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 28 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 28th 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
Kim started her career at MainStreet in 2011 as the Office Manager and Bookkeeper. She was a perfect fit with our team culture. Kim worked tirelessly to find improvements to the business and project development systems of the company which was already in its 20th year of business. Recognizing her dedication, intelligence & business savvy, it was an easy decision to promote Kim to her current role as General Manager in 2016. As General Manager, Kim oversees the operational and financial systems of the company. She is passionate about continuous improvement, which makes this position a natural fit. Kim works closely with the design, production and administrative teams to improve the processes that result in the exceptional experience we offer each of our clients.
“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 graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Management. In her spare time, Kim enjoys working in her garden, spending time with family and friends and shopping for antique treasures.
Kelly Campbell, Assistant Bookkeeper
Kelly joined MainStreet in 2015 and manages the flow of accounts payable and receivable as well as processing employee payroll. Kelly happily assists all departments, from bookkeeping to production. Her bubbly personality and friendly demeanor keep everyone smiling at MainStreet, including those who walk through the door.
Kelly is the mom of four grown boys, all of whom she is very proud of and excitedly shares their adventures. When Kelly isn’t working, she loves to boat on Lake St. Clair or go camping with her family. Kelly is also an excellent cook and baker. Everyone at MainStreet eagerly awaits her pumpkin roll every fall.
LaToya Tillmon, Executive Office Coordinator
While the leadership team at Mainstreet Design Build is busy ensuring the award-winning company is providing their signature friendly customer service, timeless design, and attention to detail, LaToya is toiling behind the scenes, helping to make it all happen.
Her days are non-stop supporting all departments and administrative tasks. LaToya provides marketing assistance and logistical support, with warm greetings and personalized help for callers and on-site guests throughout the day.
“I love empowering a team of dedicated professionals committed to creating the best customer experience in the business!” beams LaToya. “Since the satisfaction of coworkers and customers are at the heart of what we do and how we do it, I know my contributions count.”
The consummate executive assistant, LaToya brings her proven people skills and professional demeanor to Mainstreet Design Build. Encouraging a culture based on old school hospitality with core values that guide everything they do, LaToya feels right at home.
“I have a passion for bringing out the best in my colleagues. So whether I’m working on special projects or helping the office run smoothly, my proven talents for creative problem-solving and disciplined organizing are traits I’m really proud of.”
LaToya unwinds at home with her cherished husband and children, and the family’s two pet boxers. She enjoys drawing and homemaking, and when the weather allows gardening and the outdoors. Weekend movie nights are her favorite — pass the popcorn!
Dan MacDougall, Lead Project Developer
A respected leader in the residential design and construction industry for nearly 25 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.
Shirin Far, Residential Architect
Shirin is one of our residential architects and comes to us from across the globe. She specializes in interior architecture. Shirin possesses the rare skill of visualizing new spaces 3 dimensionally and creates gorgeous 3-D models with ease. She can take a CAD drawing and render it to picture quality!
Shirin moved from Iran to the U.S. in 2015 and lives with her husband and two fur babies. She has a B.A in Art and Interior Architecture from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology in Malaysia and graduated with a Certificate of Excellence in 2009. Creating beautiful, functional and unique design solutions is not only her job but also a passion. Shirin speaks five different languages and has traveled extensively. In her spare time, she also loves to read biographies and dance.
Amy Fischer, Design and Sales Consultant
Amy joined the MainStreet family in 2019 as a Design and Sales Consultant, responsible for guiding prospective and secured clients through all phases of the remodeling process.
A graduate of Miami University, Amy has had varied careers in both sales and design, from selling candy to key accounts for a large manufacturer, to most recently, owning and operating an interior design business with a partner for twelve years.
“I have a passion for all aspects of design, from the first conception to placing the final touches in a room. I believe that good home design should relieve the homeowner’s stress, add comfort, and bring joy, even in the smallest of ways.”
When Amy isn’t creating beautiful spaces or shopping at local gems, she is enjoying time with her husband, two daughters, and rescue dog, Rudy. She loves to walk Rudy, ride her bike, and hike among the beauty of Northern Michigan.
Christopher Swint, ASID, Interior Designer
A 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 to 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 daily 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 nearly 15 years of project management experience, Rick has been a member of the MainStreet family since 2015, graduating from Project Developer to Project Manager, and eventually to Production Manager. From humble beginnings working with rough and finish carpentry crews in the family business to selling, estimating and managing residential remodeling projects at a residential remodeling company, Rick has a passion in scheduling and managing in-house carpenters and project managers— and 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 is incredible and I am continually 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, traveling, sports, craft beer, fowling, and playing cards with his friends.
Chuck Bittner, Project Manager
Chuck has been active in the construction industry for nearly 35 years. He started doing rough carpentry in the mountains of Southern California in the mid ’80s, and eventually moved into residential project management for an award-winning custom home builder 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.
Jordan MacKenzie, Purchasing Manager
Born a cheesehead but raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Jordan is no stranger to the carpentry business. With nearly 10 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 14 year veteran with MainStreet Design Build, Kyle has been honing his skills as a master craftsman for over 15 years. Kyle attended Oakland Technical Center with a focus in Construction Technology and then joined MainStreet in 2005. The company benefits tremendously from his commitment to high-quality standards and increased focus on customer satisfaction.
As dedicated and hardworking 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.”
For fun, he enjoys all water sports, fishing, kayaking, biking and just spending quality time with his family. Kyle is a very proud uncle. Don’t be surprised if, when you ask him how he’s doing, that he pulls out pictures of his nephews and niece, who he simply adores!
Marq Dains, Carpenter
A remodeling industry veteran with over 22 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 project—determined to “wow” every client.
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.
Damien Hirst, Carpenter
Damien excitedly began his journey with MainStreet in 2016 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 has developed his skills with the guidance of our exceptional carpenters, he believes that bringing a positive, can-do attitude every day is imperative. This has led to his successful transition from assistant to a full-fledged carpenter that the team relies on every day.
Damien 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. He hopes to become a project manager in the future and is working incredibly hard toward that goal.
In his personal time, he likes to be outdoors. Wading through rivers, fly-fishing; backpacking and camping are among his favorites.
Eric Carmichael, Carpenter
After hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, Eric moved to New Orleans to help that community rebuild. He lived there for five years, honing his skills in a remodel setting as he helped to put homes and families back together.
After moving back to Michigan, Eric wanted to learn more about new home construction. Focusing on new construction framing gave him just what he needed to round out his experience. That experience helped Eric to realize his passion lies in woodworking and the fine detail of finish carpentry. He also enjoys the daily variety that this type of work offers.
Eric worked as a subcontractor on several MainStreet projects and decided he wanted to join the team as a full-time employee. “It didn’t take long to realize that the atmosphere was unique…everyone was happy, everyone was encouraged to do their best work, rather than being told to hurry and get it done. I have never seen a company that appreciates the craft of putting together a home such as Main Street has.”
When Eric is at home, he loves to spend time with his wife and two girls. His family is fortunate that he also enjoys doing projects on his own home.
Andy Chun, Assistant Carpenter
Andy is a lifelong Michigander and started his professional life traveling the country as an assistant golf pro. He then moved on to advertising production and quickly realized that his true passion lies working with his hands. He was very excited to join the production team at MainStreet late summer of 2018. As an assistant carpenter, he is able to utilize his creativity and passion learning the many aspects of carpentry.
During his free time, Andy enjoys golf, being the sous chef at home creating meals with his girlfriend and spending time outdoors, especially in the spring and fall.
Dave Stephens, Carpenter
Central to our proven design build approach is the expert craftspeople who make it all happen–professional carpenters like Dave Stephens, who’s obsessed with home remodeling and considers himself a combination hardcore do-it-yourselfer and team player.
Dave assists the MSDB lead carpenters in getting projects done on time, on budget, and to specifications. From demolition to rough carpentry, cabinet installations to trim finishes, Dave loves carpentry and does whatever is needed for the company. Whether running base, setting doors, or doing window and door casing, Dave is committed. “I love helping to bring a vision to life and breathing new life into an old house,” beams Dave. “Nothing is more fulfilling than successfully completing a project!” He overcomes every obstacle with creative innovation and tireless dedication. “Projects at their start seem to have insurmountable challenges, but day after day we tackle each one until we knock the job out of the park, and look back with incredible satisfaction at a job well done!”
After leading the successful American post-hardcore band, We Came As Romans, for 14 years, Dave decided it was time to settle down a bit and joined MainStreet in 2019. Currently still a band member, Dave is limiting his music career to minimal touring with the band. Dave has travelled extensively with the band and truly loves to travel with his wife. He has been to 42 international countries and 49 American states. He also plays ice hockey and is a raving Red Wings fan. When not exploring restaurants or wine tasting, he hikes with his dogs Remy and Izzy.
“Both dogs are rescues,” smiles Dave. “Our family keeps growing because we succumb to ‘foster fails’–seems every shelter pet that visits winds up staying!” The Stephens Family also supports Lifeline Animal Rescue and the Human Society.
Wellness is another focus. Dave supports The Kyle Pavone Foundation, MusicCares, and Heart Support. “Mental health awareness is so important,” insists Dave. “Overall health concerns impact us all, especially those who can’t afford care. We do what we can to help.”
Izzy, 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.
Zoey, Assistant Public Relations Manager
Also of the canine persuasion, Zoey is a descendent of our beloved Director of Public Relations. She is working into her role as a greeter and happy smile generator. She’s also learning the very important lesson of obeying and delivering perfectly timed visits that are guaranteed to comfort and delight.
“I love my new family, and my new role in the company. Squirrel!”
In her spare time, Zoey enjoys napping, snuggling, chewing, and chasing her tail.
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.
Thank you to the entire team for making our home ‘fit’ us! From the first consultation, you understood this wasn’t about trying to make a small house huge. We needed it to suit our lives better, and that is what you gave us.
MainStreet was honest and upfront about the cost of our addition. There were no surprises – they did not low ball up front to add on at the end. The quality and professionalism of the entire team was outstanding. You truly get what you pay for with MainStreet.
We love our kitchen, and MainStreet made that happen! With the help of Steve, Christine and their talented staff, we were able to add a lot more creativity and attractiveness to the design of our kitchen.
Our experience was very positive, we found MainStreet to be very professional, and considerate of our ideas. The job finished very close to the time estimated, which can be rare in that business!
MainStreet’s quality of work was excellent and its employees were very knowledgeable, courteous, and professional.
We love where we live – but we needed to add more space for our growing family. We were impressed with Steve’s design suggestions for better use of space and enhancements to our plans. They really do focus on quality and integrity in every aspect of their work.
They did an excellent job of design. Some very creative design features. They did a great job.
We love our new Kitchen and Mudroom. We appreciate the effort, commitment and quality provided by the entire team at Main Street. Thank you! Kyle and Main Street Team were a pleasure to work with through the build process. The timeline including trades was on target. Co-Construct was an effective way to manage communication and any changes that were delivered throughout the project. The design and deliverables were as expected.
I can’t think of a way that they fell short. I was satisfied with the assistance that I received with regards to picking out the various pieces.
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