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Patio Design | Patio Design Ideas | Custom Patio Design

patio-design-high-desert-s&s-constructionSome Great Patio Design Ideas!

1. Outdoor Sectional. You don’t have to have enough room for a five-piece dining set to create a functional outdoor space – a couple of comfy chairs or a small sofa will go a long way toward making your deck or patio feel like a real room. Pick a piece that will stand up to the elements, like this petite sectional with plush polyfoam cushions and  handwoven UV- and weather-resistant wicker.

2. Colorful Patterned Rug. A small patio or deck is the perfect place to go a little wild with color: It’ll add instant personality without feeling overwhelming. Bring in a durable indoor/outdoor rug in an eye-catching pattern – like this one in blues, greens and hints of brown – to define the area.

3. Acacia Wood Trunk. In the original space, a custom coffee table was constructed from reclaimed wood to provide space for snacks and drinks as well as extra storage. If you don’t want to splurge on a custom piece, shop around for an attractive door storage trunk, like this one made of solid acacia wood. For a rustic, weathered look, you can allow it to gray over time, or you can condition it regularly with teak oil to preserve the original color.

4. Outdoor Throw Pillow. Add extra comfort and style to your outdoor furniture with weather-resistant pillows. Sporting a geometric tile design, this green and turquoise toss pillow is made of high-performance polyester for long-term outdoor use.

5. Bar Cart on Wheels. If you have enough space for a second table, consider a multi-leveled option for even more surface area. We like this two-tier trolley, which can be rolled out as a cocktail station, or parked in one spot as a side table or plant stand.

6. Rustic Rail Planter. Don’t let a lack of square footage stop you from incorporating plants into your outdoor space. Add color and life without sacrificing floor space with planters that mount to your deck railings. No rails? Try wall planters or hanging baskets.

Fire Restoration Hesperia | Hidden Water Damage | Fire Damage High Desert

When a fire devastates your home, avoid further structural damage by taking immediate action to prevent hidden water damage.

Post-fire water damage can go un-noticed for years, hidden below the surface of walls and floorboards. If left un-repaired, structural damage can become irreversible and the health of you and your family could be at-risk. Learning how to recognize the signs of hidden water damage can help protect your home and loved ones.

After the Fire

After a fire you need to file a claim with your insurance as soon as possible so they can compensate you for repairs. The first thing your insurance provider will do, once your fire damage coverage has been determined, is encourage you to hire a professional fire damage restoration company to clean and restore your home.

Before restoration can begin, the structure of your home will be assessed to ensure that it is safe to enter. The restoration team can then remove all items that were destroyed in the fire and begin the cleaning process. While the cleanup may vary depending on the level of damage, the average fire restoration process often involves the following:

  • Removing lingering smoke to prevent further staining and damage
  • Deep cleaning soot or debris out from the walls, floors, and panels
  • Ventilating and checking the air quality to ensure safety
  • Assessing the ceiling or piping for any free-floating asbestos
  • Removing, repairing, or replacing any damaged components

The Hidden Dangers of Water Damage

Unfortunately, cleaning up after a fire is not the only step in the restoration process. The water it takes to put out a large fire can often cause water damage to your home. Bacteria and mold can start growing immediately in floorboards, walls, and ceilings if the water is not immediately extracted.

However, signs of water damage are often neglected, as they are not always easily visible. Even if there are no visible signs of water damage after a fire, it is important to get a professional water damage assessment to reduce the risk of any future problems.

Water damage is not only potentially fatal to the structure of your home, it can also significantly damage your health. If water is left in your home for too long, mold, mildew and bacteria can grow. Most molds will eventually discolor walls and weaken the foundation of a home.

Although some types of mold do not pose any significant health risks, black mold can be extremely dangerous. The spores from black mold produce toxic odors and lead to serious health issues in humans and animals, such as nausea, breathing problems and even cardiac arrest.

Seek Professional Water Damage Restoration

Cleaning and repairing extensive water damage requires a professional restoration company’s experience, training and equipment. A company that consistently deals with fire and water damage restoration will inspect your home for water damage, from the floorboards and walls, to the basement and attic.

If you notice any indicators of water damage, call S&S Construction & Restoration today at 760.559.2667 for a free consultation. Our team of experts provide water and fire damage restoration services that protect you and your family from hidden dangers.

Patio Covers Hesperia | Home Renovation | S&S Construction

Alumawood Patio Covers: How its made

So, you’ve decided on Alumawood for your new patio cover…good choice! By now, you’ve researched all the benefits of an Alumawood patio cover, the advantages and disadvantages, etc. But, have you ever researched how its made? Take a look a the video below and then call S&S Construction Renovation for a no cost or obligation quote, 760.559.2667

Kitchen Remodel Contractor | Construction Restoration | Fire Restoration Contractor

patio-covers-sandsconstruction2S&S Construction is the only choice for all of your construction restoration needs. Their team of licensed contractors offer new construction and remodeling design, custom concrete work, fire or water damage restoration.  Contact S&S Construction today, 760.559.2667.

Hesperia Patio Covers | Custom Patio Design | Patio Cover Custom Design

patio-design-high-desert-s&s-constructionSome Great Patio Design Ideas!

1. Outdoor Sectional. You don’t have to have enough room for a five-piece dining set to create a functional outdoor space – a couple of comfy chairs or a small sofa will go a long way toward making your deck or patio feel like a real room. Pick a piece that will stand up to the elements, like this petite sectional with plush polyfoam cushions and handwoven UV- and weather-resistant wicker.

2. Colorful Patterned Rug. A small patio or deck is the perfect place to go a little wild with color: It’ll add instant personality without feeling overwhelming. Bring in a durable indoor/outdoor rug in an eye-catching pattern – like this one in blues, greens and hints of brown – to define the area.

3. Acacia Wood Trunk. In the original space, a custom coffee table was constructed from reclaimed wood to provide space for snacks and drinks as well as extra storage. If you don’t want to splurge on a custom piece, shop around for an attractive outdoor storage trunk, like this one made of solid acacia wood. For a rustic, weathered look, you can allow it to gray over time, or you can condition it regularly with teak oil to preserve the original color.

4. Outdoor Throw Pillow. Add extra comfort and style to your outdoor furniture with weather-resistant pillows. Sporting a geometric tile design, this green and turquoise toss pillow is made of high-performance polyester for long-term outdoor use.

5. Bar Cart on Wheels. If you have enough space for a second table, consider a multi-leveled option for even more surface area. We like this two-tier trolley, which can be rolled out as a cocktail station or parked in one spot as a side table or plant stand.

6. Rustic Rail Planter. Don’t let a lack of square footage stop you from incorporating plants into your outdoor space. Add color and life without sacrificing floor space with planters that mount to your deck railings. No rails? Try wall planters or hanging baskets.

Hesperia Patio Covers | S&S Construction | Home Remodel Safety

Protecting Yourselves During a Remodel

Everyone here at S&S Construction & Restoration pride ourselves on not only our workmanship but safety as well…

Here are a few tips that will help keep your family safe-and your project running smoothly.

Keeping children safe

Home-remodeling construction areas can be very attractive to young children. Kids will often hang around work areas and ask the crew hundreds of questions. To keep the area safe, crews should restrict access to the areas they are working in by asking them not to pass the yellow tape. The homeowners and parents need to also take an active part in keeping children safe.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), recommends designating an area away from the work site for play and toy storage. Be sure to explain to your children which areas are off limits and that they should never play around with materials or with the contractors’ tools and machinery.

Communicating with your contractor is also very important. Before work begins, inform the contractor of the number of children in the house, their ages, and whether any are particularly mischief-prone.

Be sure to find out when large equipment and orders of building materials are being delivered. You might consider taking a family outing on those days if possible.

I’m sure this has never happened…but NARI suggests that parents do not leave children alone under a contractors’ care while going out to run errands. Your contractor is not your babysitter.

Control hazardous materials

Before your project starts, be aware of potentially toxic materials on the job site. Lead paint, asbestos, mold, and even dust could be health hazards during a remodel, especially if the project includes demolition. Keep children and pets out of areas where those hazards exist and away from toxic chemicals, such as paint strippers.

Make sure to ask your contractor what steps will be taken-to avoid creating indoor pollutants and how they will contain those that can’t be avoided.

Additional safety guidelines

  • Assign separate doors – If possible, designate one entrance through which work crews carry tools and materials and another for you and your family to use exclusively during the project.
  • Protect your pets – A dog or cat underfoot is a hazard to both you and your pet. Keep pets away from work areas, preferably in a closed room away from the supply-door entrance.
  • Safely store tools and materials – Be sure your contractor keeps dangerous items, such as tools, ladders, and hazardous materials, out of children’s reach at all times, especially at the end of the workday.
  • Securing the work area – Ensure that you or your contractor secure any holes or pits in the wall, floor, or yard at the end of the day.
  • Hang plastic sheeting or tarps around the work area – This simple step helps prevent pollutants, dust, and debris from travelling throughout the house.
  • Look for lead paint – The older your home, the greater the chance it has lead-based paint, a threat even if you’ve laid lead-free coats over it. If the paint is scraped, sanded, lead can become airborne and make it in to your body or contaminate the soil around your home. Children are especially vulnerable to dust that can get on toys and hands and, eventually, in the mouth. The first step is having the area tested for lead-based paint. The Environmental Protection Agency does not recommend home-use testing kits. Instead, it suggests hiring a trained inspector to test surfaces on-site. If lead-based paint is present, the agency recommends hiring a professional to prep the surface. The EPA’s brochure “Reducing Lead Hazards when Remodeling Your Home” offers suggestions on finding an inspector as well as information on what to look for in a remediation contractor.
  • Mist surfaces – A fine coat of water sprayed on surfaces before sanding or scraping keeps dust from becoming airborne.
  • Work outside – When at all possible, paint, stain, and finish building materials outside and bring them in after they are dry.
  • Control carpet VOCs – Unroll and air carpets before installation, and use low-emitting adhesives if needed.
  • Ventilate – Air out the work area and the rest of your home during and after a remodel. Position window fans so that they blow out instead of in. If your home has central air conditioning or heat, DO NOT run the systems when works are sanding or scraping. Also change the filters as often as once a week to keep dust from spreading throughout the house. The NARI also suggests that short getaways be planned while the home is airing out. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers guidelines on indoor-air-quality concerns during remodeling.
  • Be aware of rodent droppings – Droppings are sometimes exposed during demolition and can spread viruses. Be sure to eliminate all of the droppings, taking proper precautions when doing so.

Deciding to e can be both exciting and a little frightening. You have a vision of how beautiful it will look when you are finished, but remodeling can be dangerous. All projects, big and small, have their hazards. As long as you take the proper precautions and educate yourself on the task at hand, the remodel should go pretty smoothly.

Hiring A Professional Contractor For Your Patio Cover | Patio Remodel Hesperia

modern-patio-covers-high-desert-contractorIf you’re in the Inland Empire/High Desert area in Southern California, and looking to have a patio cover built, making the decision of what and how to do it should not be taken lightly. What may seem as an incredibly easy decision, there are important choices that must be made in terms of what meets the needs of you and your family, and what is best for your home.

You will need to check in with your city code in terms of patio covers as well as the homeowners association in your area. If your patio cover is not up to code or regulations, the city can force you to remove it. The best thing to do is to hire a professionally licensed contractor to do the job for you. Hiring a contractor will ensure that your patio cover is up to code, as well as obtain the required permits. They will also have all the tools and materials that are needed in order to do the job right, which gives you the peace of mind that everything is taken care of. Because contractors do this for a living, they will also have great design ideas that will be perfect for your home, because they can speak from extensive experience.

When hiring a contractor, you want to make sure the company is reputable. A company in good standing will come to your home and provide you a written estimate at no charge. Be sure to also ask the contractor for references and look into their history and ask to see photos of previous work. A reputable and reliable contract will be insured, licensed, bonded, and provide you with a contract with all the terms and conditions clearly spelled out. Once the contract is signed and the hands are shook, you will be in for a smooth process with great rewards in the finished product.

Patio Water Damage Hesperia | Water Damage Restoration Hesperia | S&S Construction Hesperia

water-damage-patio-construction-restoratation-s&sconstructionPreventing Patio Water Damage

Patios are very nice to have, particularly for those nice, cool summer evenings when you like to be able to relax outside after a hard day. Like any area of the home, though, they may be prone to water damage and, as such, every homeowner should know what to do in the event of a water problem. This will prevent subsequent problems or damage to the patio.

As with any case of water damage, the best defense is always a good offense, which means taking the time to inspect the patio and the surrounding grounds and structure for anything that might give way to a water damage problem.

Causes of Patio Water Damage

The biggest cause of water damage to patios is inadequate drainage. Drainage systems may be installed when patios are built or the structure itself may be designed for water to drain off by installing a slope to facilitate water runoff. Improper sloping may result in puddling in the middle of your patio, which is unsightly and renders the patio unusable.

Even if you have adequate drainage, the system may become clogged up over time. Conduct periodic inspections of the drainage system serving your patio and make sure that it is free and clear of obstructions.

Water damage to patios may also be cause by digging too close to water lines, lines that can rupture and saturate the ground in a matter of minutes or hours. Once water gets up under the patio, the foundation for the construction is compromised and you may end up seeing leaks as the patio is stressed beyond its ability to compensate for.

Likewise, make sure that the gutters and downspouts serving the home direct water out and away from the patio. Allowing the water to drain onto the patio itself virtually guarantees that water will end up under the patio, in your home, or both.

Waterproofing Options

Some patios may also be treated with a barrier that is designed to repel dirt, oil, and water. It is basically a sealer and is designed for use on concrete or brick patios and walls. While patio waterproofing is not 100% guaranteed, the more water that can be channeled away from the patio, the better. This also goes hand in hand with having a decent drainage setup, channeling the water out and away from the home.

If your home does not yet have a patio and you are considering one, remember to take into consideration the size of the patio you are considering, be sure to dig to appropriate levels to keep the patio at the proper elevation relevant to the home, and use only the highest quality materials designed to keep the patio in good condition and resistant to the elements for a long time to come.

Construction Restoration Hesperia | Patio Construction Contractors High Desert

We Are S&S…

S&S Construction Restoration offers fire and water damage restoration services for residential and commercial buildings in the High Desert area and beyond. We can handle any damage to your home or business that is covered by insurance — and we will bill your insurance company directly. With over 30 years of experience, we offer fast and affordable restoration that you can count on.

 

Fire Rebuilding And Restoration Inland Empire | Hesperia Patio Covers

S&S-construction-restoration-fire-damageRebuilding Your Home After Fire

Fire can be the most destructive force on your home. What is not destroyed by the fire can be damaged or destroyed by smoke and water. Repairing fire damage requires careful attention to detail. Your home is most likely your largest asset and you cannot cut corners when it comes to rebuilding and restoring your investment. Repairing fire damage is not a job for the average contractor.

Contract the services of S&S Construction Restoration Inc. to restore your home and request a detailed estimate. Rebuilding the home will require several additional steps to ensure that safety issues are taken care of and the home’s structure is as safe and secure as it ever was.

Should the worst happen, S&S Construction Restoration Inc. will take every step necessary to make your home as safe and beautiful as it was before the fire. Contact us (760) 559-2667 as soon as your home has been affected by smoke or fire and we will evaluate the damage and prepare an itemized estimate. As with all disaster restoration (storm, water, smoke or fire) we provide 24 hour emergency service – 7 days a week.

Our last bit of advice is to be prepared before a disaster strikes your home. Of course you have insured your investment, but you need to do more. Creating a home inventory before disaster strikes is an excellent way to expedite the insurance claims process after a fire loss. This record of your insurable assets will not only help you in the settlement of a covered loss or claim, but will also help verify tax-deductible property losses and determine the right amount of insurance coverage you need.