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Painting your basement  can have a major effect on how the space looks and feels. It’s astonishing what a fresh coat of  paint can do when attempting to spruce up a room, and your basement no different.  Unfortunately,  bringing a basement to life  can be somewhat more difficult than other rooms in your home.

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Numerous basements are just utilized as storage areas, but wouldn’t it be wonderful  to use your space as a home office, a basement gym, or a room your whole family can enjoy?

Below are some photos of a recent basement project our team at Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services  completed along with our 6 painting tips that we hope will inspire  and help to make your basement a friendly and happy place.

Tip 1-  Use Lighter Paint Hues

This isn’t as complicated  as it sounds.  Locate the places that get a lot of natural or artificial light and paint these areas with lighter colours. The whole point  here is to focus on the areas that are already accepting light and keeping the lighter paint colours  out of the darker regions of your basement.

Tip 2- Use Rich Colours

Applying rich colours will help give your basement an “open” feel. Numerous homeowners aim to achieve this with light colours, for example, white or yellow, however using a richly saturated paint choice like a Benjamin Moore Interior Latex Pearl Base Paint in Whale Gray Colour code#  2134-40   can be more effective than choosing an poorly saturated yellow paint as an option.

Tip 3- Reduce the Number of Colours

Using  a large number of colours can overwhelm your room. Interior  designers suggest utilizing the 60-30-10 standard to shield your room from having an excessive number of colours.

  • 60% of the room should be the dominant color.
  • 30% should be the secondary color.
  • 10% should be used for accents.​

For this project we made it simple. 2 colours were chosen to paint this basement space. A Pearl base Whale Grey hue  for the walls and Semi Gloss White Interior paint for the ceilings and trim. White window treatments were used as accents to finish off this now organized, fresh and clean space.

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Tip 4- Add Extra Lighting

Light helps give the illusion that a room is bigger (and much cleaner) than the actual space. You can easily create this effect  by incorporating a table or floor lamp.  Track lighting or lights suspended from your ceilings can also be a simple and affordable  approach to include extra lighting.

Installing recessed lighting can involve more work and more expensive as an option however,  it adds a updated modern look and feel to a room.

A basic and affordable solution to expand the light in your basement space is through the use of mirrors.  Mirrors help “ricochet” the light around the room and give the illusion the space is larger.

For this basement painting project, the home owner decided to keep all  original light fixtures and pot lights but decided to replace existing light bulbs  with Ecosmart 60W  Soft White  LED Light BulbsThe EcoSmart A19 8.5-Watt LED Light Bulb can be used to replace a traditional 60W incandescent A19 light bulb. This LED light bulb has an output of 800 Lumens and can last up to 10,000 hours, saving you up to $56.65 per bulb over the bulb’s life. The bulb is designed for indoor use and features an A-line shape and medium base. EcoSmart A19 bulbs are perfect for your living room, bedroom, kitchen or any place in your home where you would use a standard incandescent light bulb. These bulbs give off a lot of light and were the perfect solution to  brighten up this basement.

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Tip 5- Select A Glossy Finish

Because basements have a tendency to be damp, glossy finishes are an excellent paint choice and more suited to resist stains and moisture.  Remember to make sure your walls are smooth and clean before you apply the paint as glossier finishes tend to show imperfects more than other paint finishes.

Tip 6- Use Concrete Paint on Concrete Walls

Using concrete paint is a little different than regular wall paint because it generally requires more paint to cover the surface. When painting concrete surfaces keep in mind that it can take over a week to finish the job however, your concrete walls will be protected with the proper finish.

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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.

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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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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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6 Reason Why You Should Install Hardwood Flooring

Flooring upgrades including renovations are one of the most cost-effective home improvement projects you can do, notably when you upgrade to hardwood flooring.

Many Durham Region and Greater Toronto area homeowners have transformed their homes with hardwood flooring specifically because of its benefits.

Consider these 6 reasons to install hardwood floors in your home in the Durham Region area and then call Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services at (905)- 259-5249 to request a complimentary on-site estimate.

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Transformation

Hardwood flooring can transform your ordinary everyday space into a living space-a special room where you can truly enjoy spending your time in.

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Visual Appeal

Hardwood flooring provides an ageless look to any Durham Region home. Its is conveniently available in a multitude of styles and colours that you can easily customize your hardwood floor to compliment the existing features in your home.

 

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Longevity

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Value

Hardwood flooring is one of the most-cost-effective materials you can use to upgrade your home in Durham Region. Installing wood floors immediately adds value to your home and the low maintenance qualities of hardwood flooring saves you money year after year.

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Durability

Hardwood flooring is naturally strong and resilient, providing your Durham Region area home with a surface that is less vulnerable to scratches, dents and other imperfections.

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Manageable Maintenance

Choosing hardwood flooring makes keeping a polished, clean floor in your Durham Region home, simple. The low-maintenance qualities of hardwood flooring enables you to enjoy a beautiful floor with very little effort.

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If you are interested in upgrading the look and value of your home in the Durham Region and Greater Toronto area, with hardwood flooring, contact Don of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services today at (905)- 259-5249 for more information and request a complimentary on-site estimate.

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Exterior Post Lanterns On A Budget

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Add a touch of sophistication and grandeur with a pair of outdoor post lights at an entrance of a home or driveway. Exterior post lanterns  not only make a bold statement, they also enhance the beauty of any residence while providing years of maintenance free illumination.

If you’re on  a budget (and who isn’t these days) you can easily do some minor upgrades to your current exterior lighting that won’t break the bank, are relatively easy DIY projects, give you a high-end look and save you money.

For this project, we replaced the original post lanterns with new Hampton Bay Exterior Post Lanterns that we found on sale at a local home supply store.

3 Philips Duramax Blunt Tip Clear 40 watt bulbs were installed into each of these exterior lanterns.

We kept the original 6 foot aluminum posts but painted them with Tremclad metal rust paint, in a black matte finish to match the finish on the lanterns. 2 Coats of paint were needed to cover the original white paint.

Project completion time from beginning to end took about 2.5 hours. Materials and supplies  to complete this project-$120.00.

 

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Foul Smelling Washing Machines And Why

 

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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 Machine by 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 DETERGENT DURING THIS CLEANING PROCESS.

Step 1.

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.

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Step 2.

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.

 

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Step 3.

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.

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Step 4.

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.

 

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 Step 5.

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) 

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Congratulations! You have just washed your washing machine naturally!

 Useful Tips

  •  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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Bathroom Floor and Shower Remodel

 

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 Our Complimentary In Home Consultation

  • Client addressed issues of water leaking from the shower into to the kitchen ceiling and causing damage to all the drywall
  • Client was concerned as  to why all of the ceramic floor tiles were breaking in the bathroom.

Initial Review Upon Inspection

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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.

Solution To Correcting This Problem

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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