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.
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 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 Custom Kitchens and Baths
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
(Officially Retired as of 12/31/2017)
Larry Sandles is retired 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 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.
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 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.
Vice President, Construction
James currently heads the Construction department at SandStar Homes/Arthur Rutenberg Homes.
Abbey Roloff, CKD
Vice President of Design and Construction
Abbey Roloff is the Vice President of Design and Construction for SandStar Remodeling and SandStar Interiors.
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.
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.
Remodel 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.
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.
Design / Marketing 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.
New Home Sales Consultant
Marisa is a licensed realtor and she joins us as a New Home Sales Consultant. Her responsibilities include daily operations of our model home, realtor interactions, customer contact, marketing and administration. She has worked 25+ years in the creative field of fashion and has a keen eye for design and interiors.
New Home Sales Consultant
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Cinda has been in sales with some of the top production builders since 2010. She spent years running her own construction team that specialized in remodeling and flipping homes. Her responsibilities include daily operations of our model home, administration, realtor interaction and customer contact.
Remodel Construction 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.
New Home 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.
New Home 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.
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.