Homeowners no longer have to travel off the island in order to design the home of their dreams, inside and out, with the recent opening of the Sanibel Design Center.
Located in the heart of Sanibel (next to The Sanibel Bean), the showroom features the latest in interior finishes and products for anyone remodeling or building a new home.
"We had been talking about the idea of opening a showroom on the island for a few years," said co-owner Kevin Vertesch, who partnered with Dan Hahn on Sanibel's latest business venture. "But it was a matter of timing and finding the right location."
Customers who step into the showroom, fully equipped with working plumbing and light fixtures, fans, refrigerators, cabinets and almost anything else you could imagine putting into your home's kitchen, bathroom, dining or recreational spaces — including a beachfront-style mural and backsplash, complete with tea lights and sea shells — are greeted by the Sanibel Design Center's team of designers and consultant, ready to assist you in making plans for your dream home.
"This is truly a full-service design center," added Vertesch, "because we have cabinets, showers, flooring — anything you could ever want inside of your home. We have designers on staff five days a week taking calls. And we work with all of the construction companies and interior designers on the island. Here, people can get a real hands-on feel for every aspect of designing their homes."
If customers are just thinking about remodeling or if they already have a contractor and want to see first-hand all the possible designs, colors and textures available, stop in at the Sanibel Design Center.
"We used to send customers off the island to look at products in a showroom setting," added Vertesch. "But then we thought, 'Wouldn't it be nice to have something like that on Sanibel?'"
In one section of the facility, a wall is filled with a display of various countertop materials — including marble, granite, quartz, wood and glass — while the facing facade is filled with dozens of tile options. Both Hahn and Vertesch noted that even if they don't carry what their customers may be looking for, "if they make it, we can get it."
In addition there are appliances, flooring (carpet, wood, tile and stone), bath and kitchen fixtures, cabinetry and accessories offered for a true hands-on experience.
The Sanibel Design Center carries products from the top suppliers in the business, including kitchen and bath cabinets by Omega, Dynasty and Aristokraft and countertops by Caeserstone. Viking, known for its commercial grade quality is the featured kitchen appliance manufacturer and Moen kitchen and bath fixtures are on display.
"And new products are always arriving," added design consultant Kathy McCabe.
The Sanibel Design Center is located at 2240 Periwinkle Way, Suite 11A on Sanibel. Call 395-1201 for additional information. JEFF LYSIAK