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This issue of the Dimension Design-Build-Remodel e-newsletter includes information on…

  • What should be in a contract
  • New construction in Kenosha
  • Home office ideas
  • Following us on Facebook
  • Client feedback
  • Christmas party recipe

While the year may be coming to an end, our work to make your homelife easier continues. All of us at Dimension Design-Build-Remodel wish you and your families all the best for a peaceful holiday season and a wonderful New Year. We look forward to serving you in the near future.

What Should Be in a Contract
for Remodeling or Home Building?

Whether you’re remodeling your home or building new, the contract will guide the project, help prevent miscommunications and surprises, and protect both parties. Having details and expectations in writing at the beginning makes it easier to fulfill those expectations. Many homeowners ask what should be in a contract, because they want to know they can trust their contractor.

Some requirements can vary by state and project type, but there are several universal elements that should always be included.

What Should Be in a Contract:

  1. The Details of the Remodeling Project. The final contract price must be listed. The contract should outline what will be demolished and how the contractor will dispose of debris, what will be built and installed, and all the materials and fixtures. The contractor also may list any major exclusions, so you aren’t surprised by what the contractor does not plan to do.
  2. Legal Protection. Will they obtain all necessary permits and certificates of occupancy? Is the project covered by workman’s compensation and liability insurance? Will they provide lien waivers? A remodeling contract should answer these questions.
  3. Payment Plan. In addition to the total cost, the contract should state how the customer will pay. How many payments will there be? At which points during the project will payments be made?
  4. Work Schedule. Start dates and end dates will be approximate and subject to change due to weather, surprises, or changes to the plan. It’s still important for both parties to know when each phase of the project is expected to happen.
  5. How to Handle Changes. What procedure is required for change orders?
  6. The Owner’s Duties. Sometimes the owner chooses to supply labor or materials. The owner is also expected to supply certain things to keep a project on schedule, like unobstructed access to the project site and removal of hazardous materials.
  7. For a contract to be legally binding, both parties must sign.
  8. Contract Attachments. Information may be attached to the contract, such as an itemized breakdown of project costs, a financial disclosure statement, final drawings and specifications, and the customer’s right to cancel.

New construction of a home is a bigger undertaking. As such, the contract will reflect the additional project descriptions and contingencies.

Dimension, Inc. uses the official contracts provided by the Metropolitan Builders Association of Greater Milwaukee (MBA) for home build projects, and the Milwaukee Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) for remodeling projects.

In addition, David Kallie, company owner, is a Certified Remodeler through NARI, plus he is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Maintaining these designations that were earned after completing study groups and passing exams requires David to complete continuing education within the remodeling and home building industries on an annual basis.

Before any project begins, we will carefully go through the contract with you. We’re happy to answer any questions and make sure we all agree on project details and expectations, for the foundation of a successful remodel or build. Call us at 262-402-6602 or complete our contact form to get started.

Feature Project

Kenosha New Construction

Dimension, Inc. is hard at work constructing a new healthy home in Kenosha. Healthy home construction starts with careful selection of a proper home site while excavation, footings, and the concrete stage closely follow. At Dimension, Inc., we strictly use water-based or non-petroleum concrete form releases for sensitive petroleum based products.

Another vital component of building a healthy home is jobsite signage. Our jobsite sign highlights the importance of what we do for the trades, and serves as a daily reminder. For instance, we prohibit the use of any toxic substance anywhere on site.

Materials are also key. We emphasize the importance of covering onsite wood materials so they don't soak up moisture. Moreover, at Dimension Inc., we have incorporated healthy materials, products, and methods into our company culture and the design/build process, and AMC almighty adhesive is an example of one of the healthy materials we utilize to build our healthy homes.

The completion of the rough framing is an exciting time during the healthy home construction process because it's when the blueprints come to life as we give the home its shape and support. We utilize healthy materials during the rough framing process, including zip wall sheathing and roof decking systems. This will minimize water intrusion as well as mold growth potential. Additionally, our AMC Almighty Adhesive, which we use for gluing subfloor to floor trusses, is water based and reduces interior VOC's. As for the attic, we install our smart baffle system in order to maximize proper airflow throughout the space.

Next, we moved on to the home's interior framing, basement, and electrical system. This basement will feature an insulated floor and as you can see, it's ready to be poured. Additionally, the basement includes an active radon venting system. With regards to the electricity, the disconnect is mounted to the outside of the home and comes with a hand remote, allowing the customer to turn the four different zones within the home on and off at their discretion. The zones correspond to the bedrooms to allow the customer to shut down bedroom areas at night when they're sleeping to reduce the amount of EMFs they are receiving, resulting in a better night's sleep. This is especially helpful to those sensitive to EMFs.

We will share additional photos as we continue the process of building this beautiful and healthy home.

Dimension Inc. Blog

The Best Home Office Ideas

There’s no definite right or wrong with a home office – only what works and doesn’t work for you. The best home office ideas will work within your home, and possibly your remodeling budget, to help you be as productive as possible amidst all of your home’s distractions. You’ll need to establish the best location in the home, and then set up your work area.

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What Our Customers Say

Since Dimension, Inc. completed the remodeling of our kitchen, we have been singing their praises to our family, friends, and co-workers. From start to finish, they were a joy to work with. At our first appointment with Dave, he took the time to get to know us and understand our needs and concerns about our kitchen. In just a few short days Dave designed a fresh, new, ingenious layout for our kitchen that addressed all of our needs and worked within our budget. During the proposal, Dave explained the project in great detail. He went over every part of the contract and included a detailed schedule to prepare us for what to expect.

Work began as scheduled, and from the first day, the installers went above and beyond what was required of the job, displaying expert craftsmanship, paying attention to our needs and coordinating the job down to the finest detail. They showed respect for the job and our home, making sure that work areas were always left clean and minimizing the inconvenience inherent with a kitchen remodeling project. We could not have asked for a better person to be in our home, making the design into reality.

We were also impressed and greatly benefited from the suppliers, tradesmen (plumbers and electricians) and interior design experts that Dimension works with. We received the quality we wanted as well as invaluable advice and service. We especially enjoyed and appreciated working with the interior designer Dave recommended.

We would recommend Dimension Design-Build-Remodel with no reservations in a heartbeat and be available to discuss our project. For any projects we have in the future, they will be our first stop.

Shelley and Chuck, Brookfield

Holiday Recipe

Hot Artichoke Dip


  • 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pimento peppers


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease a medium baking dish.
  2. Blend together the cheese, mayonnaise and whipping cream. Stir in the artichokes, green onions and pimentos. Mix well, and transfer to the prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned.
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