Meet Our Team

 

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.


Kim McDevitt, General Manager

As our General Manager, Kim McDevitt is responsible for directing and coordinating all of the administrative functions of MainStreet. Kim keeps the entire office running smooth and efficiently, and always with a smile. Kim has been with the company since 2012 and manages the financials of the company. 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 extensive background in office management and department administration.

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

 


 

Kelly 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 and is responsible for managing the flow of accounts payable as well as processing employee payroll. Kelly assists all departments, from bookkeeping to production, and particularly client management.

When Kelly isn’t working, she is boating on Lake St. Clair or camping along the AuSable River. Kelly is also an excellent cook, known for hosting annual chili cook-offs with friends and family.

 

 


Dan MacDougall, Lead Estimator

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.

 


 

Marcelle Beneteau, Architectural Designer

With a passion for design that started as early as high school, Marcelle earned a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design (EMU, 1993) and Architectural Illustration from Lawrence Technological University in 2002. Marcelle started her career in residential design working at a small family-owned business in Metro Detroit, which quickly segued into custom millwork design—her flourishing expertise today. Known for her ability to capture a client’s design intent, Marcelle has a keen eye for detail and has a fabulous way of giving homeowners design options that fit their lifestyle needs.

“At Mainstreet Design Build we utilize design software that enables homeowners to visualize their project and watch it come to life. It is essential in the design process to be able to communicate our interpretations of our client’s wishes and meet or exceed them. I find it particularly rewarding to know that I play an essential role in helping our clients create their new living space.”

When Marcelle is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, particularly outdoors, and traveling to the Keweenaw Peninsula to see her extended family. Marcelle also enjoys home tours and kitchen tours around the Greater Detroit area.


Stephanie Hoff, Architectural Designer

Since childhood, Stephanie has always had a passion for architecture and design, from building elaborate homes with her Legos to creating fun living spaces for all her toys. This love of design carried through the years and eventually led her to Lawrence Technological University where she earned a BS in Interior Architecture (2010). Following graduation, she worked for a small residential firm, fine tuning her drafting skills and learning the art of construction.

“They say if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life. I’m delighted to say that I have finally found that at MainStreet.”

In her downtime, Stephanie loves spending time with her boyfriend, Keith, and her adopted dog, Mabel. Whether it’s going on a walk, cooking hot dogs over a bonfire, or cuddling up on the sofa to watch a good movie or play video games, Stephanie is just happy to be with those she loves.

 


 

Christopher Swint, Design Assistant

A recent graduate of Bowling Green State University (May, 2017), Christopher earned his Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. He is a LEED Green Associate and is also a member of the American Society of Interior Designers. Christopher started his career with an internship at Pottery Barn, where he utilized his talents of spatial organization along with selecting furnishings, lighting, floor and window treatments. With the latest technology and techniques, he is known for capturing the vision of his guests and is able create a design that will not only look amazing but will be functional as well.

“Interior Design is a passion for me, and nothing means more to me than to help a someone make their house a home.”

When Christopher isn’t working at Main Street, he’s still utilizing his design skills on a part time basis at Pottery Barn where he continues to create beautiful interiors.  Although he keeps a very busy schedule in the design field, physical fitness is extremely important to him.  Christopher loves going to the gym most every day and spends his personal time socializing with friends and family.

 


Dwain May, Project/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, Production Manager

A veteran of the construction industry since 1996 with over 12 years of project management experience, Rick has been a welcome addition to the MainStreet family since 2015. 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.


Chuck Bittner, Project Manager

Chuck has been active in the construction industry for 30 years. He started doing rough carpentry in the mountains of Southern California in the mid 80’s, and eventually moved into residential project management for an award winning custom homebuilder in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Born and raised in Michigan, Chuck returned to the Great Lake state after almost 17 years to be closer to family. He began working in custom finish carpentry and eventually worked himself into a remodeling project manager position. Chuck is also a proud member of InterNACHI, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors.

““I am honored to be a part of such a great company, where the entire team truly takes great pride in all of their work.”

Chuck likes to spend his free time with his three girls (wife, daughter, and granddaughter). He also enjoys fishing, hiking, being outdoors, and playing cards.

 


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.  Jordan has always accepted new challenges at MainStreet and moved around the field and into the office where he is now an integral part of the production development team. 

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.

 


 

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 started his career with MainStreet in 1997 and is currently the company’s “master finisher.” He 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. 


 

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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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.