AVOID THESE 5 MISTAKES WHEN RENOVATING YOUR HOME

August 8, 2010

HOMEOWNER AWARENESS…

DON’T MAKE THESE 5 MISTAKES WHEN RENOVATING YOUR HOME

 

1) HIRE AN UNLICENSED CONTRACTOR – many consumer-protection agencies are reporting an increase in home improvement complaints.  The complaints are about contractors who do shoddy work or abandon the job half-way through or better yet never see the contractor again after giving them a huge deposit to start the work. 

Many homeowners make the huge mistake of hiring unlicensed contractors in an attempt to save money.  The truth is that most of the time this mistake ends up costing the homeowner more money in the end.  (plus additional time and aggravation)

Please be aware of the consequences you may be faced with if you hire an unlicensed contractor.  Below is a brief list of risk you take when hiring unlicensed contractors:

Unlicensed contractors are actually a liability for the homeowner and can expose you to considerable financial risks ranging from repairs to rebuilding to medical costs. 

Unlicensed contractors have no legal regulations to abide by or professional standards to follow. 

Unlicensed contractors may not even have the proper skills, knowledge or ethics to do a home renovation project.

Unlicensed contractors can be subject to fines and even arrest and prosecution for performing construction work without a license. 

Did you know that your homeowner’s policy does not cover unlicensed contractors?

A licensed contractor must have the proper training and expertise in the trades they are practicing.  They must follow legal regulations, safety and building codes. 

A licensed contractor must be bonded and insured.

Hiring a licensed contractor can’t always guarantee you’ll get a quality job but it does provide you with some peace of mind that the contractor does have adequate knowledge and expertise in their trade. 

Most states require a contractor to be licensed.  Many agencies will verify a contractor’s background and years of experience to make sure that person is qualified to hold a license.  Many states even require a contractor to pass an extensive written exam.  

Hiring an unlicensed contractor is the homeowner’s responsibility, too.  If homeowners didn’t hire them, they would be forced to either get the necessary license or stop the improper work all together.   

REMEMBER YOU HAVE NO RECOURSE AGAINST AN UNLICENSED CONTRACTOR.

Most homeowners are confused about what work a “handyman” can perform.  In the State of Arizona a homeowner can NOT use a “handyman” if the work requires a local building permit.  According to Arizona’s ROC, the total cost of the project, including labor, materials and all other items does not exceed $1,000.00.

Total cost of the project as an example means, a “handyman” cannot build a brick fireplace for $1,000.00 in a $10,000.00 addition to a home.  The “total” cost of the project would be considered as $11,000.00.  In such cases, the “handyman” would be required to be a licensed contractor.

In addition, homeowners are also confused when it comes to interior designers contracting to do remodel work or acting as a construction manager.  An interior designer must be a licensed contractor to do any type of remodel/construction work.  They cannot bid or enter into a contract with a homeowner for any type of construction work.  Interior designers can be a great asset to your renovation by helping you select materials and products, space plan, add window treatments and new furnishings.  However, they cannot bid or enter into a contract with you for any type of construction work unless they’re licensed in remodeling or a general contractor.

The reason for these licensing requirements is to protect the health, welfare and public safety and to promote quality construction in Arizona.

If you’re planning on doing any type of renovations to your home be sure to hire ONLY licensed contractors.   You wouldn’t hire an unlicensed doctor or lawyer to work for you, so why would you risk your own safety and property value by hiring an unlicensed contractor? 

2) CONTRACT WITH THE WRONG CONTRACTOR – don’t contract your bathroom remodel to the roofing contractor or have your electrician install your tile floors. 

Be sure to hire the appropriate contractor who is qualified and licensed for the specific work you want preformed. 

Many contractors may know how to do multiple trades but only a General Contractor can do that.  (or sub contract to the appropriate trades)

It is wise to hire a General Contractor because they have knowledge and expertise in ALLareas of construction.  They can do the pricing, scheduling and are the liaison between you and the subcontractors. 

Hiring a General Contractor can save you a lot of time and money and also give you peace of mind because your entire project can be handled by one person. 

3) START WITHOUT A PLAN – it is imperative to have a plan when doing any type of improvements to your home.  I’m very surprised at how many people actually start projects and think they can figure it out as they go. 

In order to have a successful home renovation you must follow a plan.  If you start your project without one, you will have one delay after another and you’ll not only waste time but you’ll waste valuable dollars as well. 

Be sure the plan also consists of a time line and budget. 

If your renovation is to update a room or introduce new materials then you’ll need to have a detailed list that encompasses the scope of the work and details. 

If you’re doing larger projects, like a full kitchen remodel, an addition or expanding a room then you’ll need to invest in drawings, construction plans and documents.  For some projects it can be beneficial to hire an architect for complete drawings, elevations and details. 

Planning ahead will not only save you time and money but it will give you peace of mind. 

4) ATTEMPT “DO IT YOURSELF” PROJECTS – Many homeowners attempt DIY home projects in an attempt to save money, but many go wrong.    

Over 25% of these homeowners have to call in a professional to either fix the damaged work or to complete the project.  Many times the professional has to start from scratch because it’s too difficult to salvage the substandard job. 

Most DIY projects take three or four times longer than it would take an experienced professional contractor to do.  Many people don’t have this much time to spend/waste. 

So many homeowners are never really satisfied with their DIY projects. Very often when it comes to resale, no one is willing to pay top dollar for inferior work so they end up losing money in the end. 

5) SPENDING TOO MUCH OR NOT SPENDING ENOUGH – I see this oh so often…many people just filling their home with upgrades that the real estate market isn’t going to support.  And on the other hand I see people trying to put in junk in hopes to make a ton of money on a resale.  It is not wise to do either.

Make sure the upgrades you put into your home renovation project are appropriate to the home’s market value and the standards of the neighborhood.

When renovating use quality products and materials that the area can support so you can recoup the money you spent if you do decide to sell.

Spending money on a good quality kitchen and/or bathroom renovation is wise because you’ll be able to recoup the money you invested and your house will “show” well.

Know that people are very savvy and they can spot substandard craftsmanship or cheap materials and they will not be willing to pay top dollar for that.

Contact Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors for a FREE consultation call or click:  480.836.1543 or http://sandella.net/

 

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

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

 

CherylAbout 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  

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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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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


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


Green, Global and Glamour by Cheryl Sandella

February 4, 2009

Green, Global and Glamour

Green:

While many of you have been hearing about the up and coming green design it’s in full force for 2009.  The prediction for Arizona is that 10% of all new home construction in 2010 will be constructed green and equating to a $20 billion market share.  Due to our “red” economy many may not be able to build a completely green home but consumers will still be seeking green products for sure.  Many are becoming environmentally conscious so you’ll be seeing more and more green products on the market for 2009 and beyond.  Green has had a strong focus on appliances, solar energy, lighting, heating and cooling.  But for 2009 green goes LUXE.  Be on the lookout for luxurious eco-linens that will feel and look like silk.  Bedding and other high-end accessories will be getting the GREEN treatment. 

 

Global:

For 2009 there will be a merging of multi-cultural designs.  We will still be inspired by the Asian and Middle Eastern cultures.  Adding to them will be a fresh focus on Russia, India, Morocco and Latin America culture. 

 

Glamour:

Fashionista Couture – where glamour and beauty from the fashion runways inspire your home.  You’ll see lots of embellishments on accessories.  Pillows will be dressed with belts, sequence, Swarovski crystals and flowers.  Window treatments will have dressmaker details and trims. Upholstered headboards will be glamour inspired using velvet fabrics with silver – leaf finish accented with metallic trim. 

 

Cheryl’s Top Ten Trends for 2009:

  1. The color Purple is back!   Soft is out and loud is in.  Colors that say “look at me” will be getting the attention.  Red and blue will still be important while herbal green joins the scene.  Due to Asian inspired design, gold and yellow will be shouting out.  White is also making a comeback especially in kitchen design.  And neon colors will be shinning through.  There is power in color and I feel every room should have a shout of it. 
  2. The “New Look” is Traditional with an Edge.  What I mean by edge is a fresh modern look, a fusion of the two.  Old World and Tuscan design are out and Traditional and Contemporary are in.  Modern, minimalism, green with a touch of glamour has got my attention this year.  This will be the year to mix it up – juxtaposition design done right can be very striking. 
  3. Home furnishings will be getting scaled down as will room sizes.  So the furniture must fit the scale of the room so you’ll be seeing a “back to basics” approach in furniture.  Distressed wood will still be popular in 2009 but the shades and stains will get a little lighter.  You’ll also see a fusion of shades being used such a chocolate brown and white. 
  4. Fabrics will be larger in scale, bold and bright with added glitz.  Metallics will still make a statement as they are fun to work with and always add a spark of interest to the piece.  
  5. Popular Patterns of paisleys, geometrics botanicals, mosaics and patchwork will be seen on fabrics and wallpaper.  Texture will also play a major role in décor.  Using the layered look creates visual interest.  I enjoy designing a painted wall with a layer of moldings – it creates architectural interest for the room.  Tile patterns in bathrooms are the rave especially brick glass tiles. 
  6. Lifestyle – a new trend of homeowner is emerging and will be living in their homes longer.  Making a long-term commitment to stay in their homes will be paramount when making decisions on home design and building.  The recent down turn in the housing market will play a part in how they design for the future.   These homes will be custom tailored to their lifestyles and they will be smart about what they want such as flexible floor plans, emphasis on green building and living, and multi–purpose rooms.   
  7. Remodeling and Expansions will be huge in 2009 and beyond.  Homeowners are now in a nesting mode and are willing to update their existing homes to conform to their current lifestyles and personalities. 
  8. Custom Home Building will continue to grow in Arizona and will continue to be one of the fastest growing states over the next two decades.  The emphasis for custom home building will be on “practical building”.  The new homes erected will be a tad smaller in size but without compromising quality.  With a strong focus on energy efficiency, individuality, practical floor plans, multi-purpose room, modern style, high technology and great curb appeal. 
  9. Watch for local, state and federal government programs that will offer homeowners incentives to build green.  There will be tax credits and rebates offered.  Many new websites will be available for information as well.
  10. Express Yourself!  Designing and building your home should be about your personal preferences not on what’s the hottest new trend.  It’s fun and exciting to hear and read about what is new and up and coming but if the trend doesn’t suit you and your lifestyle then it shouldn’t go into your home.  Design with “you” in mind.

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Sweet Pea and Willow

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© 2009 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

         


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

Custom Home office by Sandella Interiors

 

© 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


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