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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.


Don Fenton

(AKA) Mr. Done Right

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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.


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