When Mike Wood started his construction business in 1977, he worked from a home office. A little over 40 years later, two of his sons and his son-in-law carry on the business he began, now at a brand new location at 110 Industrial Park Drive in Milledgeville.
“We were out of room,” said Eric Barker, Wood’s son-in-law, of the move out of the North Columbia Street location that had housed Re-Bath Milledgeville and Middle Georgia Kitchens since 2000. “We went from about a 2,000 square foot warehouse to a little over 10,000 square feet.”
The recent move also allowed the business to expand its showroom space for more displays and provide adequate office space for its staff.
Re-Bath Milledgeville and Middle Georgia Kitchens moved into the space formerly occupied by Southern Pipe & Supply during the summer of 2019, and the three co-owners work hard to proudly carry on the business Mike Wood started all of those years ago.
Barker and Wood’s sons, Levi and Jordan, took over the business when Wood himself retired in 2016. While they run two business names under the umbrella of one parent company, the philosophy behind all of their work is to provide a one-stop shop for customers’ bathroom and kitchen renovation needs.
“I think the big attraction we offer is the whole process,” said Barker. “We understand how busy people are. You don’t necessarily have or don’t want to take the time to drive to quite a few locations. We try to cater to that and make it easier for the customer to select their products in one place.”
In fact, this philosophy is a large part of the reason Mike Wood initially took on the Re-Bath franchise for the middle Georgia area back in 2000.
“The Re-Bath franchise kind of put it all in a system, in a package,” said Barker. “It made the bathroom remodeling experience a lot easier for the customer because we do the design, we supply the products, the material and the labor to remodel the bathroom.”
Re-Bath provides its own line for tub and shower products, and uses a selection of nationally-known preferred vendors such as Moen and Kohler for other aspects of the bathroom remodel process. Re-Bath Milledgeville works entirely with in-house construction crews who are trained in all aspects of the remodel, including vanities, toilets, flooring, painting and drywall. It also has professionals on hand that specialize in the design aspect of the renovation.
“We have a design consultant that meets with the customer in their own home,” said Barker. “They lead them through the whole design process.”
Barker noted that for most bathroom renovations, his crews can complete the entire demolition and renovation in three to seven days, thus minimizing the inconvenience to the customer.
The Middle Georgia Kitchens side of the business emulates these same qualities as Re-Bath, including a thorough design consultation process.
“A lot of times, you don’t really know what you want, and so if you have someone that’s trained to pick up on your ideas and sort of guide you through it, it’s a lot easier,” said Barker.
After meeting with the customer, the kitchen design consultant prepares a 3D model of the kitchen renovation to share with the client to make sure all of their needs and wants are met. Kitchen remodels can take anywhere from three to five weeks, depending on the size of the project. The staff is careful to not begin a renovation until all materials and supplies are procured in an effort to make the process as seamless as possible for the client.
Barker, who has been with the business since 2001, has seen many trends come and go with both kitchen and bathroom remodels. Currently, many people are opting for walk-in showers instead of bathtubs, and Re-Bath Milledgeville offers many of the latest options available, including barn door shower doors.
When it comes to kitchens, current trends include quartz countertops, subway tiles, gray and white color palates, or, as Barker says, “anything you see ‘Chip and Joanna Gaines,’” referencing the popular hosts of the HGTV show “Fixer Upper.”
For all of their remodeling jobs, the staff at Re-Bath Milledgeville and Middle Georgia Kitchens try to make sure that they are accessible to their customers. They provide their cell phone numbers to their clients so that they can respond promptly to any issues or concerns during the renovation process.
“Above all else, we want the customer to be happy with their product,” said Barker. “That’s one of our biggest priorities.”