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    Designing an Innovative Wood Deck

    Last updated 17 hours ago

    A wood deck can be a great place to sit around by the pool, grill a meal with your family, or simply relax and read a book. It also offers a wide range of options when it comes to designs. Keep reading to take a closer look at designing an innovative and eye-catching wood deck.

    Stencils
    While natural wood decks can look gorgeous themselves, adding a stencil is a fun way to make it more interesting. You can stay with an outdoor theme by painting a floral design, similar to the one pictured below, or you can choose a design that is more unique, such as geometric shapes. If you want you can even add a stencil that shows your love for your favorite sports team. An image created with a stencil, or even painted free hand, can make a beautiful deck even more eye-catching.

    Deck with Stenciling by HGTV

    Slats
    Another way that wood decks allow for some extra creativity and innovation is the way in which you arrange the slats the deck is made with. You can play with the orientation of each individual piece of wood or change the direction of a whole section of the slats. For an interesting way to change things up, try orienting different spaces in different ways; for instance, you might place a section of vertically oriented slats next to a section of horizontally oriented slats, like the deck pictured below. This gives you a way to change up the look of your deck without painting it or damaging any structural integrity.

    Urban Metal Balcony With Modern Orange Chairs by HGTV

    Lighting
    The right lighting can change the look and feel of your deck for any occasion. If you like to use your wood deck for outdoor relaxation at night, appropriately placed lights can truly set the stage. Try outlining the platform of your deck by setting up floor lights around its perimeter to create a softer look. You can also use these lights to highlight certain decorative aspects of your deck, by using them to highlight the railings or furniture. It is typically easier to achieve a relaxing setting by using many low-level lights rather than a few brighter ones. If you are looking for a more festive feel to a covered deck, consider hanging strands of lighting around the outer edges.

    If you are interested in designing an innovative wood deck, call Southern Lumber at (408) 297-9663. We specialize in vanities and cabinetry as well as decks and outdoor living. For more information, please do not hesitate to visit our website. If you live in the San Jose area, stop by and meet with us today.

    Selecting a Wooden Vanity for Your Bathroom

    Last updated 1 day 17 hours ago

    A bathroom vanity helps to keep your personal items organized and can also provide an appealing visual element. Wooden bathroom vanities are a common choice due to their pleasant aesthetics, dependable sturdiness, and availability in a wide range of different designs and materials.

    The type of vanity you choose will depend on your needs as well as your personal taste. If you live alone, your bathroom vanity may be designed with a few drawers and a cabinet for your personal items. Couples and families may enjoy double vanities that feature two sinks and two mirrors with a plethora of drawers, nooks, and cabinets for everyone’s bathroom supplies. You should opt for a finish that matches the current design themes in your bathroom for an organized and visually pleasing wooden bathroom vanity.

    Southern Lumber is the ideal place to find your new vanity. At our huge, well-lit showroom, you will find a huge selection of beautiful hand-crafted vanities and cabinets, along with wood experts who will be happy to help you pick out the perfect item. If you have any questions about our products, call us today at (408) 297-9663. 

    Tricks for Cleaning Hardwood Floors

    Last updated 6 days ago

    If you want to keep your hardwood floors looking pristine, it’s important that you understand how to take proper care of them. However, many homeowners aren’t aware of what the best techniques are for maintaining hardwood flooring. Here are some tricks that you should know:

    Use the Right Cleaning Agents. 
    Harsh cleaners such as vinegar and ammonia will rub away at your hardwood floor’s finish, resulting in a dulled appearance over time. Other common cleaning agents, such as wax or wood floor polish, will simply make the floor sticky and trap dirt instead of removing it. Use a hardwood floor cleaner that has been designed specifically for that purpose, and use only a small amount when cleaning.

    Don’t Use Water. 
    Taking a mop and a bucket of water to a hardwood floor is something you should avoid. Even small amounts of water can seep into the floor, damage the finish, and cause the wood to become warped. Mopping can also cause very small scratches in the finish, which will take a toll on your floor’s appearance.

    Clean Your Floor Regularly. 
    Dirt can build up very quickly on a hardwood floor, and frequent traffic can make that dirt very difficult to remove. To get rid of dust and debris, sweep carefully, then use a dry terrycloth mop or a microfiber cleaning pad along with a safe hardwood floor cleaner. If possible, try to sweep or vacuum your floor at least once a day to discourage dirt buildup.

    Southern Lumber has been providing the San Jose area with excellence in flooring for more than a century. We offer more than 600 flooring samples for you to peruse at our showroom, and our staff will be happy to help you pick out the right product for your home. If you would like to learn more, visit our website today or call us directly at (408) 297-9663. 

    Grades of Softwood Lumber

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Wood grading is used to rate the quality of a piece of lumber. For manufacturing purposes, the primary grading category for softwood lumber is appearance. Appearance is divided into two categories: finish and select, each of which is divided into subgrades that are identified by letters. Factors such as knots, slope, warping, and manufacturing defects are all used to determine grading. For example, a piece of lumber that is rated A Select is considered nearly perfect—with no knots or other visible defects—while a piece that is rated D Select may have some minor flaws.

    Southern Lumber has been providing the San Jose community with hardwood floors, interior and exterior doors, decking materials, and other fine products since 1904. If you would like to learn more about our products, please feel free to visit us at our website, call (408) 297-9663, or stop by our San Jose location to see our huge, well-lit showroom. 

    Choosing a Wooden Front Door

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Your front door is important for a number of reasons: It retains heat, protects your home from invasion, and offers curbside appeal. Thanks to its durability and diversity, wood is one of the most popular materials for front doors. Keep reading for some tips on how to choose a wooden front door for your house.

    Aesthetics
    Your home’s exterior is the first thing visitors will see, and they are most likely to immediately notice the entrance to your house, meaning its front door. By complementing other visual elements both inside and outside your home, a high-quality wooden front door can help to create a quaint, homely feel. This inviting feature can also make your guests feel more welcome at your home. A clean wooden front door, paired with the right handle and lock, can also be a gorgeous sight for you to come home to. Today’s wooden entry doors are available in many different styles, so you can pick out the one that best suits your personal aesthetic.

    Endurance
    Unlike entry doors of the past, modern wooden doors are designed to stand up to moisture and temperature changes, so warping and cracking are not generally issues that you will need to worry about. The core of the door is made of very strong engineered wood, while the center wood panels—which are not attached to the frame—can expand and contract without harming the door. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause fading, but you can prevent that by giving your door a new coat of paint or refinishing it with a protective sealer every few years.

    For more information about picking out the right wooden front door for your home, call Southern Lumber at (408) 297-9663. It is our mission to provide the San Jose with high-quality floors, doors, and cabinetry. If you are interested in learning more about our services, please feel free to visit our website or stop in and meet with us today. 

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