Outdoor Oasis

January 22, 2012

Outdoor Oasis

Beach Entry

Tropical Grotto

Spa (not shown)

BBQ

View of the City Lights

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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

 

 

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

For a FREE consultation call 480.816.4233 or click http://www.sandella.net/contactus/contactus.html

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PO Box 18132

Fountain Hills, AZ 85269

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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 

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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

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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


Outdoor Living

May 5, 2010

At Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors we love to design outdoor living spaces.  One of the most popular outdoor living space is the outdoor kitchnen.  What good would an outdoor kitchen be without an awesome grill.  Especially a grill with all the frills… 

Check out “Grilling Confidential” Video Series by Sub Zero/Wolf

BBQ secrets revealed.  Easy tips, techniques and recipes… 

http://www.subzero.com/outdoorkitchen/