At Coastal Life Design, we have been helping homeowners create their dream homes for nearly a decade. Our team of expert designers, in-house contractors, project managers & lead carpenters work closely with each client to ensure their vision becomes a reality.
See what our client's have to say about their experience.
I remodeled a small bathroom. My experience is that every person, from design to every install speciality was/ is a caring professional. The result is exquisite and perfect. They kept me informed throughout the remodel and worked with me to ensure that my every wish was met timely and to my complete satisfaction. As I recall each specialist, I honestly can say, they are welcome in my home anytime. It’s hard to find good craftsmen these days, but to assemble a whole team of them is exceptional. Thank you Sondra Okada and all office and field team.
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Our experience with Coastal Life Design was excellent and we give them an unqualified recommendation.
CLD did a to-the-studs renovation of our late-70's beachfront two bed/two bath condo, one with excellent bones but that presented significant challenges that would have stymied most general contractors. We knew the moment we walked into CLD's studio that Sondra and her team could convert our complex vision into a stunning reality.
Sondra's turn-key design-build approach to project management was the secret sauce. We have completed six major residential building and remodeling projects in PA, NJ and MA, and know how unseen obstacles can present major time delays and significant budget overruns.
Our HOA has a tight off-season construction window, and we had a hard stop on December 15. CLD's team met with us in January to discuss our vision, which they brought to life in three-dimensional computer renderings. When they encountered several fixed structural roadblocks using methodical investigation, CLD modified and tweaked the plan and met our budgetary and time constraints.
Overseeing this from 1300 miles away in Boston, distance was a concern for us, given the time and expense of travel for meetings with CLD. Employing web-based technologies, in-person meetings were kept to a minimum.
Cris rapidly secured required permits and a rigorous but attainable project schedule was drafted, with a series of hard completion targets built in. All town-mandated inspections were scheduled and passed like clockwork, thanks to Steve's excellent relationships with his subcontractors and his ability to creatively solve problems. We needed to approve only two minor change-orders for highly unusual and unanticipated structural issues they encountered.
Cris regularly updated us on progress, sending phone images we requested after demolition and during several stages of reconstruction for future reference. He coordinated timely delivery and installation of new appliances with GE- the final stage of the plan- on December 14th. He even accurately allocated space for an under-counter wine fridge we had in storage but for which we had no make/model number. The punch list was minor and flawlessly executed by Steve and Ryan in just a few days. That's the value experience brings to the table.
Our community's HOA board told us stories about other owners' stress-filled experiences renovating their homes. Our experience with CLD was easy and collegial. Sondra worked her magic in design and project/logistical planning. Cris executed the plan flawlessly. Steve managed the project so well that our HOA president and property manager commented on how respectful the team was and how effectively and efficiently the project ran. Rounding out the experience, Janet and Debbie in administration were also a joy to work with.
As Sondra is fond of saying- no drama!
Coastal Life Design, on West Cortes Road, is a 5 star business led, and staffed by, excellent, highly qualified people who are proud of their work.. They take your calls, keep their promises - and keep you up to date.
We first worked with Coastal Life Design when we bought our condo in 2021. Sondra helped us with changes we wanted, and made many good suggestions.. She did the work while we were up North that summer
Last August, our property manager called to say a water back-up caused significant damage in our master bath, closets, floors, hallways and guest-room. We called Sondra, who still had our file, with materials, flooring, paints, etc. She offered to fix it and we hired her immediately.
When we returned in October it looked just as it had when we left.
Thanks, Sondra, and to all your staff, for your excellent work.
The best team we ever worked with. Ryan and Chris are the best client-focused bunch of guys.
Our kitchen is exactly what we envisioned! So happy with the entire group of employees that we interacted with. Will refer them to friends and family.
Coastal Life Design provides quality and tasteful spaces for their Clients! A friendly firm. We have had the joy of supporting their spaces and experience first-hand the top-notch quality this firm pours into each space. Their Clients are delivered exactly what they’ve desired and clean!
Sondra at Coastal Life Design did an OUTSTANDING job with our home remodel. From the very beginning to the very end she was professional and very talented. She took the time to listen to me about my design desires and nailed it at every turn. She not only listened, but she actually incorporated all of my ideas into the project without arguing. This was no small job! We gutted the entire house, from top to bottom: floors, kitchen, bathrooms, driveway, landscaping, paint, trim, furniture, rugs, fixtures, etc. Sondra and her team delivered a high quality job on our multi-million dollar beach home and I would use her again without hesitation. I would highly recommend Sondra and her team to anyone who is in the market for a high quality professional remodel.
We’re thrilled with what feels like a brand new home for us thanks to the expertise and hard work of Sondra, the two Chrises (!) and the rest of the Coastal Life team. The design, project management, communication, execution and problem solving were all top notch – despite the fact that we were in Canada for most of the project. The team brought to life our vision for how our winter home would look and feel, and we cannot thank them enough. We highly recommend them!
They renovated my laundry room. I couldn't have imagined better! Andrew and his team not only made it beautiful, but functional as well. Thank you Andrew!
Our kitchen is exactly what we envisioned! So happy with the entire group of employees that we interacted with. Will refer them to friends and family.
In May 2020, major water damage occurred in our kitchen and family room which ultimately resulted in replacement of flooring, drywall, cabinetry, countertops and other repairs. So began the difficult and lengthy process of dealing with remediation, insurance and finding a quality contractor. Ultimately Coastal Life Design came to our rescue. Sondra was a joy to work with, persevering through the frustrating process of dealing with insurance. She also gave us excellent design advice while working within our budget. We were very impressed with the quality of workmanship as well as the courtesy of all sub contractors and employees who completed our project. We highly recommend Sondra and her team at Coastal Life Design for any of your construction needs.
Say YES! After interviewing several other design companies, Coastal Life was a "no-brainer" choice! Sondra KNOWS how to narrow down choices, work within budgets, offer unique, sensible options, and PROBLEM SOLVE! I have a dream kitchen thanks to Sondra's impassioned expertise!
Excellent work across the board by Coastal Life Design for our renovation on our home. Beautiful craftsmanship and attention to detail…as well as creative and stunning design expertise! Everyone was a pleasure to work with…highly recommend!!
Sondra and her entire team at Coastal Life Design are top notch professionals! Their quality of work is one of the best in the Bradenton/Sarasota area. They aim to please to ensure that your renovation is done to your satisfaction. Sondra and I hit if off from the moment we met, and I could not be more pleased with how my home renovation turned out. I would highly recommend Coastal Life Design for your next home project.
I highly recommend Coastal Life Design! Sondra designed our bathroom remodel and we couldn’t be happier with it – beauty along with improved function and convenience! We also had her select paint colors for every room in our house, plus the outside paint. We went with every recommendation and each is perfect. She is brilliant. The service was timely and outstanding in every other way. 10/10.
Excellent experience. Super dependable and always met deadlines. Will recommend!
Sondra was great to work with. Her initial ideas were right on with what we were looking for. Therefore, my husband and I had very little decision making which was great. Also, when there was a problem with one of the design elements due to discontinuation of a tile product, Sondra quickly came up with a new design that worked great. Bob, her contractor, was also great to work with. Can’t say enough about how wonderful this team was to work with. We love our “new’ condo!
Kitchen was gutted and rebuilt. Project included flooring 3 areas, raising ceiling, removal of popcorn + more. Took 8 weeks, not surprising considering scope. At 8 weeks project was COMPLETE and I am thrilled. Coastal Life begins new project for me tomorrow (6/25/18). I know the job will be done on time and to my satisfaction.
Giselle and I wanted to thank-you for your creative and thoughtful designs that preceded the remodeling of our condominium residence. From the very beginning you had an uncanny ability to understand our tastes as well as our needs. As a result, the drawings, the plans, and the unique materials that you suggested were more inspired than we could have ever imagined! The true testimony to your work comes in two forms. First is the fact that our home office, our den, and our foyer are all much more useful and striking than prior to the renovation. Second are the enthusiastic compliments from friends and neighbors who have seen the finished work.
We thank you for your exceptional vision and skill in making our home more attractive, more useful and much more enjoyable!
Warmest personal regards,
Giselle and Bob
Thank you for the beautiful design work on my master suite. I knew the space had potential to be lovely but I never imagined how beautiful it could become! Your vision and creativity completely transformed my dated bathroom.
When we met for our design consultation I was hopeful that you would be able to take all of my "inspiration" samples and design something specifically for me and I was not disappointed. The presentation of your design was thorough and comprehensive. Your selections of tiles, cabinetry, lighting and painting options took my breath away! And, after execution of the build portion of the project, my master suite is truly a masterpiece.
I absolutely love everything you designed for me and I can't wait to collaborate with you again in the future!
We had Sondra come to help us pick interior colors for our house, they are stunning it made such a difference. I was in the living room reading, looked up and thought to myself what gorgeous colors, that was on Saturday and then on Sunday I found myself saying the same thing. We are beyond happy.
Sondra and her team are incredible design-build professionals. She spent months working with us through multiple designs and executed a complex renovation on-time and on-budget. She is unflappable and solution-oriented. When the inevitable hiccups occurred she quickly developed a plan to work through them. Having gone through several renovation projects this was by far the best designed and executed.
Amazing!!! We are thrilled with the results, Sondra and team. Thank you for making our vacation home dreams come true!
Sondra from Coastal Life Design has superb knowledge to guide you to all the right choices for your updating. She will go above and beyond to oversee the service providers do their job correctly! I am Monica Newcomer, a Coldwell Banker realtor, I feel confidence in her to recommend her to my clients. I want happy clients!
We love our new kitchen! The cabinets are gorgeous and so well made. The countertops are beautiful and easy to maintain. The changes that Sondra made to our layout have really maximized our storage space and made the kitchen actually feel bigger. Overall, extremely pleased with the final product. Many thanks to Sondra and the whole team!!!!
Jennifer is a great interior designer and knows what she is doing. Her an Bob did a great job updating my kitchen while staying in my budget. I'm happy with the way it turned out. The cabinet/countertop selection couldn't have come out any better. Will use them for repeat business in the future.
I happened to see the new Coastal Life Design center so i decided to stop by to see what they were all about. This was the BEST stop I have made in quite a while. Sondra Okada introduced herself and made me feel very welcomed and was extremely pleasant to speak with. I had explained to her that i wanted to redecorate a couple of rooms in my home, but wasn't sure what i really was going to do and if i just wanted guidance or to have her take over the project. She said they would offer their services no matter what level of design that i needed. Upon leaving the center she said to call her anytime and she would be glad to help to any degree that I was comfortable with. Well, she certainly has been helpful and responsive when i call her! I have to admit that I became overwhelmed trying to do this project myself, so i called her again and she WAS there again to help. She has such a calming way of talking to you that she puts your stress level on low. Sondra and I are pretty close to completing my project, but i want to thank her for all her kindness. I will certainly be using Coastal Life Design in the near future. Never working with a designer I didn't know what i was doing, but i am so grateful for her understanding, ideas and follow through that i will be forever grateful for her help.
We were looking to add a work station and additional storage space in the Condo we purchased in May 2018. Coastal Life design worked with what we were looking for. Although we initially wanted granite countertop, we were advised it would cost over our budget. They suggested butcher block and it came out great. Most places would not have advised this. Coastal design went within our budget, not trying to sell more expensive design. They kept in contact every step of the process,from showing us the layout on their computer,to picking out the hardware,to maki g sure the workmen were there. Even the workmen explained everything they were doing. Highly recommend Coastal Life Design!!!!
Coastal Life Design provides excellent service that exceded all my expectations. Everyone on the team is very professional. Jennifer Strohl, who handled my account, has great ideas, is easy to work with, and very experienced in handling large, complicated remodling projects. She has a an excellent network of licensed subcontractors who performed their duties in a professional, careful manner. Jennifer's site manager, Bob Meehan, kept the project moving forward and supervised day-to-day work in the house. I definitely recommend Coastal Life Design for remodling projects of any scope and size.
Mary Alice S.