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Construction Restoration Hesperia | Patio Construction Contractors High Desert

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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.

 

Remodel Safety Tips For Your Family | Patio Cover Construction Hesperia

How to Keep Your Family And Pets Out of Danger 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 remodel your house 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.

Custom Patio Design | Custom Patio Cover | Patio Design

S&S Construction Patio CoversS&S Construction is Southern California’s premiere custom patio cover contractor specializing in custom patio design.
The design experts at S&S Construction  can create unique designs that increase a home’s curb appeal, while also being functional and long lasting.

Building a feature patio cover starts with a great design and professional contractor. Architectural style and design, drainage, lighting and blending the patio cover with surrounding walls and surfaces are all important details that need to be considered along the way. Contact the custom patio design professionals at S&S Construction for your custom patio cover needs, 760.559.2667

Fire Restoration | Fire Restoration Contractor | Home Fire Damage

Fire Restoration by S&S ConstructionFire Restoration: getting back to normal and quickly

Experiencing a home fire can be a devastating and frightening experience and one that can seem overwhelming when dealing with the aftermath. Postponing fire restoration can result in the damage becoming worse and eventually costing a considerable amount of money for repairs.  However, making the restoration a priority can help avoid costly repairs and long term damage. The most important step in this process is contacting a fire restoration contractor.

Fire restoration contractors specialize in the restoration process, are trained to handle the damage that comes with home fires and can reduce the risk of further damage. Fire restoration contractors will work diligently to salvage as many of your belongings as possible and they will work quickly to return you to your home as quickly as possible. It is recommended to go through your homeowners insurance company for reliable fire restoration contractors as there often times are “fire chasers” that pray on those who are most vulnerable.  If you choose to select a contractor on your own, make sure to do thorough investigation and reference checks. Also, verify all licenses and insurance are up to date and there are no mechanic’s liens on their business.

Getting back to normal after a house fire is a long road but can be done with relative ease, with the right help.  If you find yourself needing the expertise of a license, insured fire restoration contractor, please contact S&S Construction Restoration, (760) 559-2667.

 

Patio Design | Outdoor Living Design | Custom Patio Design

S&S Construction Patio DesignTransform your Backyard into an Oasis

Living in Southern California, we are fortunate in that we have many options for outdoor living. Creating an outdoor living room, dining area or even a kitchen is not out of the question. Giving adequate thought and planning, not to mention time and money, you can easily add living space.  However, the one element that ties it all together is a solid patio cover and one that will protect your guests and furnishings from the elements.

There are three primary patio cover materials to consider: wood, vinyl and aluminum.

Wood:  With its natural beauty, wood is the go-to choice for patio covers. Wood provides many colors and textures for your patio design and can be painted to coordinate with the design scheme of the home.  However, one major downside is the upkeep.  Especially, here in Southern California, the sun can do quick damage to the structure.

Aluminum:  This material is a solid choice for patio covers as it requires very low maintenance, is eco-friendly and can withstand those Santa Ana winds. Unlike wood, it won’t burn if we experience wildfires as we have recently as aluminum is quite fire resistant.

Vinyl:   This material is constructed from PVC plastic. With its durability, vinyl will not warp or rot and can easily be cleaned with a garden hose. However, vinyl is limited in colors and usually requires other materials to provide stability and strength, thereby adding to the cost.

Its important to partner with a qualified contractor who understands the “ins-and-outs” of patio design. Call S&S Construction and their team of design experts to help walk you through the process. Adding outdoor living space can add approximately 10% of usable space to your home so its important to do it right. S&S Construction, 760.559.2667

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.

Premier Contractor High Desert | Home Renovation Hesperia| High Desert Contractor

S&S ConstructionBBB Tip: Hiring a Contractor

Whether you’re doing a complete home renovation or just remodeling a bathroom, chances are you’re going to need to hire a contractor…which, can be a challenging task! The importance of hiring a qualified contractor and one who specializes in the area of construction that you’re planning, is critical to the success and outcome of the job.  For help in selecting the right contractor for the job, please read this article published by the Better Business Bureau. S&S Construction, your premier contractor in the high desert. 760.559.2667

 

Fire Damage Restoration | Southern California Wildfires | Water Damage

Were you affected by the recent Southern California wildfires? If so, S&S Construction can help. Unfortunately, living in Southern California, we are all too familiar with wildfires, which seemingly occur annually. And, they seem to worsen with each passing “fire season.” If you or someone you know experienced damage due to the recent Southern California fires, please contact S&S Construction for your reconstruction and repair needs. Our expertly trained consultants and design team can walk you through the steps to regain some normalcy in your life after the turmoil fires can cause. Call S&S Construction today, 760.559.2667

Home Improvement | Home Remodeling Advice | Home Improvement Hesperia

home-remodel-kitchen-concrete-patio-construction-contractor-high-desertHome Remodeling Advice

Looking for some home remodeling advice for your home? Click on the link to read a great article from “This Old House” on remodeling.

Renovations That Give You a Return on Your Investment

Hesperia Patio Covers | Checking Contractor References | Selecting a Contractor

Selecting a Contractor: Checking References

There really aren’t any real secrets to to selecting a contractor. However, the biggest mistake a homeowner can make is to not check the contractor references. Naturally, common sense would say, “why would a contractor ever provide a reference that wasn’t going to give a “glowing” review?” This is true, which is why you need to know the right questions to asks of the referrals to fetter out the truth. Below are some suggestions of questions to ask, to help in the process:

  1. How was the project staffed?
  2. How were their payment requests submitted?
  3. Were there any change orders that resulted in additional expenses?
  4. How was the project supervision?
  5. Who did the contractor talk with the most throughout the project?

Also, find out from the contractor how long they’ve been in business and how long at their current location. Be wary of those contractor that jump around.

Ask about subcontractors! If they are using subcontractors, are they properly licensed. While you’re at it, ask about pulling proper permits. In doing so, ensures that the project is being done correctly.

Best of Luck!