As a second-generation builder, I understand the importance of building on the family tradition of quality and bringing work ethic, pride and knowledge to every job,” says Bill Dykhuis, owner of W.J. Dykhuis Builder. Bill began learning the building trade when he was ten years old as he worked alongside his father. “By the time I was in my teens, the only job I’d ever had was working for my dad,” he recalls. Bill attended college with the intention of earning a degree in education while working with his father’s construction company during the summer. However, it became apparent to him that his calling was elsewhere and he soon committed himself to carrying on the family business. Bill has never looked back: “Building is what I know best. It’s what I love to do.”
"I’ve been a builder all my life, despite the ups and downs of the industry,” says Bill. Over the last forty years, Bill has invested himself in his company and his clients while remaining a devoted family man. Bill’s personal dedication to each project rarely goes unnoticed by his clients who are quick to recommend him to family and friends.
“When people hire me to build their homes I want them to be confident in my abilities and know they can trust in my expertise,” Bill says. Decades of experience across a spectrum of building projects have sharpened his skills and earned him a reputation as a true craftsman with an impeccable eye for detail.
In 2005, Bill Dykhuis was named Builder of the Year for his involvement in Home Builders Association activities at the local and state levels. He has been active in the association since 1989, serving as president in 1994. He was recognized for his service as treasurer of the Michigan Association of Home Builders and for co-chairing the Fast-Built House Committee for the 15th consecutive year. Builder of the Year award winners are selected based on their involvement in the association (60%), the home building industry (20%), and the community (20%).
Every June the best and most popular residential home designs are showcased in this June event, a Kalamazoo tradition. A tradition in its own right, Bill Dykhuis has been asked to include one of his homes for this prestigious tour nearly every year since 1991. Bill’s work has earned fifteen awards, including:
Best Overall Presentation Five-time winner
Best Floor Plan Two-time winner
Best Interior Elements Four-time winner
Best Fit & Finish
National Association of Home Builders Senior Life Director
Michigan Association of Home Builders Past President
HomeAid Michigan Past President of the Board
Home Builders Association of Greater Kalamazoo Board of Directors since 1990
Home Builders Association of Greater Kalamazoo Board President 1993-94
Home Builders Association of Greater Kalamazoo 2005 Builder of the Year
Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity Past Board Member
Fast Built House Committee Co-chair for 15 years
Licensed Builder since 1972
Bill's commitment to excellence is demonstrated by his being awarded these prestigious certifications. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the Graduate Master Builder (GMB) designation is the “ultimate symbol of the building professional...for experienced veterans only.” A Certified Green Professional (CGP) certification includes training in green building methods—without driving up the cost of construction.
Most recently, Bill has earned the CGR designation: Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) is an exclusive professional designation designed to emphasize business management skills as the key to a professional remodeling operation.
“Details are an important part of any home. To me, they’re as important as a strong foundation. Often it’s the details that reflect the personality of the family and the home, whether it’s a unique window placement, a fireplace that warms the den, or a kitchen made to order.”
Mosaic tile entryways
“Each and every house I build receives my full attention. I’m almost always found on the job site making sure things are getting done right,” says Bill. W.J. Dykhuis Builder stands behind each and every project, guaranteeing the client will not only be satisfied but thrilled with the results. Bill ensures that his clients are involved in the process with regular updates and walk-throughs. “I simply try to respond to what the client wants,” explains Bill. “Sometimes everything is done with the client via email or phone calls…[while others] like to show up every day on site because they’re so excited and they want to see what’s been finished or change that day.”