About Us

For over 35 years, our award winning building and remodeling company has been dedicated to high quality construction in Charlotte County, Florida.

Today, we are recognized for quality and experience within the building industry. This has been earned by years of commitment to the local community.

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Our Team

SandStar Remodeling’s creative designers and talented installation teams can assist you with all of your custom remodeling needs. From moving walls and reconfiguring your living spaces to ceiling modifications such as adding a tray ceiling, the SandStar Remodeling team can help turn your house into a home that reflects your lifestyle.

Whether you desire a small custom built-in entertainment center or a complete room addition, no job is too small or too large. And when the dust settles, we’ll also help you with interior design to assure your remodel is picture perfect!

SandStar Remodeling specializes in custom kitchens, baths, closets, garages and more!

Jim Sanders, President

Jim Sanders, President

GMB, CAPS, CGR, CGP

Jim Sanders is President and Founder of Five Star General Contracting, Inc., the parent company of the SandStar family of companies that include:

SandStar Custom Cabinetry
SandStar Commercial
SandStar Custom Kitchens and Baths
SandStar Remodeling
Five Star Realty
Arthur Rutenburg Homes
SandStar Homes, LLC

A graduate of the University of Florida’s School of Architecture with a degree in Building Construction, he also holds a class A General Contractors license, as well as a Florida Real Estate Brokers license.

Jim is a member of the: Charlotte/Desoto Building Industry Association – twice Past President, Building Industry Oversight Committee, Charlotte County & Punta Gorda Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Club of Punta Gorda – past President, Professional Remodelors Council 20 Club – past Chair.

The Sanders family resides in Punta Gorda and includes wife Cathy, son JT, and daughter Jenna.

Larry Sandles, Vice President

Larry Sandles, Vice President CSP,CMP,CGB,CGP,CGR,MIRM,CAPS, CHI

CSP,CMP,CGB,CGP,CGR,MIRM,CAPS, CHI

Larry Sandles, Vice President/co-principle owner of the SandStar companies in Punta Gorda. has been serving the Charlotte County construction and real estate industry since 1982.

A class A General Contractor and real estate agent in the state of Florida, Larry is a well known member of the business community. As a community activist he is recognized as a knowledgeable local industry representative.

Larry is past president of the Charlotte/Desoto Building Industry Association and past president of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce. He has served and currently serves on several City of Punta Gorda and Charlotte County boards and is very active in his local church.

Larry and his family reside in Punta Gorda. The Sandles family includes wife Joan, their sons Nick & Tate and daughter, DeShea.

Tina Bongiovani, ABA, BS

Tina Bongiovani, ABA, BS

Accountant

Tina Bongiovani has been our Accountant since 2007. These years of experience at SandStar Homes/Remodeling has given her a unique education in the many back office phases of construction as well as client and subcontractor relations.

Tina attended Southwest Florida College, and was awarded her Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting in 2014. She earned her Accreditation in Business Accounting (ABA) in 2010.

Edwina Edwards

Edwina Edwards

Customer Concierge

When working with SandStar for your renovation or new construction projects, Edwina is probably the first face you’ll see when you walk into the construction office. Customer care being her main objective, you could say Edwina is a jack-of-all-trades as she works with the Remodeling, Handyman, New Construction and Warranty divisions of SandStar to ensure a smooth and worry-free experience for our clients.
Tracy Slavin

Tracy Slavin

Bookkeeper

Tracy assists the SandStar accountant, Tina, with bookkeeping duties such as payroll, subcontractor paperwork, new contractor estimates and closing paperwork.

Tracy has an Associate’s degree in Accounting and brings over 20 years of bookkeeping experience to SandStar.

James Pobuda

James Pobuda

Purchasing Manager

James heads the purchasing department with SandStar Companies. His duties include receiving and negotiating bids for jobs, communicating and following through with vendor relations throughout the construction process from  beginning to end.

Abbey Roloff, CKD

Abbey Roloff, CKD

Kitchen & Bath Designer

Abbey Roloff is the Lead Kitchen & Bath Designer and Design Center Manager for the SandStar companies.

Abbey graduated from Edison Community College with an AS in Drafting and Design and from Southwest Florida College with a BS in Interior Design and specializes in construction design.

She has also earned her Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) certification from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and is working to complete her certified Bath Design (CBD) certification.

Olena Turkalo

Olena Turkalo

Interior Designer

Formally trained in New York City, Olena is a career designer having worked for Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis and Alexander Julian. She designed apparel and home furnishings in design facilities all over the world before moving to Florida.

When working with Olena, you will find that your ideas are as important as hers. Her perspective and balance will ensure that the choices you make for your home today will reflect your desires and will bring you comfort, joy and contentment in the years to come.

Tom Bobotas

Tom Bobotas

Remodeling Sales Consultant

As our Remodeling Sales Consultant, Tom meets with our perspective clients to discuss their projects. He assists with the design process then writes and presents the proposals to the clients.

Originally from New Hampshire, for 19 years Tom ran his own business, a handyman service, completing simple repairs, fabricating various custom wood products as well as light commercial build-outs. He also built a large home and has owned, managed and maintained rental units in many buildings. All of these experiences give him unique insight into the variety of projects our homeowners need.

Cheryl Vogt

Cheryl Vogt

Design Associate

As a Design Associate, Cheryl assists the New Construction and Interiors divisions of SandStar with several administrative duties, including; design drawings, product research and client/vendor correspondence. She also helps run the day to day operation of the SandStar Design Center.

Cheryl graduated with her AS in Interior Design at Southwest Florida College.

Jessica Porto

Jessica Porto

Design Associate

As another Design Associate at SandStar, Jessica assists the Remodeling, Interiors and Marketing divisions with several administrative duties, including; design drawings, product research and client/vendor correspondence. She also helps run the day to day operation of the SandStar Design Center.

Jessica graduated with her AS in Interior Design at Southwest Florida College.

Kathy Mino

Kathy Mino

New Home Sales Associate

As a New Home Sales Associate, Kathy assists in the daily operations of our model, realtor interactions, customer contact, marketing and administration.

Kathy has worked 30+ years in the technical, construction and corporate organizations for a major telecommunications company.  She holds a BA in Business Management.

Teresa McCarthy

Teresa McCarthy

New Home Sales Consultant

Teresa started in new home sales in 1985. She holds a CSP designation and is a licensed Realtor. Teresa brought her 20 plus years of experience to SandStar in 2008 and is responsible for the daily operations of our model, realtor interactions, marketing and customer contact.
Luis Morales

Luis Morales

Remodeling Supervisor

Luis Morales has been working with SandStar since 2005. He is our Lead Carpenter & Supervisor for our Remodeling Division. Luis has 16 years of experience in the construction trades.
JC Savasuk

JC Savasuk

New Construction Manager

JC is a new home construction manager under the SandStar Homes division, a franchise of Arthur Rutenberg Homes. JC oversees the day to day operation of new homes being built and has over 8 years of experience in construction.
Bruce Warram

Bruce Warram

New Construction Manager

As a new home construction manager, Bruce oversees the day to day operation of new homes being built under the SandStar Homes division, a franchise of Arthur Rutenberg Homes.

Bruce brings over 40 years of construction experience to the SandStar Team.

Tim Crowe

Tim Crowe

Handyman Services Manager

Tim has been with SandStar since 2011. As our head handyman, he brings a plethora of knowledge and 15 years of construction experience to our handyman division. From changing lightbulbs or smoke alarm batteries on high ceilings to any type of construction repair, Tim is the person to handle your “to-do” list.