Distinctive Doors Key to Custom Builder's Success
Fifteen miles south of Portland, Ore. in the golf course community of Tujwila, Dijahnelos Homes, Inc. is using TruStile Doors to build distinctive and affordable custom homes that stand apart from the competition.
Dijahnelos builds $375,000 to $450,000 homes with less square footage but nicer details, with standard options that include TruStile doors, upgraded trim packages, Anderson windows, upgraded appliances, natural stone countertops and more.
John Baker, the owner of the building company, says that his partnership with TruStile has been invaluable in offering something “a little bit different and unique.”
Baker said that standard features such as the doors have enabled his homes to command a higher price while creating a superior brand name. Dijahnelos builds traditional and contemporary homes that feature large rooms and open floor plans, and doors are an integral design element.
Dijahnelos creates dramatic and spacious interiors by using 9-foot ceilings and 7-foot, 8-inch doors. Baker explained that the doors can be challenging to source from manufacturers, but it is simply “not a big deal” with TruStile’s made-to-order manufacturing process.
According to partner Portland Millworks, Dijahnelos is likely saving money through its TruStile door program because it is able to create the architectural look and feel of a 10-foot ceiling and 8-foot door without the incremental cost.
Home buyers are sent to the Portland Millworks to select their doors and trim, and Jim Kehoe, co-owner of the millworks, reported that home buyers are excited by the number of door options they have to choose from, instead of the standard two-, four- and six-panel hollow core models that are customary. “They have a mental picture of a handful of basic door designs,” Kehoe said. “Their eyes are opened up to all the new and creative doors from TruStile.”
Baker attributes the success of his company to the custom home building approach that enables his buyers to customize every aspect of the home from the ground up. An integral part of this process, “TruStile is really an important partner for us,” Baker said.
Located in Denver, TruStile is a member of the National Council of the Housing Industry — The Supplier 100 of NAHB.
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