Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Interior Projects Can Cure the Winter Blues!

The holiday season has long since passed, but the weather outside continues to be frightful—and the cold, harsh temperatures aren’t going away anytime soon. It seems like every year, countless people seek new ways to beat the winter blues and find a creative outlet to get to spring. This is the perfect time of year to explore new hobbies, spend time with new friends and acquaintances, and get creative in whatever way inspires you.
Interior Projects

Around this time of year, your friends and experts at JD Coussens look for ways to beat the winter blues that are a little closer to home—we look for the things we can do at home to make it to spring! This is the ideal time of year to give your home a fresh look, and it isn’t as intense or as expensive of a process as you might immediately assume!
Take a look at our four helpful interior design tips to give your home the boost it (and you) need to get through the upcoming, continued chilly months!

Make Your Walls Make an Impact
Change the look of your home’s interior without the burden and expense of a complete renovation. This can be done by breathing new life into your walls. Consider adding a bold coat of paint, crown molding, or modern trim work this winter!

Make Your Kitchen Reflect Your Personality
Adding new backsplash to your kitchen walls is a great way to give your kitchen a new and innovative look without breaking the bank.

Give Your Bathroom New Life
There’s no better time than the winter to turn your boring bathroom into a spa retreat. While replacing a faucet, re-grouting tile, or repainting are relatively easy for the do-it-yourselfer, more ambitious jobs like replacing the tub or adding tile floor might be better left to a professional. If it’s in your budget this winter, we absolutely recommend it!

Let There Be Light!
Floor lamps, table lamps, and ceiling lighting are quick and simple ways to give your home’s interior an exciting new look.

From design to finish, JD Coussens is your resource for anything and everything redesign! Give us a call at 563-388-0967 or pay us a visit at our location at 4621 Cheyenne Avenue in Davenport!

Friday, January 20, 2017

How to Avoid Frozen Pipes This Winter

The winter months in Davenport, Iowa can mean tranquil beauty, but they can also bring less than desirable weather conditions. Once frigid temperatures hit, they can wreak havoc on your plumbing system, causing pipes to freeze and creating large headaches for homeowners.   

What causes pipes to freeze?
When the weather gets excessively cold, any water that is in any pipes located on the exterior walls or unheated areas of your home can freeze. When the water freezes, it expands and creates immense pressure within your pipes. If the condition is not addressed promptly it could cause your pipes to burst. This can create a host of problems for your entire plumbing system and can leave a huge mess to clean up, as walls, floors and other surfaces that come in contact with water can warp, mildew and mold. The best way to keep your pipes from freezing is to prepare ahead of time. Here are three tips to avoid a costly catastrophe.

  • Turn off outside spigots – If your exterior hose bibs remain turned on, any water in the pipes can freeze starting from the outside of your home and working its way inside. Before cold weather hits, turn off the water supply to the exterior of your home and bring in garden hoses, which can also become damaged in freezing temperatures.
  • Open doors of exterior cabinets – During extreme cold spells, be sure to open the doors of any exterior wall cabinets that house plumbing pipes. This will allow the warmer air from inside your home to circulate around the pipes. If the temperatures are excessively cold, consider running a ceramic space heater near the cabinet to help raise the air temperature.
  • Frozen PipesTurn your faucet to a slow drip – If your faucet is located on an exterior wall, turn it on slightly to allow the water to consistently drip. Keep it turned on until the temperatures outside moderate. The steady flow of water through the pipes will make it more difficult to freeze.

If freezing pipes continue to be a problem or your home is in need of repair because of a leaking pipe, it might be time to consider remodeling your home to move plumbing pipes away from exterior walls. Contact the experts at JD Coussens to determine the best option for your budget. We have been providing full-service remodeling since 1990.