TIMES ARE CHANGING – WHAT’S “IN” FOR NEW HOMES AND REMODELS

June 22, 2010

What’s “IN” for New Homes and Remodels…

For the first time since 1982 the average size of a new home decreased according to MarketWatch.  NHBA released data showing that people in the US prefer smaller homes compared to the “super-sized” homes of years past.  The new focus in on being practical, sensible and energy efficient.  Many of the new home designs are featuring “multi-purpose” or “flexible rooms” instead of a separate room for each function.  The Jack-n-Jill bathroom is making a comeback because it is practical and cost effective. 

The trend in our country this year is “nesting”. People are into staying home and preferring to entertain at home as well.  So now they want the design of their home to be comfortable, casual and convenient.  It’s all about togetherness with an old fashion flavor…which is nice.

Below Are the New Trends For 2010 And Beyond

KITCHEN:  The kitchen is still ranking high on the list as it is considered the “heart of the home”.  People are continuing to request large kitchens because it is a multi-purpose room…it’s where people flock, it’s a room for meal preparation, homework and crafts, laptops, and family time.  It’s still the room people are willing to spend money because the ROI (return on investment) is 75-100%.  The island remains a popular component with Granite countertops being a must have.   

MASTER BEDROOM SUITE:  Many prefer the master suite to be on the first (main) floor and adjacent to the living areas of the home.  Creating a private sanctuary where one can relax, read and sip tea plus be able go outdoors to a private patio are in demand.   A large walk-in closet is still top on the list of priorities.  The master bathroom that used to be open from the bedroom is now getting a door, for privacy.  The door could be a pocket door or frosted glass door that still lets in light.   The bathtub is now freestanding and the showers are larger with a bench for seating.  The double sink vanity or his and her vanities are still desired. 

ENERGY-EFFICIENCY – top on the list are energy efficient appliances, insulation and windows.  People are downsizing their window sizes because of energy concerns.  Green homes are desired and now with so many new manufacturers it has become easier to plan for eco-friendly materials to be used in new construction or remodels. 

THE HOME OFFICE – is one room that isn’t going to get cut any time soon.  With homebased businesses on the rise it is almost a staple for every home.  Even if you don’t have a home business, it is still a necessary room fo computers, bill paying and file storage.  This is a room that can also be a flex room, some are combining lots of bookcases creating a library, others are allowing extra space for homework and it has become a popular “his and her” space housing multiple computers and desks. 

OUTDOOR LIVING AREAS – because people want to spend as much time outdoors as possible this is one trend that continues to grow.  With people cutting back on room sizes it’s nice to have an outdoor space that transitions the interior living spaces to the outside which instantly expands the living space.  Fire pits, seating areas, spas and outdoor kitchens remain desired. 

COMMUNITY LIVING – new buyers are now looking for communities that have a communal swimming pool, hiking and walking paths, and play grounds for adults and kids.

WHAT’S OUT – less requests for:

  • Formal Dining Rooms (dining area within the kitchen, outdoor dining)
  • Theater Rooms (family rooms)
  • Wine Rooms (wine cabinets or refrigeration)
  • 4-Car Garages (2 -3 car garages)
  • Large Swimming Pools (communal pools)

Please feel free to leave a comment or ask a question regarding this post, we’d love to hear from you!

 

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Article by Cheryl Sandella, ASID Interior Designer, Fountain Hills, Arizona

©2010 Cheryl Sandella.  Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors, LLC. 

Cheryl SandellaAbout Cheryl:

Cheryl Sandella, Interior Designer ASID Allied Member and CEO and Founder of Sandella Custom Home and Interiors.  She is a talented designer dedicated to providing homeowners with a high level of design standards and expertise, while providing guidance and support throughout the home renovation process.  Providing every homeowner with a precise plan and customized design.

Cheryl is known for her keen eye and ability to pay close attention to design and details while never loosing site of the homeowner’s lifestyle, budget and dream.   She works closely with her husband and partner of over 30 years, Al Sandella, General Contractor and together they design, remodel and build homes in the valley.

To read more about her go to www.sandella.net/aboutus/aboutus.html   and sign up to receive the FREE Guide, “How to Create a Design Notebook” and to discover upcoming promotions, programs and services. 

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR NEWSLETTER, BLOG OR WEB SITE? You can, as long as you include this complete blurb with it: Cheryl Sandella is a sought out Interior Designer who specialized in design, remodel and custom home building.  Cheryl is the CEO and Founder of Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors.  She publishes a monthly eZine called “Bespoke Home”.  If you want Tools, Tips and Guidance to design, remodel and custom home building, be sure to get your complimentary subscription at http://www.sandella.net 

Sandella LogoCheryl Sandella

Sandella Custom Homes & Interiors

PO Box 18132

Fountain Hills, AZ 85269

480.836.1543 – office

480.816.4233 – Cheryl’s personal line

http://www.sandella.net

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Construction Quotes…Do You Know the Difference?

June 17, 2010

Construction Quotes…do you know the difference?

Since home improvement projects are high on the list these days and regardless how big or small your project is it’s important to get honest and accurate pricing from a reputable contractor.

It’s really beneficial for you to understand the different type of quotes and which ones will best suit your needs and project.  This process can be stressful, time consuming and confusing so read below for clarity. 

 

What’s the Difference?

An ESTIMATE is a ball-park figure, an approximation, a rough calculation based on a preliminary design or plan.  A price is devised based on the availability of information given at that time.  Usually estimated prices will change as the plan/design evolves and more permanent decisions are made.    

A PROPOSAL is written offer based on the work a contractor is going to perform which totals cost for materials, labor, equipment and time.  It will also include terms, conditions and payment schedule outlined for the work to be preformed.  It requires signatures from both parties. 

A BID is another written offer but based on specific information and descriptions.  It’s a takeoff of completed drawings or construction documents that detail the scope of the work and specifications. It states the money requirements and includes materials, labor, equipment and time.  In most situations once a contractor is awarded the bid it becomes part of the contract documents

A CONTRACT is a legal and binding agreement between the contractor and homeowner to do specific work.  It outlines the entire scope of the project including contingencies, stipulations and compensation.  It assures that both parties will hold up to their end of the deal.  A contract must be signed and dated by all parties.

A CHANGE ORDER is a “change of work”.  It is a written order signed by the contractor and homeowner to make a change that is not included in the original scope of work.  It authorizes the contractor to make the change for a specific amount of money and time. 

The final price you decide on must be as accurate as possible.  The most important thing you can do for yourself and your project is to hire a contractor that you feel comfortable with and has a quality reputation.  Don’t let the bottom number dictate who you choose because if you don’t go with a competent contractor you will end up paying more in the end.  Listen to your gut!

 

For a FREE consultation CALL 480.836.1543, EMAIL al@sandella.net  or CLICK:  http://sandella.net/contactus/contactus.html

 

Please feel free to leave a comment or ask a question regarding this post; we’d love to hear from you!

Article by Cheryl Sandella, ASID Interior Designer, Fountain Hills, Arizona

©2010 Cheryl Sandella.  Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors, LLC. 

Cheryl SandellaAbout Cheryl:

Cheryl Sandella, Interior Designer ASID Allied Member and CEO and Founder of Sandella Custom Home and Interiors.  She is a talented designer dedicated to providing homeowners with a high level of design standards and expertise, while providing guidance and support throughout the home renovation process.  Presenting every homeowner with a precise plan and customized design.

Cheryl is known for her keen eye and ability to pay close attention to design and details while never loosing site of the homeowner’s lifestyle, budget and dream.   She works closely with her husband and partner of over 30 years, Al Sandella, General Contractor and together they design, remodel and build homes in the valley.

To read more about her go to www.sandella.net/aboutus/aboutus.html   and sign up to receive the FREE Guide, “How to Create a Design Notebook” and to discover upcoming promotions, programs and services. 

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR NEWSLETTER, BLOG OR WEB SITE? You can, as long as you include this complete blurb with it: Cheryl Sandella is a sought out Interior Designer who specialized in design, remodel and custom home building.  Cheryl is the CEO and Founder of Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors.  She publishes a monthly eZine called “Bespoke Home”.  If you want Tools, Tips and Guidance to design, remodel and custom home building, be sure to get your complimentary subscription at http://www.sandella.net  

Sandella LogoCheryl Sandella

Sandella Custom Homes & Interiors

PO Box 18132

Fountain Hills, AZ 85269

480.836.1543 – office

480.816.4233 – Cheryl’s personal line

http://www.sandella.net


Do You Have A Tool Tote For Meetings?

June 11, 2010

 

Tool Tote for Meetings

If you’re planning to build a new home or remodeling one then you’ll want to be prepared for all of your meetings with architects, designers, contractors and others by having a tool tote.

What you’ll need to create your own “Tool Tote”:Totes

 

A tote bag or brief case – you’ll need something large enough to carry the following…

Day planner or electronic calendar (in your cell phone) – you’ll have so many appointments to schedule and it’s important to stay organized during this process.

Samples of materials – get samples of all the materials you select and carry them with you, either in your tote or car.  You will be referring to them often as you select other materials or have to cross reference an order.  You’ll also need to bring them to the job site for design and match purposes. 

Tape Measure – there will be lots of things to measure so be sure to pack a tape measure.

Camera – digital or phone camera – either will work because you’ll want to have a record of materials viewed, building/remodeling process and before and after shots.  Photos create lasting memories as well. 

Pen and Pad – it’s imperative to take notes during meetings.  You can use digital devices such as note pad in your cell phone, laptop or iPad. 

Calculator – you may have to recalculate things, you may want to add as you go to stay on budget and there could be changes that occur that may need calculation in order for a decision to be made. 

Contractor Ruler – to measure dimensions on the plans.

Folder/Binder for documents – it’s a good idea to have copies of your permit, floor plans, lists, contracts, notes and any other pertinent information.

Drink and snacks – many appointments can last for hours and some all day.  Be sure to pack a drink and a few snacks in your tote. 

Miscellaneous – paper clips, elastics, small stapler, gum or mints.

Please feel free to leave a comment or ask a question regarding this post; we’d love to hear from you!

For a FREE consultation call or click:  480.836.1543 or http://sandella.net/contactus/contactus.html

Article by Cheryl Sandella, ASID Interior Designer, Fountain Hills, Arizona

©2010 Cheryl Sandella.  Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors, LLC. 

About Cheryl:

Cheryl SandellaCheryl Sandella, Interior Designer ASID Allied Member and CEO and Founder of Sandella Custom Home and Interiors.  She is a talented designer dedicated to providing homeowners with a high level of design standards and expertise, while providing guidance and support throughout the home renovation process.  Providing every homeowner with a precise plan and customized design.

Cheryl is known for her keen eye and ability to pay close attention to design and details while never loosing site of the homeowner’s lifestyle, budget and dream.   She works closely with her husband and partner of over 30 years, Al Sandella, General Contractor and together they design, remodel and build homes in the valley.

To read more about her go to www.sandella.net/aboutus/aboutus.html   and sign up to receive the FREE Guide, “How to Create a Design Notebook” and to discover upcoming promotions, programs and services. 

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR NEWSLETTER, BLOG OR WEB SITE? You can, as long as you include this complete blurb with it: Cheryl Sandella is a sought out Interior Designer who specialized in design, remodel and custom home building.  Cheryl is the CEO and Founder of Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors.  She publishes a monthly eZine called “Bespoke Home”.  If you want Tools, Tips and Guidance to design, remodel and custom home building, be sure to get your complimentary subscription at http://www.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

http://www.sandella.net

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Cheryl’s Fabulous Finds

June 9, 2010

Cheryl’s Fabulous Finds

The latest and greatest “must-have” decor for your home.  If it’s hot, new and exciting it made Cheryl’s Fab Find List

Fab Find #1:  LED Closet Rods.  Light up your closet with these cool closet rods.  They automatically turn on when you enter and switch off when you leave. 

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LED Rod

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fab Find #2:  Textured Wall Decor.  Add some EXCITMENT to your walls with these Eco-Friendly custom painted wallcoverings.  Made of 100% recycled paper, water based paint and PVC free.  The Ogura Cristal Collection is made from the bark of Thailand’s native Mulberry Tree. (2nd pic)

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Fab Find #3:  All that Glitters.  Add pure elegance and beauty to your furniture, kitchen and bathroom cabinetry with knobs inlayed with STRASS Swarovski crystals.  Many colors and finishes available.  We feature the square knob with Burmuda Blue crystal at our showroom in HDIC.  How FAB are these?

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For more information on Cheryl’s Fabulous Finds please call 480.816.4233 or email cheryl@sandella.net

 

Pleae feel free to leave a comment or ask a question about this post…we’d love to hear from you!

 

CherylAbout 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, remodel 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 NEWSLETTER, BLOG 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, remodel and custom home building, be sure to get your complimentary subscription at http://www.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

http://www.sandella.net


7 Tips to Planning a Home Renovation Project by Cheryl Sandella

June 8, 2010

SEVEN TIPS TO PLANNING A HOME RENOVATION PROJECT

Planning a home renovation project can be very stressful so it’s important to know a few tips before starting one.

Whether you’re re-doing your kitchen, enlarging your master bedroom, updating a bathroom or adding a garage there are many things you need to know to make your project run smoothly and create a peaceful experience for yourself.

So before the renovation begins take note to these tips from Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors.  These tips will help turn your vision into a reality!

Tip One:  Evaluate Your Needs – It’s important to know what you want and what the needs of your family are before getting started. 

Tip Two:  Asses Your Situation– Get a pad and pen and walk through each room making notes of the improvements you’d like to see happen.  Then take that list and prioritize your notes and then prioritize the rooms that need the most work and attention.  This will give you your starting point.  

Tip Three:  Start a Design Notebook – It’s important to know the look and feel you’d like for your renovation.  What materials and finishes are available, what designs inspire you and what doesn’t, it’s imperative to know both.  Gathering information from magazines and websites will be helpful.  For more information on how to create a design notebook visit, http://www.sandella.net sign-up to receive the Free Guide and it will be emailed to you.

Tip Four:  Write a Wish List – List everything that you want; the look, the feel, the color, the concept.  Don’t worry about the price at this point because many “looks” can be created on your budget.  Just get the concept on paper.  Writing this list can help you organize your thoughts.  

Tip Five:  Plan Ahead – It’s important to have a plan and follow it.  This will prevent you from wasting time and money.  Knowing your budget, your wants and needs in advance is the key to a successful renovation project. 

Tip Six:  Hire a Professional Interior Designer – hiring a professional will save you a great deal of time and money.  A design professional can be a great asset to your project because they will assist you with your lists, goals, budget and overall plan.  They can really relieve some of the stresses associated with planning a renovation project. 

Tip Seven:  Hire a Licensed General Contractor – work with a company that is dependable, has integrity and provides high quality workmanship.  Be sure to hire a company that will fit your needs and expectations…some times when hiring large firms it can cost you more money because of their high overhead expenses.  And also they may be too large to give you the “attention” you desire and deserve.  Hiring a professional General Contractor will also give you peach of mind because they know all of the building and safety codes, they will be able to obtain all the necessary permits, they’ll be in charge of the scheduling and hiring all necessary subcontractors… and in return you won’t have to worry about a thing!

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, remodel 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 NEWSLETTER, BLOG 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, remodel and custom home building, be sure to get your complimentary subscription at http://www.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

http://www.sandella.net