Remodel & Interior Design FAQ’s

May 11, 2012


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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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The Interior of a Custom Home Arizona 85268

April 15, 2011

The Interior of a Custom Home – Video

This video is part two of The Construction of a Custom Home.  This video showcases the interior of a custom home built by Sandella Custom Homes & Interiors.

This home is over 11,000 sq ft (under roof) and is located on the golf course in FireRock Country Club in Fountain Hills, AZ. It has a gourmet kitchen, formal dining room, living room, great room, media room, two large guest suites, master bedroom suite, home office, 6 bathrooms, wine cellar, 4-car garage and a beautiful outdoor living area with negative edge pool, grotto, fire pit and BBQ.

Sandella Custom Homes & Interiors designs and builds homes from concept to completion taking into consideration your style, sq footage and budget!

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Notes from Sandella Custom Interiors

August 9, 2008

Design Notes from Sandella Custom Interiors

On Saturday I have an appointment with our client’s who recently moved into an amazing custom home we built for them.  My appointment is to design custom cornices for their windows.  We already covered the windows in Luminettes and Silhouettes but now we want to add some pizzazz!  The colors in the home are shades of gray, red and black with accents of copper.  I have selected fabrics for each room that will enhance the overall look.  We’ll also be creating custom bedding for the master bedroom.  We’ll be creating a jacket type of coverlet, it will fit snug over the mattress.  This style will look best on the low profile bed crafted from exotic wood. 

It’s a contemporary style home with walls of glass to take advantage of the magnificent mountain views and golf course. 

I enjoy designing the window treatments and other accessories…it’s jewelry for the home. 

I’ll post pictures once it’s all done.  Below is a picture of the rear exterior of the home. 


Sandella Custom Interiors

Cheryl Sandella, ASID Allied Member

PO Box 18132

Fountain Hills, Arizona 85269



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