DuKate Fine Remodeling is a Design / Build full service remodeler located in Franklin, Indiana. It is a continual joy to reflect in awe and gratitude over the success we have enjoyed watching the development of our team, our skills, and our client base. It is also vital to know the secret of true riches, honor and life.
In March of 1988, DuKate Fine Remodeling began during an economically depressed time. Production scheduling was no problem – there were only two windows to paint in the kitchen of a now demolished home in Franklin. There was no marketing in place, limited experience and no business acumen. When one refers to “starting from scratch,” we understand what “scratch” is; which only serves to highlight how we have been graced.
President Mike DuKate was born and raised in Franklin, Indiana. A graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, Mike served on the Franklin Chamber of Commerce board of directors and has earned the National Association of Home Builders designations of CGR, CGB, and CAPS. Mike also has served as a past chairman of the board for the Better Business Bureau of Indiana. Mike also teaches courses for the NAHB. He founded DuKate Fine Remodeling in 1988 and continues in his role as President of the company. Mike has been married to Debbie since 1977 and the have five children, Chris, Craig, Amy, Evan and Ryan.
Rich Corthell – Production Manager
Rich Corthell is DuKate Fine Remodeling’s Production Manager. While in the Peace Corps, Rich and his wife Margaret spent two years in Micro Indonesia. Rich hails from Tiffin, Ohio and earned his first bachelor’s degree in elementary education. In Colorado Rich completed a second degree in industrial arts and met Margaret, also a teacher and an Indiana native. Returning to Indiana, Rich continued in teaching, including Industrial Arts at Custer Baker Middle School in Franklin. Before joining DuKate in 1995, Rich worked as a superintendent building custom homes for J. Greg Allen Homes. Rich and Margaret have four children.
Erica Howard – Office Manager
Erica was born and raised on the south side of Indianapolis. She studied Liberal Arts at Indiana University. She has been in the sales and marketing field for over 15 years. Erica has experience in various fields including printing and pharmaceutical merchandise sales. She has spent the past few years in printing and administration. Erica has two boys and spends her time on ball fields and courts supporting her boys. She still resides on the south side of Indianapolis.
Ty Sempsrott – Project Manager
Ty has been in the custom home building and remodeling industry since 1994, working with his father since he was a boy. He built his first custom home at 22 years old. Ty spent fourteen years working with Stone Cabin Design in Bloomington, IN as a custom cabinet/furniture builder and trim carpentry specialist where he honed his skill and eye. Ty has also worked in architectural drafting and installing home theater and audio systems. Ty and his wife, Cassidy, moved to Franklin in 2014 and have three little girls.
Kevin Houston – Masonry Division
Kevin Houston began his career in masonry as a young boy working with his father and two brothers. He was thirteen yrs. old when he built his first fireplace solo. Kevin has worked for both residential and commercial masonry companies as well as being involved in masonry repairs. He is a big believer in continuing education and believes this is essential to having cutting edge masonry knowledge and skills. Kevin has worked as either a subcontractor for DuKate Fine Remodeling or on staff working directly for the company since 1988. Kevin is married to Stacey Lynn and has nine children
Craig DuKate – Masonry Division
Craig DuKate began working for DuKate Fine Remodeling as a young teen shadowing his father after school hours and summers beginning in 1994. He is a graduate of Ivy Tech with an MIT industrial electrician’s degree. He is currently working on his bachelor’s degree in business at Liberty University. Besides his general carpentry skills and background, Craig has honed his masonry abilities. He is active in our masonry division in both the sales department and in the field. Craig is a member of the Columbus networking group, BNI and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for his neighborhood association. Craig also serves in a leadership capacity for the non-profit group “Paint the Town” in Indianapolis. Craig has been married to Ellen since 2012. They have one son.
2014 Guildmaster with High Distinction
Guild Quality awarded DuKate Fine Remodeling the Guildmaster with High Distinction in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, & 2014
2010 Top 55 Quality Leaders
DuKate Fine Remodeling was named one of the Top 55 Quality Leaders by Guild Quality in 2010
2007 Better Business Bureau Ethics Award
The BBB awarded DuKate Fine Remodeling with the 2007 Ethics award.