The Construction of a Custom Home Arizona 85268

April 13, 2011

The Construction of a Custom Home

Watch the construction of a custom home by Sandella Custom Homes and 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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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

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2011 KITCHEN REMODELING TRENDS (PART TWO)

January 31, 2011

Kitchen2011 KITCHEN REMODELING TRENDS (PART TWO)

Interior design is a constantly changing industry very similar to the fashion industry.  We see the new design trends of what’s hot and what’s not for the season being featured in magazines, newspapers and on television.  Trend knowledge is fun and can be helpful when designing / remodeling your home as well.  However, I don’t recommend incorporating trends just to be “trendy”.  It’s important to select the trends that will have staying power and that will work with your lifestyle, look and budget. 

Kitchen remodeling is the number one trend for 2011! 

Below is a list of the most “fashionable” kitchen trends for 2011:

  1. Kitchen Design:   green, minimalist & contemporary
  2. Flooring:  hardwood , stone & porcelain tile
  3. Cabinetry:  recycled materials, exotic woods & wood striations
  4. Countertops:  honed granite & engineered surfaces
  5. Backsplash:  glass tiles
  6. Cooking:  induction cook tops, speed ovens & steam ovens
  7. Refrigeration:  integrated refrigeration, refrigerator / freezer drawers & French Door
  8. Dishwasher:  dish drawer
  9. Wall Treatments:  wallpaper and bold paint colors
  10. Lighting:  LED

 

KITCHEN DESIGN:  The current outlook is definitely green.  Energy efficiency is one of the most sought after trends in the home building and design industry.  Many are requesting sleeker and more streamline kitchen designs with appliances built into the cabinetry for a seamless look.  People want a kitchen that is functional, easy to maintain with a “wow” factor added in.  Kitchens are no longer just rooms for food preparation and cooking so the design needs to become a harmonious blend of function and lifestyle.

Wide Plank FlooringKITCHEN FLOORING:  Hardwood floors are still all the rage because they are timeless and work with many styles.  For 2011 you’ll see wider planks, hand scraped or wire brushed planks and exotic woods.

Stone Tile is still strong for 2011 because of its natural beauty and longevity.  Stone is being showcased with different vein cuts which gives an old favorite like Travertine a new look.  

Porcelain tile, also known as an anti-microbial surface, is very popular for 2011.  It is waterproof, fade proof, dent proof and resistant to heavy foot traffic.  Especially popular are the porcelain tiles that look like wood.  Porcelain tiles are being sold in many sizes but the plank configurations are getting the most attention.  Porcelain tiles come in many colors and some even have metallic striations running through them.  They can be installed throughout the home and are great for backsplash applications and wall treatments. 

Both stone and porcelain floors offer many benefits uniquely to them.  They are clean, sleek and maintain their good looks for many years to come. 

For green flooring products you’ll see materials made from renewable resources such as bamboo, cork and marmoleum.

KitchenCABINETRY:   Cabinets are the most crucial component of your new kitchen or remodel.  Smooth, straight-lined, curved or eco style are the architectural forms of today’s cabinetry.  Organizational storage features within kitchen cabinets are becoming more sophisticated as people request cabinetry that is both practical and attractive.  A good kitchen design will include cabinetry with many drawers for storage, swivel or swing out shelves,  pull outs, roll outs behind cabinet doors and drawer organizers to name a few of the revolutionary storage options for cabinetry.  The trash pullout is the number one cabinet pullout; however trash compactors are starting to make a comeback…we’ll see what happens in the years to come. 

Under cabinet refrigerators, dishwasher drawers and speed ovens contribute to the new sleek look for kitchen design.  They are the newest trend because not only do they give your kitchen a minimalist look, but they are good space savers for small spaces. 

Long gone are the white washed oak cabinets.  If you like oak choose rift-cut or sawn-cut oak, which have a modern and clean vertical or horizontal striation within the wood.  The lighter hues for cabinetry are the past and have been replaced by richer tones of java, mocha and chestnut.  Cherry wood is still a very popular wood species for cabinetry but for something bold and beautiful try white cabinetry with accents of gray or mocha.  Distressed finishes have dropped significantly from last year. 

The shaker style and slab style are top on the list for contemporary design.

Recycled materials, exotic wood species and laminates are hot for 2011.  Try flip up cabinet uppers trimmed in aluminum with glass fronts to your modern kitchen design. 

Honed GraniteCOUNTERTOPS:   Granite is still the most requested material for countertops.  Honed and leathered granite tops are being requested and more patterns of granite are being fabricated with this finish.  Engineered surfaces are also popular but for those who request it because it’s trendy usually change back to granite when they find out the cost is just about the same.  Many prefer a solid surface for countertops than the once popular tiled surface.  There are many solid surfaces to choose from for kitchen countertops.

Linear Glass TileBACKSPLASH:  Let your backsplash become a work of art by creating a pattern using glass tiles, natural stone or tiles with a unique veining pattern.  A cool look for a backsplash is to use beach glass tile in an asymmetrical pattern in one color or for more pop try mini mosaic tiles in an array of colors.  The “linear” shaped tile is very popular for 2011.

Cook TopCOOKING:  Induction cook tops are very popular for 2011 and closing the gap on the gas cook top mainly because 80% of the heat is transferred to your pans compared to 40% from gas, making them very efficient. 

It’s all about the speed ovens this year because the speed ovens can work as a microwave, convection and grill all in one oven!  They are also more energy efficient because there is no pre-heating required (love that). 

 Steam Ovens are perfect for people who want to cook healthy.  Cooking with steam is a healthy way of cooking because it allows your food to retain the vitamins and minerals that are essential for healthy eating.  The flavors and moisture are also preserved which allows you to cook a delicious healthy meal.   Some brands offer a steam / convection combination. 

REFRIGERATION:  Integrated refrigeration is big for 2011 because it merges seamlessly into any décor with no visible hinges or grills.  It’s refrigeration where you want it!  The French door design is now beating out the ever so popular side-by-side or freezer bottom. Refrigerator and freezer drawers continue to be popular for 2011.  Stainless steel is still being requested.  For a seamless look use appliance panels that match the cabinetry.  For more information on integrated refrigeration click http://www.subzero.com/IntegratedRefrigeration

 

Dishwasher DrawerDISHWASHERS:   I’m very excited about Fisher & Paykels dish drawers!  They have a new energy efficient 36” single dish drawer that is wider than their previous styles.  It is spacious enough for nine place settings and can accommodate larger pots too.  It integrates nicely with today’s seamless contemporary kitchen designs.  Finally a dish drawer designed to perfection.  For more information click www.fisherpaykel.com   

Paintable WallpaperWALL TREATMENTS:  Wallpaper can be fresh and fun.  It can add color, glamour and warmth to any room.  Wallpaper got some attention in 2010 but look out its strong for 2011.  People are not just using it to accent a wall; they are covering entire rooms like they did in the past. 

What’s new is paintable wallpaper that is also washable, making it great for kitchens.  Metallic and tone-on-tone papers are being offered in an array of colors and patterns.  Look for hand painted textured papers and fabric that matches the wallpaper so you can cover your walls and your windows with the same pattern. 

For wall paint, boring colors are a thing of the past.  What’s new are bold colors, colors that make you feel alive.  Gone are the days of eggshell walls, look for brick red, burnt orange, grape, raspberry, navy, forest and olive green, mocha and dark grey.  Grey is huge for 2011, especially in kitchens.  If you’re not into deep colors and you want your walls to be painted neutral then I would suggest a creamy white, one that is soft not stark.  Watch out… hot pink is back!

 

 

LightingLIGHTING:  It seems everyone is opting for the more energy efficient LED lighting.  LED’s not only last longer but they use less energy.  What’s new is a warmer white light than the years past. 

Hand blown glass from Murano, Italy is still popular and the new color for 2011 is smoke.

For contemporary and green design, materials being used are linen, tweed, wool and thatch.  Many patterns have a global inspiration. 

Clusters of pendants are making a strong statement and if you really want drama select a fixture in a bright color or colored crystals. 

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Let us help you incorporate these awesome new trends into your new kitchen design.  For top notch craftsmanship and creative design, contact Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors for a FREE consultation.  Call or click today… 480.836.1543  www.sandella.net

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

©2011 Cheryl Sandella,  Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors, LLC. 

Cheryl SandellaAbout 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 

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


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)

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

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

Cheryl SandellaAbout Cheryl:

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

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

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

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

Sandella LogoCheryl Sandella

Sandella Custom Homes & Interiors

PO Box 18132

Fountain Hills, AZ 85269

480.836.1543 – office

480.816.4233 – Cheryl’s personal line

http://www.sandella.net


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

 

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

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

Cheryl SandellaAbout Cheryl:

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

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Cheryl’s Fabulous Finds

June 9, 2010

Cheryl’s Fabulous Finds

The latest and greatest “must-have” decor for your home.  If it’s hot, new and exciting it made Cheryl’s Fab Find List

Fab Find #1:  LED Closet Rods.  Light up your closet with these cool closet rods.  They automatically turn on when you enter and switch off when you leave. 

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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   

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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