank You!

Join us at Bark in the Park Bowmanville 2016!
Bark in the Park Bowmanville 2016-Don Of All Trades
A Festival Celebrating Pets and the People Who Love Them!
Saturday August 27 & Sunday August 28th, 2016
10 am to 4 pm each day
Garnet B Rickard Rec Complex
2440 Hwy 2, Bowmanville, ON L1C 3K2
100 Vendors & Rescues
5,000+ expected to attend
Bring your Dog(s)!