MainStreet Connection
Creating a personal connection with our customers and the local community Fall 2013

Steve and Christine RamaekersOn behalf of all of us at MainStreet Design Build, I am excited to introduce to you MainStreet Connection, our new monthly newsletter that connects you and your home with our fabulous team, the local community and all things remodeling.

This newsletter is part of a fresh branding platform and graphic identity that resulted from a three-month study to help us better understand our achievements, client experiences and strategic direction. With help from many of you, we came away from this valuable exercise with a renewed passion in our business and a firm understanding of who we are and the value we provide our customers.

Now, with new processes in place to ensure we live our brand promise and a graphic identity that better aligns with who we are, we are excited to live out our mission and continue to serve you.

Please know that your feedback is welcome at any time. We hope you continue to share your thoughts and experiences with us.

Steve Ramaekers

Local Design Inspiration

A New Addition in Beverly Hills Turns Frustration Into Fab and Function

Beverly Hills Addition
Just Starting Construction (photo taken in May 2013)

How long have you been thinking about a luxurious laundry room with tons of space to fold and hang laundry? How often have you dreamed of a doorway that is free and clear of clutter—replaced by a mudroom that conveniently stores your kids’ jackets, shoes, and backpacks? And, what about that large, 7'x9' functional island in the middle of your kitchen that gathers friends and family for years to come?

For Ann Murray of Beverly Hills, these points of frustration were the catalyst to a complete remodeling makeover that resulted in new custom kitchen, mudrooom, laundry room and third car garage. Read More

Inspired Ideas

Door decoration

With the holiday just around the corner, we wanted to inspire you with some home decorating ideas compiled on Pinterest. Check out these fun, creative ideas for table settings and indoor/outdoor creations. Enjoy!

Who Knew?

Fall Extravaganza

For more than a decade, MainStreet Design Build has been donating its time and resources to Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County, building hope for families who need a safe, decent and affordable place to live. This year, instead of donating our carpenters, MainStreet Design Build will be sponsoring the Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County’s very first Fall Exravaganza. This important fundraising event will take place November 21st, at 6PM in the Towsend Hotel in Birmingham, MI. To register or learn more, click here.

In the News

Protect Your Pipes


Did you know it only takes an eight-inch (three millimeter) crack in a pipe to spew up to 250 gallons of water each day? That’s a lot of water, a lot of damage and an unnecessary disruption in your life that want to help you avoid.

With temperatures dropping and snow showers approaching, now is a good time to prepare your pipes for the winter. According to Oakland County Michigan, an average of a quarter-million familes have their homes damaged each winter as a result of frozen pipes. We don’t want this to happen to you. That is why we’ve summarized some important winterizing best practices to prevent your floors, furniture or personal property from getting ruined Read More

Michigan Favorites

Mystery Cake, a Thanksgiving Day favorite

Please enjoy this holiday favorite from MainStreet’s very own Kim McDevitt, and Grandma Elizabeth Coté. May this family recipe warm your hearts year after year—from our home to yours.

1 cup tomato soup, undiluted
1 cup sugar
½ cup shortening
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp cloves
1 tsp nutmeg
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts

Blend shorting with the sugar. Stir baking soda into the tomato soup and add to shortening/sugar mixture. Sift dry ingredients and add to the mixture. Stir in the raisins and walnuts. Pour into a greased and floured 13"x9" cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes. Frost with a cream cheese frosting.

Courtesy of Grandma
Elizabeth Coté

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