Meet Our Team

MainStreet Ownership:

Steven Ramaekers, CR – President/Founder

As President and owner of MainStreet Design Build, Steve manages the company’s operations, as well as controls the conceptual design and architectural process for each project.

Steve has a rich background of over 25 years in the business. He started his career in the early 80′s in rough carpentry, then as a finish carpenter, and up the ranks to project management. Steve started his own business because he saw a “lack of quality and detail” in the local remodeling industry.

“I felt I could do a better job if I owned the project from start to finish. That’s the advantage of a design/build company,” says Steve. “Now in our 22nd year of business, what drives me is making my client’s dreams a reality. We focus on the details in every aspect of the project – from design, to materials, to construction, to finish work. Paying attention to details makes all the difference.”

Steve received his Certified Remodeler’s certification (CR) from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) in 1995. He continues to hone his craft as an expert in the field, working with and advising others through peer groups such as fellow Big 50 recipients and the Remodelers Advantage Roundtables.

As well as being the visionary, Steve enjoys golfing, skiing and coaching or being an enthusiastic spectator at all of their sons’ sporting events.


Christine Ramaekers, CKD – Vice President

As a co-owner, Christine manages the interior space planning and materials selections for each project. She has a keen eye for both design and function and thoroughly enjoys working directly with her clients to help them with selections (such as cabinetry, countertops, tile, flooring, fixtures, appliances) and manage project details. Christine’s unique gift is helping her clients “create a beautiful space that flows perfectly with the homeowner’s unique style”.

“I love creating spaces that previously did not exist, and changing the lives of our homeowners for the better. I appreciate all forms of architecture and am able to work with so many different styles in this area. Although our work is predominantly on older homes, our clients want a project that is not “cookie cutter”. Every single project is unique and it is very exciting to watch the construction as it takes place, and see the final product upon completion.”

Christine is a graduate of The University of Michigan and is certified through the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) as a CKD (Certified Kitchen Designer).

Outside of the office, Christine relishes her time with both of her boys, volunteering at school, as well as cheering them on in their many athletic endeavors. In addition to being a doting mother and a designer extraordinaire, Christine trains and runs in marathons. She proudly wears the distinguished honor of completing the Chicago Marathon twice.


MainStreet’s Innovative Design Team:

Dan MacDougall, Architectural Designer

A respected leader in the residential design and construction industry for over 20 years, Dan has worked alongside some of Michigan’s top builders, contractors and design professionals. Dan’s working knowledge of light frame construction, structural engineering and the entire renovation and remodeling process, helps to ensure that each project is built efficiently to MainStreet’s level of quality.

“I have always enjoyed the personal design elements and principles associated with residential architecture. Creating comfortable and functional spaces, centered on the needs of an individual family, is a truly gratifying experience. “

Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from Lawrence Technological University. When he is away from the office, Dan loves spending time with his family, exploring the great outdoors and catching a movie or a concert.

 


 

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Bethany Janik, Assistant Designer

Bethany Janik is a recent graduate of Michigan State University’s Interior Design Program and MainStreet’s newest team member. Bringing a passion for design, strong attention to details and a personable, outgoing personality, Bethany is a valuable addition to the MainStreet design team.

In design, it is all about the details, and so is Bethany. Her favorite quote by Charles Eames is “The details are not the details. They make the design.” Bethany is not only equipped to take detailed field measurements to generate a floor plan, but can build a cabinet from scratch, stage a home, and even fabricate Corian, Granite or Quartz.

With an eye towards becoming NCIDQ and NKBA certified in the near future, she is looking forward to honing her skills and contributing her talents to MainStreet Design Build and its clients. 

Outside of the office, Bethany enjoys tennis and yoga, arts and crafts, the outdoors, dancing, playing games, and spending time with friends and family.


MainStreet’s Management Team:

Kim McDevitt, General Manager

As our General Manager, Kim McDevitt keeps the entire office running smooth and efficiently, and always with a smile. Kim has been with the company since 2012 and manages our accounting systems, including accounts receivables, payables and financials. If you ever have a question about your project, Kim is the person that will find the answer!

“I really appreciate how organized, detailed and thorough the team is. Each member of our team has a role in every project. It’s impressive to see the moving parts combine to create such beautiful outcomes.”

Kim received a Bachelors of Science degree from Wayne State University and has an excellent background in office management and department administration.

In her spare time, Kim enjoys working in her garden, cooking and spending time with friends and family.


Dwain May, Production Field Manager

Dwain May oversees your project once you move into the construction phase. Calm and collected, Dwain is the one who makes everything look easy. He’s managing all of the events of your project. Dwain works with our carpenters, craftsmen and you to ensure a smooth experience.

“I love what I do. And MainStreet is great to work for—we are a family and that shows as we all work together so well,” says Dwain.

Dwain is an accomplished master carpenter and has been with MainStreet Design Build since 1994! In his off hours, Dwain enjoys darts, working in his workshop, playing with his daughters and helping friends with their home projects.

 

Rick Swanquist, Project Development Manager

A veteran of the construction industry since 1996 with over 10 years of project management experience, Rick is a welcome addition to the MainStreet family. From humble beginnings working with rough and finish carpentry crews in the family business to selling, estimating and managing residential remodeling projects at a large construction company, Rick has found his passion in scheduling and managing subcontractors and in-house carpenters—seeing a project through its final completion.

“I take great pride and satisfaction in taking a space that has been through the tests of time and bringing that space to a newly crafted finished product,” admits Rick. “The high end remodeling work that Main Street Design Build performs immediately attracted me to this company and I am very excited to be a part of this process.”

When Rick isn’t working, he is devoted to his wife and kids, taking every opportunity to enjoy family activities together, whether it be at the zoo, Greenfield Village, or the corner playground. He also has a passion for finished carpentry work, enjoys furniture building, craft beer, and playing cards with his friends.Rick holds a Lead Abatement Supervisor certification through the State of Michigan Department of Community Health and is currently working on obtaining a builder’s license through the State of Michigan.


MainStreet’s Management Support Team:

250x300 JordanJordan MacKenzie, Project Developer

Born a cheesehead but raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Jordan is no stranger to the carpentry business. With over 7 years of experience, and hired in 2014, he has acquired skills in a variety of trade and manufacturing positions, including electrical and low voltage, automotive manufacturing and metal fabrication.

When Jordan isn’t working alongside MainStreet’s finest, he is playing or watching sports, traveling and exploring the great outdoors. Jordan also enjoys cooking for friends and family.


250x300 KellyKelly Campbell, Administrative Assistant

Kelly Campbell is the friendly voice you’ll hear when you call MainStreet, or be greeted by her when you come into our office. Kelly has found her place at MainStreet assisting all departments, from bookkeeping to production, and particularly client management.

When Kelly isn’t working, she is tilling her garden, boating on Lake St. Clair and creating cherished memories for her four boys and loving husband. Kelly is also an excellent cook, known for hosting annual chili cook-offs with friends and family.


MainStreet’s Home Remodeling Construction Team:

Kyle Rich, Carpenter

A 10-year veteran with MainStreet Design Build, Kyle has been honing his skills as a master craftsmen for over 15 years. The company benefits tremendously from his commitment to high quality standards and increased focus on customer satisfaction. As dedicated and hard working as he is, it’s no surprise that Kyle’s favorite quote is “The goal isn’t to live forever. The goal is to create something that will.”Kyle attended Oakland Technical Center with a focus in Construction Technology. For fun, he enjoys all water sports, fishing, kayaking, biking and just spending quality time with his family.


Marq Dains, Carpenter

A remodeling industry veteran with over 18 years of experience, Marq is MainStreet’s “master finisher.” Marq began his career in rough framing in 1997 and quickly learned over the years that his passion is in the finishing details. Whether cleaning up a punch list or tackling a sea of sticky notes, Marq focuses on making every remodeling detail look incredible. He admits being the happiest when he is installing cabinetry, trimming out a job or wrapping up a job—determined to make the client pleasantly surprised.

When Marq isn’t working, he is spending time with his family, traveling or tapping into his inner artist. Marq calls it “crazy art,” which goes with the crazy music he is known for listening to.


 
Jeff OkrayJeff Okray, Carpenter

Becoming a carpenter’s apprentice at an early age, Jeff quickly learned the art of carpentry.

However, with a love of the culinary arts, Jeff obtained a culinary degree after high school and then worked as a cook in several restaurants. After a few years, he felt a strong pull back to carpentry, where he gained valuable experience working on renovations and historical restorations. Now, in combination with his culinary background, Jeff is particularly happy working on kitchen remodels—using his knowledge and mastery to craft beautiful, functional living spaces that are uniquely designed for each MainStreet Design Build client.

Jeff likes to fish, boat, hunt and bike ride with his family. During the summer, however, these activities take a back seat to his primary passion of riding, racing, and restoring motorcycles.

 


 

Damien Hirst, Assistant Carpenter

The most recent addition to the team, Damien excitedly begins his journey with MainStreet as an assistant to the field members. Enjoying an energetic work environment, you’ll find him preparing your job site, ensuring tidiness through the duration of all projects, and lending a helping hand everywhere it is needed. As Damien develops his skills with the guidance of our exceptional carpenters he believes that bringing a positive, can-do attitude everyday is imperative. He likes to borrow a quote from one of his favorite authors, Stephen King, “you can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”

Looking forward, Damien hopes to accumulate skills in all stages of the craft, and has his sights set on a degree in Construction Management.

In his personal time, he likes to be outdoors. Wading through rivers, fly-fishing; backpacking and camping are among his favorites. 


MainStreet’s Compassionate Canine Companion

Izzy The DogIzzy, Director of Public Relations

Although she is of the canine persuasion, Izzy loves her job at MainStreet. She takes her job of greeting every client very seriously.

“I just find the interaction with the clients a very rewarding experience. Woof!”

In her spare time she enjoys chewing on golf balls, sticks, and playing fetch.

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Just a note to commend you on a job well done. We now have our dream kitchen! Your crew was great to work with. They were professional, trustworthy and hard working.
The Johnson Family

 


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Contact Information

Phone: 248.644.6330
Fax: 248.644.2865
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Corporate Headquarters:
MainStreet Design Build
555 South Old Woodward
Birmingham, MI 48009

Office Hours:
M thru F, 9AM to 5PM

Serving Birmingham, Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, Pleasant Ridge, and select areas of Metro Detroit.