D. Deuling Construction, widely known for its attractive residential remodels, recently finished a special project.
Dennis Deuling rebuilt the Rainbow residence of Bob and Jeannie Miller, who lost their home to the 2007 Rice Canyon firestorm.
This was a meaningful job for Deuling. “This couple lost everything and I had the opportunity to give them something back,” he Deuling. “My mission was to build a beautiful house for the Millers to enjoy.”
The Miller home was destroyed on October 22, 2007. Deuling pulled building permits on October 22, 2008, and the home was completed a few weeks ago.
Building a custom home is always a huge undertaking, but Deuling, as well as the Millers, were caught off-guard by some unexpected land surveyor news: their original home was in the wrong spot.
“We found out after the fire, [from] land surveyor Jim Eyerman, that half of our home was built on our neighbor’s property,” said Jeannie Miller, adding her kudos for the tremendous effort Eyerman put into the project to make it right for them.
A host of various concerns had to be adjusted, Deuling said, such as easement and setback issues.
“The process was unbelievable, but finally we got everyone on board to make this house happen,” Deuling said.
The end result was yet another Deuling masterpiece, qualifying it as a craftsman’s house. Its cultured stone façade and handmade balcony railings offer a remarkable first impression.
Deuling worked closely with Jeannie’s brother, John, an architect based in Las Vegas who drew the house plans.
“My brother came by here a couple of weeks ago and admired Dennis’ work and skill,” she said.
The original Miller home was 1,500 square feet. Abiding by the original county footprint, Deuling was able to increase the square footage to 2,100.
To give the home a spacious feel, Deuling decided to forgo the previous eight-foot ceilings and created 10- to 12-foot heights instead.
Not wanting carpet again, the Millers chose earthy travertine and distressed hickory wood floors.
Their gourmet kitchen has an array of features, including magnificent granite countertops, stylish cabinetry and stainless steel appliances.
The Millers’ master bathroom offers a unique Deuling inspiration: a custom glass block wall with a window in its center. “This is another one of our trademarks,” Deuling said.
Above many of the doors leading outside, Deuling installed operable windows which promote natural airflow throughout the home.
With all his projects, Deuling focuses on one project at a time. This allows him to give his full attention to the job at hand.
“One time, I dated two girls at once – it doesn’t work,” he joked, comparing it to having two jobs at once.
Thanks to Deuling’s detailed ‘Cost of Rebuilding Report,’ the Miller family’s insurance company increased their original building cost up another 25 percent. Their insurance carrier was impressed with Deuling’s organization and analysis.
Deuling stayed within the budget and kept in touch with the Millers throughout the construction.
“Dennis met with us on a weekly basis to keep the communication as open as possible,” Jeannie said. “[He] also worked with people that he knew.”
The construction of the Miller home was a true community effort. Deuling hired Fallbrook Tile, Village Kitchen Design, Pine Tree Lumber, Mark Puckett Plumbing and Comeford Air Conditioning and Heating.
Also working with Deuling was his well-known contractor brother, Dale. Deuling’s son, Dylan, also pitched in.
“We are going to be really, really happy in this home,” Jeannie said.
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