Unique Cabinetry Options for Your Kitchen Remodel

January 23rd, 2015 by Gary Bell

If your kitchen needs remodeling, it’s important to stick with a professional throughout the entire planning process. An expert will make sure that all of your intended appliances and fixtures fit in with your existing plumbing and into the allotted space, or can make modifications to your plumbing if necessary. Contractors can help make your design vision come to life, guide you towards efficient appliances, and help you stay within a budget. When you choose trained contractors for the job, you can make sure your kitchen remodel goes exactly as planned.

At Bell Home Solutions, we showcase the potential of our work in our 8,500 square foot showroom, complete with ideas for the smallest details, like cabinet knobs, to unique cabinet finishes and designs for kitchen remodeling in Arvada, CO. The following list can give you a better idea of some of the ways you can configure your new cabinetry for an original look and feel.

Unique Finishes

The most common finish for cabinets is the classic cherry finish, while maple comes in at a close second. This type of cabinetry is stylish and adaptable, but today’s trends lean toward finishes that are a bit more edgy. Dark wood finishes give the kitchen and elegant look and go well with nearly any cabinet knob. Bamboo can give your kitchen an exotic look, as can other distinct finishes like mahogany.

Design and Functionality

While you want your cabinets to look remarkable, you also want cabinetry that is highly functional and accessible to all. Soft close cabinet hinges for cabinets and soft close mount drawer slides shut quietly and easily, reducing wear and tear on the wood. Furthermore, it prevents little fingers from becoming injured. Other options that improve the function and design of your kitchen are cabinets that conceal appliances (even refrigerators!) and cabinets that open with the touch of a button.

Greater Storage

Many cabinets installed today extend to the ceiling, so ask your contractor if this is a possibility in your kitchen if you’d like to increase the space available for storage. You might also consider using pull-out drawers in place of cabinets for storage beneath countertops. When used with drawer organizers, these can make organization a lot easier.

Call the remodeling experts at Bell Home Solutions or visit our showroom for cabinet design ideas, finishes, and even cabinet knobs for kitchen remodeling in Arvada, CO.

Tub and Shower Ideas for Bathroom Remodels

January 22nd, 2015 by Gary Bell

Remodeling a bathroom means committing to a new design for quite some time, so the process of choosing new fixtures can be somewhat intimidating. Fortunately, a contractor can show you a variety of options and can help narrow down your choices to what fits your budget, compliments your home, and helps you to feel comfortable. One of the toughest choices you’ll make has to do with your bath or shower. While you may be most familiar with the traditional options (shower door or curtain?), there are actually many unique possibilities you may not have even considered.

Have an expert assess your needs to help narrow down your tub and shower prospects, like the professional contractors at Bell Home Solutions, for quality remodels in Westminster, CO.

Multi-Head Showers

Every bathroom needs a showerhead, but have you thought about installing more than one fixture? Multi-head showers add a luxurious touch to a bathroom as you’re misted from all directions. This requires some plumbing handiwork to accomplish, but it’s one of the most requested designs for major shower remodels.

A Relaxing Spa-Style Bath or Shower

The shower is a place to unwind at the end of the day, or where you prepare mentally for the start of a long day of work, so it makes sense that it’s a place you would want to relax and feel comfortable. Spa equipment is growing in popularity for home use these days, including whirlpool baths, shower rooms, and even saunas.

Wet Room

Converting your bathroom into a wet room is a fairly costly venture, but it’s the ultimate in contemporary style, function, and efficiency. When your bathroom becomes a waterproof enclosure, you reduce the risk of mold, potentially increase the value of your home, make cleanup easier, and create more storage space and room to move around. This will require some complicated drainage work, but it’s feasible in nearly any home.

When you choose Bell Home Solutions for remodels in Westminster, CO, we’ll work with you every step of the way to make sure your new bathroom suits your needs, fits in with your plumbing, and provides a place to relax and unwind.

Give our team of skilled contractors a call today, and visit our showroom to see more possibilities you may consider for your tub or shower.

What Can I Do to Prevent Tree Roots from Infiltrating My Sewer Line?

January 20th, 2015 by Gary Bell

One of the most common sources of drain clogs comes as a surprise to homeowners when it occurs: tree roots. Tree roots can infiltrate a sewer line to the point that the wastewater in your home has nowhere to drain. This can cause some serious consequences for your home, especially if it is caught too late. Sewage may have nowhere to go, causing it to back up into your home. Or, you may have a sewage leak on your property as it flows from a burst sewer line.

There are, however, a couple of steps you can take to prevent root infiltration. When planting trees in the yard, take a closer look at your property to determine where the sewer line is currently located. Ask the previous owner, find a blueprint, locate the path from your septic tank to your drain line, or visit your local zoning office for answers. Keep in mind that tree roots grow naturally towards sources of water and that large trees generally have long roots. Position larger trees away from the sewer line, and only place plants with smaller root balls close to the pipes.

Of course, with older homes, there are often plenty of large, beautiful trees already in place. If this is the case in your yard, you may be able to place a barrier between the roots and the pipe that helps to stop root growth in that direction. Chemical root growth inhibitors can be used on the pipes or you may be able to bury a structural barrier, but this will require a lot of care in installation in order to avoid plumbing problems.

One of the best ways by far to prevent tree roots from clogging your sewer line is by calling for regular drain cleaning service. With drain cleaning service, a plumber inspects your drains to determine whether tree roots have become a problem in your pipes. They can remove any roots in the pipes with a large professional-grade drain auger, and they can clear any additional debris from the pipes as well. With camera inspection, a technician can let you know if a portion of your pipe needs repair or replacement.

At Bell Home Solutions, we’ll get your clogged drains back to normal with our Littleton, CO drain cleaning service or help you take the right steps in repairing your sewer line. Contact us today!

How to Best Focus a Limited Budget for Bathroom Remodeling

January 19th, 2015 by Gary Bell

Even on a limited budget, renovating a bathroom may be one of the top priorities in improving your home. You visit the bathroom every day, and it’s crucial that this room is inviting to guests, relaxing to household members, and offers plenty of space to clean up, dry off, and prepare for the day. While you may be more devoted to saving money in the new year, bathroom renovation is still a possibility on a limited budget.

At Bell Home Solutions, we’d like to offer you a few tips on focusing your tight budget while keeping the style and comfort level you desire. Call our team of experts and visit our showroom to discuss installation for any planned bathroom or kitchen remodels in Arvada, CO.

  • Install Low-Flow Fixtures: One place to focus your budget is on low-flow fixtures and showerheads. These are relatively inexpensive and can help you to save money throughout the year as well. Replacing an older toilet with a low-flow model may come with a price tag, but they also use about half the water per flush when compared to an older one.
  • Focus on One Area Only: You may choose to concentrate on one area of the bathroom only, such as the tub and shower, instead of the entire room. This can add enough of a fresh look to satisfy your urge to redesign, and you can always return to the sink and vanity another time.
  • Choose Chrome Fixtures: Chrome is one of the least expensive finishes for a faucet, and also one of the most versatile, matching with nearly any other accessory, cabinetry, or fitting.
  • Shop around First: You can compare prices when you visit a showroom and view a selection of tubs, toilets, sinks and even water heaters available in your area.
  • Work with a Contractor during Planning: Finally, working with a trained contractor while planning your remodel keeps you from getting stuck with a fixture that is too large, too small, or requires expensive plumbing extensions or accessories you haven’t planned for in your budget.

Work with the experts at Bell Home Solutions for your bathroom or kitchen remodels in Arvada, CO, and view our selection of faucets, toilets, tubs, and accessories in our 8.500 square foot showroom.

A Few Creative Ideas for a New Bathtub

January 13th, 2015 by Gary Bell

Remodeling a bathroom does not have to be a joyless chore. This is a chance for you to explore new concepts in the design of the room that will make it not only a more efficient and effective space, but also a more attractive one with beautiful and stylish appliances and overall appearance. To find the best new options when it comes to bathroom remodels in Denver, CO and the surrounding areas, contact Bell Home Solutions. We are not only experienced, full-service remodeling professionals, we also maintain an immense showroom of new appliances for remodels that help our clients come up with a great new looks for their bathrooms.

Let’s take a glance at the largest fixture inside most bathrooms: the bathtub. There are numerous options available today for bathtubs that can change them from functional, bland objects into something remarkable. Here are just a few:

  • Classic free-standing tubs: The old-fashioned style of a free-standing bathtub mounted on four feet has made a comeback in recent years. If you are looking for Old World charm in a bathroom remodel, the options for these types of tubs give you a wide range of choices. “Slipper tubs,” for example, which have one end of the tub raised to give the look of a slipper, are a superb pick for an eye-catching vintage design.
  • Acrylic tubs: There are a number of different tub materials available today, and among the most popular is acrylic. Acrylic tubs have excellent heat retention and a variety of colors, making them easy to adapt to most bathroom designs. Acrylic tubs are usually reinforced with other material, such as wood, metal, and fiberglass.
  • Cast-iron tubs: Here’s a fantastic, outside-the-box choice for a new tub. A cast-iron model is an excellent way to create a rustic look for either an older or newer home. And cast-iron is still an effective material when it comes to durability and heat retention. (However, consult with your remodeling professional regarding bolstering the flooring, since cast-iron tubs are heavy.)
  • Soaking tubs: If you are interested in a specialty tub equipped with luxury features for relaxation, a soaking tub is a something to consider. These tubs have deep basins designed to help people stay in the tub for longer periods to ease sore muscles. Tub shape can make a great difference in how functionality, so ask your remodelers about other shape concepts.

There are too many other creative bathtub choices to list here.

For a more comprehensive set of ideas for bathroom remodels in Denver, CO, call Bell Home Solutions today to arrange a consultation.

Small Kitchen? Here Are Some Good Remodeling Concepts

January 12th, 2015 by Gary Bell

Not every house has expansive space for a kitchen when it comes to a remodel. Although space considerations are a limitation on what can be done during a remodeling, they do not have to be crippling limitations. If you have skilled and experienced remodelers on the job, even the most seemingly cramped area can be transformed into something special.

Below is a list of ideas for small kitchen remodels you should consider if you are planning a redesign in the near future. When you call on Bell Home Solutions to handle your kitchen remodeling in Parker, CO, you can expect to receive high quality work that will take into account your available space and maximize it for both beauty and usefulness. We will put all our talents to work for your home.

Remodeling ideas for small kitchens

  • Make the space look larger with mirrors: “They do it with mirrors” is a phrase often used to describe how stage magicians work their craft. Mirrors are superb at creating illusions, and you can bring this special type of conjuring into your tight kitchen space. A well-placed set of mirrors along the back wall of the countertops “invites in” other parts of the house, creating the feeling that the kitchen is not a separate area but part of the rest of a home.
  • Vertical design: Just as downtown areas permit more effective use of space by building skyscrapers, you can have cabinetry placed your kitchen that uses stacking and height to take advantage of all the space available. This is especially effective for homes with tall ceilings.
  • Choose appropriate colors: Here is another method to use visual design to create a feeling of a more open area. Designers will match colors throughout the kitchen so the eye will have an easier time traveling over the space. A unified color scheme will also make a kitchen feel less cluttered.
  • Don’t ignore flooring: It is remarkable how much the right choice for floor material and design can affect the entire kitchen. In fact, a small kitchen opens up your choices more than for a larger space because it’s easier to afford high quality material.

Actually, almost any kitchen concept can be made to work for a tight space, but it is important that you let professional remodelers help with making a new kitchen work regardless of its size. Call our remodeling team today or stop by our showroom to get started.

Bell Home Solutions has both the technical and the design know-how when it comes to kitchen remodeling in Parker, CO and throughout the Denver area to see that “small is beautiful.”

Is Your Water Treatment System in Need of Repair?

January 6th, 2015 by Gary Bell

One of the advantages of a professionally installed water treatment system in a home is that it works without you needing to think about it most of the time. Depending on the system, it may need to have its filters changed or emptied occasionally, but if you arrange for regular maintenance from the same professionals who installed it in the first place, you should experience few difficulties from the system and continue to enjoy quality water each day.

However, water treatment systems are like any complex mechanical device: they can develop malfunctions and need repair work. Don’t try to repair one of these systems on your own if you notice that something seems wrong. For the longest life from your home’s water treatment system—whether it’s a filtration system, a reverse osmosis system, or a water softener—call on Bell Home Solutions. We offer water treatment system repair in Westminster, CO and the surrounding areas. We are ready 24 hours a day to assist you.

Signs you may need repairs for your water treatment system

The main warning to watch for that will tell you a water treatment system isn’t working the way it should, or perhaps isn’t working at all, is a reversion in the water quality to the way it was before the system was installed. If you have a water softener, watch out for flaky white deposits appearing on fixtures and difficulty with creating soap lather. If you have a filter or a reverse osmosis system to eliminate chemicals and contaminating particles, take note of any decline in the taste or smell of the water. Any indication of a change in the water quality in your home usually means the treatment system is malfunctioning.

Broken water treatment systems can sometimes lead to strange discolorations appearing in the water, either because the system is no longer stopping contamination or because the system is placing an excessive level of additives into the supply. Call for professionals right away to look into the issue.

Changes in water pressure may also point to a broken water treatment system. The system is attached to the water main where it enters your home, and if it should become clogged or suffer from other repair troubles, it will trigger a drop in water pressure. A number of different issues within your home’s plumbing may be responsible for water pressure drops, so make sure that you call for professional plumbers to investigate and find out what actually requires repairs.

Don’t let the benefits of your home’s water treatment system slip away or vanish. At the first warnings of trouble, call Bell Home Solutions for water treatment system repair in Warminster, CO. We have many decades of experience helping homes receive the highest quality water possible.

Preventing the Need for Drain Cleaning Service

January 5th, 2015 by Gary Bell

The amount of water that the drains in your home handle on a daily basis is tremendous. The volume of organic and solid waste that flows down the drainpipes in this wastewater will leave deposits along them and may eventually cause the pipes to clog or create slow drains. When this happens, you will need to call for professional drain cleaning services to scour out the drains and restore them to their best condition.

Clogs and slow drains are an inconvenience that you want to avoid if possible. We have some tips that will help you prevent unnecessary calls for emergency drain cleaning in Franktown, CO and the surrounding areas. If you should require fast drain cleaning services from quality professionals, call Bell Home Solutions. We have plumbers ready around the clock to assist you with whatever you need.

How to avoid drain cleaning service calls

  • Arrange for regular drain cleaning: Yes, the best way to keep away drain cleaning is to have drain cleaning done as part of your annual routine. Instead of scrambling to have cleaning to eliminate serious problems, you can have the problems taken care of ahead of time with regular service. Professional cleaners use hydro-jetting equipment to thoroughly eliminate deposits and buildup inside the drains and help keep further deposits from developing. A regular cleaning should keep your drains problem-free for the year to come.
  • Do not pour FOG down drains: “FOG” is an acronym for “fats, oils, and grease.” In liquid form, these substances may seem harmless for drains, but once they cool down they change into waxy and obstinate solid material that rapidly starts to coat drain interiors. This accumulation of FOG is one of the major causes of slow drains and clogging in home plumbing. Instead of pouring cooking fats, oils, and grease down kitchen sink drains, pour them into a separate receptacle and remove them to the trash.
  • Use drain covers: Simple drain covers will go a long way toward preventing unwanted material from going into drainpipes. These covers are especially useful for bathroom sinks and showers because they will catch hair that is one of the main reasons that bathroom drains need cleaning.

Keep in mind that you need professionals to handle drain cleaning, whether as an emergency repair or as part of regular plumbing maintenance. Although a basic plunger can help out with minor clogs, do not attempt any other “cleaning” method, such as pouring acidic chemicals down the drains. Have all your needs for drain cleaning in Franktown, CO taken care of with a call to Bell Home Solutions.

Planning a Kitchen Remodel for Better Food Preparation

January 2nd, 2015 by Gary Bell

When you set out to remodel your home’s kitchen, you’ll probably have more than one goal in mind. Many homeowners aim to make the kitchen a more pleasant and modern-looking space that will attract family members and guests to use it as a main congregating area. Other people will put a premium on designing a kitchen that saves energy, water, and space.

But almost all kitchen remodels will share the goal of making the room an easier place to prepare meals. After all, even with their new importance as a hub for a home, food preparation is still the #1 purpose of a kitchen. If you’re looking to increase your culinary skills and output, there are some special considerations for remodeling a kitchen that will help make everything easier in the future.

Our remodeling team at Bell Home Solutions aims to give you the best new kitchen possible, whatever your goals. For Greenwood Village, CO kitchen remodels, you can’t go wrong with our experts helping you achieve the best new kitchen to turn out terrific meals every day.

One of the first things to consider for a new kitchen to make it a superior place for food preparation is its layout. You can plan a kitchen to be more inviting as a space for socializing, but at the same time also create a layout more conducive to workflow, with less time spent dashing around different zones of the room trying to gather ingredients and cooking ware, and more time spent on making the best meals possible. Professional remodelers will help you strike the right balance of the kitchen as a space for guests and a space for chefs.

Next, consider the countertop material that will best fit your cooking requirements. If you plan to do a great deal of food preparation in the kitchen, you should think about a material that is non-staining and able to take intense heat from the surrounding appliances and anything that might spill on it. You will also want a countertop that cleans up easily and resists bacteria. Professional chefs prefer stainless steel, while other countertops that may work for you include tile and glass.

Finally, pick new appliances for the kitchen that will help you get cooking done easier, faster, and better. There is an enormous variety of new stove, oven, and microwave designs that take away much of the labor of older kitchens. You can also have innovative appliances put in for special cooking tasks you wouldn’t have been able to do before. Ask your remodeling professional about ideas for kitchen appliances that will transform the room into something approaching the workspace of a world-class chef.

If you feel a bit overwhelmed with where to start when it comes to devising the best new kitchen to match your food preparation goals, don’t worry: call Bell Home Solutions, where kitchen remodels in Greenwood Village, CO and the surrounding areas are one of our specialties.

At Bell Home Solutions, we will see that you end up with the new kitchen you’ve always dreamed of. Contact us today!

When New Year’s Day Was Not on January 1st

January 1st, 2015 by Gary Bell

Some holidays fall on shifting calendar days for every year, such as Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday in November) and Easter (the first Sunday after the first full moon to occur on or after March 21). Other holidays, such as Valentine’s Day and Halloween, are fixed. No holiday has a more solid calendar date attached to it than New Year’s Day. It has to fall on January 1st because it celebrates the first day of a new year. That only makes sense…

…except that, like most things that at first appear obvious, there is a bit more to the story. The beginning of the year was not always on the first of January. As with an enormous numbers of traditions in the Western World, the establishment of January 1st as the inaugural day of a new year goes back to the ancient Romans.

The modern solar calendar is derived from the Roman model, but the earliest Roman calendars did not have 365 days in a year spread over 12 months. Instead, there were 304 days spread over 10 months. The Romans believed this calendar originated with the mythical founder of the city, Romulus. If Romulus were a real person, we can credit him with a poor understanding of the seasons, as this abbreviated calendar soon got out of sync with Earth’s orbit around the Sun. Numa, one of the Kings of Rome (probably also fictional) receives credit for creating a longer year with two added months, Ianuarius and Februarius, bringing the number of days in the year to 355. The new month of Ianuarius, named after Ianus (Janus in contemporary spelling), the god of beginnings, would eventually be known in English as January. But when this new calendar was instituted, January was not the first month. March, named after the god of war, remained the first month, and March 1st was New Year’s Day.

This extended calendar still did not keep in synch with the seasons. In 45 BCE, Julius Caesar instituted reforms to align the calendar correctly according to calculations of astronomers, with an additional 10 days distributed across the year. January also became set as the first month, and offerings to the god Janus on this day started the tradition we now know as New Year’s. The date still fluctuated during the ensuing centuries, with a number of Western European holy days treated as the beginning of the year instead. It wasn’t until the next calendar reform in 1582, the Gregorian Calendar, that the date of the New Year was fixed at January 1st.

However you choose to celebrate the beginning of the current calendar, everyone here at Bell Home Solutions hopes you have a wonderful 2015!