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
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 keeps 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.
Tricia Dewar, Administrative Assistant
Tricia Dewar joined MainStreet Design Build in 2018 as an administrative assistant, sharing the role with Kelly Campbell. You will likely hear Tricia’s friendly voice when you call the office or be greeted by her when you visit.
Tricia holds a degree in marketing from the University of Detroit and has had a varied career in marketing and administration. She has worked in the jewelry, insurance and metalworking machinery industries. She also owned a food truck at one point. Tricia assists with marketing and client management for MainStreet.
When Tricia is out of the office, she likes to spend time with her two boys, dig in her garden, visit the latest outdoor festival or antique sale and watch the latest episode of Fixer Upper.
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.
Raymond Manion, Project Architect
Raymond Manion grew up in the Niagara Falls area of New York and moved to Florida to attend Florida Atlantic University. Ray earned his Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in art history in 2008. This NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) accredited program set him on the path to architectural licensure. Throughout the years Ray has held many titles in the construction industry, from Assistant Carpenter to Design Architect. This has given Ray the experience to design spaces while taking into consideration the practical aspects of the construction process. He has completed all of his experience requirements and begun the 6-part ARE testing process necessary to become a registered architect in the state of Michigan, which he is hoping to complete in 2018.
Ray is the proud parent of two little girls and a baby boy. With three little ones, his free time is limited, but when time permits, he enjoys flying radio-controlled helicopters and airplanes, golfing, snowboarding, and mountain biking. He also has a passion for community development programs and initiatives in the Detroit metro area and gets involved as much as possible.
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 to the U.S. from Iran in 2015 where she lived 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 travelled extensively. In her spare time, she also loves to read biographies and dance.
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 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 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.
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.
Jordan 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. 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 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.”
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 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 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.
Dave Brayman, Carpenter
Dave has enjoyed the challenge of working in the construction industry for the past 37 years. His greatest desire has been to please his clients whether it was during his 30 years of rough construction projects or during the seven years when he focused mainly on estimating those projects. He hopes to continue to hone his skills while moving forward in his carpentry career at MainStreet.
During his personal time, he enjoys volunteering opportunities at his Church and also his favorite soup kitchen in Detroit. Dave has two beautiful grown daughters, he loves to spend time with. He rests his spirit when walking, exercising and riding bikes through trails all over the beautiful state of Michigan.
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.
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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