A new type of relationship.

At DCI Home Improvements, we hold customer satisfaction and loyalty in its highest regard. We go the extra step to give you exactly what you want. You are investing a lot in this project, shouldn't you have a contractor that is invested with you? Let us transform your current kitchen into a space that you will truly be happy in. Not only to cook, but also be able to use it as a space for entertaining and spending time with the family for years to come.

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Attention is in the detail.

We will go the extra length to give you exactly what you want. We will go the extra mile because we value you as a client and want you to return. We strive to not leave any detail missed or forgotten. From the first steps of the design process, we will note all of your needs and wants, so in the end, you will have that perfect kitchen that you have always dreamed of.

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Simple sometimes is better.

You would be surprised how many clients come to us with wants and to-do's as far as their kitchens are concerned and when things are finalized and estimated, sometimes the sticker price can come as a bit of a shock. Maybe we need to scale back what we want sometimes to be able to get a more usable space. Things to consider: The type of cabinet you are going to buy, plywood construction, mdf fiber construction, ready to assemble cabinets, etc. All of these style have their advantages and disadvantages, but one of the biggest hurdles we need to consider with the cabinet construction is price. We carry cabinets for any budget. Another thing to consider is the countertop. Popular these days are the granite and quartz style of stone, but if you are in a price constraint, you might want to consider a more traditional tile countertop or even laminate. With the right attention to detail, anything can look top notch.

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Start with a good design.

Our process is simple. 1. Meet to discuss your wants and needs and take measurements. 2. Get a 'ballpark' estimate to you regarding the cost of the project. 3. Get you together with our cabinet designer and supplier to pick out your type of product. Submit drawings to you to give you an idea of what your kitchen will look like in the end. 4. Begin construction.  Now, this process is made easy by the use of our intelligent software that can lay out everything you want to see in your new kitchen on paper before work actually begins. You always need to have a good base before you begin any project. Below are examples of what you will receive.

Our design experts.

We have teamed with the great people at Palm Harbor Kitchens to be able to bring to you some of the best manufactured cabinets you can find on the market. Featuring cabinets from Adorns, Americanna, Designers Choice, Eucucina, Lussu Cucina, and Wellborn Forest, you will surely be able to find a construction, style, and color of your choice. Palm Harbor Kitchens have a complete showroom of their various products and a selection of full cabinets to view so there is no more guessing. Palm Harbor Kitchens along with the team at DCI will work with you every step of the way, from design, to manufacture, to installation and finishing, we will give you the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams.

A new way of thinking.

As with our kitchen remodeling, we strive to make every detail of your new bathroom perfect. From adding custom wall niches to custom foot rests in your shower, no detail will be missed. It is up to you, the client, to take the step forward and choose to remodel your existing space, from there, we want your journey to be a fun and exciting, not agonizing and painful. As a certified residential contractor, we will listen to your needs, and help you decide what works best, not only for you, but making sure that everything meets code and is up-to-date. You can rest assured, that you are dealing with the best in the business, and that shows in the quality of our work, and the feedback from our clients.

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A hands on approach.

The method that seems to work best when we go into a project with a client is this: You provide the colors and fixtures that you want, and we will install them, its that simple. With the plethora of choices on the market today, it would be really difficult for us to decide for you what is best. We can point you in the right direction as to what might work the best, but ultimately it is your decision as to what is going to go into your bathroom. Remember, we are working for you, and as a dedicated employee, we are going to do everything in our nature to make sure that you get what you want in the end.

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Storage, or not to storage?

The move today is toward more cabinets. More storage. We have seen a trend over the last couple of years that clients have decided that they are not necessarily fond of the no frills pedestal sinks that offer no storage for the items that you use everyday. Space is always the contributing factor for the size of your vanity though, this is a given. Unless you want to spend money renovating the home to make your space larger, you will have to work with what you have.  Small spaces can give way to a lot of great storage ideas. Let us help you in designing a bathroom that not only looks great, but is fully functional and adds value to your home.

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Cutting edge technology.

 

DCI Home Improvements is constantly evolving. We take it upon ourselves to learn and keep up with all of the newest trends in the industry. Our education helps give our clients the most up-to-date and modern renovation possible.

SHLUTER SYSTEMS - INNOVATIVE INSTALLATION SYSTEMS FOR TILE

Contrary to popular belief, tiles and grout joints are not inherently waterproof, and must be installed in conjunction with a waterproofing system that effectively manages moisture and prevents mold growth.

The Schluter®-Shower System is an integrated family of products that together form a fully bonded, watertight assembly for tiled showers. The Schluter®-Shower System eliminates the risk of failures due to water and vapor penetration and dramatically reduces total installation time. From drains to shower benches to waterproofing pipe seals, Schluter®-Systems offers everything you need to ensure a dependable and watertight installation.

 

 
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THE TRADITIONAL METHOD

The traditional method of shower construction, especially with respect to the base, is designed in a way that allows water into the tile substrate. With regular use of the shower the mortar bed can remain saturated, particularly if pre-slope installation is ignored or the weep holes become clogged, thus increasing the potential for efflorescence and mold growth within the system. There are also inherent challenges in creating thorough waterproofing, especially around the curb. The result is compromised performance for many of these showers which can often lead to costly callbacks and a damaged reputation for the builder.

Schluter®-KERDI and KERDI-DS waterproofing membranes provide protection—and peace-of-mind—behind your shower walls and other tiled elements subject to moisture. KERDI and KERDI-DS are pliable, sheet-applied, bonded waterproof membranes and vapor retarders with limited crack-bridging capabilities. Accessories made out of KERDI, including waterproofing strips, seamless corners, and pipe and mixing valve seals help complete the waterproofing process to ensure that your shower or bath surround is well-protected against mold and mildew.

 
 
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THE SCHLUTER SYSTEM

The Schluter system assembly provides complete moisture management as it does not permit moisture to penetrate into the tile substrate, either the base or the walls, and allows the assembly to dry completely between uses. It is an integrated system that is simple and easy to install, which in turn prevents leaks and reduces the potential for efflorescence and mold growth in the system. Cost savings are realized through a faster, more efficient installation method and dramatically reduced call backs.

 
 

How to Choose the Best Drain for Your Shower

When you are planning a shower project for your home or rental property, one decision that seems small but is actually important revolves around what drain to use in the shower. Here are a few tips.

 
 
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Point Drain or Linear Drain

There are more shower drains available than you can count, but they all really fall into two types – point drains and linear drains. Point drains are most common and are what we are used to seeing in showers. They are typically located in the middle of the shower floor, and the floor is sloped from all directions down to the drain. The shower floor is really a gently sloped funnel that directs all of the water into this drain. One tip is to look for a square drain grate, as opposed to a round one. Tiles are square, so your shower floor will look better with a square drain, and the installer won’t have to try to make round cuts on square tile.

A linear drain, as the name suggests, is long and narrow. These drains add an element of style to the shower and have become much more popular in the past few years. They may be located in the middle of the floor but are most commonly placed along one wall of the shower. The design and placement of these drains means the entire shower floor slopes gently and evenly toward the drain. No more funnel. Linear drains come in many different lengths, up to as long as 72”.

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It’s important to know that both types of drains take the water away with equal efficiency. Unless you have an unusually large amount of water in your shower, either type will work. In most cases a point drain will cost less than a linear drain.

Large Tiles or Small Tiles

The most significant change that comes from choosing a linear drain is that you are able to use larger tiles on the shower floor. Because the entire floor is evenly sloped in one direction, any size tile can be installed on the floor. If you want small tiles that’s fine, but you can also use larger tiles. Many homeowners like this option because they can use the same tiles on the shower floor as they have in the rest of the bathroom. From a design perspective it creates a more seamless look and can help make small spaces seem larger.

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Because of the funnel required for a point drain, smaller tiles have to be used on the shower floor. In most cases it is not recommended to use anything much larger than 4” x 4” tiles with a point drain. The tiles need to sit flat on the floor and you can’t put a large flat tile across a floor that has more than one slope. Many people prefer to accent the shower floor with smaller tiles and make it look different than the rest of the bathroom, so the point drain makes a good choice.

Decor Drain or Invisible Drain

Whether the decision is to go with a point drain or linear drain, the final step is to select the style and finish of the grate. This is the part of the drain that is seen and you want it to fit the style of the bathroom. I generally recommend choosing a finish that matches the rest of the fixtures in the bathroom so it all ties together. So if your taps and shower head are all in chrome, then your grate should be as well to complete the look. As for style, that’s a very personal choice. There are many options available and we really like the recent additions Schluter has come out with as they can add a bit of flair to the shower floor, and definitely stand out from your more traditional grates.

 
 
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Another really sleek option is to use what’s called a tileable grate. In this case, the same tile that is used on the shower floor is adhered to a solid surface on the top of the grate, and the water drains simply around the edges of the tiled grate. The grate area blends in seamlessly with the rest of the shower floor, and becomes nearly invisible.

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WARRANTY

All Schluter system products are backed by a guarantee. DCI Home Improvements is a trained installer of all Schluter-Systems products. If you are going to invest big dollars into your renovation project, don’t you want the peace of mind that comes with a lifetime warranty? Talk to us about how you can qualify.