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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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

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Fountain Hills, AZ 85269

480.836.1543 – office

480.816.4233 – Cheryl’s personal line

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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!

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

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

About Cheryl:

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

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

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

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

Cheryl Sandella

Sandella Custom Homes & Interiors

PO Box 18132

Fountain Hills, AZ 85269

480.836.1543 – office

480.816.4233 – Cheryl’s personal line

http://www.sandella.net

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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


ASIAN INSPIRED HOME OFFICE by Cheryl Sandella

May 15, 2010

Asian Inspired Home Office

I’m working on finishing up a home office and just added some new accessories.  Once the office is completed I’ll post more photos! 

Did you know that more that 50% of US businesses are home-based?  The homeprenuer or soloprenuer trend is growing big in the US.  According to the SBA (small business association) an estimated 6.6 million home-based businesses provide more than half of their household income.  So home offices are a huge trend and will continue in order to keep up with the growth of the home-based entrepreneur. 

Creating the perfect home office atmosphere is critical because your environment should reflect your personality.  It ought to be well-planned and organized.  If your office is inspiring, stimulating and innovative it will spark your creativity.  If it’s boring, drab and cluttered, your creativity will experience the same outcome. 

Contact me if you’re looking to create a home office.  I can help design from scratch or add some fresh paint, window treatments and accessories to spice-up your existing home office!

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Article by Cheryl Sandella, ASID Interior Designer, Fountain Hills, Arizona ©2010 Cheryl Sandella.  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 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


Good News!

May 5, 2010

Read this article …

Remodeling picking up as the economy improves http://tinyurl.com/2w6wcby
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May News – Sandella at Scottsdale Home and Garden Show

May 5, 2010

 

SCOTTSDALE HOME AND GARDEN SHOW 

 

Come see us at the Scottsdale Home and Garden Show on May 7 – 9 (Fri, Sat & Sun) from 10:00 – 5:00.  At the Home and Design Idea Center

 

HDIC showcases a colossal collection of products and services from homebuilders, interior designers, remodelers and landscapers.  It also features home décor and furnishings. 

 

Explore 40,000 square feet of pure inspiration! 

 

SANDELLA CUSTOM HOMES & INTERIORS

Home and Design Center

19120 N. Pima Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85255