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  • By Mike D.
    Drummond, WI

    "I found you on the internet. Well the other competition never came to give me a price. But no matter. I'm glad they didn't..."

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    By Mike D.
    Drummond, WI

    I found you on the internet. Well the other competition never came to give me a price. But no matter. I'm glad they didn't because that led me to DBS and it was the best choice I could have ever made. Very good sales people, the crew did a very good job on the insulation I could not be happier. Thank you all very very much. And on a scale of 1-10 how the whole service was from start to finish. I have to give your company and all involved a 100. There is no scale 1-10 its 1-100 and your whole team gets 100. I'm 65 years old I've owned homes for about 40 years. I've had all kinds of people do things for me from plumbing to siding to insulation to electrical. And after 40 years of enduring with all types of people and companies, yours is by far the most professional and efficient and cost effective of any company I've dealt with in the past 40 years. Thanks you all very very much.

  • By Doug & Tammy P.
    Superior, WI

    "You provided and excellent job of the work that was completed an on a timely manner. "

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    By Doug & Tammy P.
    Superior, WI

    You provided and excellent job of the work that was completed an on a timely manner. 

  • By Noreen W.
    Duluth, MN

    "Very pleased with the services and staff!"

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    By Noreen W.
    Duluth, MN

    Very pleased with the services and staff!

  • By Noreen W.
    Duluth, MN

    "Very pleased with services and friendly staff!"

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    By Noreen W.
    Duluth, MN

    Very pleased with services and friendly staff!

  • By John F.
    Duluth, MN

    "Overall, very good process of work."

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    By John F.
    Duluth, MN

    Overall, very good process of work.

  • By Grandma's Restaurant B.
    Duluth, MN

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    Duluth, MN

  • By Colleen & Dana R.
    Duluth, MN

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    By Colleen & Dana R.
    Duluth, MN

  • By John F.
    Duluth, MN

    "Saw your ads on TV. Liked the representative you sent out to give me an estimate. Thought you had a good sealant product. Worked..."

    Customer Review

    By John F.
    Duluth, MN

    Saw your ads on TV. Liked the representative you sent out to give me an estimate. Thought you had a good sealant product. Worked out a good time schedule to have the work done.

  • By Rod N.
    Duluth, MN

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    By Rod N.
    Duluth, MN

  • By Jesse B.
    Duluth, MN

    "Prompt, past experience, warranty, pricing"

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    By Jesse B.
    Duluth, MN

    Prompt, past experience, warranty, pricing

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  • ""Loved all of the work."" Read Full Testimonial

    Gretchen M. of South Range, WI

    Customer Testimonial

              "Loved all of the work that Henrik did. I really trusted his opinions with all the products."
    Gretchen M.
    South Range, WI

Henrik Makitalo from DBS

Title: Design Specialist

Hometown: Duluth, MN

Henrik Makitalo from DBS

Henrik began working as a System Design Specialist for DBS in October, 2016. Henrik enjoys meeting with customers to discuss permanent solutions to the issues they face in their homes. His infectious smile and positive attitude WOW customers. He is passionate about finding the best possible solution to help create livable spaces.

Henrik comes to DBS from Tampere, Finland with over ten years of construction experience. Additionally, he has completed a 3-year-long vocational school program earning a degree in construction and a certificate in waterproofing. Since being at DBS, he has completed training in Foundation Repair, Basement Waterproofing, and Basement Finishing. With all of this he has built up a vast network of knowledge that he uses when assessing a customer’s problem.  

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with family and taking part in one of his various hobbies: martial arts, cross-country skiing, and hockey.

 

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Before and after photos from jobs I've worked on:
  • French Doors installed in an Eau Claire, WI  basement
    Before
    French Doors installed in an Eau Claire, WI  basement
    After

    In this Eau Claire, WI basement DBS installed French doors among many other basement finishing parts. The new doors allowed for the homeowner to easily access their backyard. Additionally, it added some much needed natural light to a normally dim basement. The expert crew lead by Foreman, Drew Sundberg, had the pleasure of working on this project. 

  • Eau Claire, WI concrete slab lifted and leveled
    Before
    Eau Claire, WI concrete slab lifted and leveled
    After

    This customer was excited to find out more about our PolyLevel lifting and leveling solution for concrete slabs. They had tried mudjacking in the past and hadn't had much luck with the slab staying level. 

  • Ashland, WI crawlspace encapsulated.
    Before
    Ashland, WI crawlspace encapsulated.
    After

    The homeowner from Ashland, WI called DBS for an estimate on encapsulating his crawlspace. Upon inspection, there was some mold developing and the customer complained about a cold pantry above the crawlspace. System Design Specialist, Henrik Makitalo, was able to provide the homeowner with a detailed plan on how to solve the problems they were experiencing with the crawl space. 

     

     

  • Concrete slab lifted and leveled in Washburn, WI
    Before
    Concrete slab lifted and leveled in Washburn, WI
    After

    This Washburn, WI customer called DBS looking for a solution to their sinking slab between their house and garage. Design Specialist, Henrik Makitalo visited this customer's home and proposed the use of our PolyLevel injection system. The customer was happy to know there was a simple fix to this worrisome problem. Foreman, Robby Kramer and his crew were able to successfully lift and level the concrete slab between the garage and home. 

  • Herbster, WI cabin has SmartJacks installed
    Before
    Herbster, WI cabin has SmartJacks installed
    After

    The owners of this Herbster, WI cabin had a settling foundation. The experts at DBS came out and poured new concrete footings for the SmartJacks that were used to hold up the main support beam. 

  • Lake Elmo, MN  interior waterproofing system
    Before
    Lake Elmo, MN  interior waterproofing system
    After

    This Lake Elmo, MN homeowner reached out to DBS because they had been experiencing dampness in their basement, as well as some concern of small cracks in the foundation. Our System Design Specialist, Henrik Makitalo, made a visit to their home and discussed the best quality solution for their basement. The homeowner decided to move forward with DBS and Henrik's solution. Installation of PowerBaces and an Interior Waterproofing System were installed by Foreman, Kevin Steffey, and his crew. Once the products were installed, the customer was relieved to have a quality solution in place. 

     

  • Total basement finishing in Woodbury, MN
    Before
    Total basement finishing in Woodbury, MN
    After

    These homeowners in Woodbury wanted to make spending time in their basement a little more enjoyable. After doing a little bit of research, the homeowner reached out to DBS to find the best quality solution. Following a brief friendly phone call with the DBS office staff, an appointment was set to have System Design Specialist, Henrik Makitalo make a trip out to the home for a thorough inspection and free no obligation estimate. After Henrik made the inspection, he was able to explain to the homeowner the best quality solution for their home. The best solution would be an Everlast wall system, the addition of outlets and switches, electric baseboard heat, and mahogany wood flooring. The combination would make the basement a more comfortable place to spend some time. After coming to a comfortable price agreement that same day, a date was set to have a crew come out to get the job done. The homeowner now enjoys a comfortable basement, where valuable family time can be spent!

  • Basement support beam secured with SmartJack® system
    Before
    Basement support beam secured with SmartJack® system
    After

    This home in St. Paul, MN was inspected by System Design Specialist, Henrik Makitalo. Upon his inspection, Henrik found that the home's main support beam was not properly supported. He proposed the use of our patented SmartJack® system to help secure the home's main support beam. The customer was relieved to have a plan in place to permanently stabilize his home. Foreman, Casey Healy, and his crew were tasked with installing our SmartJack® system. They poured new footings and then secured the beam with the use of SmartJacks®. 

  • WaterGuard installation in Superior, WI
    Before
    WaterGuard installation in Superior, WI
    After

    This Superior, WI homeowner contacted DBS because she noticed water leaking in through a crack in her basement foundation. Design Specialist, Henrik Makitalo went to assess this customers basement problem. After a thorough inspection, he proposed the use of PowerBraces to straighten the wall, installation of a WaterGuard and Superpump system to fix the problems this customer was facing in their basement. 

  • TripleSafe™ Sump installed in Superior, WI
    Before
    TripleSafe™ Sump installed in Superior, WI
    After

    This homeowner noticed some water in their basement. They called DBS, and Design Specialist, Henrik Makitalo, visited with the homeowner. Upon his inspection, Henrik suggested our patented WaterGuard system to be installed along with a new TripleSafe sump system. Our expert installation team led by Foreman, Zach Royer, was able to install this system in two days. This customer can rest easy knowing that their basement has been properly waterproofed. 

  • Superior, WI garage floor saved with PolyLevel
    Before
    Superior, WI garage floor saved with PolyLevel
    After

    This garage floor was in desperate need of leveling. The homeowner called DBS and Design Specialist, Henrik Matikalo, visited the house to give a free, no-obligation estimate. The production crew was able to achieve a level garage floor and the customer was happy he didn't have to replace the whole floor.

     

  • Ceiling Tiles installed in Tofte, MN resort
    Before
    Ceiling Tiles installed in Tofte, MN resort
    After

    Design Specialist, Henrik Makitalo visited with the resorts building manager to discuss possible solutions to their hallway ceilings in the resort. Henrik provided the building manager with a great option of using ceiling tiles from our basement finishing product line. Foreman, Drew Sundberg and his crew installed the tiles and everyone was pleased with the result. 

  • Drop Ceiling Installation in Tofte, MN.
    Before
    Drop Ceiling Installation in Tofte, MN.
    After

    Our clients called DBS looking to install a drop ceiling in their home, so we sent our Design Specialist, Henrik Makitalo, to the home to create a proposal. Henrik recommended that the homeowners install a linen ceiling tiles into the home for a fresh new appearance. Homes often install drop ceilings for modern design aesthetic, environmental factors, acoustics, and more. DBS was happy to help the homeowners and install the drop ceiling! Here are some photos from before and after production.

  • Crawl Space Encapsulation in Duluth, MN
    Before
    Crawl Space Encapsulation in Duluth, MN
    After

    This Duluth, MN homeowner called DBS to set up a free, no-obligation estimate for her crawl space concerns. Her home had started to show signs that something was going wrong under her home. She noticed that her floors started to sag, as well as excess moisture in her living spaces. Design Specialist, Henrik Makitalo visited this home and upon his inspection concluded that the home should have the crawl space encapsulated as well as the use of our patented SmartJacks to stabilize the home's sagging support beams. Foreman, Kevin Steffy and his crew were tasked with the installation of SmartJacks and our CleanSpace crawlspace encapsulation material. They were able to achieve the desired results, and the homeowner was happy with the results. 

  • Egress Window installed in Duluth, MN basement.
    Before
    Egress Window installed in Duluth, MN basement.
    After

    This customer was no stranger to DBS, as we had installed a new support beam and SmartJacks in their basement last year. The homeowner was ready to move on to phase two of their basement upgrade and install an egress window. Design Specialist Henrik Makitalo stopped out to see the homeowner and measured for the installation of an egress window. Forman, Kevin Steffy and his crew installed the window system and left the customer feeling happy as they were one step closer to completing their basement!

     

  • Basement Carpeting Project in Duluth Minnesota
    Before
    Basement Carpeting Project in Duluth Minnesota
    After

    The carpet that was previously installed in this basement had to be removed due to moisture concerns. The homeowner still wanted to have carpet in their basement but did not want to repeat their mistake. Thankfully DBS Residential Solutions offers a carpeting product that is completely inorganic and resistant to mold, moisture, and mildew so it provides a much more safe and permanent option for the basement. 

  • Window Well Installed in Duluth, Minnesota
    Before
    Window Well Installed in Duluth, Minnesota
    After

    Whether our customer needs a complete egress window set up or a simple window well we want to help provide our customers with the right solutions and we have multiple options which we can offer. At this Duluth, Minnesota home the current basement window was allowing water to seep into the basement, so the homeowner knew they would want to have a better window well installed on the outside of the home. Looking at the different options offered by DBS Residential Solutions this homeowner decided it would be smart to go with a covered window well that would keep water away from the window opening and prevent water and mud from splashing up against the window as well. This setup provides a layer of protection for the window and requires minimal effort to keep the window clean and bright.

  • Foundation Repair in Duluth, MN
    Before
    Foundation Repair in Duluth, MN
    After

    This Duluth, MN homeowner wanted to make sure the foundation of her home was in good condition. The corner of the basement had cracks along the bricks, showing unwanted movement. One evening while watching television she saw a commercial about DBS so she decided to reach out for a free estimate. Following a friendly phone call with the office staff, an appointment was made to have System Design Specialist, Henrik Makitalo make a trip out to the home to do a free thorough inspection of her basement and provide a no-obligation estimate. Henrik came out and after doing the inspection explained to the homeowner a solution for the issues she was having. Her best option would be to install PowerBraces™ along the walls of the foundation to prevent the wall from moving even further. She and Henrik then came to a comfortable price agreement and a date was set to have Foreman, Kevin Steffey and his crew come out to perform the installation. When it came time for the installation, Kevin let the homeowner know their plan and gave her brief updates throughout the job. Once the sturdy PowerBrace™ wall reinforcement system was installed, the homeowner no longer had to worry about the foundation concerns.

  • Making Space Usable in Duluth, MN
    Before
    Making Space Usable in Duluth, MN
    After

    The homeowners of this Duluth, MN were ready to make their basement into usable space. After calling DBS, Design Specialist, Henrik Makitalo made a trip out to the home. He inspected the basement and gave the homeowners options on how to make their basement space livable again. The homeowners and Henrik worked through the problem and came up with a solution that fit the homeowners needs and wants. To make this space usable, the basement first needed to be waterproofed, then stabilized with PowerBraces™, and finally finished off with the total basement finishing system. Following a signed proposal, a date was set to have Foreman, Kevin Steffey and his crew come out to install the waterproofing system, PowerBraces™, and the basement finishing system. Once the system was professionally installed, the homeowners had another space in their home to enjoy.

  • Duluth, MN Foundation is Stabilized!
    Before
    Duluth, MN Foundation is Stabilized!
    After

    This Duluth, MN homeowner noticed that their basement wall was beginning to bow outward. Concerned with the foundation, they called DBS to come out and give a free estimate for foundation wall repair. Upon the inspection, Design Specialist, Henrik Makitalo, was able to diagnose and find a solution for their bowing wall. Foreman, Casey Healy and his team installed PowerBraces to secure the bowing wall. The customer was happy and relieved that their wall was now secure. 

  • Flooring
    Before
    Flooring
    After

    Why leave your basement unfinished? This was a concrete basement floor which was replaced with carpet. What a huge difference it made.

  • Duluth, MN basement walls stabilized with PowerBraces
    Before
    Duluth, MN basement walls stabilized with PowerBraces
    After

    This Duluth, MN homeowner had noticed some signs of foundation settlement in his home. He found that over time cracks developed around his windows and doors as well as an uneven floor. He decided to call DBS to get an expert out to evaluate his current foundation situation. System Design Specialist, Henrik Makitalo, made a trip out to this home and completed a thorough inspection. He presented solutions to the problems this homeowner was experiencing. When the homeowner decided to move forward with DBS, Foreman, Casey Healy, was assigned this job. Casey and his crew installed a PowerBrace system which helps to permanently stabilize the problem foundation wall. The customer was very pleased with the results our system was able to attain. 

  • Duluth, MN home stabilized using PowerBraces
    Before
    Duluth, MN home stabilized using PowerBraces
    After

    This Duluth, MN foundation walls were stabilized by twenty of our patented PowerBraces. Over time, this home's foundation walls will straighten. 

  • Basement ceiling updated in Minneapolis, MN
    Before
    Basement ceiling updated in Minneapolis, MN
    After

    The homeowner of this Minneapolis, MN home wanted to have a more finished look to their basement. Part of this included having a ceiling installed. A big part of choosing ceiling option DBS offered was that they wanted to still have access to their utilities. The Total Basement Finishing drop ceiling tiles provided a great option for people who still want to access utilities located in the basement ceiling area. 

  • Duluth, MN sidewalk leveled using PolyLevel
    Before
    Duluth, MN sidewalk leveled using PolyLevel
    After

    This Duluth, MN homeowner called DBS with concerns of their sidewalk sinking. There was also some additional concern that the sidewalk leading up to their doors sunk so far down that it was a tripping hazard. Design Specialist, Henrik Makitalo made a visit out to this home and gave the owners a free, no-obligation estimate. The project was completed by DBS' expert installation team. The homeowner no longer worries about tripping!

  • Basement perimeter sealed in Duluth, MN
    Before
    Basement perimeter sealed in Duluth, MN
    After

    This Duluth, MN customer called DBS looking for a quote to fix a small gap around the perimeter of his basement foundation. Design Specialist Henrik Makitalo visited with this customer and did a thorough inspection of the basement. Upon the inspection, Henrik concluded that the best quality solution to this problem was to use our NexusPro joint sealant product. Zach Royer and his crew installed the sealant and left the customer feeling relieved with the results. 

  • Replacing old windows in the basement of this Duluth MN home
    Before
    Replacing old windows in the basement of this Duluth MN home
    After

    This homeowner was sick and tired of the old, crank out windows in her basement. We came in and removed the old windows and replaced them with Everlast windows. The new windows look great! Call today for your free estimate! 

  • Crumbling floor replaced with a more reliable solution
    Before
    Crumbling floor replaced with a more reliable solution
    After

    Our back hallway floor here at our office was in horrible condition. We decided to dig it up and put in new flooring. Little did we know when we pulled up the old flooring, the floor was rotting through to the basement. How much longer would the floor last if we hadnt pulled it all up and replaced it? The guys pulled the old tile and crumbling floor all out and replace it with new plywood and flooring. Now you can walk on the floor with confidence that it isn't going to break through! 

  • Total Basement Finishing in Duluth, MN
    Before
    Total Basement Finishing in Duluth, MN
    After

    Homeowners in Duluth, Minnesota were looking to make their basement a more enjoyable place to spend time. After hearing about us through the radio, they contacted DBS Residential Solutions and decided it was time to do something. Following a short informative phone call with Kelsey Anderson, the office manager, an appointment was set for System Design Specialists Henrick Makitalo to make a visit out to the home for a free no obligation estimate. After a thorough inspection, Henrick gave a detailed estimate and explained the best possible solution to make the basement more comfortable. That same day an appointment was set up for the production crew to transform the basement. Foremen, Casey Healy and Jace Aili  with their crew came out to the home to install power braces in order to repair the cinder block wall. Then, the basement was finished using our patented basement finishing products.  The homeowner now enjoys a safe, comfortable, and dry basement.

  • Crawl Space Insulation in Holyoke, MN.
    Before
    Crawl Space Insulation in Holyoke, MN.
    After

    DBS received a call from a client in in Holyoke that needed their crawl space looked at for a foundation issue. We sent Design Specialist, Henrick Makitalo, to the home to see what the problem was. Henrik saw that the home needed our spray foam service in their crawl space around the walls of the home. This spray foam insulation in the crawl space, vents, and installation of a new crawl space door to correct the insulation and prevent cold air from coming up and into the house.

    The before photo shows the crawl space before the poly foam insulation was added to the walls to keep the home warm, DBS also added a new crawl space door to keep the home warm.

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We serve the following areas

Wisconsin
  • Abbotsford
  • Athens
  • Augusta
  • Boyd
  • Brantwood
  • Catawba
  • Chili
  • Colby
  • Curtiss
  • Dorchester
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  • Fifield
  • Gilman
  • Granton
  • Greenwood
  • Humbird
  • Kennan
  • Loyal
  • Lublin
  • Medford
  • Mercer
  • Neillsville
  • Ogema
  • Osseo
  • Owen
  • Park Falls
  • Phillips
  • Prentice
  • Rib Lake
  • Sheldon
  • Spencer
  • Stanley
  • Stetsonville
  • Stratford
  • Thorp
  • Unity
  • Westboro
  • Willard
  • Withee
Minnesota
  • Brownsville
  • Caledonia
  • Dakota
  • Eitzen
  • Hokah
  • Houston
  • La Crescent
  • Mabel
  • Rushford
  • Spring Grove
  • Winona
Our Locations:

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5116 Jean Duluth Road Suite 300
Duluth, MN 55803
1-218-955-7945


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Blaine, MN 55449
1-763-634-8384
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