How to Plan for and Survive a Remodel


Abbey Roloff, CKD

Kitchen and Bath Designer

Design Center Manager







While buying a home is all about location, location, location, remodeling is all about planning, planning, planning.  We’ve heard the stories of friends and family doing dishes in the bathroom sink or laundry tub, living on microwave meals being cooked in the garage or grabbing food from the refrigerator now located in what was the family room.  Unfortunately, these are just a few of the inconveniences you will have to live with and there really is nothing you can do but prepare for the inevitable.  It will be a huge inconvenience, but with a big payoff.


If you’re about to embark on an extensive renovation, here are some items to consider and what you can do to help the process run smoothly – well, as smoothly as possible.



Weather:  We live in Florida.  Summers in Florida are hot!  Our crew, along with our subcontractors, will be going in and out of your home for hours a day during a remodel.  We typically like to shut off the A/C if possible, especially during the demo stage.  If you can’t live without A/C and need to keep it on, then you’re going to waste a lot of energy.


Do you want to have your project completed during the cooler months?  Plan to start the design process at least two months in advance depending on the scope of the project.



Time:  One of the most common questions asked is, “How long is this going to take?”  Permits, inspections, cabinetry – these all take time.  While SandStar does their best to estimate so you can plan accordingly, getting permits varies between the city and the county.  They can take a couple of days or sometimes up to 6 weeks or more.


Be flexible.  SandStar checks on permit status on a daily basis and tries to ensure all products are available and ready to ship prior to the project starting.  We don’t have any control over when your permit will be approved but do our best to plan your start date based upon previous permit approvals.  In addition, if a material is suddenly discontinued or unavailable for an extended period of time, you may have to reselect.


Be proactive:  Do you live in a condominium? Some projects and even products may require approval by the Home Owner’s Association which can also add time to the planning process.  Find out what type of documentation or approvals are required as soon as possible and inform your designer and/or contractor.



Storage:  In order to move your project along as quickly as possible, we prefer to order products and have them available when we start the project even if they aren’t needed right away – particularly cabinetry.  This ensures your project will move along in a timely manner.


Do you have a place to store the items?  During the summer months, we prefer to have them stored in your home so they can acclimate.  Cooler months, they can be stored in the garage.  If you don’t have any space available, we can make other arrangements.  However, this may add additional days to the project if we have to wait until the product arrives as most suppliers have certain delivery dates for our area.


Where will you stay?  Depending on the scope of the project – a whole house versus a bathroom – you may need to find a place to stay.


If you’re doing the Master Bath, be prepared to move into the Guest area of your home.  However, if you’re doing a whole house renovation, we STRONGLY recommend you find an alternate place to live.  While renting a home or staying with friends can be an added expense and an inconvenience, it will help shorten the length of time of the project.  For example, when completing a whole house renovation, SandStar will complete all of the demo, all of the framing, etc. as one project.  Conversely, if you chose live in part of the home, that area will essentially become an additional project, i.e., phase two.  Once you are able to move to a different location the demo, framing etc. begins all over again – extending the renovation to whatever length of time it takes to complete the next phase.



Abbey is available for design consultations.

Call her at (941) 637-8080


Design Center – Open to the Public

M-F 9-5 or By Appointment


Our offices and Design Center are located at

1203 W Marion Ave, Punta Gorda

(across from Fishermen’s Village)