All photos: Sardone Construction

All photos: Sardone Construction

Stephan Sardone did not arrive at his career in home renovation by direct route.

The Flower Mound native headed to graduate school with the intention of earning his masters, then traveling to Papua, New Guinea, to work with indigenous tribes and translate their native languages, as well as aid with microfinance projects and community development.

Now, with two masters degrees in hand, he performs a different kind of community work: helping Dallas homeowners translate their vision for a home remodel into reality.

The transition started with a side business during his undergrad days. Sardone was an eager student with an entrepreneurial spirit and a knack for laying tile. It lasted into his graduate school days, and he drove around in a minivan, filled to the brim with tiles, and took on clients under the name Tile Fast.

“Tile Fast was never supposed to go anywhere, it was just supposed to teach me business and such, but then it turned into kitchen remodeling, then into full-scale remodeling,” he said. “It took about six months after I graduated to realize I was going to stay in the business because I really liked it.”

Stephan Sardone portrait

He changed the name of his company to Sardone Construction in 2010 and has earned accolades as his reputation has grown for creating smart and efficient designs that maximize space in a truly beautiful way.

The most important thing is to do really high quality work, have high standards, and give our clients a good experience,” he said.

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Toilet in KitchenFour out of ten bathroom remodelers SKIPPING the bathtub? BAH! This according to Diana Oates over at CultureMap, who got it from the horse’s mouth at HOUZZ.

Well, that’s just dumb. I practically live in my bathtub. Who are these people?

Master bathroom suites RULE when you redo your nest. It’s like this for value city: kitchen, master bath, secondary baths and outdoor kitchen. But a new report from Houzz unveils, says Diana, “surprising trends about what people are choosing to include — or exclude, in some cases.”

The bathtub is one! And whatever happened to modesty? More than half the folks surveyed are making the porcelain throne public, choosing to leave their new master toilet exposed and in the open.

Next thing you know, they’ll just stick it in the kitchen like they did in this London flat!

Thank God homeowners age 35 and older have more sense: they are more likely to keep their potties private. This age group is also more likely to have two commodes in the master bath. Totally saves marriages.

Speaking of loos, Diana also tells us that 91 percent of remodelers are selecting high-efficiency toilets for the redo. And more than a quarter of young homeowners are eschewing the traditional two-piece model in favor of tankless or wall-mounted options.

Me, I am not so fond of the low-flush water tanks, especially in investment properties. Why? They are difficult to flush, which means they can overflow and create a mess.

Double sinks are on the rise, which is a no-brainer, and we are sick and tired of shower curtains: eight out of 10 new bathrooms have a glass-enclosed shower. Thank God!

And the 7,500 surveyed said let there be light: 48 percent of respondents are adding a window, 41 percent are adding a lighted vanity and 12 percent want a skylight. And I hope these folks don’t get fried whilst they shower:

Seven percent are spicing up the shower with LED lights in their showerheads.

Just get a tub. The most perfect bathroom I have ever seen exists at 8519 Swananoah. Remember this house? It has the most perfect master bath ever. A his and her commode in separate rooms, a bidet for her, a urinal for him, this tub and a glorious walk-in shower. Heated floors. Forget shower doors, I actually prefer to go bare when it comes to showers — NO doors!

Now this, dear readers, is a master bath! What is your favorite?8519 Swananoah master bath

Swananoah Master Bath

 

Toilet in KitchenFour out of ten bathroom remodelers SKIPPING the bathtub? BAH! This according to Diana Oates over at CultureMap, who got it from the horse’s mouth at HOUZZ.

Well, that’s just dumb. I practically live in my bathtub. Who are these people?

Master bathroom suites RULE when you redo your nest. It’s like this for value city: kitchen, master bath, secondary baths and outdoor kitchen. But a new report from Houzz unveils, says Diana, “surprising trends about what people are choosing to include — or exclude, in some cases.”

The bathtub is one! And whatever happened to modesty? More than half the folks surveyed are making the porcelain throne public, choosing to leave their new master toilet exposed and in the open.

Next thing you know, they’ll just stick it in the kitchen like they did in this London flat!

Thank God homeowners age 35 and older have more sense: they are more likely to keep their potties private. This age group is also more likely to have two commodes in the master bath. Totally saves marriages.

Speaking of loos, Diana also tells us that 91 percent of remodelers are selecting high-efficiency toilets for the redo. And more than a quarter of young homeowners are eschewing the traditional two-piece model in favor of tankless or wall-mounted options.

Me, I am not so fond of the low-flush water tanks, especially in investment properties. Why? They are difficult to flush, which means they can overflow and create a mess.

Double sinks are on the rise, which is a no-brainer, and we are sick and tired of shower curtains: eight out of 10 new bathrooms have a glass-enclosed shower. Thank God!

And the 7,500 surveyed said let there be light: 48 percent of respondents are adding a window, 41 percent are adding a lighted vanity and 12 percent want a skylight. And I hope these folks don’t get fried whilst they shower:

Seven percent are spicing up the shower with LED lights in their showerheads.

Just get a tub. The most perfect bathroom I have ever seen exists at 8519 Swananoah. Remember this house? It has the most perfect master bath ever. A his and her commode in separate rooms, a bidet for her, a urinal for him, this tub and a glorious walk-in shower. Heated floors. Forget shower doors, I actually prefer to go bare when it comes to showers — NO doors!

Now this, dear readers, is a master bath! What is your favorite?8519 Swananoah master bath

Swananoah Master Bath