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Best Specialty Room – Bekins Wins HBA Award Of Excellence

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Nobody in Michigan integrates a home better than Bekins, and our team displayed its smart home excellence once again. Bekins won Best Specialty Room Over 50K during the 2019 HBA Awards of Excellence. Click here to see the full list of winners chosen by the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids.

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Our team earned the award for integrating smart home technology into a large trophy room in West Michigan. Their work throughout the home also earned us international acclaim as a finalist for CEDIA’s Best Integrated Home.

Our team designed and installed full-home control for a three-floor house with an attached barn along the dunes of Lake Michigan. In this instance, full-home control included:

  • whole-home audio
  • robust WiFi and cellular network services
  • automated shades
  • total-coverage RF remote controls in every room
  • automated lighting control
  • televisions
  • touchpads
  • keypads
Bekins Best Specialty Room - HBA Awards of Excellence

BENEFITS OF A SMART HOME

When you have three floors and an attached barn, automated lighting control provides tremendous convenience. Turn all of your lights on or off with one touch. You can also set scenes to accommodate your needs.

For a home that has no protection from the sun, automated shades help control the temperature. In addition, they help protect your home’s carpet and furniture from sun damage.

SEE WHAT OUR INTERNATIONALLY-ACCLAIMED TEAM CAN DO FOR YOU

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LiteTouch Repair – A Simple Switch To Lutron

LiteTouch Repair - Simple Switch To Lutron

FROM LITETOUCH TO LUTRON

At Bekins, we provide solutions. For example, we offered a simple fix for customers who are left without support from LiteTouch.

Savant bought the company in 2012, then stopped selling all products related to hardwired lighting.

Our technicians recently visited a West Michigan home built in the mid 1990s, which was still using LiteTouch. Several keypads stopped working in the home.

Our technicians provided solutions with the help of Lutron. They did not need to open up any walls, instead our technicians used the wiring already in the home.

Lutron provides keypads, processors and dimi modules specifically designed to upgrade LiteTouch homes.

In conclusion, the homeowners loved the system repair. They upgraded their 20-year old home lighting control system to include more functions plus the option to control it from an iPad.

An example of lighting controlled by Lutron.

VISIT OUR SHOWROOM TO SEE LIGHTING CONTROL IN ACTION

Test examples of lighting control and many of the other features Lutron provides by visiting our showroom. Our Electronics Professionals provide solutions to customers every day.

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Integrating A Microwave Into Your Kitchen Design

Integrating a microwave into your kitchen design

We have heard this question from designers; “Where do you put the microwave?” Some people do not like the look of a counter top or over-the-range microwave in their kitchen.

If you are not building or remodeling your kitchen, the simplest solution is to put the counter top microwave in a different room. Some people put it on the counter of a nearby pantry or on the counter of a kitchenette in another area of the home.

However, we offer a few other options if you are planning to build or remodel your home.

BUILT-IN MICROWAVE OVEN

Bosch Built-In Microwave at Bekins

If you have a wall oven, or plan to have a wall oven in your home, a built-in microwave can integrate with it.

We’ve seen designs where a built-in microwave goes above, below or beside the wall oven.

You should know the built-in microwave is often smaller than a traditional wall oven.

If you install the built-in microwave to either side of your tradition wall oven, you will likely have to offset the size difference with a trim kit.

Countertop Microwave With A Trim Kit

You can have your counter top microwave installed into your cabinetry with a trim kit. This option would integrate your microwave into the design of your kitchen but also cost less than installing a built-in microwave.

Integrate your microwave with a trim kit at Bekins

a microwave drawer

A microwave drawer provides a very similar look to the counter top microwave option with the trim kit, but a much different function.

Instead of opening with a side hinge, a single touch opens the microwave like a drawer.

Some people prefer it, but it’s not for everyone so we would definitely recommend trying it out in our showroom first if you have never used a microwave drawer before.

Get a KitchenAid Microwave Drawer at Bekins
See microwave drawers in action at Bekins

SEE THEM ALL IN OUR SHOWROOM

You can do more than just test appliances in our showroom. We give a variety of custom kitchen design ideas.

You can not only test different microwave options, but you can see them integrated in various ways throughout our state-of-the-art, interactive showrooms.

We recommend you visit us even if you are still deciding on the design of your kitchen.

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Bekins Wins People’s Choice Award

Best Home Appliances People's Choice Award Winner 2018

We always view ourselves as a service company first and foremost. As a large part of the service we provide, we make sure to offer the best home appliances. However, you don’t have to take our word for it. Our customers voted us “Best Appliances” for the 16th consecutive year. In other words, we have won the Grand Haven Tribune People’s Choice category every year it has existed!

Best HOME Appliances 2019

Thanks to our wonderful customers and our awesome employees, Bekins has earned 21 national and international honors throughout the years. However, this award is special because it comes from our customers.

We would like to thank the Grand Haven Tribune for organizing this honor and tabulating the 96,369 total votes. We would also like to congratulate all of the local companies to receive honors.

Experience Appliances At Bekins

What makes us truly unique? We service what we sell and you can experience the appliances in our state-of-the-art, interactive showrooms.

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Don’t Clean Your Dishwasher Filter? Get A Maytag!

Maytag Dishwashers at Bekins, 4-blade chopper Dishwasher Cleaning

We recommend many ways to maintain your appliances. However, if you are someone who does not do the little things to maintain them, think about a Maytag brand dishwasher for your home. While other brands ask you to remove and clean their filter, Maytag uses a 4-blade chopper to disintegrate any food particles.

Why Do I Need A Filter Or 4-Blade Chopper?

Maytag 4-blade chopper, get Maytag dishwashers at Bekins.

You will obviously have food and drink particles left on your dirty dishes. Some people don’t know that your dishwasher cleans better when it has particles to latch onto.

However, your dishwasher would struggle to rinse away bigger particles. Larger particles will either collect in a filter so you can wash them away in your sink, or they need to get chopped down to a size that can fit into your drain.

Maytag dishwashers choose to disintegrate larger food particles with a 4-blade chopper. The chopper creates one less element that needs cleaning in your dishwasher.

Use the 4-blade chopper in our showroom

It won’t cost you a dime to test a Maytag dishwasher and compare it to other brands in our state-of-the-art, interactive showrooms. Nor will it cost you anything to let our experts help you determine the best model for your needs.

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