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Home Interior Tricks And Tips

Is one of more of the rooms in your house smaller than you would like? There are several different home interior tricks to making a small room seem larger than it really is. Changes can be made cosmetically (painting, lighting) as well as physically (furniture, organization) to maximize the appearance of your room.

No matter if the small room is a bedroom, the living room or kitchen, several basic principals need to be followed for the perfect home interior. One – Keep clutter to a minimum. This may mean buying drawer organizers to keep “things” neat in their places in a drawer instead of on a countertop. Buy a bookshelf to stack books up instead of on the floor or table. Limit the amount of knick knacks to only what fits comfortably on your current shelving.

Second home interior tip – Keep only what you need. If you haven’t used it, worn it, opened it, tried it, tasted it or needed it in 18 months, get rid of it. This helps keep the clutter under control also.

To cosmetically alter the appearance of a small room, cover the walls with a light color, such as beige, cream, pale yellow, mauve or pastels. Light colors reflect light from the sun and lamps, thus making a room appear more open and roomier. A white or very pale beige on the ceiling also reflects back more light and enlarging the presence. Dark colors can make a room feel closed in and small from limiting the light sources. Light colored rugs or carpeting also extend the appearance of a larger area.

Tricks that can make a room appear bigger include vertical stripes in wallpaper or paint. If painting, use thin strokes that compliment the wall or furniture colors. Stripes can run from floor to ceiling or start from a chair railing and either go up or down. When choosing wallpaper, choose a small print or thin stripe to use. Small prints are easier to match up also.

Lighting also plays an important role in room’s appearance for the perfect home interior. Use lamps with light colored shades to adequately filter the wattage from the light bulb. Dark shades can hinder reflection, giving a dark appearance, which makes a room poorly lit. Use light bulbs with 75 watts or power or higher, but allows follow guidelines recommended by the lamp manufacturer.

When placing furniture in a small room, try groupings of a large piece followed by a small piece. For example, a tall lamp next to a short backed chair. A tall bookcase next to the couch. If you are limited in budget and have to make do with furniture already bought, arrange it in conversation style as best as possible. A couch with an end table, facing one or two chairs with an end table and lamp.

If your budget allows, buy tall furniture to give the added appearance of height to the walls. Add real or fake plants to sit atop for an extra few inches. Buy a loveseat instead of a full sized couch to save on room. Use narrower end tables or none at all if possible. Floor lamps work well beside or behind a large piece of furniture and reflect the light off the wall and down from the ceiling in one piece.

Buy baskets that can be placed inside shelves or under couches and beds to store extra items and knick knacks. Clutter takes up a lot of precious room, and by maintaining its organization, a room will appear more open.

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Don Fenton

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Landscaping Ideas for Your Home

What is home landscaping really all about? The following report includes some fascinating information about home landscaping idea you can use, not just the old stuff they used to tell you.

Landscaping your home is improving the characteristics of the surroundings for aesthetic or practical use. Home landscaping will be easy for you since you know very well what needs to be improved.

Home landscaping is no different than any other kind of landscaping. It is natural for people to want their home to look as fab as it possibly can, who does not want the kind of yard that the whole neighborhood is envious of? And he beauty of home landscaping is that it does not have to be hard and much of it can be done by you. All it will take a it a little elbow grease and some time to spare and you can design your own home landscaping design quickly and easily.

The first thing that you need to do is to sketch your home’s floor plan. From there you can create various designs that will suit your taste. It will be easier to scale your drawings if you will use graph paper to sketch your floor plan.

There are even products on the market that will help you to find the best home landscaping idea out there. You can choose to use home landscaping software for one. These programs can be a great help to you as you are trying to figure out what will suit your home and yard the best. With these types of programs you will get to see a few different layouts and options are always good when trying to narrow down your choices.

If home landscaping software programs are not for you, then you can try doing a search online for some wonderful home landscaping ideas. It is important to do plenty of research before you start your own home landscaping so that you keep the number of mistakes made down to a minimum. If you do make a boo-boo, don’t worry about it, any thing can be fixed.

Before you start your home landscaping you will need to also look into any gas lines and electrical lines that may be running through your yard. You cannot afford to hit any of these things, not only can it cost you a bundle to fix, it can also be very dangerous. Hitting an electrical line with a metal shovel could put an end to all of your work, your life too.

Once you begin to move beyond basic background information, you begin to realize that there’s more to home landscaping than you may have first thought.

You will also need to find out about zoning restrictions that could affect your home landscaping. In some places you cannot have trees too high and even some fences are not allowed. Find out these kinds of things before you start your home landscaping work and you could save a lot of time and money.

Other things that you need to consider when landscaping are:

• A well-planned backyard drainage system can prevent those “wet areas”
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• The composition of the soil and its quality affects the types of greenery that you can plant in your backyard.

• Check which parts of the house and yard have appropriate sunlight. This also determines where you can place furniture and plants.

• Look at your yard from the inside of the house when designing it. You can appreciate the beauty of your yard from inside your home

• Ask yourself: How big is the planting area?

• How long will it take to finish your redesigning project?

• Make the design functional for the whole family. Each part of the house should be designed based on who uses that area the most.

There’s no doubt that the topic of home landscaping can be fascinating. If you still have unanswered questions about home landscaping, you may find what you’re looking for in the next article.

Thank you for taking the time with me to learn more about what Mr. Done Right, the handyman / contractor does for you.

Sincerely,

Don Fenton

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Fast Solutions with Feng Shui

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art used in the home to create balance and harmony. Feng Shui Practitioners have many tricks of the trade used to get rid of negative energy and promote happiness, stability, affluence, tranquility and peace. With the help of this guide, now you, too, can use Feng Shui to enhance your surroundings.

Here are some Feng Shui fast solutions to allow you to experience maximum fulfillment in your current home:

Color. Color can lift you up or bring you down, so pay attention to the colors you choose for your furniture and to decorate your house. Decide on which color best suits your living room, bedrooms, dining room and furniture by figuring out the energy you would like for that particular room or area.

* Red: Great for energy and excitement. Works perfectly in a dining room to keep folks awake at the dinner table. Not so good for bedrooms and studies, as its properties can make it hard to relax and unwind.
* Orange: Stimulates hunger. Softer, lighter shades work great for living rooms, playrooms, and even bedrooms.
* Yellow: Inspires happiness and creativity. Use in any room to add brightness and vitality.
* Green: A healing and soothing color. A perfect choice for a living room or any room where you want to enhance the energy of balance.
* Blue: A healing and soothing color. A perfect choice for a living room or any room where you want to enhance the energy of balance.
* Indigo: Yet another color that heals and soothes. Good for a child’s room to promote healthy sleep habits.
* Purple: A highly spiritual color that promotes richness and transformation. Can be too high of a frequency for a large room, so consider using accents of purple as an alternative to painting an entire room.

Light. Light exerts a strong influence over how we feel. Take care to light each room so that you achieve the appropriate calming or energizing effect.

* Sunlight: Natural lighting is the very best way to brighten a room.
* Good Quality Lighting: Second best to natural lighting. If possible, don’t skimp when it comes to buying lamps, track lighting, or fixtures for your home.
* Bright Lighting: Promotes energy and activity (for a playroom, for example).
* Low Lighting: Promotes calmness and relaxation (for a bedroom or study, for example).
* Dimmers: Can be purchased at a local hardware store. Dimmer switches give you the flexibility to alternate between bright and low lighting in the same room. With a dimmer, bedrooms can be used to play, study, or sleep, your dining room can accommodate a lively brunch or a romantic supper, and the living room can foster animated conversation or some quiet family reading.

Touch. Designers often overlook the power of texture and how it influences the energy of your home and surroundings. Play with accessories and furniture of different materials to achieve surprising results.

* Rugs: A shag rug emits a playful energy, while a tightly coiled country rug adds a homey, nurturing touch to a living room. Decide whether you would prefer to tread barefoot upon a soft carpet or a cool shiny wood floor. One draws the energy of comfort, the other professionalism. Choose the materials best suited for the energy you would like each room of your home to radiate.
* Pillows: Silk pillows add richness and sensuality. Cotton is good for kids or casual relaxation, and fun, fluffy pillows can be employed for a lighter, playful effect in a living room or playroom.
* Furniture: Sleek wood furniture conveys a sturdy and reassuring energy, while soft leather couches and armchairs add a luxurious energy to a living room or study.

Smell. Aromas are an easy and inexpensive solution to help you achieve a harmonious home environment. Play with different scents in each room, changing them occasionally to see how the smells aid in energizing or relaxing you.

* Flowers: Flowers can be a terrific addition to any household because of their color and innate positive energy. Easy to forget, however, is how wonderful a room smells when fresh flowers are added.
* Candles: Candles look beautiful and have an immediate calming effect on a room. Use different scents for each room, or place various candles with unique smells together in one collection.
* Cooking: Cooking provides nourishment and comfort. An added benefit is the wonderful smells of cooking, which contribute to a balanced atmosphere in your home.
* Incense or alternatively, Sage: Incense is a fantastic cleansing agent. Use it to erase negative energies, such as after an argument. The scent will permeate all corners of the room, and either relax or invigorate the inhabitants, depending on what type of incense you use.

You! Don’t forget the most important element of your home: you and your family. Even plants and flowers play a vital role in livening up an environment. Pets and children are great for adding movement in each room, which, in turn, keeps the energy of your house circulating. Play with these and other Feng Shui solutions, to maintain balance and perfect harmony in your home.

 

Thank you for taking the time with me to learn more about what Mr. Done Right, the handyman / contractor does for you.

Sincerely,

Don Fenton

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For more information on handyman or contractor work in the greater Austin area (or beyond), please contact your premiere handyman, Don Fenton, AKA Mr. Done Right Handyman Contractor of Austin, because Mr. Done Right ensures any repairs and/or remodels get Done Right the first time! Call us now for a free estimate! 512-659-8931

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Dress up your home with a wall fountain

Slowly but surely, many are beginning to realize the sort of effect indoor water fountains can have on their home – and that is to say a very dramatic one. Given that indoor water fountains can be had quite inexpensively, there exists no excuse for any homeowner not to have one gracing a room in their home.

Indoor water fountains add a great degree of sophistication and aesthetic appeal to a home. Those who own fountains know first hand the type of effect they can have on a home, not just from their own experiences but those of others. Every fountain owner is likely to share with you the number of compliments they have received from guests visiting their home.

If the aesthetic value is not enough to convince you, remember that water fountains can act as great stress relievers. Many have found the sound of rushing water very soothing after a hard day at the office or a frustrating day at home. What better way to relax than to sit back and turn on your water fountain. You may be laughing at the thought of this, but the fact is that an indoor fountain can be very therapeutic.

Modern day indoor water fountains come in variety of styles, are constructed of various materials, and come in different sizes. Since many fountains utilize vertical space, they put very little space to waste. Be sure to examine the room in which you plan to place your fountain very carefully. You want to ensure that the fountain you choose is adequately sized for the room and compliments the overall décor.

Indoor water fountains can be purchased through a variety of ways. Many home improvement stores stock them as do smaller stores. If you want a bigger selection of fountains, or are looking for something more customizable, you’re best bet is to look to the internet.

 

Thank you for taking the time with me to learn more about what Mr. Done Right, the handyman / contractor does for you.

Sincerely,

Don Fenton

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Do You Have Pest Protection?

It might be amusing to watch the squirrels scurrying round the park, they seem so tame they’ll almost take food out of your hand, but these cute little bushy tailed creatures are actually one of five of the most common pests and can cause thousands of pounds worth of damage if they get into your house. They will chew furniture and break your precious ornaments.

When it comes to insurance, Saga Insurance policies cover damage done by squirrels in all its household policies. Its cover-plus policy also offers protection from all vermin damage. Even the less friendly looking ones.

Surprisingly enough, hardly any policies cover vermin damage, although most insurers would cover subsequent damage if, for example, a fire was started as a result of vermin chewing through a wire. There are lots of examples of extreme damage and there’s a case where the upper storey of a house collapsed because rats had chewed through the joists.

There is a company who offer a pest control product as an add-on to their home insurance. It costs £21.99 per year and could save up to £150 by removing the infestation and giving advice on how to avoid problems in the future. The company is esure and pests covered are wasps, hornets, mice, grey squirrels and rates. This service is designed for pest control and doesn’t cover damage caused by the infestation.

Your local council will provide a vermin control service, but as these things tend to be seasonal, when you need help, so does everyone else and waiting times can be considerable. As soon as temperatures begin to fall at the beginning of winter, all sensible rodents head indoors! Mice commonly head for their favourite hiding places, under the sink and stairs and in the loft, and their number one choice appears to be around the hot water tank. Mice and rats will gnaw through cables and can cause fires, rats will gnaw through pipes and can cause flooding, so it really important that you act swiftly to get rid of these pests.

When it comes to finding a private pest controller, there are some well known and respected companies, such as Rentokil, but anyone can call themselves a pest control contractor an there are no regulations or standards for the service. Standards are variable.

Prevention would, of course, be even better than the need to claim. In the home, be tidy, clean up spills quickly, deal with dirty dishes and vacuum on a regular basis. In the loft or spare room, clear out unwanted boxes, packing tissue, unwanted cuddly toys and clothes. Vermin can live and breed undisturbed in these un-used areas. Seal up holes around pipe work, it seems that mice follow pipes and wiring routes, so stop them getting in. A tip here is to use plaster or steel wool to seal up the gaps.

Moving outside, check that drain covers are in place and in good condition. Get rid of the clutter in the garden, compost leaves and remove piles of wood. Cut back tall grass and weeds. You should never compost processed food, this will attract vermin who then have a clean comfortable home ready made.
Apparently it’s very much easier to get rid of rats than mice, but better to avoid the problem in the first place.

Maybe it’s time to check out what position you’d be in if you were unlucky enough to be faced with any of these problems. An on-line broker will make some enquiries for you to see which companies are vermin-conscious and compare what’s on offer.

Don’t wait until the roof caves in!

Thank you for taking the time with me to learn more about what Mr. Done Right, the handyman / contractor does for you.

Sincerely,

Don Fenton

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Dishwasher Detergent Cup – A Sticky Situation

Detergent tends to build up over time and you may find that one day the detergent cup won’t open. The detergent acts like glue, sealing the cup. Your dishwasher’s detergent cup is located on the panel, inside your dishwasher’s door. Grab your sponge and a bucket of warm water and clean the detergent cup inside and out. If this doesn’t fix your problem, read on.

Let’s understand how detergent cups work. The detergent is placed in the cup and the spring-loaded door is snapped shut. This keeps the detergent dry until later in the cycle. As the cycle progresses, a component will trigger the spring, allowing the door to open and the detergent to be released.

Not all dishwashers use the same components to open the detergent cup. Depending on your dishwasher the components in this process may include:

-Timer and bi-metal switch.
-Timer and wax motor.
-Timer.

The timer is responsible for the length of time your dishwasher runs each cycle. The timer sends an electrical current to each cycle component at a specific time and for a determined length of time. When the timer indicates it’s ready for the detergent cup to open, it will send a current to a bi-metal switch or a wax motor. If your dishwasher doesn’t have one of these components, the timer will activate the release of the door.

A bi-metal switch is an electrical component located behind the dishwasher detergent cup. This switch consists of two types of flexible metals bonded together to form one strip. An electrical current is sent to the bi-metal switch, heating the strip. Since the metals expand at different rates, the strip will bend. This action will open the detergent-cup door. A defective bi-metal switch won’t expand enough to signal the release of the door and the switch will have to be replaced.

Many dishwasher manufacturers have replaced the bi-metal switch with a wax motor. There’s actually wax inside this small motor. The timer sends a current and the wax inside heats up. As the wax heats up it expands and pushes on a piston. The pressure from the piston releases the spring and opens the detergent-cup door. If there’s anything wrong with the wax motor, you may have problems with your dishwasher releasing the detergent.

If your dishwasher doesn’t have a bi-metal switch or a wax motor, the timer also serves as an actuator. The timer activates a lever to release the door. If the lever is broken or damaged in some way, it’s probably the culprit.

Test your bi-metal switch or wax motor if you have one. If you don’t have one of these components or they aren’t the source of the problem, test your timer. You may need to replace it.

Take care of your dishwasher and it will take care of you.

Thank you for taking the time with me to learn more about what Mr. Done Right, the handyman / contractor does for you.

Sincerely,

Don Fenton

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Dishwasher Belt – Don’t Let It Slip

You have an older dishwasher and it’s serving you well. Let’s make that was serving you well. See, the problem is… fixing it. If your dishwasher has stopped filling or draining all of a sudden or has its moments when it will work and when it won’t – check the belt.

The belt connects the motor to the pump using pulleys. When the motor rotates in one direction the pump fills the dishwasher. When the motor rotates in the opposite direction, the pump drains the dishwasher.

If your dishwasher isn’t filling or draining at all, the belt could be broken. If your dishwasher occasionally works, the belt is probably stretched and is slipping. Take a closer look at your dishwasher’s belt.

The belt is approximately 25 inches long and made of clear or black rubber. The belt is located behind the lower access panel, which is sometimes referred to as a kickplate. Getting to the belt is easy and since you don’t have pull the dishwasher out from the wall, this repair won’t take long. The only tool you will need is a screwdriver.

Always remember
It’s important to cut the power source to the dishwasher before attempting any repairs. You can unplug the power cord, remove the fuse from the fuse box, or flip the breaker in the circuit breaker panel. After the power is cut, you may continue.

Open the dishwasher door to locate the screws for the access panel. Once the screws are removed, close the door and remove the panel. The old belt will be stretched a bit making it easier to remove. It will slip down off the pulleys. Replacing the belt is not so simple. It will have a much tighter fit.

The easiest way to get a new belt on the pulleys is to put one end of the belt around the pump housing, directly above the pump pulley. Put the other end of the belt around the motor pulley. Carefully roll the belt down the pump housing until it sits properly in place.

Finally you can reattach the access panel and reconnect the power source. Your old dishwasher is back up and ready to go again.

Thank you for taking the time with me to learn more about what Mr. Done Right, the handyman / contractor does for you.

Sincerely,

Don Fenton

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Dewinterizing Your Home to Welcome Spring

Winter’s gone and outside the sun is shining and the flowers are starting to grow. That means it’s time to get rid of winter inside your home as well! That’s right, just because it’s spring outside doesn’t mean it’s automatically spring inside.

Spring is the season to put away all of those winter blankets and the Christmas decorations that didn’t quite make it back into the attic when the festive season finished. Pack up the winter boots, hats and mitts taking up space at the front door and make room to breath in the fresh warm air.

In place of the blankets bring out some lightweight and light-colored throws for those still chilly evenings. The same goes for the tablecloth, towels, and placemats – away with the heavy and dark, in with the light and bright!

Speaking of light and bright, open up the curtains and let the sunshine warm your home with natural light. With the weather warming up outside, there’s less need to keep the curtains closed to lower heating costs. Having breakfast in a sun-soaked kitchen is a much better way to start the day than to dine under the unwavering light of a 60 watt bulb!

Don’t forget to pack up the heavily scented candles and air fresheners and bring in some fresh flowers and fruits to add a welcoming smell to your home. Candles are fine for winter, but lighter scents are needed when the weather gets warmer. Opt for fresh smells instead of stuffy, heavy ones. When it’s warm enough, open up the windows and get some fresh air circulating through your rooms.

It doesn’t take much time or money to brighten your home for spring, just changing around your home’s accessories can do wonders to welcome spring into your home.

 

Thank you for taking the time with me to learn more about what Mr. Done Right, the handyman / contractor does for you.

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Decorative Mailboxes For Style

If you are someone who loves to decorate you are going to love this article. There are so many ways to decorate things and decorating your mailbox that should be fun. You can have the trendiest mailbox on the block. The greatest thing about decorative mailboxes is the fact that you have the ability to express what type of person you are and your feelings in the way that you decorate yours.

Most people like to decorate their decorative mailboxes according to the season but why stop there. If you are someone who is happy all the time smiley face your mailbox. If you are Greek put the Greek gods all over your mailbox. Something that you see on most peoples decorative mailboxes is their family’s last name in regular old boring colors and letters so the mailman does not accidentally deliver your neighbors mail to you. You can be that special person on the block that puts your family’s last name on the mailbox with the lime green and shocking bright pink letters. It will make your mailbox stick out like an infected sore thumb, but will guarantee that everyone who passes by it will stop to look at it!

There are many people who will come home from work and be cranky but they can take out all of that in drawing, coloring and decorating. This can just be hobby to some, but for others it is a stress reliever and can get everything off of their mind. See how great decorative mailboxes can be?

Many stores sell the materials you will need to use for decorative mailboxes, but you can use any old materials that you may have lying around in your house. You can use cotton balls and color them with a marker or paint then glue them on your mailbox. This is a very easy idea to use.

Some people are so dedicated to the hobby of creating decorative mailboxes that they have even started groups that will just decorate mailboxes. A group in Kansas City was started three years ago called the “Decorating Grannies.” Yes, it is what it sounds like, a group of old ladies that lived in the retirement home decided to put ads in the newspaper and hang up flyers letting people know that for a very small fee they can have their mailboxes completely re-decorated by the coolest group of grannies ever. The money that they raised was donated straight to the retirement home to sponsor more activities that the oldies want.

If this story inspired you and you like decorative mailboxes then maybe you should try doing what these grannies did. You could be known as the hero of your community if you donate the money you need to maybe build a new playground for the kids or even buy new plants to grow around the area. The whole entire neighborhood will appreciate what you did and you will feel good about yourself and all of your friends will too.

Thank you for taking the time with me to learn more about what Mr. Done Right, the handyman / contractor does for you.

Sincerely,

Don Fenton

(AKA) Mr. Done Right

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Decorate Your Home At Low Cost

Are you dreaming of having perfect home but you have very limited budget? Because of this, you stop day dream and think that you will never have a beautiful home of your own. This is wrong! Unless you need the solid mahogany dinning table and velvet drapes currently featured in ‘Beautiful Homes’ you can create a beautiful home from discount, outlet and grocery superstores. Add in a few personal details with treasured heirlooms, artwork or flea market finds and you can get the designer look you want, for less.

Outlets: Do not bypass outlets for fantastic discounts on the ‘real-deal’. Prices are slashed by 50% or more – meaning you can get the name without the cost. Outlets are especially great for the little designer luxuries like pillows, vases and linens that set the mood. It’s amazing what a little pizzazz front-and-center can do to distract from no-name furnishings – even with your most critical guests.

Other outlets offer genuine, designer furnishings at huge discounts because they are from a discontinued line or were floor models. You might be surprised what you can afford at these outlets.

Discount Stores: Don’t knock it – the ready-to-assemble (RTA) furnishing commonly available in discount stores is vastly improved from what was available even 2 or 3 years ago. Consumer demand has created a market for high quality furnishings with lower costs. The only way to fill the need was to improve the materials and customize the look. You will now find RTA furnishings that rival traditional furnishings for quality and looks, at a much lower price. You can check out Wal-Mart, K-Mart and Target to see the latest decor ready-to-go.

Grocery Stores/ Do-It-Yourself Stores: While checking out the cleaners in aisle 3 you may just pass the latest designer-look living room set in aisle 2. Yes, even big name grocery stores and Do-It-Yourself stores are providing the consumer with their own lines of furnishings – and demand is high.

Following the lead of discount merchandisers, RTA furniture is now being offered through other channels – including grocery chains. You just never know when the urge to redecorate will strike!

Now you know how to decorate your home at low cost. Your dream now can come true! Take some of these basic pieces, add some designer accessories, complete with some personal touches and artwork and you have a look that will stand up to the toughest critic.

Thank you for taking the time with me to learn more about what Mr. Done Right, the handyman / contractor does for you.

Sincerely,

Don Fenton

(AKA) Mr. Done Right

For more information on handyman or contractor work in the greater Austin area (or beyond), please contact your premiere handyman, Don Fenton, AKA Mr. Done Right Handyman Contractor of Austin, because Mr. Done Right ensures any repairs and/or remodels get Done Right the first time! Call us now for a free estimate! 512-659-8931

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Candle Holders

Your home’s décor can be enhanced by the use of beautiful, yet functional candle holders placed around the house. Even an outside garden looks pretty with sturdy candle holders. Paired with a scented candle, candle holders make the perfect gift for the hard to buy for. Children can even make candle holders that are perfect for gift giving. In addition, candle holders come in all shapes and sizes and can fit virtually anyone’s personal taste.

There are numerous types of candle holders available to beautify your home. There are companies that cater especially for those who want to purchase candle holders. To quickly and easily decorate a blank wall, look at some of the scrolled ironwork candle holders. Handcrafted wrought iron candle holders make a stylish addition to a table or a centerpiece. These types of candle holders can be bought to hold one or several candles. Try placing long tapered candles in candle holders to decorate a mantel.

Candle holders also make great gifts. Just about anyone can appreciate a pretty candle holder with a nice scented candle. Candle holders are certainly a one size fits all gift. In addition, candle holders can be bought in a wide variety of sizes and in just about any material. Small glass candle holders are good for individual candles. Try making a gift basket filled with several small candle holders and small candles. Find a different candle scent for every month of the year.

Kids can enjoy making a variety of candle holders for gifts, too. These easy-to-make crafts make a perfect rainy day activity. Try helping your child make these candle holders one day. Give these homemade gifts to teachers or grandparents for a truly personalized gift.

Here are some easy to make candle holders that children can enjoy with a little help.

Supplies needed:

Small tea candle
Empty baby food jar
Colored tissue
Glue and paintbrush

Make a candle holder just the right size for a tea light candle out of a recycled baby food jar. Remove the label from the baby food jar and clean thoroughly. Give your child scraps of brightly colored tissue paper and glue mixed with a little water. Have your child brush the glue on the baby food jar and glue the tissue in pace. When the jar is completely covered with tissue paper, go over the jar again with another layer of glue. Add a tea light candle and you have just created a perfect candle holder gift.

Here is another idea for making a unique candle holder out of soup or vegetable cans.

Supplies needed:

Empty soup can
Hammer and nail

Remove the label off of the can and clean well. If the label on the can is difficult to remove, you can soak the can in warm soapy water and continue to remove the label. After the can is clean, fill it to the top with water and place in the freezer. When the water is frozen, use a hammer and a nail to pound holes into the can. The ice inside the can will help it hold its shape. Be creative with the design. Let the ice melt and place a small candle or tea light candle inside. These candle holders look pretty outside around the holiday season.

Thank you for taking the time with me to learn more about what Mr. Done Right, the handyman / contractor does for you.

Sincerely,

Don Fenton

(AKA) Mr. Done Right

For more information on handyman or contractor work in the greater Austin area (or beyond), please contact your premiere handyman, Don Fenton, AKA Mr. Done Right Handyman Contractor of Austin, because Mr. Done Right ensures any repairs and/or remodels get Done Right the first time!  Call us now for a free estimate! 512-659-8931

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Cabinet Refacing, A Popular Alternative To Replacing

When remodeling your kitchen, an alternative to replacing your cabinets entirely, is to reface them. With refacing cabinets, you can achieve a beautiful new kitchen while spending half the amount of money. You will literally be giving your cabinets a face-lift!

In the refacing process, existing doors, drawer fronts and hardware are removed and replaced with new ones. For cabinet doors, a wide variety of veneers and laminates are available to cover old surfaces. Other noticeable surfaces such as cabinet ends and frames are finished to match. Cabinet interiors are either refinished or repainted. Cabinet refacing is available in a variety of styles, materials and colors.

Neither the kitchen layout nor the amount of space available is affected by refaced cabinets. Doors, drawer fronts, and hardware are refaced and then put right back into their previous place, leaving your current arrangement untouched. A beautiful new look will be created, but you will still be standing in the same kitchen. If you are looking for a more drastic change, consider installing a few new cabinets to alter the look a bit more. In addition, new pull out or swivel shelves can also be installed to enhance the appearance and feel.

One of the most important factors in refacing your cabinets is that you find a licensed contractor. Getting a contractor that is licensed and bonded means that you will receive quality work without some of the hassles of hiring someone not qualified. Make sure you shop around and get multiple quotes. Contractors typically have different rates depending on the number of employees that will be working on your project. By getting multiple bids you can lower your cost and find a contractor you are comfortable

Not only does refacing cabinets improve the overall look of your kitchen, but it also greatly improves the durability of your cabinets. It helps protect and lengthen the life of your existing cabinetry, adding overall worth to your home.

Benefits Of A Heated Driveway For Residential Use

A heated driveway may seem a bit extravagant for the average homeowner. However, if you live in a climate where it snows or frequently gets icy, consider the benefits that can be had by installing one. With today’s technology, a heated driveway is not nearly as expensive as you might think and it will help save time and will be safer for your family. Think about all the time you spend shoveling walk ways and getting up early to get your car out of the driveway safely. A heated driveway will help alleviate all those issues so you have more time and save money by not having to purchase expensive snow equipment.

If you live in a cold climate that is prone to ice and snow, you are very familiar with the inconvenience of having to shovel your driveway in order to get the car out. You also need to keep it clear in order to walk down it safely without slipping and falling, risking possible injury. If you have visitors to your home, it is also important to keep the driveway clear to protect their safety. If a person slips in falls on your driveway and has a serious injury that requires medical assistance, you may be liable and need to put a claim through your homeowner’s insurance. This can possibly raise rates and make it more difficult to obtain insurance in the future. However, if your driveway is free from these hazards, you will be able to rest assured that your property and the people you care about are safe. A heated driveway will help accomplish this.

A heated driveway can be used in residential homes in order to keep the area clear. It can be installed in the areas that need to be cleared for maximum protection. A heated driveway is custom made to the specifications of your driveway so you can be sure only the parts that need to be covered are. If you spend a lot of money on shovels or snow blowers, the initial investment in a heated driveway will be well worth the expense. You will be able to save time by not having to go out and shovel or use your snow blower. You will also be a lot more comfortable. You will not have to get all bundled up in winter clothes to trudge out in the snow to clear the driveway. Instead, with a heated driveway you can ensure you are safe and comfortable in the warmth of your home and the heated driveway will do the work for you.

If you have a garage where you store your car, a heated driveway is especially convenient for being able to go to work in the morning. Many people who live in colder climates have to wake up in the morning much earlier so they can shovel the driveway and warm up the car just so they can get out to the street with their car to go to work, school or to run errands. You will no longer have to worry about this with a heated driveway. You can, instead, wake up, walk to the garage, get into the comfort of your car and back out of your driveway without worrying that you will run over snow or hit ice patches, jeopardizing your safety or your property.

The heated driveway consists of a heating element that is installed in the concrete. The automatic sensors in the element are custom designed based on the climate in which you live. It will gauge, automatically, temperature and moisture to be able to determine when it should be turned on or off. There is no manual work involved and it is very easy to use. One of the important aspects of a heated driveway is the design. You need to be sure to have a heated driveway that is designed for your area and region of the country so you attain maximum benefit. The heated driveway system can also be installed on steps and walkways. This is an ideal solution for home owners who have a walkway leading from their driveway or sidewalk to the front of their house. They can stop worrying about making a clear path since it will be done automatically.

If you already own a house and have an existing driveway, you can still have a heated driveway. A heated driveway can be retro fitted to your existing area fairly easily. The concrete is cut into and the heated driveway installed. Then, the seams are sealed so it looks as good as new.

Add Scented Jar Candles To Any Room In Your Home

Any room in your home can benefit from the addition of some fantastic scented jar candles. The style of scented jar candles will never fade and they are durable and long lasting. The majority of scented jar candles will last anywhere from 50 to 120 hours. They always look great and they are some of the most affordable candles on the market today.

Everyone loves nice scented jar candles, that is why they are so popular and hard to keep on the shelves of stores. If you look in any home décor magazine you are gong to see plenty of these scented jar candles in all different rooms. Decorators suggest putting scented jar candles in your bathroom to get rid of any lingering unwanted smells, in your front hall so that guests are greeted with a warm and inviting scent and eve the dining room.

When you choose some scented jar candles for the dining room or the kitchen you should take the time to choose the scented jar candles that will promote an appetite. You do not want to choose a smell that will make people not want to eat. A more subtle scent is usually the kind that you want to go for in any room where eating will be done.

You can even use scented jar candles to create a romantic mood between you and your lover. Everyone like to forget their troubles for awhile and what better way to do this than to light up some scented jar candles and sit back with the one you love. Perhaps have some wine and listen to some soft music or even just talk to each other. I am telling you that scented jar candles could make all of the difference to your night any day of the week. Light some up tonight and relax with your partner, you both deserve it.

Scented jar candles are easy to find and are very affordable. You can purchase scented jar candles online or by mail or even at your local grocery store. The best place to get scented jar candles for cheap is the internet. There is a huge market for these fantastic candles online. You will find many different brands for much less than you would find them for anywhere else. If you don’t believe me check it out for yourself, you will be amazed at the savings that you can find on scented jar candles online.

If you do not yet have any scented jar candles in your home, there is no time like the present to get some. Start shopping for your scented jar candles today and get in on the after holiday savings, you will not be disappointed. Scented jar candles can really change the whole feel of your home for the better.

Thank you for taking the time with me to learn more about what Mr. Done Right, the handyman / contractor does for you.

Sincerely,

Don Fenton

(AKA) Mr. Done Right

For more information on handyman or contractor work in the greater Austin area (or beyond), please contact your premiere handyman, Don Fenton, AKA Mr. Done Right Handyman of Austin, because Mr. Done Right ensures any repairs and/or remodels get Done Right the first time!  Call us now for a free estimate! 512-659-8931

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