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Many of the great details included in homes built during the first few decades of the twentieth century have been lost in today’s effort to cut cost out of home construction.  One of those details, the mirrored bathroom medicine cabinet, can be easily added to, or can replace an existing bathroom mirror during a single visit from one of DogGoneHandy’s skilled handymen.  There are two basic bathroom mirror options that can both dramatically update the style and increase functionality of even the smallest of bathrooms.  The most straightforward solution is the surface mount...
One of the best ways to add value to your home is by remodeling, but that doesn’t mean that you have to spend a ton of cash to make a big difference. Many of DogGoneHandy’s customers already have quality cabinetry this is in great condition, but some of the design details scream 1980’s or 1990’s.  One of the most dramatic ways to get an instant update is by replacing the old hardware with new cabinet “jewelry” – the door’s knobs and the drawer’s pulls.  With minimal investment your kitchen, bathrooms, and any other cabinetry can go from blah to beautiful.  There are...
Doesn’t it drive you crazy when you’re prepping chicken, your hands slimy, and in order to wash the ick off you inevitably end up making your kitchen faucet just as nasty as your hands?  Almost defeats the purpose because unless you are spraying down the faucet handle with kitchen cleaner before you turn the water off, you end up with nasty hands again.  DogGoneHandy has a brilliant solution for you – touch-less on-off water faucets! One of the greatest trends found in public restrooms has now made it to the residential kitchen.  Many faucet manufacturers are now...
I had the honour of having lunch today with Mayor Kasim Reed, as he addressed the Home Buuilders of Atlanta in the August Regional meeting. Here is a quick summary of some of the many items he covered; No impact fees increase. This is great news as the rumor was close to a tripling in fees.Permits up 10%  over last yearPermitting duration is currently running at 15 to 30days down from several weeks.Spoke positively about getting government out of the way for builders to succeed.City cash reserves have increased from $7m to over $100m.Crime at lowest level since 1969.School board has...
If you have a pool, or are an avid jogger or dog walker, and outdoor shower might be just the thing to clean you up …or cool you off this summer. DogGoneHandy installed this shower on the back of a garage next to the pool. It not only dressed up the egress from the garage, with  the accompaning stone, tile work, and arbor, but also made for a very functional pool shower. Outdoor showers can come in many forms, ranging from elegant to simple, and can also be very helpful for dog baths, gardening, and general clean up. When considering a dog wash we can add a bench which can help the...
Before starting your next remodel project, you may want to consider rot proof building products.  Rot proof materials are available in several types and applications.  Fiber cement products like “Hardie Plank” or “Nichiha” can be used for siding, fascia, soffit and window trim.  PVC, polyvinyl chloride, or more commonly known as plastic are available for fascia, windows, window trim and numerous exterior trim applications.  Exterior columns and railings are just a few assemblies of these materials. Both products are good alternatives for wood and can be painted like wood...
As the saying goes, “it’s all in the preparation.”  At DogGoneHandy we couldn’t agree more and believe that painting is the easiest way to update a room. But we sometimes see people making the process much more difficult than it should be.  The use of primer when painting a wall or trim in your home actually reduces the time needed to achieve a quality finish and helps to ensure a proper bond to the substrate.   Primer is engineered to act as a sealer and bonder on porous surfaces that enhances the bonding and reduce absorption into the material being painted.  This is...
There are few things as damaging to a home as water.  Whether vapor or liquid, water is one of mother earth’s most powerful elements and even though we often think of storms and flooding as the source of water damage, we actually invite moisture into our homes on a daily basis without even realizing it.  The importance of a high performance bathroom fan can mean the difference between regular cleaning and maintenance and major problems.  The bathroom fan serves several purposes, but arguably its most important function is to remove moisture from the air after a hot steamy...
Stairway Landings and Hallways are often dark spaces that can benefit from the addition of more light. Rather than always thinking of just lighting fixtures as the solution, adding a window can be a big win. Natural light is more person-friendly and aesthetically pleasing. The simple addition of a window can be the solution from both a practical and a design point of view.DogGoneHandy added this small window with an arched top to the top of a stair landing/ hallway with wonderful results. The added light is a huge plus for the homeowner. The window is operable which also allows the homeowner...
Gutter cleaning is one of the more important home maintenance projects on any homeowner’s to-do list, but its also one of the most overlooked.  Unfortunately, clogged gutters cause much more significant problems than just those annoying waterfalls that pour off of the eaves of your roof on rainy days.  Excess water wreaks havoc on many of the home’s structural components.  DogGoneHandy is here to help keep that water flowing smoothly and to the right places with either a one-time gutter cleaning or a full home maintenance program. Water will always choose the path of least...

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