Remodel & Interior Design FAQ’s

May 11, 2012

  

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who Should I Hire First…the Contractor or the Interior Designer?

 

  • It is a huge benefit for your home renovation to hire the interior designer first.
  • An interior designer will interview you and become knowledgeable about what you want and the overall program for your renovation.
  • Then they will act as your advocate when dealing with the contractor.
  • The homeowner is at a true advantage when they hire the designer first.

 

Why Is It Important To Hire A General Contractor For My Remodel?

  • Will serve as a single point of contact throughout the project
  • They manage all aspects for the project…design, permits, scheduling, purchasing materials, supervising the sub contractors and getting the proper inspections.
  • They must be a licensed, bonded and insured professional and comply with all state and local building codes
  • Most renovations, additions, kitchen and bathroom remodels are best handled by a licensed General Contractor because they normally consist of demolition, slab, framing, electrical, plumbing, etc and this type of work needs to be done by skilled sub contractors and supervised by a professional.

 

 

What Are The Benefits Of Hiring A Design/Build Company?

  • These are “all-in-one” companies which allow you the convenience of just dealing with one key contact person to complete your project.
  • They are responsible for your project from the design conception all the way through final construction.
  • Many also have their own sub contractors and architects.
  • This can save the homeowner time and money and give them piece-of-mind.

 

 

 

My Entire House Needs To Be Updated…Which Room Should I Start With?

  • The Kitchen!
  • It’s a great place to start since it’s the “hub” of the family and the finishes and materials will dictate the rest of the home.
  • It will also give you the best return on your investment.
  • A kitchen makeover will make your home feel brand new.

 

 

I Plan To Hire An Architect And Contractor For My Project…Should I Hire An Interior Designer, Too?

  • If you just hire an architect and contractor you’ll be missing a “key component” in your renovation.
  • Your renovation will require the selection of cabinetry, countertops, fixtures, appliances, flooring, paint colors, scale and placement of furniture, etc.
  • Having these decisions and selections made before construction will prevent many headaches and delays.

 

My Home Needs To Be Remodeled And Decorated…When Should I Hire An Interior Designer?

  • Hire your interior designer early in the process, not just at the end of the project to select finishes and furniture.
  • A designer’s role varies from making material recommendations to helping you make smart decisions about your remodeling budget.
  • Hiring an interior designer at the onset of a project can save money in the long run and make the process run smoothly, timely and efficiently.

 

 

I’d Like To Redecorate My Home…What Are The Benefits Of Using An Interior Designer?

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  • It’s a smart choice if you don’t have any decorating or design experience. Even if you have good taste and some talent, an experienced interior designer knows how to make your house look its very best.
  • You’ll get the best possible look for your home because they are experts and they know what kind of décor and furniture will be best for your lifestyle, budget and home architecture.
  • They have great quality resources. Interior designers have access to many showrooms that are not open to the public, which will give your home a true decorated feel.
  • Home decorating and design is not as easy as one may presume. There is a lot of forethought and preparation that goes into making a room look professionally done. Many amateurs end up with poor and disappointing results when they try to do it on their own.

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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 

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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


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  

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


ARIZONA REBATES

July 3, 2010

Appliance Rebates started on July 1, 2010 

Good News for Arizonans!  Funds are once again available to buy qualified appliances.  Go to http://www.ArizonaRebates.com for an online applicaton.  You can do the process online or print/mail it in for the rebate.  This is a limited time offer…Funds will be availalbe until Decemeber 31, 2010 (or until they run out…whichever comes first).  So don’t delay. 

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Top 7 Decorating Mistakes

July 2, 2010

TOP 7 DECORATING MISTAKES by Cheryl Sandella

Being an interior designer for over 25 years I’m quite familiar with the most common mistakes most people make (even some professionals) when decorating a home.  Decorating should reflect our taste and style, and it is a very personal thing.  However there are a few decorating blunders that should be avoided.   Below is a list of mistakes and fixes. 

The Line UpMISTAKE 1:  The Line Up…lining up the furniture on one wall.  I see this done a lot especially in bedrooms, where several different size dressers are all shoved against one wall.  This creates a “cluttered” look and feel.  It’s also unbalanced. 

THE FIX:   Be sure to measure the space and the dimensions of the furniture you’ll be placing on each wall.  Place one main piece of furniture on a wall.  You want to make sure the room looks and feels balanced.  Also, be sure to leave enough “walk room” between the bed and the furniture.  You don’t want to be bumping into things if you get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.  Scale is very important here. 

Good PlacementMISTAKE 2:  Furniture Placement…many people think pushing the living room sofa against the wall and by having the open space in the center of the room will make the room appear larger…False.  This type of arrangement makes it difficult to carry on a conversation.

THE FIX:  Since the sofa is the largest piece in the room it should be placed in the center and across from either the entertainment wall or fireplace (the focal point). Rearrange the other pieces around the sofa to create an intimate setting that is more conversational.  (group all piece in the center of the room) Make sure you’re TV is hung/placed at eye level and the sofa is placed at the correct distance from the TV.  The distance depends on the size of the TV and your preference.  A good rule of thumb is to take the size of the TV and multiply it by 1.5.  For example, if you have a 42” Flat Screen TV, you would multiply 42 x 1.5 = 63” or 5’1/4”.  If you feel that it’s still too close you can move your sofa back to about 6’.  The larger the TV the further back the sofa should go.  So it’s important to know your room size before purchasing a TV.  (measure to the back seat of the sofa)

Some rooms are too small for this configuration, if you have to place the sofa against a wall be sure to group the other pieces around the sofa…don’t push the chair against another wall, etc.

Upon entry you see the back of the sofa…that’s a great place for a console table to be placed with a few accessories displayed. 

Fear of ColorMISTAKE 3:  Fear of Color…when I first moved to the dessert I was shocked at how many beige / cream colored houses I went to.  Floors, walls, ceilings and furniture were all beige, which tends to look boring and lacks creativity.  Many of the clients told me that they love color but were afraid to use it.  Many think using a paint color, other than off white; will make the room look smaller and be difficult to match with furniture. 

THE FIX:  Use your favorite colors!  I recommend selecting the upholstery and window treatments first.   You can start with a palette of three colors in different shades and contrast – you can have one dark deep color, complimented by lighter colors.  Select the main color followed by accent colors.  Darker colors tend to ground while lighter colors tend to float.   Don’t use all jewel tones or pastels – mix it up.  After those selections are made then the paint color can be selected.  It is best to select a few colors and paint them on the wall in the room.  Stay with it for a day or so and see how the color looks in the natural light and nighttime light, then select.  The goal of paint color is to enhance the other colors being used and to create a mood.  You can use paint color to make something pop or to create a soft glow.  But always surround yourself in the colors you love. 

Too Many PrintsMISTAKE 4:  Too Many Patterns… using too many patterns can become distracting to the eye, busy and overbearing.  However, you don’t want to be “matchy-matchy” either.  There are many ways to introduce patterns to the décor of a room but there is also a fine line with how many to use and where. 

THE FIX:  I love to decorate a room with different patterns, it creates interest.  However, you must stay true to your color palette and plan. Use patterns and prints very specifically to support the main color and draw attention to the accent colors.  Mix it up with a blend of solid colors, prints, different textures and materials. 

Artwork too HighMISTAKE 5:  Hanging Artwork Too High…you shouldn’t have to strain the neck and eyes to view art.  In most situations art should be hung at eye level for proper viewing and balance. 

THE FIX:  I see this mistake often, art being hung way too high.   Art needs to be hung at eye level; the main feature of the art (or center) should be at eye level.  Since we’re all different heights, you can use this as a guideline…hang art approximately 60” above the floor, 8”–12” above a sofa, chair or headboard.  6” – 8” inches for a mirror above a chest.  In contemporary settings I prefer to hang art a little lower than in traditional settings.   But don’t go too low because that doesn’t look good either. 

Wrong Window TreatmentMISTAKE 6:  Hanging Window Treatments Too Low…I see this mistake often too.  In most homes the art is hung too high and the window treatments are hung too low. 

THE FIX:  I consider window treatments “jewelry” for the window.  The goal is to dress up the window, add some bling and drama.  Therefore you don’t want to stay in the constraints of the window size.  The higher the curtain is installed the taller your room will appear.  Hanging drapes at ceiling height will give a dramatic effect on the entire room.  For the length, go ½” to 1” above the floor or make the drapes longer to “puddle” on the floor for a little drama.  If you don’t want to go to the floor, than go just below the window molding. (in some cases you can touch the window sill) I don’t like drapes ending midway on a wall because it looks like you ran out of fabric and the flow is wrong.  

ClutterMISTAKE 7:  Too Many Knickknacks…I think it’s important to display personal collections, things that you love to look at or have sentimental value.  However, you can’t display all of them or have collections displayed in too many places, it becomes too messy and cluttered looking. 

THE FIX:   If you do have a collection of knickknacks that you want to display select one area, cabinet or wall and display a few of your favorites.  You can store the others and rotate them seasonally.  It’s important to use accessories when decorating to bring the room together, to add some bling and drama but again don’t add too many.   It’s best not to have too many small items on display.  Instead use fewer but larger pieces that add impact and create drama.  It’s important to have “negative space” so you don’t have to cover everything with a knickknack.  In most cases…LESS IS MORE!

 

CHERYL’S PET PEEVES:

  • Toilet Rugs – unsanitary
  • Too Many Focal Points – don’t know what to look at first…just have one
  • Electrical Cord and Cable Wires – messy…tack them up
  • Too Many Personal Photos – display some and use photo albums for the remainder
  • Buying the “Display” at a Furniture Store – it never looks right in the home…either the scale is wrong or the pieces are too matchy
  • Floating Area Rugs – measure to get the correct size for your area rug…it should always “connect” to the furniture or fit the room leaving 12”-16” of floor space around the rug…for the dining room…the chairs should fit on the rug 
  • Cheap Plastic or Fake Plants/Flowers – this is one area that you must buy a high grade or use real
  • Vertical Blinds – outdated
  • Using Things You No Longer Like – it’s important to surround yourself with things that you love and make you feel good  (use the wall space in your garage for things you can’t part with)

 

Good DesignWhen decorating a home it’s imperative to have a plan and budget.  When you have a plan and budget you’re going to make better decisions and purchases.   I find that most people struggle with scale and proportion when selecting furniture.  Use books, Internet and furniture showrooms to gather ideas and to get familiar with what works.  Visualization is difficult for most people and if you’re really stuck it is best to call in a professional.   In the long run you’ll save time and money but most important you’ll get the job done right.   Hiring a professional can turn a stressful project into an enjoyable one!  

For a FREE consultation call or click:  480.816.4233 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. 

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

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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!

 

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. 

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


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

http://www.facebook.com/sandellahomes


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. 

 LED closet rod

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