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Welcome to Down to Earth Investments. We were founded in 2009 by our owner, Jacob Agullana. We are located just north of Dayton, in Vandalia, OH. We offer a full range of home services, including kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and additions.
Jacob grew up in the Dayton area and is now raising his own family here. Along with his wife, Lee Ann, he has worked hard to start his own company and really feels like his customers become friends. He loves to help people in his community with all their home needs.
Our main goal is to make your dream home a reality. We love to sit down with our customers and really get a feel for what they want. We want to know exactly what you want and will work our hardest to make that happen.
You're ready to move forward with your possible home project and you’ve started doing some online research to try to figure out where to begin and who to call. You may be feeling excited, overwhelmed, or even nervous about the process ahead, don’t worry, that’s completely normal and our steps below will help you define what you need and how to get it done.
Our guide helps you through the process from start to finish. Below we will explain our process and what you can expect from our team.
During this step you should begin to explore ideas for your project and figure out your must haves. Start formulating your budget and researching contractors.
During our 1st phone call we will be asking:
Where is your home located?
What project are you looking to complete?
Why do you want to do this project?
When are you looking to have the project completed?
At the end of our conversation together we will determine if it make sense to set up an appointment for the discovery meeting. If it doesn’t seem like we are the right fit for your project, we will try to refer you to another qualified contractor that can serve you better.
Once at your home, we will spend 30-60 minutes getting to know each other better. We will hear what you have in mind, give some advice, and talk through your goals, desires, and any fears you may have regarding the project. We won’t get into the small details, but we will talk about your vision on a higher level. We will discuss the feasibility of your ideal budget range. While we won’t know the exact cost of your project at this point, by starting this discussion and talking about some practical numbers will go a long way in helping our team direct you in the best way forward. Inevitably you will have lots of questions for us and we will leave time to answer those. We will also talk over our process and the next steps.
We will create for you a few “rough drafts” of possible design solutions for you to view with us. In this phase we will narrow down the ideas you like best, and hone in on a final design. This is an exciting step because we show 3D renderings of designs for your project. Once you love the final design we move right into the selections phase.
Now that you have essentially viewed and approved the overall design/layout of your project (the big picture design), at this point in the process we will start selecting all of the fine details and finishes your project will need. These include things like cabinets, countertops, flooring, plumbing fixtures, tile, paint colors, etc. All of your decisions are made before the construction portion starts, making the process go much smoother for you in the long run.
Now that all of the details and associated costs for your project have been figured out and your selections have been finalized, we will prepare for you a “Construction Agreement”. This is the contract that outlines the scope of work, the schedule, and the payment terms.
Turning ideas on paper into reality begins at this phase.
We will prepare and submit to the appropriate building department any necessary permit applications. This can take anywhere from two weeks to two months, depending on where you live. No matter how long it takes, we take care of all permits and inspections.
Once all permits are approved, we can begin the real work. During construction, you will always be informed about progress and schedule and any changes that may incur.
We stand by our work and want you to be 100% satisfied. If there is anything you need to address please do not hesitate to call us. When your home remodeling and construction project is completed, your relationship with Down to Earth Investments continues on.