Houston-area remodeler flips career, finds success
David Leva flipped houses for 20 years, but about seven years ago, he decided to start DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen with a goal of focusing on remodeling.
Working in real estate with his dad, Larry, and brother, Jonathan, Leva noticed contractors didn’t always share the homeowner’s passion for remodeling the kitchen and bathroom and sometimes did poor-quality work. That observation grew into a business idea after the three Leva men started buying apartments and renting them out. “I quickly got tired of being a landlord,” the president of DreamMaker says. “I liked the remodeling work and some design work because it was artistic. As time went on, I found I had knack for remodeling jobs.”
While Leva can and does remodel the entire house, he specializes in bathroom and kitchen projects. Unfortunately, the heavily used rooms also are the most complicated rooms to remodel, Leva says, because those areas typically contain so many elements such as plumbing, electrical and tile work. In addition, builders often cut corners, which makes remodeling kitchen and bathrooms an adventure. “Once we demo, then we really get to see what’s inside the wall,” Leva says. “That’s interesting — that’s a challenge,” Leva says, adding most of the difficulties are eliminated because the rooms are gutted by his team of 12 subcontractors.
2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner:
Owner David Leva of Stafford founded the company in 2005 and earned the Super Service Award in 2012.
Sugar Land member Laura Hiatt hired DreamMaker three different times to remodel a guest bathroom, living room, kitchen and master bathroom. She had complete trust in the subcontractors remodeling her home and asked for the same crew for each job. The work relationship became friendly as Hiatt said she often talked to the crew about their families. “I absolutely felt safe leaving these guys alone in my house,” Hiatt says. “I got to know them very well. They got to know me very well. I know them. I trust them.”
Leva values highly the trust his clients place in him. He believes homeowners should feel comfortable expressing their ideas, discussing the budget and other pertinent information with the contractor. “The best contractor is one you can sit down and have a cup of coffee with and tell what you want,” says Leva, who also is the president of the local chapter of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.
Hiatt says Leva stayed close to her budget and quickly solved problems. She recommended DreamMaker to several friends. “Our neighborhood doesn’t allow it, but if I could put a sign in the front of my house advertising for him, I would absolutely do it — no hesitation,” Hiatt says.
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