Sometimes a new kitchen means new appliances. Whether it’s stainless steel appliances, standard models or more modern appliances like wine coolers, we’ll help you customize your kitchen around the appliances you want.
Fire can be the most destructive force on your home. What is not destroyed by the fire can be damaged or destroyed by smoke and water. Repairing fire damage requires careful attention to detail. Your home is most likely your largest asset and you cannot cut corners when it comes to rebuilding and restoring your investment. Repairing fire damage is not a job for the average contractor.
Contract the services of S&S Construction Restoration Inc. to restore your home and request a detailed estimate. Rebuilding the home will require several additional steps to ensure that safety issues are taken care of and the home’s structure is as safe and secure as it ever was.
Should the worst happen, S&S Construction Restoration Inc. will take every step necessary to make your home as safe and beautiful as it was before the fire. Contact us (760) 559-2667 as soon as your home has been affected by smoke or fire and we will evaluate the damage and prepare an itemized estimate. As with all disaster restoration (storm, water, smoke or fire) we provide 24 hour emergency service – 7 days a week.
Our last bit of advice is to be prepared before a disaster strikes your home. Of course you have insured your investment, but you need to do more. Creating a home inventory before disaster strikes is an excellent way to expedite the insurance claims process after a fire loss. This record of your insurable assets will not only help you in the settlement of a covered loss or claim, but will also help verify tax-deductible property losses and determine the right amount of insurance coverage you need.
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.
Design Your Dream Kitchen At Lang’s Kitchen & Bath
At S&S Construction we believe there is no single answer to the question: “What design should I choose for my kitchen renovation?” Every household is unique and every client who contacts us has individual requirements for their kitchen remodeling project. Whether your space is large or small, you like to entertain or you prefer a quiet night cooking and baking with the family, we can help you realize the kitchen of your dreams!
Our certified, experienced designers focus on learning about you, our client, and about what your household needs in a new kitchen design. Available space, traffic patterns, family needs and much more are all taken into consideration. Do you have school age children and need a space to accommodate family meals and help with the homework? Or perhaps you host large gatherings and need to cook while entertaining your guests?
The kitchen is the hub of family activities and one of the most important spaces in every home, so we will work with you to make sure your new kitchen renovation suits your individual needs and enhances your lifestyle. Our experienced team will take you through the design process and ensure your kitchen remodeling project is managed to completion in a stress-free manner.
A kitchen renovation is not just about replacing kitchen cabinetry and appliances, but the materials you use complete the look and quality of your kitchen. We work with the industry’s top manufacturers and suppliers to bring you the ideal range of kitchen cabinets, appliances, and other materials for your new kitchen.
At S&S Construction, we believe our experience speaks for itself. Find your inspiration and contact us today to get started on your ideal kitchen.
- Less is More: Think sustainability. Use timeless materials and not trends
- Feminine Tones: Think blushes, rose tones or pink tones
- Floiral Fabrics/Wallpapers: These have stood the test of time. They’re not your grandmother’s floral wallpaper.
- Bold Black Bathrooms: Think spa-inspired, indulgent, high-end
- Clutter: You don’t want too many things going on. Overdoing it causes chaos.
- Gender specific rooms: Gone are the days of blue for boys and pink for girls. Think yellows, greens, or try Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2019 Living Coral
- Statement Upholstery: single piece upholstery, especially jewel tones, is OU.T.
- Minamilist Art: People are getting bored of sterile and minimalist spaces. Inject some personality and make it interesting.
Contact S&S Construction to explore design options, 760.559.2667
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.
Whether you’re looking to create extra space in your home or just want a floor plan for your kitchen and dining area that welcomes guests and family members alike, you may want to explore options for an open kitchen design.
Open kitchens can be great spaces for entertaining, but they also have benefits when it comes to functionality, storage and efficiency.
One of the first things you’ll need to consider for your open kitchen is how many walls you want to keep standing in the space. If any of the walls are load-bearing, your decision may be made for you (you should probably keep those). But if you’re relatively free and clear to take down any internal walls, you’ll have an opportunity to keep as few as just one. Single-wall open kitchens are not uncommon, and they create the most open feel of any design—but you’ll sacrifice a bit of storage to implement a one-walled open kitchen design.
Many homeowners who opt for a one-walled open kitchen design compensate for the lack of storage in clever ways. A large kitchen island is a familiar sight in a one-walled open kitchen, and islands can be a great storage option, as well as offering several other important uses, from seating and dining to food preparation. Some open kitchen designs even feature islands with sinks, to maintain the classic work triangle between the sink, refrigerator and stove. When it comes to storage, islands in a one-walled open kitchen may feature sets of pull-out drawers, cabinets, and even appliances or convenient features like a lazy Susan or pull-out garbage can.
If you’re looking to sell your home and achieve the best possible price, the last thing you want to do is dig deep and spend a fortune on renovating it. Selling your home should be about maximum return on a minimum spend. However, you also need your home to be looking its best in order to attract the right buyer, so some outlay is to be expected. The room that can make or break a sale is the kitchen; it’s the busiest room in a home, the scene of meals, washing and round the table conversations. But how do you get your kitchen up to par, short of ripping it out and starting again? The answer is simpler and much more cost-effective than you might first think.
Your home’s hub
Your kitchen cupboard door and drawer fronts occupy the greatest surface area in the room. As a result, they bear the brunt of daily domestic life in the form of splashes, spills, dents and dings. If you want to give the hub of your home a much-needed facelift, then these are the things you need to focus on. While a splash of paint on the walls might brighten the space up, if the door and drawer fronts are past their sell-by date then you may as well not bother.
The answer is to replace the fronts with new ones from a professional kitchen refurbishment company. While this might sound expensive, it’s a much more thrifty approach than remodeling your entire kitchen. To gain maximum return on your investment, you need to consider low cost, durable and eye-catching materials. The best of the bunch for those who are looking to give their kitchen some quick cosmetic surgery are vinyl wrapped doors and drawers.
The benefits of vinyl wrapped doors
In essence, vinyl wrap kitchen doors and drawers are made from MDF, which has been routed, profiled, sanded and then covered with a vinyl film. While this might sound as though your choices of colors and finishes are limited, the reverse is true. There are plenty of colors available and the vinyl can be embossed to replicate wood grain, so it’s even possible to go for that natural wood look without having to pay the associated price.
Vinyl wrapped doors are also incredibly resilient and require very little maintenance. The edging is superior to those of laminated doors, as it is more rounded, giving a greater aesthetic appeal and greater functionality. The vinyl molds itself to the MDF, giving it a consistent finish and can be made with a textured finish if required.
Get the most for your money
When it comes to economy and getting the most for your money, vinyl wrapped door and drawer fronts are the ideal solution for any homeowner wanting to get their kitchen looking its best. In addition, the doors themselves can be made to measure; to fit even the quirkiest kitchen fixtures. With a huge range of colors and finishes available, vinyl wrapped kitchen doors and drawers are especially useful if you want to completely change the way your kitchen looks, but without the stress and expense of a complete refit.
It takes time to calculate the total extent of physical damages from a single fire, even if the structure itself is not lost. A house fire is a devastating tragedy for a number of reasons. First, there is the obvious loss of your home and personal belongings now nothing more than charcoal or ash. Next, smoke infects upholstery, carpeting, linens and clothing so badly that repair or cleaning is impossible. Toxic substances created by various industrial substances when ignited(i.e. the latex that makes your mattress pad or the polypropylene in your carpet) can coat belongings, rendering them poisonous.
Fire and smoke damage is only the beginning. Water and other substances that your fire department employs to extinguish a blase may cause severe mold growth. Though firefighters try their best to minimize the damage as much as possible, their main focus is to rescue people and pets trapped inside, and to save the house itself after rescue efforts. But, if repairs are delayed for any reason, dangerous mold from the water used put out the fire can grow within the structure, walls, attic space and potentially mask everything inside the home. Mold requires specialized cleaning processes that S&S Construction is prepared to combat.
Our highly trained fire restoration technicians will inspect damage to the house and your belongings. Even if a fire appears to have only burned one or two rooms, the repairs and restoration can extend beyond what the naked eye can see. Smoke, soot and debris can travel throughout the house. Items that can be washed with general cleansers will get moved to storage facilities while the house is under repair including:
• Curtains, linens, clothing
• Toys and non-electric items
• Soot-covered appliances not damaged by water
• Cookware, glassware and silverware
On the contrary, electronics, furniture, carpeting and drywall need to be replaced.
We work with you to remove your salvageable belongings and place them in a secure storage facility. Next, we recommend that you take photographs of your damaged property prior to storing anything for your insurance claim.
Next, we rebuild walls, floors, attic space and replace all the ruined drywall in the house. Compromised electrical wiring, cable wiring and plumbing are replaced as well.
So, if fire strikes, trust your home repair to the High Desert’s restoration construction experts at S&S Construction at 760-559-2667.