SandStar Today

South East Building Conference
We're busy taking classes and checking out new products that are being displayed at the convention center in Orlando!
-2013-07-11 11:22:44
Angie's List Review
Description Of Work: SandStar designed and installed custom cabinets in my garage. They came to the house and helped us plan on the best approach for our design. SandStar guided us through the material selection process , design , and construction. Member Comments: The job went flawlessly. The cabinet design and construction were completed on time. The installation , when complete was simply beautiful. Couldn't be happier.
-2013-07-09 10:25:28
Gold Cup Award - 2nd Year!
The 22nd annual Arthur Rutenberg Homes Pride In Partnership awards dinner was held on June 18th at the Hilton Carillon Park in St. Petersburg. Awards were presented to ARH franchisees and vendor partners who exhibited noteworthy performances during the past year.Barry Rutenberg presented the Builder Gold Cup Award to Jim Sanders and Larry Sandles of SandStar Homes for the second year in a row. The Builder Gold Cup is awarded to the franchise with the highest customer satisfaction rating in the past year based on customer surveys. It recognizes outstanding performance and critical success factors, including service promptness, courtesy of staff, quality control, and the addressing of customers' concerns - all as rated by its customers. SandStar Homes scored 99% in overall satisfaction and 100% of those respondents would recommend them.
-2013-07-03 09:34:15
Arthur Rutenberg SandStar New Model
Construction of our new Turnberry model is in full swing. It's located at 3456 Bal Harbor Dr, Punta Gorda. For information on our Turnberry, Coquina or Corial Lotus models call Teresa at 941-505-1800
-2013-06-06 12:31:13
New Team Members
Welcome Caroline Wilkinson (Customer Concierge) and Mike Mavraganes (Purchasing)to the SandStar Homes family.
-2013-04-04 10:54:05

Universal Design

Multigenerational family

Universal Design is the term used to describe products, buildings and other environments that are accessible to everyone without regard to their size, age or physical abilities.

Universal Design has also been used as the basis for the Aging in Place movement which aims to allow people to live in their own homes for as long as possible. People of all abilities, whether they live in the home or are visiting, should be able to access and use the home comfortably.

GrandparentsAs the generation of Baby Boomers moves into retirement age, many are looking to either build homes with their future in mind or remodel existing homes to accomodate their retirement needs.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) created a specific course of study for it's members that addresses how to design and build to not only address these issues but to also be beautiful too.

Here at SandStar Remodeling both our owners, Jim Sanders, Pres and Larry Sandles, VP have completed the Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) certification.

When designing new homes or renovating existing homes SandStar uses a variety of products and building techniques to achieve a universally accessible home including but not limited to:

  • Flat ground level entry into the building as well as for showers and access to outdoor living areas
  • Wide doorways & halls
  • Sufficient turning space in halls, kitchens & baths to accomodate equipment
  • Lever handles on doors
  • Specific task lighting and increased general lighting
  • Appliances installed at proper levels
  • Multi-height countertop surfacesMan in Wheelchair

Manufacturers have really excelled in designing products that are beautiful as well as functional, so an "accessible" home doesn't have to look "institutional".