Dave Van Houten built HWC Home Works  one room at a time — first focusing on interior windows and cabinet refacing, followed by bathrooms and kitchens.

But he credits his team — production manager Steve Johnson, and carpenters Tom Polega, Chris Mullin, Don Nelson, and Jim Schut — for his success. “I have good people; most of them smarter than I am, and I like it that way,” says Van Houten, who stresses the importance of seamless hand-offs between sales/design, the office, and installers.

Van Houten spends most of his time finding leads, talking with customers and vendors, and training staff. He was able to systematize bathroom remodeling to such an extent that a few years ago he began “Bath in a Box,” a bath package system that works, he says, as a gateway to custom bath sales. Next on the agenda: a second showroom on the other side of town.

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