Our Approach

Mission Statement:

“Build goodwill through honest interactions, striving to provide more value to each customer for the work performed than we receive in compensation.” 

Our Story

Level Up Contracting LLC was started by, myself, Essen Davis.   I am a Michigan licensed Residential Homebuilder and I also currently work as a professional Firefighter/Paramedic for a local department.  I went to school at Trenton High, in Michigan, the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Central Florida Emergency Services Institute in Orlando, and various other building and computer related courses.  I have lived and worked in Michigan, Colorado, and Florida and have been back in Michigan almost 15 years, now.  Though I have been doing side construction work for 20 years in nearly every specialty, and building beautiful hardwood furniture as a hobby, it wasn’t until my kids were both in high school before I earned my builder’s license and formed Level Up Contracting LLC.

Honest Work

I am trustworthy. I have been employed by a professional Fire Department since 1999.  And the honor code instilled in me as a young man at the United States Air Force Academy was: “We will not lie, steal, or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does.”  I still live by it to this day.  For many residential construction jobs, the contractor needs a key and unrestricted access to your house… and directs the spending of your money on our word and recommendation…  that responsibility is never taken lightly.  I only work with people I trust.  Even so, I annually purchase a dishonesty/theft bond for your peace of mind.

Why I’m Different

Ditchdigger’s School: “Raymond! Keep your eyes on your own work!” -copyright Gary Larson

I understand that at the simplest level, a contractor’s job is to take the time to understand what it is that you want to achieve, and then together come up with a plan to direct your wallet to achieve that goal most efficiently to that end, and to protect you from the many pitfalls that exist.  To do the job properly, a careful balancing act takes place.  Sometimes I’m a boss, sometimes a designer, sometimes a fine craftsman, sometimes a skilled worker, sometimes I’m even a ditch digger.  How I weight out the balancing act is not by profit or ease… but by not taking lightly your trust in me to make decisions in your best interest.  It is the performance of my craft with honestly and good workmanship, combined with our fair and transparent billing, that I believe leads to all of our referrals.  It is that ability to turn one customer into many that truly drives our company profit… not making as much short term profit as we can from each individual customer.  I give a rough estimate to make sure we are on the same page and you won’t run out of funds mid project, and then charge time and materials that the job actually takes, and charge 20% overhead and profit to “keep the shingle out front”.  The amount you pay at the end is usually lower than what I estimated at the beginning.

My Schedule

I have been at different ends of many of the codes and building construction for nearly 20 years.  To me, the building code (the way we build structures) is a common sense contract between the builder, the occupant, the neighbors, the pricetag, and the rescuer.

Due to the inflexible scheduling of days when I must be the rescuer, there are about 12 days per month where I cannot be on the jobsite.  I take jobs on where this will not be a hindrance. It works very well with kitchen and bath remodels.  It is a fixed schedule of days that I will not be available on site that is known beforehand and provided to you to reference in your bid folder.

What We Can Do

While I specialize in kitchens and bathrooms, we can do and will take on everything from general repair, framing, roofing, masonry and brick, decks and porches, tile, paint, windows/doors, basement finishing and basement waterproofing, concrete, foundations, gutters, siding, sheathing, flooring, roofing, chimney repair, and  computer aided drafting.  I also have overlap experience into electrical, plumbing, and HVAC, although (like all licensed homebuilders) our license is to do work on all specialties except those 3 specialties which must be subcontracted.  However, our custom hardwood and granite kitchens and our custom full tile bathrooms, designed specifically together with you for your unique space, using inspiration from photos you provide of your dream kitchens and bathrooms… that is our main focus.

“I care about my customers, my employees, and our reputation… and I let that drive how we operate as a business.  Will you notice a difference trusting us with your home improvement needs over our competition?  I certainly hope so.”      -Essen Davis

Next Steps…

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