Driveways and Remote control Gates

It can be very frustrating to finish a long commute only to have to get out of the car, open a gate, drive through it, get out of the car again and close the gate. With this in mind another trendy feature for your iron driveway gates is to install an automatic gate opener. Electric gates provide indispensable convenience, allowing a gate to be opened without ever having to leave your car and therefore eliminating all those cumbersome steps.

When purchasing electric gates you need to consider a few options. The most obvious is deciding whether you want your driveway gate to open by sliding or swinging outwards. Swing gates are more aesthetically pleasing but you must take into account the opening radius depending on the length of the gate. Sliding gates will eliminate this issue as they retract rather than swing out.

You will also need to consider how much power is required to open and close your driveway gate. The amount of power is dependent on the size of your gate, how it opens and how many times it will need to be opened each day.

Finally, how will your gate be accessed, and by how many users? Electric gates are operated by a controller which sends a signal to the opening mechanism.

There are several options for your controller:


�Wired keypads

�Keypads with intercoms

�Key card operated controllers

�Controllers operated by remotes or telephones

Each of these features will affect the price and your final decision should be based on your budget and personal preference. Once you have taken all these points into consideration you can narrow down your options and choose the best Driveway Gates for your specific needs.


What to think about when planning your kitchen remodeling

Kitchen remodeling projects are one of the most difficult projects to get done if you are not a professional contractor. Even Professional contractors tend to screw things up when it comes to kitchen remodeling.

What you need to consider when you are remodeling your kitchen:

I would not normally recommend remodeling your kitchen on your own. DIY does not involve kitchen remodeling in my head. you can try changing your flooring, or maybe work with a plumber to teach you to do small plumbing around the house, but kitchen is something serious.

To take kitchen remodeling from the beginning, you must first demolish in your existing kitchen. That means tearing down the cabinets and countertops and anything that has to do with the kitchen (islands etc). After that you must measure and design your cabinets. Cabinets are the most difficult part of the project. A good designer will use the space efficiently and design the most compartments for the space you have. There are existing cabinets you can buy from HOME DEPOT but they are not as good as custom designs.

After you design your cabinets, you must attempt to build it. This is where a contractor comes in. They can do the job professionally and results can look amazing. A good contractor out of Los Angeles, CA can get it done at remarkable rates. Check them out at for your kitchen remodeling project. After you have built the cabinets, finishing and counter top preparation is needed. Painting the cabinets the color of choice and painting techniques is up to the person that designed it. The customer usually can show you examples of products that they think looks good and how they want there kitchen to look like.

Soon after, follows the counter tops Custom kitchens require custom cut counter tops to match the style and shape of the counters. Its amazing how much costs can arise if not done properly. These are expensive materials that need to be done right the first time around or you will have to buy new ones. Once you put the counter tops correctly and everything looks great, then you have to work with the plumbing that came with it. Most people plan ahead and figure out what needs to be done with the piping. The connecting of the pipes for water and gas lines should be first on the planning list.

Finally, you come to the fixtures, lighting, flooring and if you consider doing a back splash. The most important thing to consider is who to hire to get the job done right. For lighting, you need a good electrician. Electricians can install recession lighting for great prices in today’s economy. For flooring and backslash consider getting getting an expert for this. Its very hard to get the flooring even and accurate. Time consumption is not the only problem. It looks easy but it takes time and slows down the rest of the project.

The end result of kitchen remodeling projects looks amazing if done right. Consider professionals or try it yourself. Either way, expect lots of work if you try it yourself and money spent if you hire a professional. check out SOCAL blog for more kitchen information and updates.

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Looking to remodel your bathroom this year?

newIf so, here are 5 simple tips to help you to have a successful remodeling project.

  1. Remodel the bathroom, not the plumbing – Work with the design of your current bathroom.  Moving the plumbing gets into hours of labor and high costs. It can also cause damage and leaks.
  2. Keep the window open – Good ventilation during demolition is very important.  Wear a mask, keep the window open and even put a fan in the window blowing the dusty air to the outside if possible.
  3. Same Color Fixtures – Keep the sink, tub and toilet all the same color.  The uniformed look will help you to decorate around it.  Also keep the handles, towel rack and faucets all the same finish.
  4. Painting – Use High Gloss or Semi Gloss, acrylic, water based paint.  Do not use Flat or Satin finish.  Only use…

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Martin Luther King’s Day Special

Martin Luther king was a man of great words. He was a man with a cause that struggled and died preaching his good words to his people and did not see the day his dream became a reality. Every year we remember this man and all the hard work he has done to unite this country and end racial segregation. There were many African American hero’s that struggled to bring unity and justice for all people, but Martin Luther King was the man that took this and expanded the cause. Till the very last day, Martin Luther King fought for his cause until his assassination on April 4th, 1968. The speech that he was most known for is    “I have a dream”. His words force the successful business individuals that ran this country to listen to him until he was eventually assassinated.

Here at SoCal Preferred Builders, We to remember his hard work and determination to provide equal rights to all people in the United States.  Our company is offering specials on home remodeling for homeowners who value what he has been through. Make sure to mention Martin Luther King and our website and receive up to 10% off your initial price. I mean consider 25k project you get to save 250$. That’s amazing right!

Trust your home improvement project with the finest contractor in all of Los Angeles. Check out for your next remodeling project.


Have you heard of the 300$ house?

Its amazing how many people living in on the streets can try to get a place for 300$. Almost all homeless people beg for money in the United States. With that said, consider how many more of them walk around and collect cans. Collecting cans and begging for money can lead them to save 2 dollars a day for 6 months. Consider that for a second. 365 – 6 month = 185 days. If you can save 2 dollars a day for 6 month you can ensure yourself a 300$ plus for the job. After this, you can have approximately 360$ and that can help you get a higher end 300$ house. 

Here is a website: ( that offers a concept for the work. 



If this came to the states, we will for sure be out of a business, but i can see it working in 3rd world countries like South America, Africa, and some Middle East countries.


Building a better world?

What most people don’t understand about Home improvement/Remodeling is that all we want is a better world. A world of comfort and safety. A world of prestige and honor. As an viable person of my community, I tend to value the place i live in. Like most people i have to argue i too do value there community and neighborhood. Even the people that absolutely don’t care have some pride in where they came from. 

As society changes and develops, so does our practices as home improvement/remodeling experts. Here in the United States, and specifically in California  we focus on persuading homeowners to take the next step and consider remodeling. There are hundreds and thousands of homes that are in direr need of remodeling. What stops people from taking the next step and remodeling their homes? financial pressure!

What homeowners need to understand is there are programs available to help reduce the costs and increase the value of the job. Consider this for a second. The state of California offers rebates and special programs to help homeowners upgrade their homes. The state of california is paying up to 10,000$ for full solar panel upgrades. There are special handyman services that the LA area offers that help low income families upgrade there insulation, windows and doors. Small upgrades can help the state save money on energy and help homeowners increase the value of their homes. 

Consider this for a second, if you upgrade your neighborhood and everyone is on the same boat, then the whole neighborhood would look and feel much better than what it was before. What i am trying to say is, when you do choose to sell your house, the value would have increased and you would have had all the money you spent on your house and more back to you. 

Remodel today and every day you enter your house you will feel amazing.



Tips for Energy Efficient homes.

Energy efficiency is very important in a energy driven society like ours. So what can we do to help reduce our costs and save money while not limiting our electrical needs?

There are three products that can help you reduce your dependence on your electricity company and focus more on enjoying the finer things in life.

The KICBOX is an little box that connects to your power supply and it regulates all motorized appliance for energy efficiency. The factor specifics suggestions up to 25% off your electricity bill.


Solar panels are another great way to reduce your dependence on your energy company. Solar panels have the potential to save you up to 50% off your electricity bill. Consider that for a second. Big investment into your house can help increase the value of your home and reduce your dependence on your electricity company and lower your electricity bill. Wow that’s something else. With the technology maturing over time, and government incentives, this is the best time to purchase your solar panel system.


Finally, Gray water system is a system used to recycle the water that is used in the house and reused for the lawn. This is a great system because most of the water we use is resent back to the water company through the city piping and back to the filtration center. With Gray water system, the water gets funneled into a holding place usually placed in the garage and from there you use the water to water the lawn, flowers, etc.


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Coolest little Gadget of the week!


As my job entitles me to surf the web for creative new products to help service our clients, i came across this unusual device. Consider this, when you want to share a music with your friend that is right next to you but you have headphones on you have to pass it down. For some its okay. But most people would like to use their own for hygiene reasons.

So check this product out!

This nifty little product can connect up to 3 earpieces together and you can listen to your music as a group. Amazing new gadget recommend it to anyone that loves music.


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High Tech Toilet – Only thing it doesn’t do is wipe your butt


The rich in the Los Angeles area are slowly discovering the high tech toilet that does pretty much everything except wipe your butt for you.

What does it do for you?

Well this toilet does everything for you. It reduces the unbearable odor that might come after using the toilet. Consider that for a benefit. No more air freshener. Another benefit  of this luxury item is that it has one of the best features ever. You can play music and dim your lights if you have one of those mornings. Mornings can be tough if your body is simply not use to it. But consider yourself playing music in the bathroom for your shower and/or tooth brushing session. Furthermore, The fact that it is water efficient  does not waste a single drop. Uses the right amount of water to get the job done right. Finally, for the lazy folks out there, automatic flusher.


At Socal Preferred builders we supply the best products at the most reasonable pricing. check us out and get your high tech toilet today!

Kitchen Remodeling / Organization

Area of 1st floor addition

Found post HGTV

Kitchen Remodeling projects can be costly and elegant. Some simply want a functional kitchen that can help them keep their kitchenware in an organized manor. Its important for a kitchen to be organized. How so? A organized kitchen makes the cooks job a whole lot easier. It helps kids stay focus and understand what organization can really do.


Socal Preferred builders can help design custom Kitchen Cabinets to get you organized and establish. We work with any size kitchens, and specialize in custom designs. We can do anything you need and with smaller homes, our specialties are put to good use. We can make cabinets and install counter tops to make your room look bigger than it actually is.

Check us out and see what we can do for you. Los Angeles based kitchen and bathroom remodeling.