SOD BuildersSOD Builders SOD Builders Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:40:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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The U-Shaped Kitchen Layout and its Utility Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:44:51 +0000 U-shaped Kitchen RemodelYou are starting to look at kitchen remodeling ideas for your Los Angeles house and you want to expand your single wall kitchen/eat in kitchen to a full kitchen, but the options seem endless and daunting. Don’t get discouraged. There is a solution that will make your life planning for the kitchen remodeling and after as you use your kitchen for years to come.

The U-shaped kitchen layout provides an option for a kitchen of any size that has three walls it can devote to cabinetry, a sink, refrigerator, stove top and ovens. As you’re creating the layout, keep in mind that to optimize the efficiency of the kitchen remodeling, you want a kitchen work triangle, placing the refrigerator, oven and sink on different walls of the U. However, you won’t want to place them directly next to one another on the same wall to keep that flow. They really can be configured so the appliance or sink can be interchanged for what makes sense for your lifestyle and Los Angeles home’s layout.

Another option is to add an island in the center of the kitchen. With this addition, you will have added counter space and can add a space with a bar on one side of the island to provide a place to eat, do homework or allow someone to spend time in the kitchen with the cook. It is important to allow for at least 3 1/2 feet between the island and the cabinets around the island. This will help with your movement as you’re working in the kitchen and with safety. This kitchen layout allows for a great deal of counter space and storage space with cabinetry with the right configuration. With an added island, you have even more storage and counter space to work.

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The Advantages of Having an L-Shaped Kitchen Layout Fri, 10 Jul 2015 17:22:18 +0000 In our previous blog, we addressed the importance of having a work triangle in a kitchen so there is flow. Having a triangular flow will improve your ease as you prepare food, moving easily between the refrigerator, stove/oven and sink. There are a variety of different kitchen styles that help to achieve this flow when you are considering kitchen remodeling for your Bay Area home.

The L-Shaped Layout

One of the most common kitchen style is the L-shaped kitchen configuration. The two adjoining walls have everything your kitchen needs. With this layout, it gives the kitchen an open feel, allowing guests to come in and mingle or join the cook in the kitchen. The only drawback is that the cook won’t be facing the guests.

The L-Shaped Layout with an Island

Depending on the size of your kitchen, you may be able to add an island or a table to offer more working counter space. With this island, you can include an eat in kitchen bar for the family to eat at and allow guests a surface around which to mingle and join with the chef in food preparation.

Hire kitchen remodeling professionals to help you decide and build the best kitchen design. SOD Builders has a full-service staff of architects, designers, general contractors and interior designers to give you the most practical kitchen for your lifestyle. We will walk you through the whole process so the kitchen is exactly what you were dreaming of at the beginning or even better. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with our staff to discuss kitchen remodeling ideas.

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The Importance of Kitchen Flow Wed, 08 Jul 2015 18:06:13 +0000 Kitchens can be laid out a number of ways and depending on the size of the kitchen and distance between the countertops and appliances, it can make your work more or less difficult. When you’re remodeling a kitchen, you may want to think of the flow between work spaces and cook spaces to make your job easier and cutting down on steps.

Typically, the ideal flow is a triangular workflow. This will be the flow between the food source, mainly taking into account the location of the refrigerator, washing the food and clean up after or as you prepare at the sink and where the cooking surfaces are. The majority of kitchens are designed with the work triangle in mind to keep the flow. The only kitchen style that doesn’t have a triangular work layout is the single walled kitchen, in this case, it’s more of a single line work station.

While there are many restrictions as to what is in the kitchen layout, the basics of the kitchen configuration are a distance between the refrigerator, cook top and sink are should be between 4 feet and 9 feet for the legs of the triangle. Having the work areas too far away or too close will make the process less efficient. The same goes for having barriers, like a too big island or a cabinet that is in the way of your movement. The main core of the design for a kitchen is to offer barrier-free, efficient movement throughout the kitchen. An architect or designer can help you come up with kitchen remodeling ideas for your kitchen remodel.

The full-service staff at SOD Builders can help you decide which layout is best for your kitchen remodeling project. We offer free consultations for you home in the San Diego area.

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Tips for Remodeling your Home to Become your Dream Home Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:23:49 +0000 You’re starting to think about remodeling your Los Angeles home and finding professional remodeling contractors to work on the project and work with your specifications. Here are some tips to help with getting through the home remodel without losing your mind.

  • Come up with dream features. Coming up with a list of your dream items and figuring out what is a deal breaker and what points can be compromised on.
  • Start with a budget. If you’re not sure if your expectations for the finished project and what you can afford match, talk to a remodeling contractor to get a bid and include materials you want to finish with. This and surprises are where most of the cost will come in. When you’ve come up with a number for the cost, add a 10% cushion to the budget. Home remodels rarely finish under budget.
  • Have an idea of what the home remodel will look like. You may know what you want the home to look like, but unless you know where the load bearing walls are, your plan may not work. Even if this means having an architect come in and come up with some ideas, it is smart to start off with a plan for how you want each aspect of the remodel to look like in the finished product. The bottom line is, consult with a professional remodeling contractor before you even start to make sure you won’t incur any additional costs by tearing down a load bearing wall, for instance.
  • Decide if you will be doing the work or if you will hire a remodeling contractor to do it all. You can consult, then do the work yourself to save money. Or you can go the other way, pay what a contractor is worth and make the decisions and have someone else do the heavy lifting and construction work. Either way, you want to end up with your dream house.
  • Find out what permits you will need. Little home renovations may our may not warrant a permit, depending on your area and the regulations. It’s smart to find this out before you start building, especially to factor these into the budget. They may end up pushing your budget over if you don’t do your due diligence up front.
  • Consult with an insurance agent. Make sure your insurance coverage is adequate for potential issues during the renovation, then again for the home after the remodel is complete.
  • Work with the professionals, including the remodeling contractors, throughout the remodel. Don’t sit back and expect they will do everything right the first time. While you shouldn’t have to micromanage the workers and put your life on hold to be at the job site while they are there, you should be clued in to what is happening on a daily basis and if there are stalls in the job.

Contact us at SOD Builders. We offer many services that will take your home from the before to the after and stay in touch with you the whole way through. We work with you on budget and make sure you approve any changes. Our staff is friendly and will work to bring your dreams to life. Call us at 800-401-3220 to set up a conversation about what you’re looking at for your home remodeling.

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Add a Soaker Tub and Enjoy your Bathroom Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:16:54 +0000 Bathroom remodeling offers a way to update your home, but it also gives you a chance to make your bathroom a retreat of sorts, where you can go and relax after a stressful day. Create a retreat with bathroom remodeling!Bathrooms for some reason tend to carry the trends in the permanent fixtures more than any other room in the house. The pink or olive colored tub, sink and toilet combos were big in the 70s and 80s. That isn’t seen as beautiful aesthetically anymore and we’ve moved more to the unique with fixtures.

Many people are going for the more neutral colors and styles of fixtures, which add to the resale value of a home and appeal to more people instead of trend. Here are some suggestions on how you can update and still hold the resale value of your home while creating a retreat.

Many homes have the standard bathtub that don’t make it realistic to take a relaxing bath. It is a two part bath while you’re in there. Part one is sitting to get your legs and low back and torso. Then part two is laying down to get your whole back and neck in the soothing water while your knees and legs are cold outside of the water. This whole process isn’t as relaxing as it could be with a soaker tub.

Therefore, one way to for a bathroom remodel in which you install a soaker tub. This can take the place of your standard sized bathtub/shower combo, without adding any additional space for the bath/shower. There are many soaker tub designs and sizes nowadays, so shop around and find out what your options are before buying a new standard sized tub in an updated color.

SOD Builders can help. We offer bathroom remodeling for all budgets and project sizes. Contact us for a free consultation today!

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Appliances that Make an Upscale Kitchen Remodeling Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:27:41 +0000 When you buy a new house, you more than likely need to update a few rooms of the house before moving in. The kitchen is usually one of those rooms. Kitchen remodeling allows you to make whatever changes you want to your kitchen so you can have your dream kitchen, a space you can relax and enjoy the process of preparing food together or with your family and friends around as you work.

No matter how you tweek the flow of the kitchen, having upscale kitchen appliances will make all the difference in the world. Adding in a chef-worthy gas range with accent colored knobs can take your kitchen to the next level in appearance and functionality. A large sink, like an apron sink or adding a bar sink in addition to the regular sink with beautiful faucets will add a touch of thoughtfulness and allow others to participate in food preparation.

While all the appliances will be complimentary to one another, don’t forget the wine/beverage chiller so you don’t take away space from your fridge. Another appliance you could create space for be an additional dishwasher. It would be perfect if you entertain or have a large family. Another appliance that’s a must have for entertaining is a warming drawer. These can tuck into the cabinets and hardly take up any space at all. Even when you’re not entertaining, this appliance in your kitchen remodeling will allow you to keep food warm for family who is running late for dinner.

Call us at SOD Builders to get started on your kitchen remodeling project. We also offer luxury home building and have a full staff of employees to work with you through the process to offer a smooth kitchen remodeling.

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