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St. Louis Remodeling Case Study


St. Louis Remodeling Client

Beckerle Family, Eureka, St. Louis Co., MO

Key Benefits

  • Quality and excellence, with attention to detail, quality materials & decades of experience in St. Louis

  • Responsive communication, including updates at the start of every workday

  • Open book accounting—Also track progress, project budgets, proposed changes and all key documents

  • Innovation that can improve your home, including energy efficiency, solutions, ideas and suggestions.

  • On-budget, on-schedule completion

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St. Louis Remodeler Constructs Two-Story Addition, Lower-Level Refinish for Eureka Family

Transforming your existing house into your dream home can be a daunting process without the right St. Louis remodeling company. This was the case for the Beckerle Family of Eureka, Mo., who hired Stockell Custom Homes & Construction after a less-than-stellar experience with a previous contractor.

The Challenge

When Don and Sherry Beckerle were ready to build an addition on to their home, they knew how critical it was to hire a trustworthy company to complete the construction.

“We had a bad experience with the original contractor who built our home, so it was important to us that we work with a builder we could trust when we decided to remodel,” Sherry said.

The Beckerle’s researched potential builders and St. Louis remodeling companies carefully. Stockell Construction had a good reputation, so the Beckerle’s approached Don Stockell and his team.

“We chose Don and his team because we heard that Stockell Homes does a great job and were dependable,” she said.

The Beckerle’s hired Stockell Homes to construct a large two-story addition, finish the lower level and build a screened-in porch to their home. Stockell also rebuilt the front elevation, replaced the front porch and front door, added dormers to the roof, as well as trim and shutters to all windows.

The Solution: Quality & Integrity

The Beckerles were impressed not only with the quality of work the Stockell Team delivered, but also the staff’s integrity, consistency and open communication.

“It’s evident that Don and his team takes pride in their work. We appreciated how approachable they were whenever we had questions or needed anything. Also, Don was there by 7 a.m. each day to tell us what to expect and go over everything,” Sherry said.

“It was a drastic difference from our other experience where the contractor makes you pull your hair out and makes the experience miserable. With Don, you get what you are promised, complete with professionalism and excellent communication throughout the process,” she said.

Building a Two-Story Addition

“It was a pleasure working with the Beckerles and helping them improve and expand their home,” Don Stockell said. “We received a lot of positive feedback from the Beckerles and their neighbors, especially regarding the two-story addition. We are committed to providing on-time and on-budget construction.”

The two-story structure was built onto the left side of the home. The addition allowed the Beckerles to expand the laundry and mudroom on the first floor, and add an exercise room and larger walk-in closets off the master suite on the second floor.

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Bringing Comfort & Relaxation

Stockell Homes transformed the Beckerle’s lower level into the ideal entertainment environment with a home theater, billiards room and custom wet bar.

Another perfect spot for entertaining and relaxation is the Beckerle’s new sun room. The Stockell Team constructed it by adding a screened-in porch to the back of the home, and suggested the placement of a hot tub.

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The Result

The Beckerles are pleased with their home’s new look and features.

“Stockell Homes did a great job,” Sherry said. “We’d hire Don again in a heartbeat and have already recommended him to other people. Someone with his integrity and work ethic is hard to come by

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For more information, call 636-938-5333 or contact Stockell Custom Homes online to request a free consultation for St. Louis remodeling today.

About Stockell Custom Homes & Construction

Since 1986, Stockell Custom Homes has provided quality new home construction and St. Louis remodeling to residential and commercial customers in the St. Louis area.

Stockell Homes specializes in precision craftsmanship, proactive service, practical green building solutions and on-time, on-budget project delivery.

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How to Hire the Right Builder and Remodeler

hire the right builder imageFor most people, a home is the single largest investment they’ll ever make.

That’s why it’s so important to hire the right builder to create your custom home or the right remodeler to beautify and renovate your existing one.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has produced a checklist  to help you make the right decision.

Top Tips from NAHB’s How to Hire the Right Builder Checklist

1. Check out the custom home builder’s reputation, longevity and experience.

  • Make sure the custom home builder or home remodeler has a permanent business location and a good reputation with local banks and suppliers.
  • Find out how long the builder has been in the building business. It usually takes three to five years to establish a financially sound business. You want to make sure they will be around after the construction is complete to service any warranties.
  • Check out the company’s rating and if there have been any complaints filed with your local Better Business Bureau:

Stockell Custom Homes has been in business for over 25 years in St. Louis, MO, with a permanent location and an excellent reputation. View Stockell’s A+ BBB rating.

2. Ensure the builder has the correct insurance and contracts so you’re protected.

  • Make sure the builder/remodeler has sufficient workers compensation and general liability insurance. If not, you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your premises.
  • Also, make sure the builder/remodeler provides you with a complete and clearly written contract. The contract will benefit both of you. If you’re having a new home built, get and review a copy of the home warranty and homeowner manual as well.

Stockell Homes maintains the appropriate insurance to protect you. Also Stockell’s custom home builder team is accredited and certified by various groups including: NAHB, BBB, Angie’s List, HBA, Green Professional and the US Green Building Council.

Our building process is clear, with an easy to read contract and clear communication. View our custom home building process.

3. Ask the home builder/remodeler to see examples of their work and for names of previous customers.

  • Ask the builder/remodeler to provide you with names of previous customers. If they won’t, beware. If they do, ask the customers if they would hire the builder/remodeler again.
  • Ask if you can see the builder/remodelers work, both completed and in progress. Check for quality of workmanship and materials.

At Stockell Homes, we’re transparent with our customers. View our gallery of completed projects and read our online customer reviews. We have a long list of happy customers who you can contact if you’d like.

4. Do you feel you can easily communicate with the builder/remodeler?

  • Remember you will be in close contact with them throughout the construction process and afterward as you live in your new home.

5. Be cautious of unusually low‐priced bids.

  • If the builder/remodeler is unable to pay for the materials and labor as the project proceeds, this may indicate a potential problem.
  • Keep in mind that less expensive does not necessarily mean better.

 At Stockell Homes, we focus on developing an accurate, on-time budget and timeline. We use open book accounting so you can see how expenses are handled.

It’s important that you hire a custom home builder you can trust to provide you with the best building and remodeling experience possible. The Stockell Team hits the mark on the NAHB criteria. We use only the highest quality materials and workmanship while delivering every project on budget and on time. We’re happy to answer your questions and help you along this home building journey.

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Free Custom Home Ideas, Home Remodeling & Design to Improve Your Home

Looking for some home building, remodeling and design ideas?
Did we mention: Free!
That’s right: Free custom home ideas…

custom_home_builder_st LouisCheck out It’s fast becoming a top resource online for people who want to build a new home or remodel. It’s chock full of beautiful photos, pros like us, and tons of free custom home ideas.

From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality.

At Stockell Homes and General Contracting, we’ve been adding our photos and ideas to Houzz so you can browse that too. We’ve built custom homes, home additions, and home remodeling in St. Louis County, Wildwood, Kirkwood, Ellisville, the Central West End, and many other areas in the St. Louis Metro area.

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What else would you like to see?
How can St. Louis home builders like us help you as you design and plan for your new custom home, remodel or room addition?

Are there any other free custom home ideas you’d like to see?

For more photos and custom home ideas, check out our home gallery:

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You can also connect with Stockell Homes on Google+ and Linkedin.

Online Architecural Home Planning Websites

Online plan centers are great places to look at different architectural styles and floor plans. Find a couple of styles you like and some floor plans that are close to what you want. Print these or save a file to share with your design team. Your design team will use these create a plan that is uniquely yours. Two great places to look are and

Gathering ideas to share with your design team is fun. It is simply making a collection of possibilities – things about houses that you like and would consider incorporating into your dream home. Another fun idea site is

Top 4 Custom Home Building Trends

What are the top reasons people build a custom home?Room addition Chesterfield Missouri

The National Home Builders Association (NAHB) outlines a few key custom home building trends:

1. Building a custom home helps the environment

Green Building—Concern for the environment is growing in American homeowners. NAHB’s 2013 “What Buyers Want” study that found 89 percent of homebuyers surveyed would prefer and energy-efficient house over a comparable house without energy efficiency features, even if the high-performance home costs 2 to 3 percent more. Many custom homes are now focused on high performance features like water-saving appliances, insulation to improve heating efficiency and renewable or recycled building materials.

2. Building a custom home enables you to select special features like smart homes or game rooms

Amenities—Home owners also want their custom home to be a life improvement. Special features like resistance pools and fitness rooms for improved health, game rooms and theaters for entertaining, and screened-in porches and outdoor kitchens for outdoor living. This includes tech features like smart homes with automation to control energy usage, security systems and lighting.

3. Building a custom home can make space for grandma

Multigenerational Living—Custom builders are seeing an increasing need to tailor homes for extended family members like elderly parents or adult children. The U.S. Census reported that 4.3 out of 76 million households were made up of at least three generations. Families can build homes with the traditional “mother-in-law suite” or a totally separate locked-off living space. These independent spaces can have a kitchenette, full bathroom and private living areas.

4. Building a custom home enables accessibility and broadens reach to more buyers

Universal Design—As the US population ages, Universal Design (UD) provides more accessibility with features like wider doors, lower countertops and fewer stairs. An accessible home allows owners more freedom to enjoy their home as they age and can also increase value by reaching a broader group of buyers.

Checklist for a Safe, Accessible Bathroom Design

Improve Your Home’s Value and Safety with Accessible Bathroom Design & Construction

accessible bathroom designWhether building a new home or remodeling, accessibility is an important factor to consider. Not only does it give those with disabilities and older Americans a more independent life, but it also can improve your home’s value.

Bathroom accessibility design checklist:

  • Swing-out doors to accommodate easy wheelchair entry
  • Non-slip floors for safety
  • Grab bars for easier transfers and to maintain balance
  • Reinforced walls for installation of grab bars
  • 5 foot square area (required for most wheelchair users to make a 360° turn)
  • Chair-height racks, shelves, and cabinets (Chair-height is how far a person using a wheelchair can reach. A front approach is approximately 48 inches. A parallel approach is 54 inches.)
  • Lever handled faucets
  • Lowered or tilted mirror
  • Roll-under vanity top
  • Hinged, fold-down seat in shower
  • Roll-in shower with no curb
  • Hand-held or adjustable shower head
  • Bathtub with nonskid strips or surface
  • Half-height caregiver doors
  • Toilets 17 to 19 inches from floor or wall-mounted toilet

Thanks to Access to Independence for the excellent bathroom accessible bathroom design list.

If you’ve got any other accessible bathroom design tips you’d like to share, contact us.

Got Questions?

If you’re thinking of building a new home in Wildwood, Chesterfield or St. Louis or remodeling to make your bathroom more accessible, let Stockell Homes help! With 25 years of experience under our belt, we can successfully navigate you through the necessary decisions including finishes, budget and timeline.

Contact Don Stockell today to discuss your construction or St. Louis custom home at 636-938-5333 or by email.

About Stockell Homes

Since 1986, Stockell Custom Homes & General Contracting, Inc. ( has provided quality construction and remodeling to residential and commercial customers in Chesterfield, Wildwood and throughout the St. Louis area. The Stockell Homes Team specializes in precision craftsmanship, proactive service, practical green building solutions and on-time, on-budget project delivery.

The company is a National Association of Home Builders member, an Energy Star Partner, and holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. In addition, leader Don Stockell is a Building Analyst Professional (Building Performance Institute), LEED Accredited Professional and NAHB Certified Green Professional/Approved Verifier.

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