SOD BuildersSOD Builders SOD Builders Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:56:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Add a Second Story to your Home Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:51:57 +0000 Adding a second floor onto your ranch home is a big venture. It takes a great deal of planning to make sure your home is structurally sound and ready to support that second floor addition. When you start this process, contact a company who is experienced in second story additions. Hire a firm who can help you start to finish with the expansion process and luxury home remodeling.

  • Move the laundry room to the second floor to be closer to the bedrooms. Avoid having to haul laundry baskets up and down the stairs with this popular floor plan addition.
  • Add dormer windows to the second story. The great thing about an addition is you get to choose the way the roofline will look. On the side the roof slopes, add dormer windows to amp up the character of the home.
  • Add a porch on the front of your existing home to create more floor space on the second floor. This will also extend the living area of the home with outdoor porch space that’s covered from the elements.
  • Maintain the style elements of your original home or add a different look with luxury home remodeling features as you add the second level.
  • Use the existing attic space to build and preserve the home’s integrity and character. Many older homes have attics that are tall enough for adults to walk in. Using this portion of the existing structure can help in sustainable building. Many of the building materials can be used and reinforced or added to for the interior.

At SOD Builders, our staff is well-versed in luxury home remodeling techniques, green building and deck & patio remodeling. Our staff is qualified to design, construct and decorate second story additions to expand your home.

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Cost Effective Alternatives to Tile Backsplashes Wed, 26 Aug 2015 18:02:58 +0000 As your remodeling contractor finishes up your home remodel and you’re looking at options for your decor. Buying tile for your backsplash can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. There are many options for you to use less expensive alternatives for pricey stone tile and save money. Here are a few remodeling ideas.

  • Some tile stores will get damaged tiles that you could buy at a discounted price. You can then turn them into a mosaic design to create a focal point.
  • Find look alike tiles. If you’ve found a tile you really like, look for a cheaper version of it to use for your backsplash.
  • Use the expensive tile pieces as an accent tile among other less expensive tiles.
  • Combine a mixture of materials. Instead of using stone or high priced tile all in one brand or color, find complementing colors and materials to add in a border or decorative touch.
  • Go green and break up China dishes that you found at a thrift store or antique store and create a colorful mosaic with it.
  • Find or make sea glass, using a cement mixer and some sand and water, and create a pattern with it for a portion or the whole backsplash.
  • Stop into a granite countertop store and see if they have pieces that can be used as tile, instead of buying the granite tiles.

There are a variety of ways to save on the backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom. At SOD Builders, we offer services for all aspects of a remodel project. This includes not only the remodeling contractors, but interior design help for your San Jose area home remodeling. Our interior design help can give you options that match your budget. This includes items as small as the backsplash for a kitchen or the tile work in the bathroom. We can also use green building techniques.

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Types of Backsplash to Choose for Your Luxury Home Remodel Thu, 13 Aug 2015 19:52:26 +0000 When you’re choosing the type of backsplash for your home, it’s helpful to know what is on the market and how it fits into your lifestyle. Some of the backsplash choices will require maintenance to keep them clean and fresh looking through their life, while others won’t suffer aging because of the materials used.

Glass Tile: This look can add a very clean design element in your kitchen or bathroom remodeling. The glass is easy to clean off and it doesn’t wear or stain. It does carryBeautiful backsplash tile for your home remodel. a higher price tag than some other materials.

Magnetic Material: Completing your backsplash in stainless steel adds a magnetic surface for you to use. With the magnetic surface, you can use the walls to stay organized. You can even use it to store your spices and keep them handy for cooking.

Natural Stone: Marble can be used for the countertop and the backsplash alike. Porous stones need to be sealed regularly to keep them from staining.

Ceramic Tiles: Ceramic is affordable and durable material. It is easy to clean too. It comes in a range of different patterns and styles.

Porcelain Tiles: Porcelain is a very dense material that is resistant to moisture. It is made from the same material as ceramic, but it is more durable.

Mixed Materials: Styles and patterns have become more intricate and interesting for luxury home remodeling projects. There are many options for you to use in your bathroom or kitchen remodel that mix the materials, adding a splash of glass as an accent among natural stone and other materials. If you can think of it, you can add it to your walls to complete your backsplash.

Whatever the materials are you choose, have the backsplash for your kitchen and bathroom to compliment the rest of the elements in the room. Add good grout, and seal the grout to help it hold it’s original look over time. Talk to an interior designer to help choosing the right materials and colors for your lifestyle and home. Take the time to make your luxury home remodeling something you will love for years to come.

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Call on the Function of the Backsplash in your Kitchen Remodeling Project Mon, 10 Aug 2015 15:15:45 +0000 You may be asking with your kitchen remodeling project if a backsplash in your San Jose kitchen is necessary. If you don’t add it, you can save money and put it toward that appliance you want but can’t afford. However, here are a few things to consider when evaluating if you want a backsplash or not. There is a real function to that part of your kitchen remodel.

The backsplash helps in keeping the kitchen clean. When you’re in the kitchen cooking, there are splatters from food and grease that will hit the wall adjoining the counter you’re working on. That food and grease will build up on a painted wall. Even worse, if there’s wallpaper, it will damage the wallpaper, causing you to have to replace or repair it sooner. 

Likewise, backsplashes allow for easier cleaning. Nearly any type of painted surface will be more difficult to clean. However, with a true backsplash, they limit the amount of scrubbing you’ll have to do. Even if you have to scrub the backsplash, tile and marble allow you to use cleaners without fear of discoloration or damage to the wallpaper or the wall’s surface.

While this may not seem like a function to some, having a backsplash will give your kitchen an aesthetic function. Adding the right type of backsplash can transform the look of your kitchen. It will allow your kitchen remodeling project to take the atmosphere in your kitchen from bland to extraordinary. Functionally, it can direct the eye; it can pull a kitchen’s design together; it can share your personality and more.

Consult with an interior designer if you don’t know what type of backsplash would fit your personal aesthetic and lifestyle. Add the backsplash in your kitchen remodeling and fall in love with your San Jose kitchen.


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The Many Faces of Kitchen Backsplashes Sat, 08 Aug 2015 14:56:13 +0000 Remodeling your kitchen involves pulling a number of details together to make the space beautiful and functional. Although a backsplash may not seem like a pivotal piece for your kitchen, it has the ability to make a huge impact and can pull a kitchen together. This is one place you can inject your personality or let other features shine.

In the past, there were backsplashes that were the plain, neutral colored tile and would cover a standard amount of the wall between the upper and lower cabinets. We have broken free of that and there are tons of options for a backsplash. The stainless steel of the restaurant kitchen has been brought into residential kitchens, marble has moved from the countertop to the backsplash, pre-laid mosaics have become commonplace in kitchens, glass tiles of all colors are added as accents or cover the whole space. There are even tiles that aren’t the traditional shapes and have patterns. The sky is the limit for your kitchen backsplash as you remodel.

The backsplash can add personality or it can simply be in the background to tie the appliances or kitchen accents together. As you’re making decisions for your kitchen remodeling job, take a step back and check out the options you have for your kitchen. If you need kitchen remodeling ideas for the finishing touches on your San Jose or Bay Area home, like for a backsplash, contact us at SOD. We have interior designers to help walk you through the style aspects of your kitchen and help you decide what would make the kitchen a place you’re proud of.

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San Jose Bathroom Remodeling Tips For Low-Level Budgets Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:14:59 +0000 Americans spend billions every year on luxury bathrooms.  A lot of people are thinking about starting bathroom remodeling in San Jose, and are obviously willing to pay to do so. However, experts say, you don’t have to have Bill Gates’ income to create an attractive, comfortable bath for your family.

To redo your bath for $10,000 or less, the watchword has to be quality. You can get results you’ll be proud of for $10,000 or less, but of necessity you will find yourself focused on return on investment. Here are some of the strategies for keeping your eye on the prize.

  • Don’t move the plumbing! Shower or tub, toilet and sink should all stay in the same locations. Keep simplicity in mind.
  • Follow all the codes. While the temptation to cut corners may be great at this budget level, the resale value of your home rides on following the building codes.
  • Decorate wisely. A fresh coat of paint does a world of good. make the bathroom walls fairly neutral and then accessorize with towels and other elements. Neutral doesn’t mean white, either; the basic color could be blue, pale pink or yellow, as long as things are unified Then, add items to pop as decorative elements.
  • Spruce things up! At $10,000, seemingly small improvements can yield handsome results, and, therefore, increase a home’s value. For example, replacing an old shower door with an accessorized shower curtain can make a huge difference. Old shower door frames can get pretty nasty, so curtains are a way to redecorate easily.
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Must-Have Features for your Bathroom Remodel Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:39:32 +0000 Remodeling the bathroom in your San Diego home gives you plenty of options for turning up the luxury for yourself. Turn your bathroom into a retreat with these must-have features.

  • Add a valance to the and two shower curtains. This small touch will give your shower a ritzy look and it’s easy to do.
  • Storage. The bathroom is one place where storage is a must. Not that you have to fill your bathroom with chachkies, but having storage for towels and toiletries so you can keep them behind closed doors.
  • Drawer organizers. You can stay organized and reach in to grab the tools you need to get ready each day with a salon quality drawer for your hairdryer and curlers or straighteners.
  • In floor heating: Don’t walk into the bathroom barefooted and don’t freeze your toes off with radiant in floor heating.
  • Lighting that is beautiful and functional. Bathroom lighting should make you look good, not drained and wan. Find lighting that helps you see well so you can make a good impression on everyone you meet each day. Enjoy your lighting too. Many people are adding chandeliers to their bathroom space to give it a luxurious touch.
  • Include a lux shower. Consider adding multiple shower heads to give you water flowing from different angles or enlarge your shower or both.
  • A sitting area. If you have the room, add a chair or two so you can have a quiet place to sit and relax before your day has started or after to unwind.

Bring the ultimate to your bathroom remodeling from the experts at SOD Builders. We have a full staff of builders, designers and remodeling contractors to help you with your bathroom remodeling project from start to finish. Contact us for a free consultation and we’ll get started.

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A Small Kitchen with All the Function Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:59:30 +0000 Kitchens have different shapes, but as we’ve talked about in past blogs is they typically all provide the homeowner with a kitchen work triangle. While most kitchens counters and appliances are laid out on two or more walls of the kitchen, some are only on one wall. Some homes offer what’s called a galley or corridor kitchen. These only have two walls of the kitchen with the appliances, counters and cabinets opposite each other.

The galley name comes from the galley of a ship. This style kitchen offers a kitchen in a compact layout to offer counter space and appliances, but not take up too much space in the home. A corridor kitchen would be a galley kitchen without the wall at the end of the galley, therefore, it becomes a corridor to a different part of the home. A corridor kitchen is a good design for homes that are smaller and offer a walkway to other parts of the home through the kitchen. Typically, you can still set up your galley or corridor kitchen with a triangular work space, so you minimize the steps between counter tops and appliances as you work.

Get your kitchen remodeled with the top company in luxury home remodeling, SOD Builders. We will walk with you through the process from start to finish, offering architectural design, builders and interior design so your kitchen turns out the way you’ve always dreamed. If you want to structure your kitchen like a galley or corridor kitchen from a larger room, let us help.

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An Evolution of Home Layouts Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:47:38 +0000 When you’re looking to remodel your home and looking for good remodeling contractors, you may consider the layouts from the past. Homes throughout the years have come in many shapes and sizes and the layout of the interior has differed even more depending on the utility of the rooms and spaces for those who lived there. Bedrooms were more communal with everyone sleeping together, or at least the kids sleeping together. Living spaces were more utilitarian, created for a purpose instead of our sitting rooms or family rooms today that have very ambiguous purpose that we add to with the furnishings we place in the rooms. Some of the historical home layout elements are as follows:

  • Some of the earliest smaller homes had very few rooms, typically one room that was shared by the family for eating, sleeping and indoor chores. This is still the case for homes in developing countries.
  • Communal rooms – Great rooms are a classic example of a communal room. These were typical in cultures where the family or community would gather often for meals and feasts.
  • Italian homes from the 15th and 16th centuries had many rooms interconnected by doorways. Instead of having hallways, you would travel through other rooms to get from one side of the home to the other.
  • Corridors – A home would have each of the rooms off the corridor to allow for privacy and independence. Each room had one door for both entrance and egress.
  • Over the last century, homes have evolved with rooms of different proportion to the rest of the rooms. For example, living space was seen as more important than the space in the rooms, so bedrooms are typically small with small closets (or no closets). Today, bedrooms, especially the master bedroom, closet and bathroom are created to be a retreat, so they typically have more space or equal space to the rest of the house.

No matter what you would like your San Diego home layout to be, SOD Builders’ remodeling contractors can help you determine what would best for your home’s structure and your household’s lifestyle. Our full staff is on hand to walk you through the process start to finish. It is our goal to finish each home remodel on budget and on time.

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The G-Shaped Kitchen Offers Workspace without Barriers Wed, 15 Jul 2015 19:25:37 +0000 In our last few blogs, we’ve addressed kitchen layout and how it adds to the function of your kitchen after remodeling. We’ve talked about two very common kitchen layouts. Another one that is popular, but can only be used when there is ample space is the G-shaped kitchen. This can be used with an open floor plan home or if the kitchen is tucked away in the home and the doorway is the opening in the “G”.

The G-shaped kitchen layout is also ideal for having multiple cooks in the kitchen and for entertaining, especially with an open concept floor plan between the kitchen and the adjacent room. Unlike the L-shaped and U-shaped kitchen, this is a more difficult layout to add in an island. However, with the peninsula coming out forming the “G”, there is plenty of counter space for working. This peninsula is a great place to place your stove top or a counter top with a bar on the other side of it for family or guest interaction while you’re cooking.

Love the possibilities the G-shaped kitchen layout offers without any barriers. You can have a great kitchen work triangle and plenty of counter space with this design. SOD Builders can help with kitchen remodeling ideas suited to your home and lifestyle. We have a full staff that can help from start to finish or just help you with one aspect of your kitchen remodeling project. Contact us to set up a free consultation to see how we can get started on your Bay Area kitchen remodeling.

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