Types Of Shower Doors For A Bathroom Remodel

A focal point of any bathroom is the tub or shower, so when planning a bathroom remodel, it’s important to take into consideration how you may want to “change up” a shower door to its best effect.

Shower doors primarily fall into two types:  Bypass doors and pivot doors.

Bypass Shower Doors

Bypass are also known as sliding doors, and consist of 2 or 3 panels that slide past each other on tracks situated at the bottom and top of a shower unit.  They take up less space, which is why they tend to be the most popular.

Bypass doors are also more of a challenge to clean and to keep clean, as the tracks tend to collect water, soap and other debris, creating an environment where mold and mildew can grow, so they require more frequent maintenance.  If you’ve had this type of arrangement in your bathroom for a while, it might be time to consider making a switch.

Pivot Shower Doors

Pivot doors—also called hinged or swinging doors—generally take up more space and therefore are generally utilized in larger bathrooms.  It is possible, however, to mount them so that they open inward, although this is often less practical.

A less commonly seen shower door is the rounded type.  This is curved glass, operating on a hinge, just as pivot doors do.  These work well fitted into corner spaces in smaller enclosures.

Most shower doors are framed, the glass surrounded by an aluminum or composite casing, and these latch into a track.  The more modern trend is toward frameless doors which require less upkeep and fit well into contemporary bathroom design.

Types of Glass For Shower Doors

There are a variety of choice in the types of glass available in shower doors:

  • Clear glass is most popular.  It allows light to penetrate and lessens any sense of feeling confined in a too-small space.
  • Frosted glass provides a stronger sense of privacy and is available in different colors, designs and patterns.
  • Rain glass is textured on just one side, smooth on the other, and offers the same features as frosted glass.
  • Tinted glass provides a sense of privacy and comes in such a wide variety of colors that it’s easy to choose one that will complement the décor of the rest of the bathroom.

Do I Need A Shower Door?

Some modern bathroom designs eliminate the need for a shower door altogether.  There are many wraparound shower ideas that incorporate block glass and stone or tiled walls separating the enclosure from the rest of the room.  These lend the bathroom a more open or expansive feel, and they are easier to enter and exit than through a standard shower door.

Need Help?

Ultimately, the ideal shower set-up for your home is the one that finds an ideal compromise between function and your personal taste—what looks good and feels right for your bathroom?  Consult with your local Handyman Matters office where their craftsmen are happy to listen to your ideas and share their expertise.  Call 1(800)FIX-MY-HOME or enter your zip code at handymanmatters.com to schedule a service call or to get more information about our services.

Best of the Internet – Entryways

The entryway serves an important purpose in every home.  It’s akin to a waiting room, the limbo between being fully invited into a home, and standing on the porch.  It’s also probably the first thing that gets cleaned when unanticipated company is driving up the block.  What is the importance behind this room?  The entryway is your home’s first impression.  If all your guest sees is the first 50 ft. of your home, what conclusions will they draw?

Handyman Matters believes in opening up your entryways to positive interpretations.  We believe in taking this home element and transforming it into its once elegant standing as, the foyer.

But to transform an entryway to a foyer, you must consider a few key elements…

  • Space

Clear a wide doorway radius.  The more initial space, the less disorienting it will be for newcomers to step into your home.  You should try to have enough space to accommodate the special makeup of around 4 or so people.  Give your guests a second to chat and to acclimate in this open area before moving onto the rest of your home.

   

  • Organization

Like most rooms in your home, the foyer serves a specific purpose.  It is the first and last stop in and out of your home.  This means it should carry your necessary outdoor items, such as a spot for shoes, keys, jackets, umbrellas, etc.  Having a cubby system, a bench, or wall hangers will be key to getting your home organized, and at its most efficient.

   

  • Design

Similar to having extra space, it is important to not initially overwhelm your guests with design.  However, the foyer provides a unique opportunity to highlight paintings, vases, and flooring.  The key is to keep your foyer design minimal and then pick one aspect of it to highlight.

And don’t forget about lighting!  Organization is nothing without a well-lit room.  We love pendant lamps and chandeliers when it comes to lighting in your entryway.

   
Thinking about transforming your entryway into its best self? Handyman Matters is here to help.  Our craftsmen are skilled at large overhauls, and even small installations.  Give us a call today at 866-FIX-MY-HOME to begin enhancing your home’s foyer.

 

How To Choose The Right Doors For Your Home

Selecting new doors for your home seems like an easy process.   You want something that is both attractive and functional, suiting the style of your home as well as providing both security and substantial insulation.  But before making that final selection, take a few moments to become informed about the choices available, and the advantages (and disadvantages) of each.

Exterior Doors

An exterior door is called upon to fill a more substantial function than an interior one.  It must stand up to the elements as well as endure constant use. Not sure if it’s time to replace your exterior doors? Take a look at the top 4 signs you need a new front door.

Traditionally, entry doors have been constructed of wood.  They are available in a variety of choices and colors and provide a quality, high-end look to your home.  However, wood is susceptible to deterioration and warping, and it will require regular maintenance—staining or refinishing—periodically.

An alternative choice is fiberglass, which can mimic the look of wood, but requires much less maintenance and offers better insulation.

Another possibility is steel, which provides good insulation and tends to be less expensive than wood.  While steel offers security and general durability (it won’t warp or rot), it can rust if the finish paint should get scratched.  And while it can be detailed, it will never attain the look of a wood door.

Interior Doors

Interior doors may be builder-grade hollow-core, or they can be custom-made solid wood.

Hollow-core is a fiberboard construction, is lighter-weight, and more easily subject to damage than wood.  It is less expensive, but will also transmit noise more easily.

Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) doors don’t have any grain and are typically painted.  Because they can be routed, it’s easy to create designs on them, allowing them to have a wide variety of appearance.

Since interior doors don’t have to endure the changes in weather and season and they are generally called upon to provide privacy rather than insulation. Let your personal taste—and budget—be  the deciding factors.

Don’t forget about french doors. Typically used for office doors, they offer many benefits and look great as well.

Fire Doors

Most building codes require that you install a fire door between your home and attached garage, since the danger of a fire starting is much greater in areas where flammable materials may be stored, or where oil may drip from car engines.

Fire doors have ratings that are expressed in blocks of time (20, 45, 60 minutes, etc.);  they are made with features and materials specifically designed to retard the spread of flames.

These types of doors are typically installed on garages, but they can be located anywhere in your home. Your local building code may specify the requirements needed in your area – you should consult with your builder or carpenter to ensure you are following posted guidelines.

Once you’ve done your research and you are ready to proceed with the acquisition of new doors, call 1(800)FIX-MY-HOME or go to www.handymanmatters.com where you can enter your zip code and be put in touch with The Handyman Matters office nearest you.  The qualified craftsmen at every location can assist you with this task and any other repair and remodel projects you are considering.

5 Simple DIY Home Maintenance Tips

Home Repair

Here are a few suggestions that even the most inexperienced DIY-ers can feel comfortable tackling around your home.

  • 1.  Sluggish/Clogged Shower heads – Hard water can be a shower head’s worst enemy, since its mineral content will build up inside and impede water flow.  You can partially fill a sturdy plastic bag with vinegar and wrap it around the bathroom shower head.  Take pains to secure it with duct tape or twine and leave it overnight.  The vinegar will significantly clean out the deposits, and you will have a much better water flow.
  • 2.  Water Stains on the Ceiling – If your ceiling has just one or two minor water stains, you may be able to avoid re-painting the entire thing by trying this simple method.  Fill a spray bottle with a solution containing 10% bleach and 90% water and spray the spots.  Within a couple of days the stain will likely disappear.  This works on both flat and textured surfaces.  Note:  Be sure to wear protective eye gear when trying this!
  • 3.  Sticking Vinyl Windows and Doors – When sliding vinyl windows and doors refuse to open and close easily, it’s likely because debris has become lodged in the channels.  A simple solution is to spray polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) spray lubricant onto the contact points and then wipe them out with a rag.  PTFE is the same substance used in coating non-stick cookware.  This Teflon spray product can be purchased in any home improvement store or even online.  Caution:  Do not use oil lubricants, since they can attract dirt, as well as damaging the vinyl surface.
  • 4.  Filling Old Nail and Screw Holes – An old tip for repairing these holes, courtesy of Popular Mechanics, is to pop a wooden golf tee into the opening.  Then saw the tee flush with the wood’s surface, sand and finish.
  • 5.  Removing Toilet Bowl Stains –Once again, vinegar comes to the rescue.  Create a paste by mixing vinegar with baking soda and apply it to the stains in the toilet.  Allow the solution to set for an hour or longer, then scrub with a brush, and the stain should lift away.  Because it’s biodegradable, the vinegar and baking soda combination is also environmentally friendly.

Not all home repair and restoration projects can be managed as easily or as quickly as these.  For the more extensive and challenging tasks that need to be addressed, remember that you can always count on Handyman Matters.  Call 1(800)FIX-MY-HOME to locate the handyman nearest you.

Important Additions to your Moving Checklist

Most of us are veterans of moving from one home to another, having done it at least once or twice in our lives.  It’s always a stressful and involved process—usually more involved and stressful than we remember, until we’re in the midst of it!  And certainly, we’ve got most of the moving checklist down:  Begin collecting boxes and packing materials far in advance of the day; engage a professional moving service or the help of several friends with both strong backs and a willingness to help us tote our belongings.  A lot of the process is pretty straightforward.  But there are those challenging things that we don’t always consider ahead of time, and some of these can present pretty significant speed bumps in the road to getting your home relocated.

  • Have the right tools on hand

If you didn’t install your big screen television, large salt-water aquarium, home entertainment sound surround system or other features, it’s likely you don’t have the equipment or the expertise to remove them yourself without causing potential damage.

  • Tackling last-minute repairs

And speaking of damage, the odds are pretty great that in the process of getting furniture and other heavy or unwieldy objects down a flight of stairs and out of the house will cause some damage to the place you are vacating, whether it’s scratches on floors, gouges in the drywall, scuffs in the paint, or dislocated floor tiles.  And whether you’re renting or you’ve just sold your home, these are last-minute problems that are going to need attention before you turn over the keys to the next owner/occupant.

  • Hiring a Craftsman

Once you’ve established the moving checklist for packing and making the move, you may want to also arrange to for a craftsman come by to assist with the more complicated aspects of unhooking and/or disengaging the expensive and fragile objects that can’t merely be unplugged and carted away.

And if you don’t need help with that aspect of changing homes, you may nevertheless want to have someone standing by once the move is completed (at both your old and new dwellings) to assess and address the small damages done to walls, floors and doorways in the process.

Moving your family, pets and belongings is a big enough undertaking without these added challenges, and there’s only so much you can ask of either your friends or the professional movers you’ve engaged.  Having a professional home repair service like Handyman Matters added to your moving checklist can address some of these unplanned, unforeseen difficulties so that your transition can be that much smoother.

Call 1(800)FIX-MY-HOME or check out the website at www.handymanmatters.com to locate the phone number of the office nearest you.

 

 

Landscaping, Driveways, Mailboxes… Your Curb Appeal Starts Here

        

Curb appeal is that first glimpse of a home from the sidewalk.  It determines how you feel about a house and how you’ll interact with it – is it welcoming, is it deteriorating?  The front of a home is a mirror of its interior, and when it doesn’t look good from the street it usually isn’t much better on the inside.  Why not enhance your home’s preview?  Creating an inviting entrance will not only benefit your guests but it can also significantly raise your home’s value.  Whether you’re thinking about selling your home this summer or just entertaining some friends, here are some easy ways to improve your home’s curb appeal…

  • Repair your mailbox.

Practical structures don’t need to be cheap.  Mailboxes are a great excuse to add a little glamour to your home.  Instead of going for the standard plastic or wood option, why not use this as a feature detail in your front lawn?  Line your mailbox with stone, rebuild with high quality wood, accent it with plant features, or add a hardware detail like a number sign…  Any of these options will work to upgrade and add personality to the front of your home.

  • Trash Shed

Go the extra mile by housing your garbage cans in a trash shed.  These structures are especially great for country or mountain homes looking to keep animals out.  Limit trash smells to areas other than your garage with the addition of a trash shed.

  • Driveway

Driveways don’t need to be boring.  Pour your concrete differently.  Consider staining or stamping your driveway to create luxurious place to park your cars.

  • Landscaping & Plants

Highlight the entrance to your home with some plant life.  Potted or planted, flowers or bushes, gardens are a welcoming way to usher in your home’s guests.

  • Front Door

Lastly, one of the easiest and budget-friendly ways to improve your home’s curb appeal is by adding a fresh coat of paint to your front door.  Yellow, red, or a high contrast navy or black will instantly make your home more modern and intriguing.

Maintain the investment in your home with exterior maintenance.  Curb appeal, landscaping, repairs, and paint are simple ways to improve your home.  Need help getting started?  Handyman Matters has craftsmen skilled in over 1,162 projects – call us today to started on your home 866-FIX-MY-HOME.

Fence Maintenance That Will Increase Your Home’s Value

The white picket fence is the classic symbol for the American dream.  You may not think about your fence on a regular basis, but keeping this structure in tact is essential.  Fences not only increase your home value and curb appeal, but they also add privacy and guard family pets.  Without a properly working fence, a lot can go wrong.  As the weather becomes sunny, and activities move to the outdoors, make sure your home is ready.  Here are a few techniques to start off your summer fence maintenance

  • Cleaning
    • Power Washing – renting a power washer works for all fence surfaces. It’s a high pressure way to get rid of seasonal grime and stains.
    • Scrubbing – wood and wire fences can be cleaned simply by scrubbing with a tougher scrub brush. For this you want to use a mild detergent or a diluted bleach mixture (16 parts water to 1 part bleach).
    • Vinyl Fences – these need careful attention. Only use a washcloth when cleaning them to avoid damage.  Also, be wary of using harsh chemicals as they may stain the fence.
  • Wood Rot or Leaning
    1. Dig out the post
    2. Chisel away the old concrete footing
    3. Realign or cut out rot
    4. Place back in ground and pour new concrete footing
    5. For fences that lean, adding a sister post, a support hammered into the ground and drilled into the original post can help in avoiding future leaning issues.
  • Drooping Gateway
    • An anti-sag kit will be the best solution. All parts are included in theses kits, just follow the instructions to install.  It will essentially form more tension on the side of the gate to keep it from sagging.

Fence maintenance can be an all-day if not all-weekend activity.  Save your summer free time for the fun activities! Handyman Matters is here to restore or install fences to suit your home’s needs.  Call today for a free estimate – 866-FIX-MY-HOME.

Creative Doors for Your Home

Open layouts are all the rage when it comes to homes.  However; sometimes, you need a barrier between spaces.  Perhaps you need to keep kids out of your home office, or dogs out of the dining room, or you want to limit the amount of sound coming from the TV in your living room.

Just because you want more definite rooms doesn’t mean you have to give up the open feeling or visibility.  These days – choosing a door for the home is exciting, there are many options, with a variety of benefits.  Here are some to name a few (aka here are our favorites)…

Barn Door

Yes, this is not just for barns anymore.  These large doors act more like a removable wall, and they don’t need a swing radius because they slide!

Glass Door

Don’t box yourself in.  Glass doors keep light flowing throughout your home, while also restricting noise.

French Doors

The most beautiful double doors out there.  Create an elegant entrance into an office, library, or bedroom.  For a southern feel, try a narrow set in a stairwell or doorway.

Dutch Doors

Are not just for your exterior doors.  Perfect for cottage style homes! Keep a level of visibility while also creating a barrier.  These work best in pantries, and stairwells.

Pivot Doors

Nothing say modern like a pivot.  Create a full wall out of a glass, keep visibility, as well as mobility throughout the various rooms in your home.

Multipurpose Doors

They are walls, they are windows, they are doors.  Multipurpose doors are like temporary walls, allowing you to alter the size and intimacy of a room as needed.

Handyman Matters has your doorway solutions.  For a free estimate for installing one of these doors, give us a call! 866-FIX-MY-HOME.

The Holiday House!

The best part about this time of year is all the decorating potential.  Have you ever wanted to line your walk with tiny trees? How about outlining every aspect of your home with twinkle lights? Do you have a bunch of gaudy tchotchkes that would look good hung on parts of your home?  Is there an old fireplace in your home you couldn’t justify renovating? How about upside-down dried bouquets over archways, or do you simply want to bring more plants indoors?

Perhaps you have wanted to do all of these things but you were worried about the response from the rest of the neighborhood. Luckily, it is holiday season, and you have carte blanche.  Now’s the time to go crazy!  Here are some of our favorite, festive, home improvement projects to inspire your December.

  • Fireplaces

    It’s cold outside, so what better way to spend your time then huddled with your loved ones, next to a hearth?  For a vintage feel, try a wood burning stove.  Or, rebuild your mantel!  Bold colors and stone work, or exposed brick are also great options.  For the truly modern, try one of these futuristic hearths!
  • Plants

    Inside, outside, in the doorway, on the roof, if you have a decorative plant, get it out.  Real garlands our one of our favorite trends this year.  They are beautifully whimsical as mantle pieces, above doorways, lining a window… We’re also a fan of unexpected greenery. Trees ranging from large to small, sporadically placed throughout the house only calls for some sort of red or sparkly accessory.
  • Lights

    Does it light up? Go get it! Candles, string lights, lanterns, globe lights… Even mirrors or glitter will work to fill this refractory role.  Lining a deck, or a fence with lights makes any home seem ready for company.  If you are like Clark Griswold, and don’t want to stop at the obligatory deck lights, feel free to cover every other inch of your home! For the interior, arrange your décor around your homes main communal spaces.  Mirrors as the base of the centerpiece on a table with garlands, and glitter snow dust, and candles is exactly that gaudy touch you want to look for.  Generally, if it feels like there is too much going on, you are doing it right.
  • Red

    During this time of season, some add creativity via large caricatures of holiday symbols.  While snowmen are fun, adding small red details to your holiday decorations is a more refined way to add intrigue to a holiday space.  The easiest way to do this is with ribbon, preferably the velvet kind.  Tie it to literally anything – plants, lights, children, your house – and it will look good.

Handyman Matters is particularly great at handling hard to reach or complex holiday decoration requests! If you can dream it – one of our craftsmen can make it happen.  For more inspiring holiday home ideas check out our Pinterest, and the board – The Holiday House!

6 Ways To Transform Your Home This Halloween

1. The House Has Eyes!

Haunted House

Teeth and eyes are spooky cut-outs to put over your front door.

 

2. Killer Silhouettes! 
Haunted House

Cut out black contact paper in the shape of a murderer to create terrifying shadows at night!

 

3. SPIDERS!!

Haunted House

Oversized spiders create an especially chilling effect crawling down taller houses.  Add spiderweb spray to really put the look over the edge!

 

4. Skeletons Are Breaking In!

Haunted House

A fun twist to the classic skeleton decor is arranging them to look like they’re breaking in!

 

5. It’s Not a House, It’s A Mouth!!

Haunted House

Teeth, pink porch lights, and a chalk tongue to transform your home into the jaws of death!

 

6. Cannons!

Haunted House

Your house turns into a ship with the help of painted poster tubes.

 

Handyman Matters is here for both your small and large home needs.  Need help changing your porch lights or putting decorations on your roof?  We can do that! 866-FIX-MY-HOME