My summers and weekends growing up were spent at either grandad’s shop or on a job site with my father,” he said. “Being around a lumber/millwork company and construction sites almost my entire life is what inspired me to enter the construction business.
Marquis Builders Hits the Mark
“Dustin Franckowiak grew up in and around the construction business, surrounded by examples of hard-working men.
His grandfather worked civil services at Kelly AFB in the “woodworking division upon returning from WWII. After retirement, he opened a small shop to build custom cabinetry & millwork and do remodeling. Dustin’s dad started selling building materials in the early 1970s and still does to this day.”
While going to school he worked at a small local lumber company near his hometown of Poth, pulling orders and selling materials. After college Franckowiak started working for a local builder as a superintendent and then moved into a couple of different construction management positions with two other larger building firms in the early 2000s. After 7 years Dustin decided it was time to hang out his own shingle and launch his own residential building enterprise. In the summer of 2009 Marquis Builders was formed.
Dustin is the heart and soul of the company. His philosophy of treating people with the utmost respect and honesty – like he was taught at an early age – has proven highly effective over the years. Like other quality builders, most of Franckowiak’s new clients are referred by others he’s already worked with. From the design phase to the delivery of keys at closing, Dustin is involved in every aspect of the process. He’s not only the president of Marquis Builders but also everyday, hands-on homebuilding manager who is sincerely excited about his job and delivering more than what his customers expect.
“I feel for me it really boils down to the good ole’ boy approach and having boots on the ground. When customers buy Marquis Builders they are not only purchasing a great product, but also the sense of having their largest investment entrusted to someone who is passionate about what he does. I strive to be patient, stay focused on the task at hand, always treat folks right, and remain true to the core value of delivering quality. I also work hard, and expect those on my job sites to do the same.”
Before a budget is finalized with each client a great deal of information has to be shared regarding topography challenges, utility infrastructure, finalizing blueprints, etc. Once plans and specifications have been created the big process begins and finishes out details are discussed.
Good communication and project site management is what Marquis Builders are known for.
The target price point for Franckowiak’s clients ranges between $500,000 – $1.5 million. And many of their clients take advantage of the energy-efficient (“green”) features they offer:
- Blown cellulose insulation
- Spray foam insulation
- ICF wall panels
- Rainwater catchment systems
- Solar water heating systems
- Tankless water heaters
Regarding the relationships Dustin has with his subs and suppliers…many of them have been his partners for several years. Here’s what a few of them had to say:
“Dustin is a stand-up guy; his word is his bond. He’s very organized, pays us on time, always has things lined up for us. He takes care of his guys.”
Shelby Fojtik, Landmark Electric
“He’s extremely easy to work with and doesn’t miss deadlines. Dustin is always accessible and is on top of scheduling.”
Noe Deras, AMS
“I can totally relate to his background and strong immigrant work ethic. I’ve been in the cabinet business for 35 years and come from the same kind of people he came from. Dustin is incredibly detailed oriented; runs a clean job site and pays attention to all of the little things. He’s always looking for ways to enhance every square foot of the house…because he loves what he does.”
Richard Anulewicz, Michael Edwards
“I have complete trust when I’m working with him or his entire team for that matter. That’s something you just don’t experience with everyone in this business. I’ve known Dustin since our days together at Ryland Homes. Great guy and a great friend.”
Clint Berny, Venetian Marble
“He’s very fair, honest, and totally customer-centric. Dustin treats us like partners, and that is a big deal.
Justin Bowden, Guardian Protection