For over 39 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!
Meet the SandStar Team!
Administrative Team with President Jim Sanders
Design Center Team
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 Commercial Construction
SandStar Custom Kitchens and Baths
SandStar Custom Cabinetry
Arthur Rutenburg Homes/SandStar Homes, LLC
Five Star Realty
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.
Tiana oversees the day-to-day accounting operations and financial transactions for the SandStar companies and has a Bachelor’s in Finance and Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Originally from Bosnia, Tiana is a recent transplant to Southwest Florida from Chicago and joined the SandStar team in December 2018.
As an accountant, Michele’s main responsibility is Accounts Payable, which includes processing vendor invoices for payment, customer payments, handyman invoices and payroll processing. She also handles bookkeeping for the rental department.
Michele has been with SandStar since July 2018 and has an Associate’s Degree in Accounting. She worked in various aspects of the Accounting field for 27 years in Allentown, PA, before moving to Florida in 2018. Michele currently lives in Port Charlotte with her husband of 25 years and their new puppy Chloe. They have always loved boating, fishing and going to the beach and are finally living the dream here in sunny Florida!
As customer concierge, Deborah will be one of the first faces you see when entering the main office. She interacts with employees, vendors and clients on a daily basis to provide quality customer service and to make the SandStar experience as smooth and satisfying as possible.
Originally from Pasadena, California, Deborah currently lives in Port Charlotte with her husband, Tyler. Her interests include interior decorating, farmers’ markets, finding new ways to stay healthy and soaking up the Florida sun!
Vice President, New Home Construction
James currently heads the Construction department for SandStar Homes/Arthur Rutenberg Homes. He has been with SandStar since 2015 and brings a plethora of construction experience and knowledge and helps to keep the new home construction process running efficiently and smoothly for both clients and employees.
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. Abbey currently resides in Englewood with her husband, Al.
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.
Kitchen and Bath Designer
As a Kitchen and Bath Designer, Cheryl works with the New Construction and Interiors divisions of SandStar and the Arthur Rutenberg Homes franchise. Her duties include cabinetry design, assisting with the selections process, client meetings, product research and client/vendor correspondence.
Cheryl graduated with an AS in Interior Design at Southwest Florida College and currently resides in North Port with her husband, Chad.
As a Design Associate, Sue assists the Remodeling 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.
Jessica assists with marketing for the company, including maintaining the company website, social media networks, marketing materials and ads, SandStar Remodeling’s monthly eNewsletter and much more.
Jessica graduated with an AS in Interior Design at Southwest Florida College. She currently resides in Lincolnton, North Carolina, with her family.
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.
Purchasing Manager, New Home Division
Having joined the SandStar family in January 2019, David manages the daily purchasing activities and works with vendors, employees and clients to ensure the proper and accurate ordering of materials for every new home construction project.
Construction Manager, New Home Division
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.
Construction Manager, New Home Division
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.
Construction Manager, Remodel Division
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.
Handyman Services Manager
Tim has been with SandStar since 2011. As our head handyman, he brings a plethora of knowledge and many years of construction experience to our Handyman and Home Maintenance divisions. From changing light bulbs or smoke alarm batteries on high ceilings to any type of construction repair, Tim is the person to handle your “to-do” list AND all of your home maintenance needs!