HOME REMODEL: BEFORE AND AFTER VIDEO AND PHOTOS

March 25, 2011

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HOME REMODEL

Before the kitchen remodel it was dated and cluttered.  The homeowner’s wanted a clean, contemporary style with an organic feel.  On their wish list was a larger island that offered more storage and a large countertop for baking cookies.  New appliances, sink and lighting were also high on their priority list.  The new design also needed to accommodate an area for a flat screen TV and other small appliances in order to get them off of the countertop.

We accomplished their style request by choosing bamboo cabinetry with satin granite countertops.  The granite used is called Victoria Regia, which certainly lends itself to an organic look.  To add color and interest we covered the backsplash with glass mosaic tiles in jewel tones.  All of the plug outlets were hidden to create a “clean” backsplash design.  The island was turned around and designed larger to accommodate deep drawers for storage and a large countertop for baking.  New pendant lights were installed above the island’s sitting area.  Under cabinet and above cabinet lighting was also installed for ambiance.

The tall cabinetry was made slightly higher to add interest.  A cabinet was designed especially to hold a flat screen TV. Below the TV is a cabinet to store small appliances, therefore leaving the countertops clutter free.  An integrated Sub Zero refrigerator was incorporated with a cabinet panel to give a seamless look.  The microwave, wall oven, wine refrigerator and the induction cook top are all from Electrolux.  The dishwasher is by Bosch.  The double-bowl sink is silgranit in the color Anthracite (black) with an oil rubbed faucet and R/O faucet, which appear black and work nicely with the sink color.

The old fireplace was dated and the base was too large for the area in which it stood.  We made the base smaller and covered it with travertine tiles, which match the flooring.  We re-designed the fireplace making it an open style with a flat burner that now holds glass chips.  The walls of the fireplace were covered with thin stacked stone in shades of green and brown.  The new fireplace is modernized and works much better with the new kitchen and flooring.

In the entry and great room we installed new travertine tile, which was also installed throughout the entire house creating a nice flow.  The pillars were painted in a deep shade of brown that coordinates well with the front entry door, laundry room door and the cabinetry.  In the great room a “picture frame” carpet was installed and bordered with natural river rock stones.  New glass and metal sconces hang on the walls and a semi-flush fixture hangs in the entryway, which compliments the sconces.  An awesome glass river rock pendant cluster hangs above the kitchen eating / sitting area, which worked well with the river rock floor border.  The ceilings were painted a warm white color (they were yellow) which worked much better with the yellow colored faux walls.  If I had my way I would have changed the wall color because I felt the color was too bold and over powering for the new materials used.  However, the homeowner’s really liked the existing color and over ruled me.  Their happiness is what is most important!

The master bathroom needed a complete revamp, too.  It was very dated and cluttered.  The vanity was too small with not enough storage and the corner medicine cabinet was an eye sore.

We removed the low pony wall which allowed more space for a larger vanity and more room for the tub area.  A new marble countertop was installed and two Zen vessel sinks sit nicely atop.  The faucets were set on the sides of each sink for interest and convenience.  Plus we had to allow space for the two medicine cabinet doors to open, they’re behind and part of the mirror.  New light fixtures were installed above each sink providing ample lighting, as well as a nice look for the room.  Walls of blue, white and brown mosaic glass tiles were used to add color and flair.  The other walls were faux painted with pearl white paint.

A chandelier made out of flight paper hangs above the tub.  The oval freestanding soaking tub is made of volcanic limestone by Victoria and Albert.  We added a backrest for comfort while soaking.  A tall sleek floor faucet completes the look.  The tub was off center before and cramped into the corner and now the new tub is the perfect size for the corner and just  right for the petite homeowner.

A clear glass panel separates the tub and shower.  The glass panel sits on a block of marble, which is used as a bench for the Mrs.  The new shower was made larger and is covered from floor to ceiling with glass mosaic tiles.  The new glass enclosure is clear to show off the tile work and also the glass door that leads to a new outdoor shower (A must for the Mr).  Custom niches were also designed to hold toiletries.

The outdoor shower was built because the Mr likes to be one with nature.  The walls were constructed and covered with the same glass mosaic tiles as the inside shower, creating a continuous look from one to the other.  A new light fixture and towel hook were also added for convenience.

The master bedroom was also revamped with new travertine flooring and pearl white faux painted walls.  But the most striking is the authentic sky ceiling with an LED light tray that encompasses the entire room.  The blue sky works nicely with the blue tile in the master bath and both rooms were transformed into a beautiful spa-like atmosphere.

Contact Cheryl to make an appointment  to discuss the possibilities of remodeling your home!  Call Today – 480.816.4233 or click http://sandella.net/contactus/contactus.html

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"Cheryl Sandella"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, design and build firm, in Fountain Hills Arizona and design, remodel and build homes in the valley. To read more about her go to http://www.sandella.net/aboutus/aboutus.html

 

 

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HOME BUILDING: THE VALUE OF A CUSTOM HOME

March 1, 2011

Home ValueTHE VALUE OF A CUSTOM HOME

By Cheryl Sandella, ASID Allied Member, Sandella Custom Homes & Interiors

How do you define value in today’s economy in regards to new home construction?  Are you basing the value merely on the lowest price of construction?  In today’s market it is crucial that we don’t discount the value of quality construction by just focusing on the costs. 

At Sandella Custom Homes & Interiors we truly believe that value also has to include the overall building experience and goes hand and hand with the overall budget. 

Our approach is different than many other Arizona design and build firms.  We like to approach the project as a team effort together with the architect, general contractor, interior designer, construction crews and of course the client.  This ensures value because everyone is on the same page from start to finish. 

In many circumstances the client will purchase land from a realtor without ever getting the opinion of a home builder, the expert who will actually build the house on the lot.  After purchasing the lot, many will continue on to hire an architect, again without consulting with a builder.  Many architects will design a house based on the client’s wishes, without a strong focus on the construction documents, which in turn determines the cost of the project.  Clients can get caught up in the “pretty pictures”, which can cause them to lose sight of the budget.  When a builder is involved, he will focus on the construction costs and work with the architect to design a home that is in the client’s budget while satisfying their design wishes.  Therefore, we prefer a client to approach us FIRST before purchasing their building lot or hiring an architect. 

Consequently, we know that many people don’t follow those steps, mainly because they don’t know of them.  With 30+ years in home construction, we have the wisdom to know where the changes should occur to meet the building budget and will confer with the architect to make the necessary revisions. 

Design - Build FirmChoosing a design and build firm that has experience in the industry and a long term relationship with subcontractors, suppliers and vendors is also important for the budget.  At Sandella we work closely with our crews and have what we call the “meeting of the minds” sessions before we start any new project.  Although working in this manner takes a lot more time, we feel it is well worth it because the client will have a better built home in the long run, which is true value. 

A good design and build firm will have experience, a construction crew and a protocol in place so they are able to execute the project once a contract is signed.  Typically and unfortunately, most building firms do not.   Generally, most price out a job too low and in return have to run around town trying to find the lowest bidder to do the work to fit into that budget.  In the past, they never took the time to build rapport with subcontractors and therefore it makes it difficult for them to execute a job properly. You’ll either get inferior work and materials or will pay extra at the end with change orders.  Their motto is to “move on” and typically will disappear once a project is finished.  We are here for the long run; we’re part of our community and are raising our families here. 

Architect-ConstructionCommunication, Integrity and Trust are the three main attributes of a good design and build firm.  We make sure to listen to our clients; we take effective notes on their wants and needs (dreams) for their new home construction, while keeping a keen eye on the design and budget.  We keep our clients informed on every aspect of the design and build process and will have numerous meetings making ourselves available to answer questions or concerns they may have.  Our job sites are executed very efficiently to ensure that schedules and specifications are followed to their exactness and we’re detailed oriented and meticulousness throughout the project.  We’re a company comprised of experts who keep our word and make good on all of our promises.  

It is our job to carry on our shoulders, the responsibility and value of building a client’s dream home.  We take this duty very seriously and are accountable for the execution of fine custom homes that meets our clients’ needs, lifestyle and budget.   

Contact us for a quality custom home designed and built based on value. 

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

©2011 Cheryl Sandella, All Rights Reserved, Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors, LLC. 

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, a design and build firm, in Fountain Hills Arizona.  Together they design, remodel and build homes throughout the valley.

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 

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


HOME DECORATING – ALL ABOUT HEADBOARDS

March 1, 2011

HeadboardsHome Decorating – ALL ABOUT HEADBOARDS –

By Cheryl Sandella / Sandella Custom Homes & Interiors

Did you know that by having a headboard it can determine your night’s rest?  So how did you sleep last night?  If you were tossing and turning it could be because your bed doesn’t have anything sturdy behind it…like a headboard.  Getting a good night’s sleep is needed to ensure that we have the energy to perform well during the day.

Black headboardExperts in Feng Shui strongly urge us to have a sturdy headboard to anchor the bed to the wall.  Feng Shui is the art of placement as it relates to the flow of energy.  To create a “positive” energy flow in the bedroom, a must is to have the headboard against a solid wall.  The material used to create the headboard is also important in Feng Shui and must be considered when designing/decorating a bedroom.   The experts say brass or iron headboards can cause headaches and give a feeling of lack of stability, due to their openness design.  They highly recommend choosing a headboard that is made out of a solid material, such as upholstery or wood.  They claim there is a strong correlation between lack of sleep and the wrong headboard or worse off no headboard at all. 

Purple BedThe headboard is the “focal Point” of your bedroom, along with the bed, and without one the room looks unfinished.  The headboard style sets the tone for your entire bedroom design so it’s important to give it the attention it needs by creating one that has style.

Tall Custom HeadboardIn years past the headboard’s roll was to help keep pillows and linens in place but In today’s world of custom interior design, headboards are being created with upholstered materials such as leather, ultra suede, silk, natural fibers, faux textiles and many other fine fabrics to make a personal statement in the room.  All bedrooms should be designed with a headboard regardless of their size.  In fact, the right headboard style could actually make a smaller room feel more spacious as it adds height and substance to the room.  Wood is another good choice for a headboard as it is very versatile.  There are many types of wood and finishes to choose from and it can be carved to form different shapes.  A wood-upholstered combination headboard will certainly make a stunning statement in the room.   

Rec Velvet HeadboardSince there are so many design options for headboards I’m designing less of the “matchy” headboards that match the casement furniture.  The trend to keep the headboard and footboard separate from the other furniture allows more freedom and creativity when decorating the bedroom.  The bed is the main attraction in the room and it deserves a stylish headboard and footboard, if desired.    

Headboard with crystal nail headsSince the headboard has become the starting point of the decorating scheme for the bedroom, it’s wise to know all of the options available.  Headboards can be designed in many shapes with embellishments added for panache.  My favorite headboard to design is the upholstered styles because with so many fine fabrics and styles to choose from I can be very creative.  Below are some of the steps and decorating tips that I use when designing a headboard. 

First I choose a design style that works with the design scheme of the bedroom I plan to create.  The styles to choose from are:  Square, Arc, Curved Corner, Camel or Custom.  For a contemporary style, I would choose Square, Arc for transitional and curved corners or camel for traditional.  Custom style is any shape I want to create, for example instead of square I can create a headboard that is wavy at the top or is extra wide or high. 

 Square Headboard

 Arc Headboard

 Curved Corners

Camel Headboard

Next I choose the height.  The height I choose varies depending on the room but usually somewhere between 56” to 70” tall.  If I want to make a statement then I may choose a lower height, or to add some drama I may take it to the ceiling. 

Then I choose the upholstery panel treatment it can be plain, button tufted, tufted without buttons or tufted with large squares, etc.

The next step is to choose the fabric.  I do this by coordinating a fabric with the bedding or sometimes with the furniture. 

Wood Framed Headboard The last step is the border detail.  My options are to add a welt treatment around the border or for a more dramatic look I can add nail heads to the border.  Some headboards I design don’t have a defined border and some are bordered in wood. 

Tuffed HeadboardThis is the part of the design where I can get very creative and I may decide to frame an upholstered headboard in wood, I may do a flat panel style and create a design in the center from nail heads.  Mixing fabrics is fun for example the frame could be one fabric and the border could be another and that fabric border could be shirred.    The possibilities are endless when creating a custom headboard

A new stylish headboard is what you’re bedding could be dreaming of.  A headboard will not only give the bedroom a chic new style but you may even get a good night’s sleep from it!

Cheryl SandellaContact Cheryl and make an appointment today to discuss the possibilities of creating a headboard for your bedroom.  Call 480.816.4233 or click http://sandella.net/contactus/contactus.html

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

©2011 Cheryl Sandella, All Rights Reserved, Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors, LLC. 

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, design and build firm, in Fountain Hills Arizona and design, remodel and build homes in the valley. To read more about her go to http://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 

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