Bell Home Solutions Blog : Archive for the ‘Home Improvement’ Category

How to Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing This Winter

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

One of the biggest problems that can afflict plumbing systems during the winter is frozen pipes. If you don’t take steps to prevent them from freezing, your pipes can cause all kinds of issues over the next couple of months. Let’s take a look at how you can prevent your pipes from freezing this winter.

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Consider Installing a Boiler This Fall

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Winter is coming, as we are so often told, and for some of us that means it’s time to install a new heating system. As you start to look for a new heating system for your home, it’s important that you consider the pros and cons of each. You’re going to want to find a heating system that’s suited to your unique needs. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the benefits a boiler system can offer you this heating season. 

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Some Common Gas Furnace Repairs

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

While we never recommend diagnosing or repairing your gas furnace on your own, it is important as a homeowner or property owner to know what some of the more common repairs can be. Anytime you need repair help with your gas furnace, the experts from Comfort Zone Heating & Cooling are here to help. We offer 24-hour emergency service because we know that your gas furnace can break down at any time. Here are the more common gas furnace repair problems we see on repair appointments:

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Does My Plumbing Have to Move for My Bathroom Remodel?

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Bathroom remodeling usually consists of going down to the studs to both update and re-work the space. A big part of the planning involves the plumbing; after all, you won’t have a working bathroom without it. Many homeowners believe that the price tag of a bathroom remodel goes up because of the fixtures, but the truth is that the plumbing can do this, especially if you need to move it around to accommodate a new bathroom design. This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to work with trained experts for the design and execution of your bathroom remodel in Denver, CO. The professionals at Bell Home Solutions have been remodeling kitchens and bathrooms for over 50 years, and we bring this experience to every job we do. Ready for a new bathroom? Call us today!

Moving a Toilet

When it comes to moving a toilet, there are a few factors to consider, and of particular importance is where the waste pipe is located, the slope it’s on and the vent pipe. As per standard codes, a vent pipe needs to be within 48” of the toilet; if you relocate the toilet more than 4 feet away, you will need to re-vent the toilet, which will increase your costs.

Drainage Pipes

Drainage pipes have to be installed to specific codes and require sloping in order for the water to run out of your home as needed. This is why moving a shower or tub can become costly.

Accessing the Plumbing

Plumbers can get to your plumbing in two ways: through the floor of the bathroom or through the ceiling directly below the bathroom. Because many remodels bring the bathroom down to the studs, the plumber will work from the floor. This means that you’ll need to account for new subflooring and flooring in addition to the costs of the plumbing remodel.

As you can see, a lot goes into a bathroom remodel, and choosing to move the plumbing is something you’ll need to assess with your plumbing expert. Sometimes reworking is necessary due to poor bathroom design, but other times you may be able to accomplish your remodel using the same footprint. Call us today and schedule an appointment.

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3 Steps to Take in Planning Your Home Remodeling Services

Friday, March 27th, 2015

For most homeowners, remodeling their homes is a major investment. We understand just how important it is to get things right the first time, each and every step of the way, which is why we recommend that homeowners seeking home remodeling services in Lakewood, CO contact a professional member of the Bell Home Solutions team. We excel in bathroom and kitchen remodeling services, as well as the design work necessary in ensuring that you are 100% satisfied with the finished product. There are a whole lot of variables to consider when planning a home remodeling project, so it really pays off to take the time necessary to prepare for the undertaking completely. Here are 3 tips to help you plan your home remodeling services successfully.

First of all, make sure that you have a strong grasp on your realistic budget. Our pricing is more than fair, of course, but it is easy to get carried away with something as exciting as a home remodel. The amount of money that you have to comfortably work with will play a large role in determining what type of materials are used, as well as the scope of your home remodel in general. Our team will work with you closely to ensure that the work begun can be completed in accordance with your budgetary restraints.

Also, it is important to keep in mind the precise reasoning behind your remodeling service. If you are interested solely in sprucing up your kitchen or bathroom for instance, bringing the more up to date with modern fashions, then you can really let your imagination run wild. For remodeling projects with a bit more of a practical grounding, though, such as remodeling a kitchen or bathroom to better accommodate residents with disabilities or special needs, it is really necessary to keep certain concerns at the forefront of the planning stage.

Finally, remember to take the time necessary to guarantee that you have complete faith in the abilities of your contractor of choice, and that that contractor has the work history, insurance, and references necessary to put your mind at ease in knowing that the team can be trusted completely. When you do your research, we know that you will have well-earned confidence in our contractors.

To learn more about the home remodeling services that we have to offer in Lakewood, CO, just give Bell Home Solutions a call today.

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Steps That You Can Take to Avoid Clogged Drains

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

There are few issues that are quite as annoying as slow-moving or completely backed up drains. However, it is important to keep in mind that in many cases, though not all, clogged drains are actually cause by carelessness or user error. There is no way in which to ensure that you will never experience issues with clogged drains, of course. There are many factors which can lead to backed up drains which are simply beyond the homeowner’s control. Still, there are are ways in which you can help to minimize the risk of clogged drains in your home. Here are a few tips from Bell Home Solutions which can help you to avoid problems with clogged drains in Franktown, CO.

One of the simplest ways in which you can minimize the risk of accidentally clogging your own drains is by putting drain covers in the sink before doing the dishes. The slots in these easy to find drain guards allow water to pass through, but keep much of the debris from dirty plates from following suit. Drain guards or not, though, it is still in your best interest scrape plates and dishes free of scraps before putting them in the sink. For homeowners with garbage disposals, of course, there is a bit more wiggle room here.

While you may be able to confidently put many items down your garbage disposal, you must remember that such appliances have their limitations. You shouldn’t overwhelm your garbage disposal, or put items such as coffee grounds down the drain. While ground up coffee may not pose a risk to the disposal itself, they can make their way past the disposal and clog up your drains if they are not flushed completely away. Any hot oils or fats should also never be put down the drain. Your garbage disposal will be of no benefit with such liquids, and they will congeal as they cool, trapping other debris and potentially leading to serious clogs.

Also, remember to remove hair from the drains in your showers or sink after bathing or trimming your beard. It may be tempting to just flush them down the drain, but this will come back to haunt you in the form of drain clogs before long. When your drains do clog up, remember that the only way to have them effectively cleared is by scheduling professional drain cleaning services. Not only will this ensure that your clogs are removed, but it will help to eliminate the risk of partial clogs being left behind to form new ones in short time.

For information about avoiding clogged drains in Franktown, CO, or to schedule plumbing services of any sort, contact Bell Home Solutions today.

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What to Consider When Shopping for New Kitchen Faucets

Friday, March 20th, 2015

While it may not be the most major investment, and it is certainly not the biggest renovation a kitchen may receive, installing new kitchen faucets on your kitchen sink is a great way in which to both spruce up the appearance of your kitchen as well as to make your kitchen sink more convenient and user friendly. Before you go rushing into anything, though, heed this advice; take your time when choosing your new kitchen faucets in Denver. You don’t want to wind up with faucets that don’t satisfy you stylistically or in their operation.

The mounting style of your kitchen faucet is one design factor to consider. If you are going to continue using your kitchen sink, for instance, and your existing faucet mounts directly into your sink, then a sink mounted faucet is probably the way to go. However, there are also deck mounted and even wall mounted options to consider. Each has its own pros and cons, of course, so it is best to consult with a qualified professional before committing to any particular style.

Another characteristic to consider is the handle design of the faucet. Single handled models are handy in kitchens, as you can use them easily with just one hand. However, it can be more difficult to control the temperature of the water precisely with such a model. Double handled faucets have a bit of an advantage in this regard. You can even take advantage of handleless, touch activated faucets in this day and age. Of course, such models require setting the temperature in a more traditional, hands on way.

The design of the faucet itself, including the finish and materials used, as well as the shape of the faucet, must also be carefully considered. Stainless steel makes for a sleek appearance, but may fit better in more modern looking kitchens, whereas classic bronze fixtures are more at home in a rustic setting. Consider a faucet with high clearance if you like to fill large pots with ease, as well. As you can see, there may be more than you expected to consider when it comes to choosing new kitchen faucets in Denver. The good news is that Bell Home Solutions is here to ensure that you choose wisely. Contact us today to schedule service.

Contact Bell Home Solutions today if you are ready to invest in new kitchen faucets for your home.

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Ideas for Your Shower Remodel

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

At Bell Home Solutions, we love the opportunity to help homeowners make their bathrooms a better part of their homes. Far too often, homeowners allow function to outweigh fashion when it comes to their bathrooms. Of course we need our bathrooms to satisfy our various needs, including the ability to shower, brush our teeth, and use the toilet. However, a bathroom is still part of the home, and should satisfy in an aesthetic manner, in addition to offering great functionality. Here are a few tips to help you ensure that this is the case. Remember that we are the company to call when it comes to bathroom remodels in Parker, CO.

One great option to consider when remodeling your shower is to add in-wall storage therein. We’ve all dealt with the balancing act of storing shampoo bottles and soaps wherever there is a bit of a ledge in the shower. By building shelving space right into the shower wall, though, you can make everything much more stable and convenient, without the hassle of picking everything up when you inevitably knock it over. This helps to keep your shower looking cleaner and more organized, as well as to make showering much more convenient.

If you are sick and tired of disposing of mildew covered plastic shower curtain liners, then another upgrade to make during your shower remodel is to incorporate sliding or swinging doors onto the shower. This makes accessing your shower a breeze, and you won’t have to worry about unsightly staining on what is supposed to be a clear plastic shower liner. Simply spray down your doors and wipe them off as necessary in order to keep your shower looking sleek.

Finally, if your shower is looking a little flat and bland for your tastes, think about adding some tiling to the walls therein. You don’t have to settle for smooth, single colored inserts, after all. A good tiling job allows your shower to pop while still protecting your walls from water damage. If you think that spicing up the shower with a new tile pattern is a good idea, a shower remodel in your home is well worth considering.

Whatever it is that you have in mind for your shower remodel in Parker, CO, we’re the pros to contact. Make sure that your shower reflects your tastes, as well as meeting your functional needs.

Contact Bell Home Solutions today with any questions you may have, or to schedule service with a trained professional.

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Ceiling Fans: An Overlooked Benefit

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

With all of the modern technology available today, as well as seemingly endless different options for heating and cooling one’s own home, simpler devices such as ceiling fans are often overlooked. However, we here at Bell Home Solutions urge you to stop and take another look. Investing in ceiling fans for installation in your home can actually benefit you in many ways. Far from obsolete or merely decorative, ceiling fans in Denver can bring a lot to your home and to your comfort. Drop by our showroom to peruse available makes and models today.

First things first, we should note that ceiling fans are not going to cool a home in the same manner as an air conditioning system. They do not condition the air in any way. What they can do, though, is be used in conjunction with your home cooling system in order to better circulate conditioned air throughout your household. This can help to spread comfortable air more evenly throughout the house, allowing you to turn up the temperature at the thermostat by a few degrees without sacrificing your comfort. Doing so can shave some dollars off of your cooling costs.

While many homeowners automatically think of cooling off with a fan during the warm summer months, ceiling fans are actually incredibly useful during the winter season as well. Heat does tend to rise, after all. When the heat generated by your heating system rises above inhabited space, it doesn’t do as much good. By reversing the direction of your ceiling fans, you can use them to force this heated air back down, again balancing conditioned air for optimal results.

Of course, there is some decorative element to ceiling fans as well. There is no reason as to why you must entirely separate function and fashion, after all. We have a number of great ceiling fans for you to choose from, from bracket mounted models to downrod mounted options. By supplementing your HVAC system with these low energy consumption devices, you can truly live in the comfort you deserve without breaking the bank to do so.

Whatever your stylistic and usage preferences may be, Bell Home Solutions is more than happy to help you find the right ceiling fans for your Denver residence.

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Have You Considered a Kitchen Cabinet Remodeling Project?

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Perhaps there are some homeowners out there who are totally and unequivocally pleased with the appearance, functionality, and all other aspects of their homes. However, most homeowners will readily admit that there are not only things about their homes that they’d like to change, but that there is something in nearly every room of that house that could stand for some improvement. If you are not totally satisfied with your home, Bell Home Solutions is here to help. One of the best ways in which you can go about improving your home is by overhauling the cabinetry in your kitchen. It is not as major a remodeling project as adding on another room or sun porch, or course, but it is one that can go a long way towards revitalizing your living space. If you think that the time may be right for a kitchen cabinet remodeling project in Golden, CO, contact Bell Home Solutions today.

There are two main reasons as to why homeowners may choose to remodel the cabinets in their kitchens: fashion and function. More often than not, though, it is a combination of the two that ultimately leads homeowners to taking the plunge and scheduling their kitchen cabinet remodeling services. Whatever your motivations may be, you can count on our fine contractors to walk you through the process, to work closely with you every step of the way, and to guarantee your complete satisfaction with the work done.

Should you have trouble storing all of your pots, pans, and groceries, or if you are able to do so but not with the convenience you’d like due to a poor cabinet layout, ours is the number to dial. We have years of training and experience to call upon, and we will help to design a system of cabinetry that lends itself to easy usage and which does not interrupt the flow of activity in your kitchen.

Additionally, know that you will find some of the finest cabinets available to homeowners today when you work with our staff. Stop by our product showroom to explore your options, or give a member of our staff a call. We work with products from such fine manufacturers as Executive Cabinetry, Dewils, Woodland Cabinetry, and more. Whatever it is that you have in mind, we will help you to find the perfect products for your needs and personal stylistic preferences.

When you decide that the time is right for kitchen cabinet remodeling in Golden, CO, make sure that Bell Home Solutions is the company you call.

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