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We Did It Again! Coastal Life Design Wins Houzz Service Award in 2020


Bradenton, FL, February 3, 2020 - Coastal Life Design of Bradenton, Florida has won “Best Of Customer Service" on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design for the second consecutive year. 

Coastal Life Design (CLD) was ranked at the highest level for customer satisfaction by the Houzz community. Customer satisfaction is based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews. Reviews left on Houzz have consistently earned CLD a five-star rating. 

Owners Sondra Okada & Jennifer Strohl have a combined four decades of proven kitchen and bath design and architectural remodeling experience. Serving the Greater Bradenton, Anna Maria Island & Longboat Key areas, CLD offers kitchen, bath and remodeling services, as well as new construction home additions.

If you’re thinking of renovating your kitchen or bath, or perhaps adding on to your existing home, view CLD's projects and reviews at www.coastalife.com, and take advantage of our free consultation by calling (941) 242-2926.

Houzz Service Award 2019

Coastal Life Design Wins Houzz Award

Design Build Firm Making Waves in Bradenton


Coastal Life Design of Bradenton, Florida

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019

Awarded by Community of Over 40 Million Monthly Users, Annual BOH Badge Highlights Home Remodeling & Design Professionals with Top Ratings and Most Popular Home Designs

Bradenton, Florida, January 23, 2019 –Coastal Life Design of Bradenton, Florida has won “Best Of Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. This women-owned, Design-Build remodeling firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.1 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a pro's overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2018. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award.

A “Best Of Houzz 2019” badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

"We're thrilled that our company was recognized and awarded this honor. We  look forward to continuing our tradition of  providing quality service to our clients."  

"Best of Houzz is a true badge of honor as it is awarded by our community of homeowners, those who are hiring design, remodeling and other home improvement professionals for their projects,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We are excited to celebrate the 2019 winners chosen by our community as their favorites for home design and customer experience, and to highlight those winners on the Houzz website and app."

Follow Coastal Life Design on Houzz https://www.houzz.com/pro/coastal-life-design/coastal-life-design

About Coastal Life Design

Coastal Life Design is a fully integrated licensed design-build firm that streamlines your project from concept to construction. With one point of contact from design to punch out, Coastal Life creates a seamless remodeling experience so you feel safe in your choices and have fun during the renovation process. Our "one-stop shop" approach assists you in avoiding the trouble in finding the trusted trades needed to design, bid and build your project. 

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz is a registered trademark of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

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December 11, 2017 - Sarasota Herald Tribune

Sondra Okada & Jennifer Strohl, Owners of Coastal Life Design

GRAND OPENINGS: Coastal Life Design & Marketplace

Coastal Life Design & Marketplace, a designer-driven marketplace to help small business contractors, has been opened by designers Jennifer Strohl and Sondra Okada.

Strohl and Okada, who have worked and lived on both sides of the globe and across the country, have joined forces to open the business at 8615 Cortez Road W. in Manatee County.

They specialize in residential kitchen and bath designs and remodels and offer a new ‘Design Assist’ program to enable contractors to use Coastal Life’s design team services without the need to hire in-house designers. This allows a small business contractor to operate as a larger design/build firm would and gives consumers a single point of contact while the work is done, Strohl and Okada said in a news release.

Strohl is a Bradenton Beach-based interior designer with more than two decades of experience in construction and design. She has an interior design certification and her work has been featured in international magazines.

Okada received an interior design certification from the New York School of Interior Design and worked for eight years in Shanghai, China, where she received two design degrees. Her work has been profiled in GQ and Elle magazines.

Coastal Life’s marketplace and showroom are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. All design services are by appointment only.

941-242-2926; coastalife.com.

Bradenton Herald - November 30, 2017


Remodels, home accents a specialty at Coastal Life Design & Marketplace

BRADENTON - Designers Jennifer Strohl and Sondra Okada recently opened Coastal Life Design & Marketplace at 8615 Cortez Road.

The company offers residential remodels and design, as well as a showroom featuring accessories for the home and locally made jewelry.

Bath and kitchen remodels are their specialty, but they tackle other structural remodels as well, including opening walls to connect kitchen areas with living space, replacing flooring and window treatments.

“It all depends on what the client is looking for,” Okada said. “We aren’t just designers. We also understand construction, which is important to the contractor,” Strohl said.

Coastal Life Design has a design assist program which enables Strohl and Okada to partner on projects with contractors who don’t have an in-house designer.

“The services we offer are much more like interior architecture, so it is structural remodeling,” Strohl said.

The other part of the business, the showroom, reflects Strohl’s and Okada’s decorating tastes.

“Everyone likes to find fun things for their home. We really like things that are coastal, beachy, comfortable and relaxed,” Strohl said.

“We offer home furnishings, some beautiful handmade jewelry from local artisans,” she said. “In our travels we like to go to antique places and salvage markets. We like to offer a destination where things are always changing and is a good place to buy gifts.”

Strohl and Okada spent three months renovating the space for the business, which had previously been home to Picture This Gallery. “It had good bones and was a free-standing building,” Strohl said of selecting the Cortez Road property for the new business.

The partners have long experience in the design business. Okada worked eight years in Shanghai, China, where she did interior design work for Fortune 500 companies. Many of the kitchens and baths used by Americans in China were not designed for western tastes, supplying her with plenty of redesign business. Okada received her interior design certification from the New York School of Interior Design. Strohl has more than two decades of experience in construction and design and has long been based in Bradenton. The Coastal Life showroom is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. All design services are by appointment only.

For more information, call Okada at 941-242-2926 or visit coastalife.com.

Coastal Life Design becomes NKBA member

Coastal Life Design is a proud member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association, a non-profit trade association that has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry since 1963. The mission of NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry.


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