Gilbert Design Build Participates in Toys for Tots

Gilbert Design Build Office Staff Proud of Toys for Tots Collections

With the holidays quickly approaching, we couldn’t be more excited to give back to our community again by having both of our design centers serve as drop off locations for Toy’s for Tots collections.

For those unfamiliar with Toys for Toys, it is a 70-year-old charity founded by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Their goal is to deliver a message of hope to the less fortunate by collecting new, unwrapped toys and distributing them for Christmas.

More than 700 communities nationwide participate in this program each year. Last year, more than $280 million was raised, making it their second-best year ever since 1947.

So, what can you do to help? Purchase a new, unwrapped toy (or two) and drop it off at one of our design centers.

Need toy ideas? Children up to age 12 receive assistance, so anything from books to bicycles is appreciated.

We will be collecting toys from November 6th to December 8th.

Our Bradenton design center is located at 816 Manatee Ave E and our Sarasota design center is located at 4049 Clark Rd.

Our design center hours are as follows:

Monday: Noon-5pm
Tuesday-Friday: 9am-5pm

For help with directions and general questions, give us a call at 941-757-3395.

For more information about Toys for Tots, visit

Sarasota Grand Opening Recap

In case you missed it, we held the Grand Opening of our SECOND location in Sarasota on November 2nd. We had a great time filled with new friends, old friends, live music and food.

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

Gilbert Design Build Grand Opening

The DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen of Manasota team takes a break from installing trusses with the Manatee County Habitat for Humanity

Giving Back with Habitat for Humanity

It’s not every day that one is able to utilize their specialized skills and talents to give back to the community, but when the opportunity presents itself—you take it.

We believe that loyalty adds meaning to our lives, which is why our team recently spent the day with the Manatee County Habitat for Humanity, assisting with a new home build for a local veteran and his family.

We did everything from nailing two by fours to installing trusses (that’s right…even the office staff got their hands dirty).

In addition to lending a hand in the construction department, we make an on-going effort to donate all gently used materials from client remodels. “Just because a client wants new cabinets doesn’t necessarily mean their old ones are in bad shape,” said DreamMaker President, Ernest Gilbert. “If any materials can be re-used, we make sure they get to the local ReStore.”

Whether donating money, goods or time, we believe in providing superior service to our community and those around us. The benefits to volunteering are not limited to the recipients, as our team definitely walked away with the feeling that we really made a difference.

One of the many memorable takeaways from this day of giving back was actually meeting Sgt. Juan C. Garcia, the recipient of the home, which is set to be complete in October. He and his family are the first of the Manatee County Habitat for Humanity’s new initiative, which is putting veterans in the spotlight.

Read more about Sgt. Juan C. Garcia’s story here and check out some photos from the day below.

Best of Houzz 2015 Awards

Best of Houzz 2015

Did you hear the news? We are happy to announce that we received the “Best Of Houzz” award for Customer Satisfaction! Without our extremely loyal clients, this would not have been possible and for that, we thank you.

If you are not familiar with Houzz, it is an online platform for home remodeling and design, bringing homeowners and home professionals together.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews received in 2014.

A big thank you to the 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community, for our nomination and award.

If you’re not yet ready to create your own Houzz profile, feel free to browse ours in the meantime.

Bradenton Mayor, Wayne Poston and Ernest Gilbert

It’s Official, We’re Open for Business

Many of you reading this have probably visited our design center within the last few months and are thinking to yourselves, “I’ve seen them around for years!” The good news is that you’re not losing your mind. While we have been open at our 816 Manatee Ave. location for about a year now, our design center has been a work in progress. Because we are very proud of our new state of the art facility, we wanted to host a special evening to show off all of its bells and whistles.

If you weren’t able to share in our special night, here are a few highlights:

1. Bradenton Mayor, Wayne Poston, stopped by to show his support and help Ernest Gilbert, DreamMaker President, cut the official grand opening ribbon.

2. DreamMaker family friend and Bradenton community member, Pastor Mark Mateer of Bayside Community Church, was gracious enough to lead us in prayer and bless the new space.

3. We had some great giveaways, thanks to our generous friends at Ferguson. Prizes included massage gift certificates, Starbucks gift cards and even a Bluetooth shower head!

At the end of the day, our team is very satisfied with the turnout of our event. The unconditional support from our local community is greatly appreciated and we look forward to fulfilling many more bath and kitchen dreams.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit our design center yet, we’re here Monday through Friday, so stop on by and let us show you around!