Birmingham, MI – May 15, 2015 – The Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County today announced the appointment of Steve Ramaekers to the board, effective immediately. Mr. Ramaekers’ appointment expands the Board to 16 members.
“Steve’s 25 plus years of experience as a carpenter, business owner and high-end remodeling contractor will add a valuable perspective to our Board of Directors,” said Tim Ruggles, Executive Director. “We appreciate his willingness to serve on our board and look forward to benefitting from his judgment and counsel.”
Ruggles also shared his appreciation for Ramaekers’ “many years of involvement with and support of Habitat Oakland through First United Methodist Church of Birmingham.”
Mr. Ramaekers is President and Director of Architecture at MainStreet Design Build, an award-winning, luxury design build firm. He manages the company’s operations, as well as controls the conceptual design and architectural process for each project. Steve has a rich background of more than 25 years in the business. He started his career in the early 1980s 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 Ramaekers. “Now in our 24th 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.
About Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County
Habitat for Humanity is a grassroots organization dedicated to the elimination of poverty and substandard housing. Habitat accepts donated homes or lots, and builds or renovates them in partnership with qualifying families, who pay an affordable mortgage provided through Habitat. Worldwide, Habitat has built and renovated more than 800,000 houses since 1976.
Celebrating its 20th year, Habitat Oakland County has built and renovated homes for more than 190 families in Oakland County over the last two decades. Donate, volunteer or learn more at www.habitatoakland.org. Habitat Oakland County is located at 150 Osmun Street, Pontiac, 248.338.1843.
Habitat’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. The non-profit is driven by this mission: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
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About MainStreet Design Build
MainStreet Design Build is a full service, luxury design and build firm that caters to homeowners in Oakland County who value a high level of comfort and trust in knowing that their home remodeling project will be done RIGHT—fitting their budget, lifestyle, comfort level and the architectural detail of their home. For over 20 years, MainStreet has been creating award-winning home additions, kitchens and bathrooms in the communities of Birmingham, Bloomfield, Royal Oak, Pleasant Ridge, Troy and other select areas of metro Detroit. MainStreet Design Build offers homeowners the personal care, accountability, timeless design and exacting attention to detail that transforms remodeling ideas and dreams into precious living spaces.
For more information, visit www.mainstreetdesignbuild.com. MainStreet Design Build is located at 555 South Old Woodward, Birmingham, 248.644.6330.
This is the first project I’ve done on my own, and I didn’t know what to expect. Everything was so smooth. They kept me informed. All the workmen were so trustworthy….I was extremely pleased. My bathroom is gorgeous. Amy Fisher was fabulous. She exceeded my expectations. She allowed me to gravitate toward certain things. She didn’t impose her style.
In the Design portion we found the 3D drawing tool very productive with Steve when working on the plans for the house. Once the Build stage started the use of Co-Construct was great for keeping track of the updates on the project. The overall “build” part of the project took about 3 months once it started and was for the most part kept on schedule. It was the planning and designing that took the longest and where expectations were set. For us, this was a valuable part of the overall process. In addition, the MainStreet team use of today’s latest technology made the process a lot easier and more enjoyable.
This company is first-rate. Each member of the team is respectful, attentive, knowledgeable, and kind. The experience thus far has been enormously positive.
Christopher provided the vision and helped execute the plan. He was so helpful guiding me in all selections and making sure we stuck to our plan. My kitchen refresh is everything and more. My kitchen now looks like it belongs in my home and really is a “wow” feature. I just love, love, love the way it came out!
Main Street did our complete home remodel in 2020-2021. They were perfect professionals, and we never had any of the problems that we ran into with EVERY.OTHER.CONTRACTOR.IN.EXISTENCE. I cannot recommend them enough!
Mainstreet is an exceptional company! We could not ask for more. To the design process to the construction and the end product. Just perfect!
It’s an amazing company. Very professional. They always listen and make sure home owners are happy with the final result. The quality of their work is outstanding. My project manager Jonh M. was always there to listen and help. He always kept us informed of every step and made sure subcontractors were doing their best. My Designer Amy is amazing. She understood what we wanted from day 1 and always made sure we were happy with every selection. Very knowledgeable.
I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your work in making my kitchen so beautiful! I came across photos of the old kitchen the other day, and wowza… it used to be so wild. I had forgotten how bad it was. I’ve really been enjoying the kitchen: love the layout, and the cabinets & countertops, and just how open it feels. I know there were some tough times, and Covid didn’t make it any easier, so I really appreciate you both sticking it out and doing a fabulous job!
“This was our first time using a contractor for a major renovation – Kitchen, Family Room and Bathrooms. The MainStreet Design Build staff, led by Steve and Christine were extremely professional throughout the project. They walked us through the process step by step and made sure that everything was completed to our satisfaction – from initial planning and budgeting to the final details. The work was completed to a very high quality and the crew were always respectful of our home and mindful to keep the job site as safe and tidy as possible throughout. The end result is great and has exceeded our expectations. We have no hesitation in recommending MainStreet Design Build and would absolutely use them again.”
“We couldn’t be happier with our choice to work with Mainstreet for our exterior remodel. The design process leading up to the build was a refreshing experience. Steve and his team met with us on multiple occasions and honestly worked with us to design a house that made sense for our aesthetics and ultimately honored it’s past. The actual remodeling consisted of re-siding our entire home, reconstructing the front porch including a new copper roof, IPE decking, a new central staircase, refacing the existing service staircase, changing a flat roof line to a gable and so much more. We became very close Dwain and his team who did all the construction work. I can wholeheartedly say that these guys are GOOD PEOPLE. They care, and they get things right. I’ll be honest Mainstreet is more expensive than others, but you get you what you pay for. At least, in this case, we did. Our house is a significant piece of our lives, and I’m glad we were able to work with a company who took pride in the work they do. Hey, If you’re reading this and considering Mainstreet, you should take the time to meet with them. They do a great job of explaining who they are and how things work in their initial meet and greet.”
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555 South Old Woodward
Birmingham, MI 48009
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