Our goal is to help you get the kitchen you want, at a price you can afford, with as few compromises as possible.
DHR’s Kitchen Philosophy and Budgeting
At Dayton Home Remodeling we specialize in attractive and affordable kitchens. Our designer, Mike Mergler, has been remodeling kitchens since the late 70’s and has remodeled over a thousand kitchens since 1996, when he began working for Cabinetpak Kitchens doing both new and refaced kitchen cabinets. Mike is a trained, old school designer (hand drawn), who loves to cook, so he always designs his kitchens so they function well for the cook(s) in the family.
He has been designing his kitchens for almost 40 years using Aristokraft Cabinets, a quality mid-priced cabinetmaker that is the flagship company of Masterbrand Cabinets, which also owns Kemper, Decora and Schrock cabinet companies. Made in southern Indiana by American craftspeople, Mike has personal experience with his Aristokraft cabinet installations lasting 30+ years, so he’s comfortable that you’ll get at least 30 years out of your new kitchen.
Dayton Home Remodeling limits the scope of its work to bathroom and kitchen remodeling, as well as mold-resistant basement finishing. Our target is to serve the great American middle-class, living in homes valued between approximately $100,000 and $300,000. Our kitchens tend to fall between $15,000 and $30,000. Occasionally we have a project over or under these amounts. We have had small kitchens under $12,000 but this rarely happens and should not be expected.
The general rule of thumb of kitchen budgeting over the last 40 years has been to try to stay below 10% of the value of the home. However, due to the long term shift in labor costs due to the shortage of skilled labor in our area and nationwide, we have had to increase our compensation to keep our skilled laborers. Consequently, we are revising this percentage to 12% of the value of the home. Even this is not always possible, it’s just a target.
We do not supply appliances, and our customers often supply materials and/or do other things themselves to save money, such as painting. These additional expenses are over and above our portion of the remodeling work, so make sure you factor them into your 12% budget. As a good check on your expenditures while still maintaining your flexibility, the 12% rule should be your benchmark as to whether or not you are spending too much or too little.
Our bid process is more like a planning session than a hard sell. It also helps to itemize everything during this process because there are too many details in a modern remodeling project to leave to memory. Itemization is rare in our industry but we have employed this transparency for over 20 years to great success. If we need to change something, the pricing is clear, whether it’s an additional expense or a credit back – it’s all there, no misunderstandings.
In addition to this, our Operations Manager and Partner, Brian Harrison, will have two additional “walk-throughs” with you prior to any work being done, so you have at least 3 planning sessions to ask questions and make any changes, before we start. Lots of planning in advance minimizes the chance of misunderstandings and/or mistakes on your project.
In today’s market, a kitchen remodel will only increase the value of your home by 50-75% of the cost of the remodeling. But it may be necessary to remodel just to sell your house. Move-In Condition is essential to fetch top dollar for your property. Neglected maintenance and out-dated styles can drive your price way below what you’d receive if your home was up-to-date. Of course, if you have no plans to sell in the next 5-10 years, then you can spend a little more for the amenities you want because you will actually get to enjoy them.
Our goal is to help you get the kitchen you want, at a price you can afford, with as few compromises as possible. Call us today and we’ll design a plan around your desires. 937-258-6200.