New Home Construction
Custom Homes Built for Your Lifestyle
Your custom home should reflect your taste and lifestyle. At SOD Builders, Inc. we firmly believe that your needs and wants should dictate the products and designs that go into your dream home. You can take advantage of the services of our designers to create your special dream home.
Your Personal Design, Our Exceptional Quality…
When you choose to build your custom dream home with SOD Builders, Inc. you will experience quality building and have in-house designers and home consultants that constantly pool their collective experience and creativity to assist the search for the perfect products and designs that speaks to your individuality.
From their knowledge base, you’ll discover possibilities you never even dreamed of…unique architectural designs…the tiniest detailing on a door handle…innovative ways to maximize natural light…the placement and size of a window…the exciting possibilities are endless.
Building a house is one of the most exciting and stressful experiences most of us have in a lifetime. By familiarizing yourself with the five major phases to the process, you can better anticipate what the experience will be like and what you need to look out for:
Stage 1 – Foundation
Before the foundation is poured, there is a lot of work to do. The site must be graded and excavated and the foundation laid out according to the plot map. Rough plumbing is installed and inspected and, finally, the foundation for the house, garage and porch is poured. As with all aspects of construction, weather can play a part in foundation delays. Improper grading and drainage can undermine a foundation from the beginning
Stage 2 – Framing
This is when your house starts looking like a house. During this phase, all of the home’s interior and exterior walls and the stairs are framed. Now it’s time to get keep the weather out, by installing the sheathing, roof, shingles, exterior doors and windows. The quicker this phase is completed, the fewer weather-related delays you’ll experience while finishing the interior of the house.
Stage 3 – Plumbing, Mechanical, Electrical
The work that happens during this phase has to be done right, because once sheetrock is put over it, everything will be harder and more expensive to get to. Water, waste piping, water heater, HVAC system, ductwork and rough electrical wiring — the guts of your new home — are installed during this stage. All of these systems require inspection to assure you can safely move on to the next phase.
Stage 4 – Insulation and Drywall
First the walls are insulated and then the drywall or sheetrock is installed over them.
Stage 5 – Exterior and Interior Finish
In this phase, all the final details are taken care of, including installation and testing of electrical, mechanical, HVAC and plumbing systems and the installation of ceilings, doors, baseboards, window sills, floor coverings, countertops, cabinets, tiles, appliances, mirrors, lights, faucets and showerheads. Everything gets a covering of paint or wallpaper and the driveway and sidewalks are poured. Final inspections, both municipal and with your inspector, are performed now and landscaping is done.
Flooring can be an expensive renovation for your home, but updating the flooring in a home can make a big impact. Just going from tired old carpeting to hardwood flooring can completely change the look of a room and make your home look more valuable.
There are many flooring ideas available to the creative homeowner today, from the classic Berber carpetto classy Travertine and budget-friendly laminate.
To help you decide which flooring idea is right for your space, think about how the space is used. Is this a floor that is going to get messy, or is it in a room that isn’t used that heavily. Consider maintenance that must be done regularly to keep your floor in good shape.
Carpet in a high-traffic area might have to be deep-cleaned regularly to keep it looking nice, while hardwood floors need to be sanded every few years to keep them looking their best.
For a lower-maintenance option, try laminate flooring. There is a whole new world of laminates out there, many of which look like much more expensive flooring options like marble, wood and tile. These are, of course, more expensive than the standard laminates, but their beauty and durability make them well worth it.
If you’re looking for the perfect flooring for your kitchen, a wonderful high-end option is to match the Travertine you used for the kitchen counter tops or backsplashes. This is expensive, but it gives the room a pulled-together look that can’t be beat.
We at S O D Builders, Inc. will be more than happy to assist you with all these sometimes difficult decision, while educating you we will create the dream floor you had in mind.
Exterior Home Renovations
Making exterior home renovations not only increases the “curb appeal” of your home, but also boosts its resale value.
Return on Investment for Exterior Renovations
Here is an idea of the estimated Return on Investment (ROI) of certain renovations.
♦ Deck: The ROI for adding a new deck is about 104 percent. So, if you spend $5,000 for an average 16 foot by 20 foot deck, the return on the cost of the deck when you go to sell your house is the initial cost of $5,000 plus a gain of $200.
♦ New siding: Installing new siding changes the entire look of your house and makes it look like new again. The average ROI for new siding is around 92 percent.
♦ Repainting the exterior: It’s a big job, but one you can definitely do yourself with an ROI of 90 percent.
♦ Landscaping: Making your lawn and yard beautiful has an ROI of 30 to 50 percent. Remember that returns on investment vary depending on where you live.
Minor Exterior Improvements
You don’t have to be in the market to sell your home in order to make a few minor exterior improvements. Here are few that will increase the overall value of your home down the road, but also make it look nice.
♦ Add a few bushes and trees. Consider adding a few perennial bushes like lilac or forsythia. Perennials are more expensive than annuals but they come back year after year so you don’t have to replant every fall or spring.
♦ Give your walkways and driveway a good scrub down. Clean oil spills or stains up from the concrete on your driveways and walkways.
♦ Paint. Exterior painting gives one of the highest returns on investment. Be sure to scrape and prime first and use a high-quality exterior paint to withstand the outside elements.
♦ Install new lighting. A single bare light bulb hanging from an old fixture simply won’t do. Instead, remove these eyesores and replace them with brand new fixtures. Consider installing motion lights for added security.
♦ Repave your driveway. You can go with either an asphalt repave or a brand new concrete driveway.
Most people concentrate so much on interior home renovations that the exterior is all but forgotten. Show the outside of your home a little love by making a few renovations on the outside.
We take pride in the quality of our work, and the willingness to perform even the most menial tasks to remove project obstacles and get the job done. If you agree that well-managed projects should exceed customers’ expectations in terms of quality and service, we should talk.