SOD Builders SOD Builders Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:34:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Create a Luxury Home by Remodeling and Adding Special Touches Wed, 23 Sep 2015 20:11:01 +0000 No matter the location of the home you own, you can add a luxurious touch simply by remodeling. Here are some options to inspire your home remodeling project:


Open Floor Plans – This includes plans that are open from the kitchen to the living areas. Depending on the home, it could have an open floor plan when you walk in from the front door to the living space. Open spaces are more inviting and make for easier navigation through a home.
Technology – This could be anything from using a remote to operate the lights and sound in your house to having touch screens in your bathroom to check the weather and news while you get ready for your day.
Library – What luxury house doesn’t have a library equipped with volumes written by the great authors?
Kitchen with all the bells and whistles – Add in the warming drawers, and other commercial features that could be used by a catering service to prepare and serve guests in your home. A wine fridge can perfectly chill and store your wine bottles until you are ready to use them.
Home Theater – Have friends over to view movies or watch TV on a big screen with surround sound.
Dressing room instead of a closet – Walk-in closets are nice, but having a dressing room with mirrors, adequate storage and places to sit while you put your shoes on is even better.


Outdoor Kitchen – Prepare your guests food at the grill after preparing it in your outdoor kitchen with a fully stocked refrigerator.
Natural-Looking Pools with fountains and waterfalls – Create a relaxing ambiance with the look of your outdoor pool. Natural rocks as a surround and a waterfall can transport you to an oasis, while you’re still in your backyard.

What to Ask When Interviewing Remodeling Contractors Mon, 21 Sep 2015 17:47:45 +0000 When you start a home remodeling project there are many details to account for. Hiring a remodeling contractor can help because they offer oversight of the entire construction project. They will not just make sure the labor is complete accurately, but also making sure the work is up to code, the permits are filed and that inspections are passed during the process. To find a good remodeling contractor who will get the job done on time, on budget, and with professionalism, it will take interviewing and taking bids before making the decision on one. Here are some questions you can ask during the interview to help you gauge if you should move forward for a bid.

  • What size projects do you usually work on? – See that it matches the scope of what you want for your home remodel.
  • Do you provide financial references?
  • Do you have previous clients who would be willing to give references?
  • Do you have before and after photos of projects you’ve completed?
  • How many other projects would you be overseeing at this same time?
  • Do you have subcontractors to complete the work?
  • How much will you be around to oversee my project?

By asking these questions, you can learn from the remodeling contractor if they have the attention they can give to your home remodeling project. Call us at SOD Builders to interview our remodeling contractors and see if we would be a great fit for your upcoming project. In addition to a remodeling contractor, we offer full-service home remodeling, including interior design.

Benefits of Hiring a Remodeling Contractor to Renovate your Home Thu, 17 Sep 2015 16:07:53 +0000 You may be debating about remodeling your home and if you will do the project yourself or hire a remodeling contractor to do the work for you. While there are benefits associated with taking on the project yourself (like the satisfaction of completing the work or the flexibility of changing the plan mid-stream), there are also many benefits of hiring a remodeling contractor to renovate your home.

One benefit of working with a professional remodeling contractor is that the contractor will complete all necessary paperwork for the permits. These documents are required for all home remodeling and building projects before the work is started. Remodeling contractors know how to file them properly and what is required to have them approved.

Another benefit is that the remodeling contractor understands how to build to code. Inspections will need to be passed, approving the work is done correctly before the remodeling can be finished. Having delays because work wasn’t done to code can severely delay a project and cost a lot of money to fix.

A third benefit is that compared to most DIY home remodels, the work can be completed more quickly. Therefore, the time of the remodel will be shorter when professionals are involved, so you can get back to life as usual in your home.

When you hire SOD Builders for your home remodeling project, you don’t only get a skilled remodeling contractor for your San Jose home, you get a full-service remodeling company to complete any home remodeling project on budget. We even offer interior design to make sure your luxury home remodeling end result is picture perfect.

Green Building for Luxury Home Remodeling Tue, 15 Sep 2015 14:23:05 +0000 You want to remodel your home, but you also want a company to do it that has values that will produce sustainable building by using eco-friendly building materials. You also want to create a luxurious space for yourself and your family. Green building has been a growing industry and many designers reuse materials to create something new and luxurious. Builders and interior designers will preserve materials during demolition or find reclaimed materials and use them for your home to help bring about the luxury home remodeling result you have dreamed about. Here are a few ideas for eco-friendly building materials for your luxury home remodeling project.

Reusing Materials

Reclaim wood during demolition and use it later on as decor. It can be distressed, cut to new dimensions or painted to make it look different and new.
If you’re replacing the aged windows with wood framing, keep them and turn them into a greenhouse for flowers and plants.
Use tiles that were broken during the demolition as part of a mosaic.
Take unwanted fixtures and other reusable materials to a salvage yard so they can be reused.
Find materials from a salvage yard for building, finishing and decor.

Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Building Materials

Find beetle kill wood for your floors, cabinets, furniture and decor.
Use sustainable flooring materials – bamboo, concrete, glass tiles, wool carpet, P.E.T. Berber carpet, rubber, cork, and reclaimed hardwood.
Use non-toxic paint with low fumes.
Purchase energy efficient appliances.
Install windows that are energy efficient to cut down heating and cooling in your home.
Use building materials that are created from recycled materials, like drywall, glass tiles, carpet and carpet padding, and steel.
If you want to use a builder who regularly uses green building with eco-friendly building materials, call SOD Builders, serving the San Jose area. We offer free consultations on luxury home remodeling to kick start the project.

Extend your Kitchen Remodel Outside Sun, 13 Sep 2015 19:52:03 +0000 Remodeling your kitchen can give you space to entertain and have friends and coworkers over for parties and barbecues. However, you may want to extend your kitchen remodel to the outside of your home, Kitchen remodeling for indoors and outdoors.especially during months with nice weather. To create the illusion that the outdoors are a continuation of the indoors, having large windows in your kitchen that look out to the gathering space would help tie the two spaces together. Also, adding large sliding glass doors as the egress from the indoor kitchen to the outdoor kitchen will enhance this feeling too.

The outdoor kitchen can provide only a cooking space, a chef’s grill for example, or a preparation and cooking stations, including a refrigerator and sink, depending on your preference as the homeowner. Adding an outdoor kitchen, complete with a bar rail on your deck for outdoor eating space would provide extra room to mingle and set plates and drinks down while visiting with friends during the beautiful weather. Outdoor kitchens and dining spaces increase your entertaining space and can increase the value of your home when done right. With adequate shelter, even a well styled pergola, your guests will have ample shade while visiting on a warm day.

No matter how you plan on adding an outdoor entertaining space to expand your kitchen remodel, SOD Building can help. We offer kitchen remodeling, deck & patio design and construction, and additions. Contact us for a free consultation for your kitchen remodel and patio addition for your San Jose home. We look forward to meeting you and working to bring your dream indoor/outdoor kitchen and dining spaces to life.

What to Consider for Bathroom Remodeling Thu, 10 Sep 2015 13:10:16 +0000 Remodeling a room in your home, like the bathroom, is a process full of moving parts. Unfortunately, it’s not possible to simply go to the home improvement store and pick up all the supplies you need to overhaul your bathroom without the proper knowledge. There are other aspects to the job that are required before you even start demolition. In addition, there’s likely many surprises that can creep up throughout a project that will cost you additional money to fix. Here are some of the considerations to think about before starting a bathroom remodel:

  • Permits/Inspections – building, electrical, plumbing
  • Testing – lead, asbestos and mold
  • Demolition – waste recycling or dumpster and disposal fees
  • Abatement – lead, asbestos or mold
  • Unexpected Problems – wood rot, mold or water damage, old electrical and plumbing, retrofitting to code, pest infestations, odd building
  • Design costs – accurate dimensions, adequate lighting
  • Building costs – plumbing, electrical, fixtures, tile, finishings
  • Decor – Paint, wallpaper, shower curtain, soap dishes, shelving and pictures

If you want to avoid the hassle of jumping through hoops and trying to find the best bids for abatement and other surprises, contact us at SOD Builders before starting the bathroom remodeling of your San Jose home. Our remodeling contractors and interior designers work closely with you and stick with your budget to finish the job the way you want. We handle every aspect of the job and have staff who can handle issues that come up in a manner that is up to code. Call us for a free consultation before starting a DIY bathroom remodeling project or other luxury home remodeling.

Luxurious Extras to Add to your Bathroom Remodel Tue, 08 Sep 2015 20:39:39 +0000 Your bathroom remodeling project is in the design phase and you are looking at the options ways to create a luxurious space for relaxation and to help you enjoy the time you have at the end of each day. Here are some options for luxurious extras to add so you can enjoy your time in your bathroom.

  • To keep your feet warm when you’re getting ready for your day, add in radiant heat flooring. Radiant heating will warm the room from the ground up, while keeping you from experiencing that shock of a cold floor first thing in the morning.
  • Add a second showerhead for you and your partner to shower at the same time. Forget the rush in the morning, with a second shower head so you can both shower at your perfect temperature and water pressure.
  • A shower and soaker bathtub are a must, especially in a master bathroom. If you don’t have much space for a tub, see if a Japanese soaking tub would fit in with your overall design. It’s round and taller than a traditional free-standing tub. Having a soaker tub and a  walk-in shower would help the bathroom be extra luxurious.  
  • Lighting is a necessity for the bathroom, especially if there is no natural lighting. It doesn’t matter if it’s a master bath or a standard bathroom for the house. Chandeliers add a certain touch of elegance to even a smallish space. No matter if you go for a full blown chandelier or not, don’t skrimp on the lighting for your bathroom remodel.
  • Add a built in cabinet with glass doors and drawers in place of a regular linen closet with a door.

Enjoy your bathroom remodeling experience and call SOD Builders in San Jose to help complete the task the way you want.

The Devil’s in the Details with Kitchen Remodels Sun, 06 Sep 2015 16:51:16 +0000 Planning your kitchen remodel can be overwhelming. Having a crew to help you remember each and every detail is helpful. Here are a few suggestions to help guide you as you and a crew overhaul your kitchen:

  • Research the materials and appliances you want to use. Chances are, multiple stores offer what you’re looking for at varying prices.
  • Plan out the lighting fixtures of the kitchen remodel. There is such a thing as not enough lighting. Whether you open up the kitchen to the outdoors with a walkout patio with glass doors or add in more windows or a skylight to increase natural light. Also, include lighting that will brighten the space at night. Don’t forget under the cabinet lighting for your workspaces.
  • Create a work triangle. See our earlier blogs here about the importance of having good work flow in the kitchen.
  • During your research for materials for your kitchen remodel, price compare. Don’t just find something and stick with it. Look around. You may be able to find the same or similar item at a lower price to help maintain your budget.
  • Work with your kitchen remodeling interior designer to find a place for everything. Having the right storage is important to keep your kitchen from becoming overly cluttered. You may also want to consider how you will organize your utensils and other odds and ends.
  • Will you be adding in any high end extras? Many kitchens add beverage coolers or other non essential appliances for entertaining and personal use.

The devil is in the details. SOD Builders in San Jose can take care of all the details, working with you to make sure you have every aspect of your kitchen remodeling project. Our team is available to give you a free consultation and to help you get started. It doesn’t matter if you would like a full addition to your home for your kitchen or a simple cabinet redo. We have architects, general contractors, interior designers and everyone in between to help bring your dream kitchen to life.

Add Storage to your Kitchen When Remodeling Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:40:41 +0000 Your kitchen has a good amount of space in the cabinets and counters, but not much of it is useful. Here are some ways you can add storage during kitchen remodeling to improve its usefulness.

  • Add drawers under the sink. The cabinet under the sink is not very accessible, but with drawers, you can store your cleaning supplies in an easy-to-access way.
  • If you have a refrigerator at the end of your cabinets and the back of the fridge is unsightly, frame your refrigerator with a cabinet to cap the fridge. It will hide the back of the unit and you can add a narrow floor-to-ceiling cabinet for your mop, broom and other cleaning supplies.
  • Add cabinet storage organizers for pan lids, cookie sheets, cooking stones and muffin pans. When laid flat and stacked, space is wasted and you have to dig for the right pan. If you have a drawer or separators where you can place them vertically, they become much more accessible and easy to organize.
  • During your kitchen remodeling project, add a drawer system to a pantry closet. Being able to see items at the back of a shelf that is as deep as the closet can be frustrating and you can miss out on using food before it goes bad. By adding drawers, you can pull them out to access items in the back easily.
  • If you don’t like appliances sitting on your countertop, Have our San Jose SOD Builders build a cabinet on the counter to conceal your microwave, coffee maker or mixer.
  • Have your kitchen remodeling firm use the random narrow spaces for pullout cabinets that display items when you need them. Most are only wide enough for one row of food goods, so you can find what you’re looking for quickly.
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.