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Should I Stay...or Should I Go?

by David

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hould I stay or should I go? In the spirit of the popular TV program Love It or List It, this was the decision that faced Eric & Meena. Like many suburban
areas, most of the valued building lots and areas
for development have already been built up. Some of the
older neighborhoods that were developed have much larger
lot sizes than some of today's community-style developments with a mix of apartment-style living and single-family
dwellings. The couple had purchased this 1950's ranch-style
home with second floor angled ceiling rooms for its central
location, lot size, mature trees and overall feel of this older
neighborhood development. As time went by, it became apparent that more size was needed. After investigating some
initial home renovation proposal costs-to cover all bases-
they also looked at the option of moving and building new.
In their area, the cost of a comparable building lot and the
development of the lot would have been as much, or more
than the renovation costs to their home in the neighborhood
they already loved.
By way of a referral, Eric and Meena reached out to me,
David Stokes, Owner of DM Stokes Home Renovations. After
an initial meeting and thorough discussion, I provided a
general renovation plan for a second floor bump-up enlarging a bedroom, adding a bathroom, and home office. I also
provided building plans for a large addition expanding the
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Stokes
Owner

DM STOKES

HOME RENOVATIONS

back of the home, increasing the size of the kitchen, adding
a powder room and mudroom, and creating a space that is
both open and functional.
After carefully listening to Eric and Meena's wants and
needs, I provided detailed estimates (no charge for the initial
design concept work) along with a fair payment schedule to
ensure that all benchmarks are met before payments would
be requested. The couple felt comfortable with my proposed
approach and shared with me that they especially appreciated my design ideas for their kitchen, bath and room layouts,
as well as my understanding of materials and finish products, my knowledge of and experience with the permitting
process, and construction processes. (Truth be told, I think
they also sensed my passion for what I do.) I was told these
were the reasons they selected the DM Stokes team.
As the founder of DM Stokes Home Renovations, I take great
pride in our work and our reputation. We specialize in comprehensive home renovations especially in space planning
for kitchen and bath design, and all construction and finishing processes. I am a graduate of the Cabinetmaking program at Thaddeus Stevens Trade School in Lancaster, and
have followed my passion for cabinetry providing kitchen and
bath renovation services throughout south/central Pennsylvania. We offer a cabinetry line for all price points from the



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