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gardless of the work, the approach is the same. "When building
or remodeling a home, our goal is to be in partnership with the
client," he says. "When our time together is finished and the home
is complete, our hope is that we didn't just construct a house."
Instead, Dombach wants to cultivate relationships with customers
and be available if follow-up work is needed.
The first step in any project does not include a discussion of
measurements or materials. Rather, Dombach gets acquainted
with the client.
"Every project starts with us getting to know the client," he says.
"We sit down and talk about their lifestyle, their expectations and
the budget they have in mind. We listen to our customers."
The company then develops a preliminary budget designed to
give the client a basic idea of the options associated with the job
and its costs. If the client decides to proceed with the project,
Dombach Builders develops a set of plans, which will be used to
obtain building permits and guide the company through the project, Dombach says. Once the plans are approved, the company
draws up a formal contract that includes the final price.
But Dombach Builders strives to keep the client involved
throughout the construction process by holding regular meetings
to keep them informed of the progress, as well as issues that exist
or decisions that must be made. Dombach believes routine communication between the builder and homeowner is critical to the
success of the project.
Running a small construction firm and staying involved in the
day-to-day business is no easy task, Dombach admits. Nonetheless,
he adds that he appreciates the opportunity to run the company
his father started nearly 40 years ago. "I'm proud of the guys who
work for me," he says. "They do a great job. There's great morale at
Dombach Builders has taken on significant remodeling work in recent years. For example, the company in 2013 restored an 1800s
farmhouse in Elizabeth, Pa.
The owners wanted to add a great room, front porch with a
formal entrance and a two-car attached garage to the structure.
But work could not begin until workers re-leveled the home by
digging out the basement and using jacks to bring the home to
level. Additionally, the depth of the basement was lowered by two
feet to increase the headroom from six to eight feet.
The project also included closing the existing front-porch entrance and adding a porch that featured an entrance leading to a
great room. The great room featured 12-foot-high ceilings and
added 450 square feet to the home. An attached, two-car garage
also was added to the property.
Dombach Builders also built Summit Point at Elm Tree in
Mount Joy, Pa. The community has 150 units and approximately
300 residents who are no longer interested in maintaining larger
homes. The company offered a variety of duplex and townhome
models with 14 flexible floor plans. )
Dombach Builders has worked on historic renovations and built Summit Point at Elm Tree,
a community of duplexes and townhomes.
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