S&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.
Homes & Lifestyles, Spring 2015, Sonoma West Publishers
Story by Ray Holley
A home remodel can be one of the largest investments you ever make, and you want it to change your life – or at least your living conditions – so it’s important that you understand the process and plan for the best outcome.
Ready to plan your remodel? Call S&S Construction at (760)559-2667 to set up a consultation.
Patio Cover Design Trends: 2018
Here in Southern California, we are afforded a year-round climate that is very outdoor living friendly. Why not make the most of your outdoor space by installing a custom patio cover? We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite on-trend patio covers for 2018 so you can live outdoors in style.
Probably our most favorite patio cover design trend for 2018 is the extended living space. Opt for a solid slat patio cover with well placed overhead fans and you’ll be feeling the cool breeze well into Fall.
Is modern more your thing? Why not consider blending sleek steel with warm wood tones. Keeping with the minimalist theme here, offers chic casual lounging in style.
Perhaps your style is more Cape Cod. Why not consider this outdoor dining area? Its perfect for those summer pool parties you have planned and provides stylish dining options for you and your guests.
Thinking About a Home Remodel?
Smoke particles can infiltrate carpets, walls, furniture and clothing, lingering for months. So what can you do to rid your Southern California home of smoke odors and when is it time to contact a professional?
Smoke damage after a house fire can be challenging to remove without professional help. Odors from smoke can lead to headaches, nausea and troubled breathing, which can interfere with your health and daily life. Burning scented candles and spraying air fresheners may dilute or mask smoke odors temporarily but they fail to address the root of the problem. Often, air deodorant manufacturers oversimplify the process of smoke damage odor removal. However, effective smoke damage restoration requires a careful, educated approach.
Step 1: Attack the Source of the Odor
After the fire has been completely put out, clear your home of severely scorched or unsalvageable materials. These not only require immense time, effort and resources to deodorize but also emit large amounts of smoke odors that can seep into surrounding areas. Remove as many of these source objects as possible to expedite the cleaning process. Before considering demolition, contact a smoke damage odor removal specialist who can test your home for asbestos, lead, and other hazardous chemicals and recommend safe rebuilding tactics.
Step 2: Clean and Deodorize Exposed Surfaces
After a fire, exposed surfaces house high concentrations of smoke odors and residue. Professional restorers know how to thoroughly clean counter tops, walls, ceilings, floors, furniture, and appliances. This step is crucial to prepare the home for more in-depth odor removal. Depending on the scope of the fire, restorers may need to clean your entire home from top to bottom, even if the entire house was not burned in the fire.
Step 3: Neutralize Remaining Smoke Odors
The third step involves targeting smoke particles with a specialized deodorant gas. The particles in the gas mix with and neutralize particles in the smoke. Professional restorers can determine the right mixture of deodorizing agents and how to distribute them throughout your home. By following all paths the smoke particles may have taken, the deodorizing gas effectively clears the entire structure of lingering odors.
Step 4: Seal Severely Scorched Surfaces
Although seldom necessary, severe fires may require heavily damaged surfaces to be sealed off. Extreme heat and concentrations of smoke particles can render some surfaces nearly impossible to salvage without impractical means. If deemed necessary, the sealing process is the final step in odor removal. Some surfaces can be sealed and painted over. Heavily damaged surfaces in hard-to-reach spaces such as attics and crawlspaces should be sealed and contained. Sealing improves aesthetics and speeds up the overall deodorizing process when compared to extensive chemical treatments that can take several weeks to complete.
There are no easy, “set-it-and-forget-it” ways to remove smoke odors from a burned structure. Professional restoration companies know how to implement the right processes and adjust them to adapt to special cases. Because homeowners often lack the time and resources to remove smoke odors on their own, it’s important to hire a professional to both eliminate the problem and provide peace of mind.
The professionals at S&S Construction & Restoration Inc. specialize in professional smoke damage odor removal, as well as repair, restoration, and remodeling services for homes after a fire. For more information about smoke damage restoration in Southern California, contact S&S Construction & Restoration Inc. at (760) 559-2667 today.
We are your full-service general construction contractor, specializing in concrete construction, fire and water remediation, patio construction as well as kitchen design and restoration. Conveniently located in the high desert, no job it too big or too small. Let one of our design consultants help you with the planning and design of your new renovation project. Call S&S Construction today, 760.559.2667.
Why Invest in a Custom Patio Cover
Additionally, whether you’re installing an aluminum patio cover or a pergola with a retractable awning, adding a patio cover will add beauty to your home. For many homeowners, however, the high investment value is one of the most important benefits of adding a patio cover. The following are several reasons why adding a patio cover makes good financial sense.
Significant Energy Savings
The more of your yard that’s shaded, the cooler the interior of your home will be. This rule of thumb simplifies some very complex thermodynamics. Basically, without a patio cover, nothing will block the hot sun from soaking into the soil around your home. Toward the end of the day, this heat will be released back into the air, making your property feel like an oven. Recent research has revealed that planting fast-growing trees can cut a home’s energy costs by as much as 30%. Patio covers act much like trees; they create shade and offer protection from the scorching sun. Adding a patio cover can help reduce your energy costs.
Aluminum Patio Cover:
more affordable than an addition
Most homeowners are looking for ways to maximize space. However, in today’s turbulent economic climate, few people can afford the construction costs associated with adding an entirely new room – unless you’re talking about creating an outdoor room, that is. The most accessible form of patio cover, a pergola, can cost as little as $500, assuming you choose to install it yourself. (Plant grapes or hops to grow over the pergola, and you’ll have a shady retreat in the summer.) Even if you choose a more expensive option, such as a solid patio cover, you’ll see far lower costs than you would a traditional room addition.
Solid Style Patio Cover:
increased home value
In these days of low home prices, many property owners are looking for ways to increase value. Especially when accompanied by beautiful landscaping, a patio cover can create the kind of protected oasis that prospective buyers find highly appealing. This means you’ll probably see an excellent return on investment for your patio cover project, since you’ll be able to ask a higher selling price for your home.
As you can see, patio covers are more than just a great way to make any home more livable; they are also an excellent home improvement investment.
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: we aim at meeting a client’s requirement in order to produce a functionally and financially viable project. This covers the overall planning, coordination, and control of a project from beginning to completion. Contact S&S Construction Restoration for all of your custom patio cover needs.