Two DreamMaker franchises earn accolades from Remodeling magazine
Two DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen remodeling franchises have been named to Remodeling magazine’s 2014 list of the top full-service remodelers in America.
“Few industry pyramids have as wide a base and narrow a top as remodeling,” the magazine writes. “Census reports suggest that two-thirds of America’s roughly 650,000 remodelers are self-employed. Only 90,000 companies of any size have a payroll. And if past trends hold, no more than one out of six of those take in a million dollars a year. The 550 companies on this year’s list occupy the very top of the pyramid.”
The top of that pyramid includes DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Bakersfield, California.
The Minnesota franchise is owned by Lynn and Sandy Monson, who have been part of the franchise system for 15 years. The Bakersfield business is owned by Patty and Everett Gray, who have been franchisees for a decade and recently renewed for another 10 years.
Monson said systems and buying power provided by DreamMaker have helped him become successful — and even more important have been the relationships built within the remodeling franchise.
“The people who are part of the DreamMaker network — the group genius — is so strong, I can’t compare it to any other group,” says Lynn, featured in the video above. “I belong to (The National Association of the Remodeling Industry), and to (the National Kitchen & Bath Association) and to (the American Society of Interior Designers), and there’s nothing like getting together with a group of your fellow franchisees to really help each other improve.”
Honorees reflect flexibility of DreamMaker’s business model
The Monsons and the Grays both run exceptional operations — but the operations do have some interesting differences.
Lynn and Sandy tackle a wide range of remodeling projects: kitchens and bathrooms, of course, as basement remodels, sunrooms, room additions and whole-house remodels.
In contrast, the Grays specialize in bathroom and kitchen remodels, and they choose to focus mainly on those services.
The comprehensiveness of DreamMaker’s systems, and the flexibility of its business model, allows remodelers to focus on one or two services and concentrate their marketing activities on those areas, and it also allows franchisees to expand their service offerings to benefit from repeat business and a wider range of job opportunities. As the Monsons and Grays illustrate, depending on the skills of the franchisee and the demands of the marketplace, both business models can be extremely successful.
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