A FIRST PERSON JOURNEY THROUGH A COMPLETE REMODEL IN SUN CITY SHADOW HILLS, INDIO, CA
Years ago we visited the models at Andalusia and fell in love with the look and feel. The moving walls, ultra open floor plan concept, high ceilings and the spectacular arched metal entry door all ended up on our “someday” bucket list.
We ended up purchasing a home in a different community because we fell in love with the lot, the 180-degree view of the golf course and the Southern mountain vistas. A move to Andalusia was not to be, but the desire for the above amenities remained. Over time, my wife’s parents and her sister moved next door. Soon after, our two boys joined us in the business and both purchased homes nearby. It became obvious we were staying here permanently, so when the time was right for us to do a remodel we decided to bring Andalusia to us!
My wife, Penny, would be in charge of the project with an assist from our son, Josh, who brought a modern influence from his years managing construction projects in almost every casino in Las Vegas. Penny hired CSM Construction to be her general contractor, who’s owner, Garnett Hobbs had worked for national contractors Pulte & Del Webb for years. She also employed the help of Loni Wilson for her interior design expertise.
We did not expect the escalation phenomenon, but it steadily crept in. The original scope of the project included the removal of a column supporting the rear covered patio (that was always in the way) with the use of an engineered support beam spanning the opening. Electric awnings and commercial misters, were needed to allow for far more utilization of the SW facing patio. Next was a 20-foot opening in the great room wall to house six sliding panels of glass 9 feet in height. Because the ceiling was just 10 feet tall, an 8 inch steel I-beam was used for support. When the entire wall is opened up it is an exhilarating event! When flying insects are about, a beautiful custom screen unrolls, on a track, from either side of the room and connects at the center of the opening.
The fireplace was replaced with a new, more modern, 75-inch unit, centered on the room. It is encased in a spectacular finished wall of quartz and tile. The pony wall and den “had” to go. To open this area another engineered beam was installed above ceiling height so there was no projection downward into the room. The new entry door was framed near the front patio, which created about 93 square feet of additional living space. When you step through the 7’w x 9’h arched metal door the look is wide open! Forty feet ahead of you is the sliding great room wall of glass.
Then, my wife announced the cabinets in the entire home no longer matched her vision and the appliances also had to go. The granite was no longer in fashion and would be replaced with the newer quartz look. Due to the demo required (including replacing every inch of flooring with new 18 x 36 travertine) we rented a small home for the 7-month duration!
“You could flog me repeatedly in the middle of Times Square and I would never reveal the cost of this project!” – Gil Jelmberg
Soon after, Penny explained to me that nothing from the “old” house could possibly remain because it would not “flow”. I did not flinch, as I could foresee the inevitable. All 4 baths would be redone including fixtures. The beige jetted tub in our bathroom, which was never used, was replaced by a non-jetted white tub, that will also never be used. All doors and light fixtures were replaced. So you may ask what else is new? My response is absolutely everything. And the cost? You could flog me repeatedly in the middle of Times Square and I would never reveal the cost of this project!
What really matters, though, is how much we enjoy our new home. In the morning we take our coffee
into the great room, swing our 360 degree swivel rockers around for a full-on view as the sunrise strikes the mountains. In the evening, even up to 110 degrees, we turn on the Kool Fog misters, lower the awnings on the patio and enjoy our favorite beverage under gorgeous sunset skies.
The effect of this home is like taking a slow release capsule that maintains you in a constant sense of well being. It’s a blessing. And it’s this feeling that we hope for our clients and strive to help them achieve.
It was a fun project and not a lot of stress since my wife made most of the decisions. However, I did choose the swivel rockers!
THE NEW REMODEL PHOTOGRAPHS:
Photocredit: Dustin Biagioni & Gil Jelmberg
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