Quality meets affordability
Dechellis Homes is a multi-award winning company with an overriding commitment to customers. As a home builder, they pride themselves on working closely with clients, listening to their requirements, and ultimately “building their dreams into reality.”
“The main focus of our design team is finding what gives our clients pleasure,” says Rick Dechellis, Managing Director. “We really focus on creating homes that are aesthetically pleasing, practical and enduring. We want to build homes that reflect the client’s dreams and exceed their expectations.”
Rick commenced his career in the building industry 25 years ago. He began by taking a university course on building and another course on accounting – all while trading as a bricklayer, and earning hands-on experience. Eventually, he joined his father’s subcontracting business, which had been operating for many years.
From there, Rick went on to achieve his builders license and started trading as Dechellis Homes in 1988. The company has grown steadily ever since, and has amassed a long list of satisfied customers and industry accolades.
Today, Dechellis works in Southern Australia within a 200 kilometre radius from Adelaide’s CBD. Their homes range in value from $100,000 to $1 million, a number which has expanded slowly over the years since the company’s inception.
No matter what price bracket they are working in, Dechellis Homes is set apart by their reputation. In Adelaide, they are well known for their ability to provide a good quality product. More importantly, they are well known for providing that product at a good price.
“It’s one thing to have a quality product, it’s another thing to make it affordable,” Rick says. “We’ve spent a lot of time researching how to create a nice looking, liveable home, with components that are affordable to customers. As a result, we’ve come up with a product that looks great, but at a very affordable rate.”
The team at Deschellis Homes also spends a lot of time ensuring quality, Rick adds. They take their quality standard very seriously.
“We run an internal auditing system,” he says. “That’s kind of unusual for a building company, but I think that comes from my accounting background.”
The company’s auditing system involves an employee who continually goes out to all of their properties, and inspects the level of quality. He does this at three different stages throughout the build and reports back to the Building Manager. If a building’s quality is ever not meeting Dechellis’ standards, then corrections are made.
“That’s an expense to the company, because it’s an extra salary, but it’s worth it to maintain a high level of quality throughout the homes,” Rick says. “That’s what sets us apart in Adelaide. We produce the same quality over and over again.”
“When you combine that quality standard with our affordable price, you get a pretty winning combination.”
On top of that quality, Dechellis Homes is “proudly South Australian,” and the Dechellis family has been building in the state for over 40 years. That experience has given them an unrivalled local knowledge – it has given them an intrinsic understanding of the area, and what kinds of homes are best suited to it.
Dechellis Homes’ consistent level of quality has not gone unnoticed by the industry at large. Over the years, they have received a long list of accolades from both the HIA and MBA. Most recently, at the 2013 MBA Awards, they added several more notches to that belt by winning awards for Excellence in a Display Home $180,000 to $240,000, Excellence in a Display Home $240,000 to $300,000 and Excellence in a Contract Home $500,000 to $700,000.
“We value that highly,” Rick says of the recognition. “It’s a personal reward, and it can be used as marketing. It gives customers confidence. It shows them that the MBA is supporting us, and they are backing up our promise of quality.”
Rick credits the company’s award-winning consistency to their focus on “education,” and that includes educating himself as the Director. He and his design team have two field trips a year where they go out and research new products, and new design ideas. He also attends the majority of fairs around the world to see what products are on the horizon, and what products might be suited to Australian standards.
“We understand that this world always moves forward,” Rick says. “It never stops.”
“And I believe a little bit of an old-fashioned approach is required to keep up with it,” he adds. “You can’t just rely on the internet. You have to travel, and touch, feel and taste.”
Rick also credits the company’s consistency to his talented team of subcontractors and suppliers. He says “at least 60 per cent” of building a successful business is all about finding the correct team, and treating them the correct way.
“The team that we have here at Dechellis Homes has been built up over time, handpicked, and audited,” he says. “Having good relationships with those people is how we got to where we are today. They all maintain a high level of quality at an affordable price, and that’s passed on to our customers at the end of the day.”
“We have an agreement with them,” he adds. “We make them a promise to pay them on time every time, and they promise to deliver our work on time every time, and to a high standard. We both have a role to play, and we’re equals in the equation. We are all on the same page, and we all work together happily.”
Moving forward, Rick says Dechellis Homes will continue to take that collaborative approach, and will keep giving their subcontractors the respect they deserve. They will also continue to stay-up-to-date with building innovations and ideas. He says they want to achieve the most out of every component of the business. By doing that, he predicts they will continue to grow, and continue to achieve awards success.
“We want a constant, steady growth,” he says. “We want to become one of South Australia’s premier builders.”
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