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
Dayton Kitchen Remodeling is a trade name used by Dayton Home Remodeling. We are a quality kitchen remodeler that serves Middle America. We have won the Angie’s List Super Service Award for multiple years in a row (This award is given annually to the top 4 kitchen and bath remodeling companies in Dayton, based on their customer reviews). Yet we are affordable as well. We believe we are the only company serving our market “niche” of middle income homeowners with high quality at a reasonable cost. Owner and Designer, Mike Mergler, has been remodeling kitchens since the late 70’s and has remodeled over 1000 kitchens since 1995 when he began remodeling them full-time. Mike is a trained old school designer who knows how to make things work in a practical way. Mike zeroes in on how his customers want to use their kitchen and then designs them to maximize each family’s lifestyle. He particularly loves to design for other cooks, since he loves to cook himself.
DKR is blessed to have the services of Greg Sigler, who has been installing kitchens for Mike since 1995 when he and Mike both worked at Cabinetpak Kitchens. Today Greg has his own custom woodworking company in Spring Valley called “Natty’s” but he still takes the time to install fabulous kitchens for DKR. An added bonus is that his wife, Melanie, is his helper on the job, and Melanie is a skilled Interior Decorator. There is no additional charge for Greg’s extra skilled craftsmanship or Melanie’s design suggestions. It’s just part of the added value we offer at DHR.
In all of our projects we use quality name brand products such as Moen, Aristokraft, LG, Dupont, Elkay, etc. We use mid-grade rather than builder grade products for the best combination of price and quality. We believe this produces the best value for your money. We fully expect our kitchens to last you thirty years or more and we have actual experience to verify this.
Our kitchens tend to fall between $20,000 and $35,000. Occasionally we have a project over or under these amounts. We have had small kitchens under $15,000 but this rarely happens and should not be expected. We are comfortable with our customers supplying some materials and/or doing things themselves to save money, such as painting.
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 in to 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.
Despite the rebounding real estate market, it’s still advisable to have your home in Move-In Condition if you wish 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 as much or as little as you like for the amenities you want because you will actually be there long enough to enjoy them.
Our goal is to give you a quality kitchen at a price you can afford. Call us today and we’ll design a plan around your desires, and your budget. 937-258-6200.