A Place to Call Home

One of the greatest joys of the internet is we have nearly everything at our fingertips; we can order anything our hearts desire! This superpower becomes especially handy when looking for inspiration for designing a new room or home, or bringing life back to an existing room or home. We have Pinterest, Houzz, Architectural Digest, Instagram and the countless designer/influencer blogs to pick through. As convenient as this seems, the trouble sets in when we glance up at the clock and gasp! It’s 1 a.m. and we’ve fallen down another virtual rabbit hole, leaving us more overwhelmed than anything. One solution could be to limit the number of sites you visit or the number of hours spent searching and fight against our intrinsic FOMO (fear of missing out). Another more stress-free solution is to visit the seasoned professionals at DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Greater Grand Rapids.

“Remodeling someone’s home using their own inspiration and vision is immensely rewarding. You can see it on their faces; they feel like they’ve come home again.”

Since 1985, the experts at DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen have provided its clients with a holistic approach to remodeling.

“We don’t and won’t just sell you the product and walk away. We’re involved throughout the color selection, materials selection, the install and the final wrap-up. Our clients put their trust in us, and we don’t take that for granted.”

“I have always enjoyed working with and helping people achieve their ultimate goals,” said Bob Swift, the company’s owner. “Remodeling someone’s home using their own inspiration and vision is immensely rewarding. You can see it on their faces; they feel like they’ve come home again.”

Don’t let the name fool you — DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen is more than just that! The company specializes in all types of remodels and additions, from bathrooms to bedrooms, kitchens to sunrooms — the success is in the approach. Today, DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen has a full-service team that consists of designers, production managers, skilled carpenters and office leadership to support its customers’ projects.

Why is a project manager necessary? Can’t I just do that part of the project? The task of taking on your home’s redesign or remodeling process may seem easy enough to handle in the off hours of the day. But then life happens. And it’s easy for details to slip through the cracks, budgets to get out of hand and for hiccups in the process to feel overwhelming. DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen provides its clients with full service because life is busy enough.

“Our production manager, who is responsible for the scheduling, planning and implementation of each project, has been in the business for more than three decades,” Swift said. “We know the remodeling so well.”

The company’s project management services are just one of the things that make working with DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen so unique. Oftentimes, there’s a meeting with a designer to go through colors, fabric swatches, tile samples or anything else the project may require. But after that? That’s up to you to figure out.

“The whole process (of working) with us is completely different,” said Michael Pickle, office and marketing manager. “We don’t and won’t just sell you the product and walk away. We’re involved throughout the color selection, materials selection, the install and the final wrap-up. Our clients put their trust in us, and we don’t take that for granted.”

Beyond customer satisfaction, Pickle said the design and finished processes look drastically different when their team is there throughout. Hardware matches the color palette, which compliments the flooring, which all compliment the furniture.

“When working with our team, there are two people who will be with you from start to finish: the designer and the production manager,” Pickle said. “We’ve worked with clients who have tried other remodeling businesses/studios, but they left frustrated because of how frequently their project was handed off to the next person and the next person and so on. That’s so frustrating. It can also lead to a break down in the consistency of the work. We’re tackling both problems and providing a holistic solution.”

In addition to its client dedication and follow through, DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen is a true design-to-build firm. This means you will start your project with one of its talented designers, who will conceptualize your space using your ideas and inspiration. When you are happy with the design, the team will move forward into product selection, planning and scheduling with the production team, all while working with one of the project managers, of course.

Another aspect in which DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen differs from its competitors is its attention to your likes and dislikes.

DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen … specializes in all types of remodels and additions, from bathrooms to bedrooms, kitchens to sun rooms — the success is in the approach.

“Our designers thoroughly understand the design process and stay up to date on their craft. Because of this, they’re able to customize their approach to each client,” Pickle said. “Sure, they’ll offer industry trends and standard design practices in their consultation. But ultimately, our designers produce work to our clients’ taste, and we’re proud of that.”

The education process goes both ways — the team is there to learn all things you. They want to know your morning routine, how often you use the kitchen, if it’s better for you to have a shower/bath combo or a walk-in shower, how you like to unwind from the day — all of these unique details come together to create a more efficient, tailor-made space for you. Designing holistically is more than making sure those drapes compliment the rug and ensuring the cabinet handles don’t clash with the room’s other hardware. It’s a fairly new process and involves additional client engagement and a deep-rooted desire for understanding.

“It’s common for a designer to take a client’s ideas, put together a design for them and then send them off to someone else to outfit them for the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the project,” Pickle said. “There are other businesses that will subcontract everything. Here, we’re one house of seasoned professionals working on your house.”

Our designers thoroughly understand the design process and stay up to date on their craft. Because of this, they’re able to customize their approach to each client.

So you’ve worked with the project manager and everything is on schedule. You’ve worked with the interior designer and everything looks amazing. The project is complete, you get the final invoice and — what?! How many zeros is that?! At DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen, its seasoned carpenters are masters of their trade and have many years of experience delivering completed projects on time and within budget. Because of the commitment to their clients, 72 percent of DreamMaker’s business was repeat business or referrals from past business.

“There’s no other way to say it — working hard and gaining our clients’ trust is the most rewarding experience,” Pickle said. “I mean, to have someone trust you with redesigning their home, a place they go to relax, create memories, let their guard down … we’re just so grateful to do what we do every day.”

Remodeling a home and/or adding another room is a significant process. It can be overwhelming and can begin to feel that way after typing “home design ideas” into a search engine. There are so many options, and the internet can be overwhelmingly vast. And while it may seem more convenient to tackle the process alone, things get missed and unnecessary stress is sure to come about. Working with a knowledgeable staff, people who will be with you from start to finish, can make such a difference. There’s consistency in the design. There’s consistency in the attention to detail. There’s consistency in the overall process, creating a truly holistic experience. Your home isn’t a “fixer-upper.” It’s a resting place, where life slows down (even for just a moment). Home is where your guard is down and where memories are made. The joys of life are had at home — so why not give it the very best?

Our designers thoroughly understand the design process and stay up to date on their craft. Because of this, they’re able to customize their approach to each client.


Photography courtesy of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen

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