Home Office Tips by Cheryl Sandella

October 12, 2008

HOME OFFICE TIPS

Home offices are very popular and we plan them in almost every home we design and build.  Home Offices are being designed for work–from-home business owners, personal use and some serve both.  The home office has become a necessity and a convenience for many, especially in today’s telecommuting business world. 

 

10 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN PLANNING YOUR HOME OFFICE

 

The design and feel of the office should work with the existing flavor of the house.  Some people will just throw a desk and a few file drawers into a room.  It then becomes cluttered and it just doesn’t make a nice environment to work in.  The furnishings in your office should compliment what’s in the other rooms of your house. 

There should be ample room for what you want to achieve in that space.  I like either an L or U shape configuration for the workspace.  I also like to have built-ins to hide most of the equipment.  Lots of file drawers and storage are a must.  If the office is used mainly for pleasure then I like to purchase a unique desk and set it center stage on an area rug with built –ins to the side for display / storage. 

Decisions need to be made if the space will be used as a “dual purpose” room.  I’ve installed Murphy Beds and stored computer equipment in a stylish armoire so the room can double as a guest bedroom.  If this is your plan, and space / budget permits, then I would recommend a private bathroom and a closet that can contain storage for office staples and clothing for the guest.

Some people like their offices to also double as a personal “hang out”.  Many prefer to have a focal point, such as a wall of windows to glance at a mountainous view (which is what I have), a fireplace, or a built in bookcase showcasing photos of loved ones, collections or treasurers from a favorite vacation spot.  I feel it is important to surround yourself with your favorite things.

Create a space of comfort.  Purchasing an ergonomic chair is a must!  Some of the offices I design and decorate feature a sitting area of either two chairs or a small sofa.  Most offices also feature a flat screen TV and piped in music. 

The right color scheme is a must.  Color can have an effect on your mood.  Good colors to choose are green, blue or neutrals.  Other more intense colors like red, yellow or purple can be used as accents.  Green is calming, earthy and easy on the eyes.  Blue is the most versatile color, it is also calming and relaxing.  Red stimulates, yellow energizes and purple can bring out your imagination. 

Lighting is another must.  Over head and task lighting is very important, not only to properly work but to create a nice atmosphere.  I like to put my lights on a dimmer switch.  I also like having a ceiling fan – it helps to keep equipment running cooler too.  Make sure you have enough electrical outlets installed for all of the equipment that will be used.  When I custom design the furniture,  I make sure to hide all of the wires. 

For the full time home office – custom framed cork boards (they come in all colors now) or custom framed white or black boards can be a good idea to hang on the wall to keep track of projects and schedules. 

Art and Décor complete the space so leave some money in your budget for the accessories.  They pull the room together and speak your personality. 

For best results hire a professional.  They will access your needs and make sure you have ample space and a style that fits your personality. 

 

Custom Home office by Sandella Interiors

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© 2008 SANDELLA CUSTOM HOMES AND INTERIORS, LLC.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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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 &Interiors, and Enhance Remodeling in Fountain Hills Arizona.   They design, build and remodel 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

Enhance Remodeling

PO Box 18132

Fountain Hills, AZ  85269

480.836.1543 – office

480.816.4233 – Cheryl’s personal line

bespokehome@ymail.com

www.sandella.net

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Green Building by Sandella

October 5, 2008

Green Building by Sandella

Many people are interested in Green Building and Materials these days and have asked me many questions about building green.  I decided to share the answers here so everyone can learn.   Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like further information.

 

What is Green Building?

Green Building is about creating a project that is energy efficient, eco-friendly, and has sustainable design.  A structure designed to conserve resources and reduce negative impacts on the environment, whether it is energy, water, building materials or land. 

 

What does LEED stand for?

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.  LEED Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings put forth by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).  http://www.usgbc.org

 

What makes a given product Green?

To keep it simple remember the three R’s

Reuse – Reduce – Recycle

Whenever we can reuse a product instead of producing a new one from raw materials we save on resource use and energy. 

Products that reduce material use are considered green.  For example, concrete staining can turn concrete slabs into attractive finished floors, eliminating the need for conventional finish flooring. 

Taking a material at the end of its useful life and recycling it to make another product is considered green.  For example, plastic bottles after use can be recycled into carpet. 

  

Can you list some Green Building Materials?

There are so many “new” green materials popping up all over the place.  Here are a few new ones that interested me and I’m considering using for the new, soon-to-be-built green eco-friendly spec home in Paradise Valley. 

Soy-Crete – Yes it’s made from Soy.  It’s a soybased concrete stain that is non hazardous, low VOC (volatile organic content), acid free and looks just like acid stained concrete flooring – only healthier. 

Eco Top – used for countertops – it’s composed of FSC (forest council certified) bamboo blend and mixed with recycled wood fibers.  It is available in 7 colors.  It won’t fade and is extremely durable.

Natural Clay Earth Plaster – adds a rich texture to walls.  It’s available in 43 colors.  A nice bonus is it’s fade resistant, non toxic and easy to repair.

Denim Insulation – made from recycled denim.   No they’re not digging out your old blue jeans from the landfill, instead they’re using the scrapes from the manufacturers.  It’s 100% recyclable and formaldehyde free.  And it won’t itch like the fiberglass type.

 

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

 

© 2008 SANDELLA CUSTOM HOMES AND INTERIORS, LLC.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

 

Need help with your project?  Start a Design Notebook.  Get the FREE how to guide at www.sandella.net and click on FREE STUFF!

 

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 &Interiors, and Enhance Remodeling in Fountain Hills Arizona.   They design, build and remodel 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

Enhance Remodeling

PO Box 18132

Fountain Hills, AZ  85269

480.836.1543 – office

480.816.4233 – Cheryl’s personal line

bespokehome@ymail.com

www.sandella.net

www.enhanceremodeling.com


Remodeling Advice by Sandella

October 5, 2008

REMOLDING ADVICE

 

 

Have realistic expectations.  Remodeling can be very messy; there is no getting around that.  Sometimes projects can take longer and cost more than expected or planned for.

 

Be sure to ask lots of questions and do your homework ahead of time to ensure that the people you hire are reputable and conscientious.  They will be worth their weight in gold.

 

It is best not to cut corners when it comes to how you trim out your house in regards to appliances, materials or fixtures.  When you invest in quality, it will pay off in the long run.

 

Be sure the company you hire as a “go to” person so you can ask him/her daily questions, such as:  What time will the workers will be arriving the next day. Don’t take it for granted that they will be back – ask. Also find out what time they will be starting and finishing.  Make sure you find out what work will be going on.  I always recommend getting an approximate schedule for the week in advance.  Knowing the answers can mean the difference between having peace of mind and giving someone a piece of your mind. 

 

Find the right balance…you’ll need to be around to do some supervision, but you’ll also need to stay away to keep your sanity.

 

Finally, make sure you do some fun or relaxing things for yourself so you can get through it in a positive way.  Keep this thought – Remodeling is like having a baby, the pain is difficult but only temporary and the final results have a way of making it all worthwhile. 

 

Remodeling will give you benefits if you decide to sell your home.  A good estimate is you’ll get a return of 92% or what you invested into a kitchen remodel and 105% of your investment back on a master bathroom remodel.

 

Be mindful – don’t expect low-cost, quick fix remedies to pay off very well.  A complete renovation using quality materials and experienced contractors will be much wiser and a better investment.

 

Good luck with your remodel.

 

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

 

 

Room Additions & Home Expansions

 

Whether you need to expand, remodel or build from scratch, Enhance Remodeling by Sandella, provides the architect, contractor and interior designer.  Enhance Remodeling accesses things like usage, pattern flow and privacy needs to design spaces that work for the whole family. We create environments that are more than just living spaces.  Let us create what you imagine. 

 

 

 

Need help with your project?  Start a Design Notebook.  Get the FREE how to guide at www.sandella.net and click on FREE STUFF!

 

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 &Interiors, and Enhance Remodeling in Fountain Hills Arizona.   They design, build and remodel 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

Enhance Remodeling

PO Box 18132

Fountain Hills, AZ  85269

480.836.1543 – office

480.816.4233 – Cheryl’s personal line

bespokehome@ymail.com

www.sandella.net

www.enhanceremodeling.com