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Are dog leashes, sports equipment, rain boots, and backpacks overtaking more than their fair share of space in your home? As many of us look to spring as a time to clean up and organize, the gear that comes with this wonderful season can pose a problem. A mudroom may be the answer for greater seasonal storage and organizational improvement in your life.  This space, no matter how large or small, can add value to your home by making it a warm invitation and improved first impression through expanded space and organization.  With a little bit of work, we can create a mudroom that can...
Pergolas can be an attractive way to add interest to your landscape as well as add some important shade in the warmer months. A pergola can be a free standing structure placed in the yard, maybe a reward at the end of a stroll down a garden path. This can be a lovely spot for a few chairs under a canopy of climbing plants or flowers. Other pergolas can be built to attach to the existing facade of your home, creating an architectural feature as well as shading a sun-filled room or covering an existing patio. Pergolas are fairly easy to build, quick to assemble and generally not too tough on...
In and out. In and out. Do you feel like a doorman for your pet? Install a pet door, and relieve yourself from being on door duty. This intermediate-level project can be completed using the most standard tools. The most important step is cutting the right size hole in the door. Just to be safe, we recommend taking the following measurements twice. Cats and dogs vary greatly in size. Make sure you purchase the proper door size for your pet. Pet doors come in sizes ranging from 5 inches by 8 inches to 13 inches by 23 inches. The opening width should be 2 inches wider than the widest part of...
We all can become victim to the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality when it comes to home maintenance or repair. The health of an older shower pan can certainly fall under this category. If your shower pan becomes faulty, it’s time to take action. The shower pan is one of the insulating materials used in the proper construction of all showers. It keeps the moisture inside the shower and away from the materials that could rot as a result of excessive moisture. Ceramic and marble tile showers are not waterproof: they are water-repellent. Under the tiled floor surface about two inches of...
To embark on a large scale kitchen renovation is something many of us hope to do but may not have it in the budget. Many of us would love a new kitchen but know this house will only be home for a few more years and we don’t want to invest too much time or money. Home values are on the rise but people are still conscious of not over building or investing beyond the resale value of our homes. A small scale renovation or facelift might be just the thing to make the space you are in now work harder and look better. Here are some tips and design ideas for that smaller scoped renovation.  ...
As far as stovetops and ranges go, a commercial style appliance is the first choice for many serious home cooks.  In addition to keeping it looking sleek, proper cleaning is key to maintaining its functionality. The more you put off cleaning an appliance, like the dreaded oven, the more the grime builds up. But keeping it clean is critical from an aesthetic and a practical standpoint. Without proper maintenance, fuel ports and hood vents can clog and ovens can smoke. Remove the grates and any griddles, as well as the burner heads and caps. Using a non-abrasive sponge, wash them well...
Spring is on its way it is a great time to put exterior home maintenance on the front burner. One maintenance tip we recommend is making sure animals and pests don’t seek refuge in your home. Hereat DogGoneHandy we have a soft spot for most furry beasts.  However, uninvited guests can cause a headache in home repairs.  Squirrels, raccoons, possums, rats and skunks love to find a warm and dry spot to spend some time. You want to make sure it’s not at the expense of your home. Wildlife is just that, wild! Their rules regarding what to eat (woodwork and trim) and where to relieve...
Without the expense and pain of major surgery Here are some tips to take your current bath and give it a shot of style. Adding new medicine cabinets or faucet fixtures is a great way to give a whole new look to your bathroom. For good deals on these accessories, shop at the end of May and September when many high-end retailers have inventory sales in anticipation of the new merchandise arriving. A window in a bathroom is a luxury. Do you have a window that brings in lots of natural light? Maintain your privacy but keep the sunshine with a static cling window decal or texture. Cut out a...
Wow, Atlanta! This has been one crazy winter. Here are a few thoughts on how to save some energy and have your home function its best in the cold weather.Programmable Thermostats  According to Energy Star, lowering the heat by 8 degrees or more while you are at work and sleeping can lower household energy costs by an average of $180 per year. If you are worried such a drop in temperature will put too much of a chill in the air, keep in mind that you will be away during the day and under layers of covers at night. The easiest way to manage temperatures is with a programmable or “...
A build up of lint in your dryer can reduce its function but more importantly, it can pose a serious fire risk.  A quick clean out can prevent this home accident. Here is a quick tip on learning where lint is, how to get at it, and the best way to clean it.The first step tp dryer maintenance is easy. Empty the lint trap after every load, vacuum behind the machine regularly, keep flammables away from the dryer, and annually clean lint from inside the dryer cabinet and vent duct.Caution! If you are going to begin a serious clean out of your dryer, your first step should be to unplug the...

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