Qualified Remodeler Magazine

MAY 2014

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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22 May 2014 QR ForResidentialPros.com Michigan remodeler shows what it can do by transforming a run-down home into its new ofce I n the town of Dexter, near Ann Arbor, Mich., the crew at Dexter Builders has been running a successful remodeling business since 2000. Previously, the full-service construction firm leased office space in the village of Dexter, but found itself outgrowing it. When the time came to find a new office, Dexter Builders could have shopped around for a new office to lease, but they decided to go an entirely different way. "We were looking for the ugliest house we could find that we could remodel to show off our talents and show the potential," recalls Vince Peters, vice president of Dexter Builders. The plan was to transform a run-down old home into a light commercial headquarters for Dexter Builders. This remade space would serve as the company's office and home base, as well as a living showroom. "We do a lot of residential work and wanted to show people what we can do." EXTERIOR WORK "We were renting before and had been looking for a couple of years for a place we could buy ourselves and kind of take our own medicine by remodeling it," says Jeff Brown, president of The remodeled space serves as the company's office and its showroom, and an example of the visionary work it can do. PROJECTS: Exterior Solutions | By Allen Barry After Living Showroom COMPANY INFORMATION Dexter Builders, Dexter, Mich. dexterbuilders.com Full-time employees: 31 Average annual revenue: $6 million Annual remodeling projects: 584 Residential: 95 percent Commercial: 5 percent PROJECT INFORMATION Square footage before: 1,800 Square footage after: 4,100 Project cost: $300,000 PRODUCT INFORMATION EXTERIOR Roofing: GAF/Elk Siding: James Hardie Doors and windows: Pella Locksets and hardware: Schlage Paint/stain: Sherwin-Williams Skylights: Sun Tube INTERIOR Flooring: Chelsea HVAC: Goodman OUTDOOOR LIVING Pavers/patio: Stampled concrete Fendt pavers KITCHEN Cabinets: Custom-made Countertops: Granite Sinks and faucets: Kohler Range and exhaust hood: Whirlpool Ovens: Whirlpool Gold Drawer appliances: Rev-A-Shelf Refrigerator: Whirlpoool Gold Dishwasher: Whirlpool Gold Microwave oven: Whirlpool BATH Cabinets: Custom-made Countertops: Granite Toilets: Kohler Showers and shower faucets: Kohler Sinks and sink faucets: Kohler QUR_22-23_ExtSolutions515.indd 22 4/28/14 10:02 AM

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