A Recipe for a Delectable Custom Home

August 31, 2008

A Recipe for a Delectable Custom Home:

 

Ingredients

4 Heaping Cups – Expert Custom Home Builder

3 Cups – Innovative Architect

2 Cups – Creative Interior Designer

I Pint – Understanding

4 Tsp – Time and Patience

3 Tsp – Encouragement

2 Heaping Measures – Trust

2 Well Rounded Scoops – Respect

2 Equal Amounts – Communication

1 Oz – Happiness

Dash of Humor

 

Instructions

Fold in the top three main ingredients forming a strong and united team.  Add the pint of understanding and pack it firmly between your hopes and dreams.  Blend in the time and patience allowing it to rise while it’s sprinkled with encouragement.  Then marinate in trust, respect and communication.  Work the whole thing together until everything is mixed well.  Now bake in happiness and be sure to top it with a dash of humor.  Serve on a strong foundation and enjoy it with family and friends. 

 

© 2008 Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors LLC.  All rights reserved

 

 

About Cheryl: 

Cheryl Sandella, Interior Designer ASID Allied Member, works with her husband and partner of 30 years, Al Sandella, General Contractor.  They own Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors in Fountain Hills Arizona and design and build homes in the valley.  To read more about her go to www.sandella.net/aboutus/aboutus.html

   

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR E-ZINE OR WEB SITE?  You can, as long as you include this complete blurb with it:  Cheryl Sandella, Interior Designer publishes a monthly eZine called “Bespoke Home”.  If you want the Tools, Tips and Guidance to design and build your custom home, be sure to get your complimentary subscription at http://sandella.net

Cheryl Sandella

Sandella Custom Homes & Interiors

PO Box 18132

Fountain Hills, AZ  85269

480.836.1543 – office

480.816.4233 – Cheryl’s personal line

bespokehomeezine@ymail.com

www.sandella.net

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Dream Client + Dream Builder = Dream Home

August 16, 2008

 

DREAM CLIENT + DREAM BUILDER = DREAM HOME  by Cheryl Sandella

THE MONUMENTAL TASK OF BUILDING A CUSTOM HOME…You’re trying to decide on who will build your home.  You know you want someone reputable, who builds quality, is respectful to your budget and time frame and most importantly someone you can trust.  But during that process you might overlook that the builder also needs to trust the client, feel secure that the client is going to work with them in regards to time and budget.  They also want to make sure they are paid promptly and changes are discussed appropriately so they don’t negatively influence the project.  Below are some tips to help put together the DREAM TEAM: 

 

THE DREAM CLIENT IS…

·         Suited for the service, style and caliber of home being offered, designed and built

·         Willing to pay the cost and has a realistic budget

·         Reasonable with their time frame

·         Able to see the value in the services provided

·         Respectful to the  professional opinions and advise given

·         Open minded to the design and building process

·         Loyal to the project

·         Someone who is a joy to work with

·         Similar in characteristics to past dream clients

 

THE DREAM BUILDER IS…

·         A benefit to your project    

·         Able to listen and communicate with you in a manner that you’re comfortable with

·         Respectful to your opinions and goals for the project

·         Able to build within your budget

·         Resourceful and can create what you want

·         An expert who can build you a quality custom home

·         Encouraging and supportive

·         Someone you would enjoy working with

·         Similar in characteristics to a past person you felt comfortable doing business with

THE DREAM HOME IS…

A collaboration of decisions made and built on a strong foundation of trust and integrity.  A personal space that reflects your physical, emotional and spiritual self and meets all of your needs.   An established relationship between you and your builder that will continue long after the home is complete.   A place you call home. 

       

© 2008 Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors LLC.  All rights reserved

 

About Cheryl: 

Cheryl Sandella, Interior Designer ASID Allied Member, works with her husband and partner of 30 years, Al Sandella, General Contractor.  They own Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors in Fountain Hills Arizona and design and build homes in the valley.  To read more about her go to www.sandella.net/aboutus/aboutus.html

   

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR E-ZINE OR WEB SITE?  You can, as long as you include this complete blurb with it:  Cheryl Sandella, Interior Designer publishes a monthly eZine called “Bespoke Home”.  If you want Tools, Tips and Guidance to design and build your custom home, be sure to get your complimentary subscription at http://sandella.net

Cheryl Sandella

Sandella Custom Homes & Interiors

PO Box 18132

Fountain Hills, AZ  85269

480.836.1543 – office

480.816.4233 – Cheryl’s personal line

bespokehome@ymail.com

www.sandella.net


Notes from Sandella Custom Interiors

August 9, 2008

Design Notes from Sandella Custom Interiors

On Saturday I have an appointment with our client’s who recently moved into an amazing custom home we built for them.  My appointment is to design custom cornices for their windows.  We already covered the windows in Luminettes and Silhouettes but now we want to add some pizzazz!  The colors in the home are shades of gray, red and black with accents of copper.  I have selected fabrics for each room that will enhance the overall look.  We’ll also be creating custom bedding for the master bedroom.  We’ll be creating a jacket type of coverlet, it will fit snug over the mattress.  This style will look best on the low profile bed crafted from exotic wood. 

It’s a contemporary style home with walls of glass to take advantage of the magnificent mountain views and golf course. 

I enjoy designing the window treatments and other accessories…it’s jewelry for the home. 

I’ll post pictures once it’s all done.  Below is a picture of the rear exterior of the home. 

Cheryl

Sandella Custom Interiors

Cheryl Sandella, ASID Allied Member

PO Box 18132

Fountain Hills, Arizona 85269

480-816.4233

www.sandella.net

 

When visiting the site be sure to sign up for our FREE monthly eZine “Bespoke Home” and receive tips, guidance and tools on designing and building your custom dream home.  Let the dream begin. 

New Home by Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors

New Home by Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors


SANDELLA CUSTOM HOMES

August 9, 2008

Custom Homes by Sandella

Al Sandella, General Contractor for Sandella Custom Homes brings over 30 years of “on the job” experience.  Al Sandella is a third generation builder with extensive background in residential, commercial and industrial construction.  He acts as the primary contact throughout the building process, and strongly encourages client involvement and suggestions.  At Sandella Custom Homes we want our clients to know they can trust us to perform the monumental task of building a custom masterpiece.  We strive to establish relationships with our clients that continue long after a home is complete. 

Sandella Custom Homes takes a hands-on approach to every project they execute.  Sandella has established a solid reputation within Arizona’s industry.  They have transformed the building of a home into an art form, which is why Sandella’s homes are often referred to as works of art. 

At Sandella Custom Homes we believe that to effectively design a home to harmonize with your lifestyle, we must first take the time to get to know you. Only when we understand your dreams and expectations can we create your personal space. 

We invite you to observe our work in person. Contact Sandella Custom Homes today and let the dream begin. 

 

Sandella Custom Homes

PO Box 18132

Fountain Hills, Arizona 85269

480-836-1543

www.sandella.net

 

When visiting the site be sure to sign up for our FREE monthly eZine “Bespoke Home” and receive tips, guidance and tools on designing and building your custom dream home.  Authored by Cheryl Sandella of Sandella Custom Interiors

Luxury Home in FireRock Country Club

Luxury Home in FireRock Country Club

 

 

 

 


Green Living

August 8, 2008

Green Living   by Cheryl Sandella

Green is the new buzz word and it seems everyone is talking about it these days.  Sandella Custom Homes is doing research on environmentally friendly ways to construct their custom homes.  Soon they will be constructing a spec home that will incorporate green and energy saving features – still creating a luxury home.  When Al and I first moved here to Arizona we were shocked to see that solar energy wasn’t popular since we are considered the “Valley of the Sun”state.  When we inquired we were told it was too expensive and there weren’t too many people promoting it.  However it is starting to gain popularity now. 

I think it is a good idea for us to get educated on the topic.  Let’s take advantage of energy saving producing technology that is available to us and build energy efficient homes. 

I’m going to share some “Green Tips” with you…

 

9 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN DESIGNING A NEW HOME OR REMODELING AN EXISTING ONE…

Design a large overhang that will shade the house.  We custom build unique trellises that add character to the home while protecting it. 

Adding skylights will bring in natural light, decrease the use for electricity and they look good too.

Separate rooms with glass walls to let natural light pass through

Insulate with Denim

Use Tankless Water Heaters

When selecting flooring look for natural materials such as sisal, jute or sheep’s wool.  For hard surface flooring try bamboo (my personal favorite) or cork.  Bamboo and cork are renewable resources.  There are many new textiles to the market place these days.  You can get a plush carpet made from plastic soda bottles or grasses.  Most of the natural products retain color, resist stains and last longer. 

Use LEED brand paint – most paint and stains contain VOC’s – (volatile organic compounds) that release greenhouse gases, increase smog while reducing indoor air quality.  Use low or no VOC’s when selecting paint. They are also low odor. 

Refrigerators use the most energy in the appliance category and so many people have several.  Speaking for myself I have a big Sub Zero in my kitchen, a side by side in my laundry room and two bar refrigerators.  (there’s even one in the garage but it is turned off).  I feel to help our environment we have to start looking at what we really need.  I certainly will be re-thinking my appliance purchases. Buy Energy Star appliances. 

The best way to light a home is by our natural resource the “Sun”.  I am a big fan of the open space floor plan.  It is the best way to share natural light.  The placement of windows, skylights and openness help with the lighting design plan.  Use fluorescent bulbs wherever you can.  They save money, burn cooler and reduce pollution. 

 

SOLAR SENSE

Arizona is one of the best places for solar energy because of the long hours of natural sunlight we have.  You’ll need at least 6 hours a day of sunlight to produce enough solar energy to make it an advantage point.   Some states have excellent rebate programs that compensate the homeowner.   There are also Federal Tax Credits.  Go to www.energystar.gov and contact your State Department for more information.

Solar panels (also known as PV or photovoltaic systems) work by converting sunlight into electric energy.  The panels are constructed of solar cells that absorb the sunlight.  There are electrical contacts in the panels that route the sun through a circuit which then produces electrical power. 

Solar panels can produce enough electricity to power your lights, appliances and even keep it hot or cool.  The panels are installed on the side of your home that gets the most sun exposure. 

The cost is determined by the size of your home and how many kilowatt hours used.  Most homes use both solar and traditional utilities.  You will see considerable lower electric bills and it’s amusing to watch your meter spin backwards.  But it will take many years to get back the investment you make to install solar panels.  But will be worth the investment in the long run. 

Solar panels are a good way to conserve energy and resources while being eco-friendly. 

The team at Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors are forward thinking, innovative and ecologically conscious. 

© 2008 Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors LLC.  All rights reserved

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR E-ZINE OR WEB SITE? You can, as long as you include this complete blurb with it:  Cheryl Sandella, Interior Designer publishes a monthly eZine called “Bespoke Home”.  If you want Tools, Tips and Guidance to design and build your custom home, be sure to get your complimentary subscription at http://sandella.net

About Cheryl: 

Cheryl Sandella, Interior Designer ASID Allied Member, works with her husband and partner of 30 years, Al Sandella, General Contractor.  They own Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors in Fountain Hills Arizona and design and build homes in the valley.  To read more about her go to www.sandella.net/aboutus/aboutus.html

Cheryl Sandella

Sandella Custom Homes & Interiors

PO Box 18132

Fountain Hills, AZ  85269

480.836.1543– office

480.816.4233 – Cheryl’s personal line

bespokehome@ymail.com

www.sandella.net

   

      


Creating a Tranquil Master Bedroom

August 7, 2008

I’m working on designing a bedding ensemble for a master bedroom.  The clients wish is contemporary with an Asian flair creating a spa-like mood.  I’ve selected beautiful fabrics in colors of Aqua and Mocha.  The Custom Coverlet is being created in a luxurious silk in aqua and mocha.  The coverlet is lined in solar satin chocolate with a ribbon cord trim on all four sides.  The coverlet is designed to be turned down displaying the mocha fabric and cord on the aqua/mocha colored coverlet. 

The Tailored Style Duster is Shalini Silk in mocha with thin aqua threads running through.  This fabric has iridescence to it.  It will be lined in ivory sateen.

There will be two sets of Shams.  The Euro shams are tailor-made with the Shalini Silk fabric, flanged with coral shaped bead fringe made from sea glass.  The other set of shams are made from a fabric called Aquadisiac.  It is a tone on tone with a velvet leaf motif on silk…just stunning.

Three Accent Pillows will adorn and complete the ensemble.  Two square pillows in a sheer overlay on brown silk are being fashioned.  The sheer is a light shade of aqua with brown raised leaves and tiny amethyst florets, with brush trim on all four sides.   The third pillow will be a “Surprise” pillow utilizing all of the left-over fabric in a bolster shape.  The surprise pillows are always a favorite!

The drapery is two operational panels on a decorative pole of brushed stainless steel with black leather finials.  The fabric is called Fuzzy Flowers – an Asian inspired print of coppery brown velvet raised flowers on aqua silk background.  The shades of browns compliment the painting on canvas above the bed called Secluded Tranquility by the artist Douglas.  The lined drapes will hang ceiling height and gracefully touch the floor. 

The side chair named the Bacall will be upholstered in a very unique cream-colored fabric with Pagoda’s in shades of aqua and mocha.  The wood legs are finished in espresso. 

The roman shade above the master tub is being tailor-made with aqua coral shapes on a chocolate brown background.  The top valance will dangle the sea glass coral bead trim. 

An area rug, lamps, floral décor, art and accessories will complete the master suite. 

 

To create your own master bedroom paradise you need to know the mood you’re trying to create.  I feel the master bedroom is such an important room as it is the first room you awake to and the last room you fall asleep to. For a spa-like mood I recommend selecting peaceful colors that promote relaxation that feel surreal.  I chose colors of aqua and mocha for this room.  I liked this combination because it is unique for one and the colors are soft and tranquil…different from the chocolate brown and light blue that is used so often.   In this room the walls are painted in soft creamy beige.  Wall color should also be soft to create a spa-like mood.  This color is also a great backdrop for the aqua/mocha color scheme.  Figure out what colors make you feel good and then surround yourself in them.  Color has a great impact on your mood so make sure the first color you see in the morning is one that makes you feel great. 

                 

© 2008 Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors all rights reserved.

Interior Designer, Cheryl Sandella works with her husband and partner of 30 years, Al Sandella who is a Custom Home Builder.  They own Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors and design and build homes in Arizona. She also publishes a monthly eZine called “Bespoke Home”.  If you want Tools, Tips and Guidance to design and build your custom home, be sure to get your complimentary subscription at http://sandella.net


Welcome

August 5, 2008

Hi Everyone and Welcome to my Business Blog…

I have worked in the home building and interior design industry for over 25 years and I’m excited to share my information with you.  We are a company devoted to helping people design and build their dream home.  Many have welcomed me into their lives so I could create remarkable living spaces for them.  I  love what I do and I’m sharing because I want to make a difference in people’s lives. I want to give you information that will guide you in the construction/design process so you have a solid foundation to build on.  I have a great mentor to work with, my husband and business partner for over 30 years.  He is truly an expert in custom home building and I continue to learn from him regarding the components of construction.

Be sure to visit my blog frequently and please share it with your friends. 

Cheryl Sandella

Interior Designer, ASID Allied Member

Cheryl Sandella publishes the monthly eZine “Bespoke Home”.  If you want the tools to design and build your dream home be sure to get her complimentary subscription at http://sandella.net