Ken Kirsch has over 30 years of experience in residential remodeling. His work in the trades began while still a student at UC Davis. Ken graduated from UCD with a degree in Studio Arts and put his liberal arts education to use as a carpenter working in the Bay Area. Over the years, remodeling became as much of a passion for Ken as his artistic pursuits. Creative solutions were always part of a remodeler’s job description and a thoughtful approach to building presented another opportunity to have a positive influence on every day life. Ken and Ellen relocated their growing family to Davis in 2001 and then started MAK Design+Build in 2003. Ken is a member of two national trade organizations, Remodeler’s Advantage and the National Association of Remodeling Industry. He is also a member of the Davis Downtown Business Association and the Davis Chamber of Commerce. He earned his certification as a green-building professional through the non-profit organization Build It Green. Ken also served on the Shrem Museum Artfriends executive board. For fun, he loves working on his golf game, playing ultimate Frisbee, and exercising his creativity with the occasional illustration, oil painting or watercolor.
Owner and Account Manager
Ellen is the co-owner of MAK Design+Build Inc. Along with Ken she is the lead on “big picture” thinking for the company, tasked with making sure that MAK remains a strong part of the Davis and Yolo County community as an employer, a resource for excellent and responsible design and construction, and an ongoing contributor via support of a number of charitable organizations. Day to day Ellen oversees the financial management of the company. She keeps the bills paid, reports filed and the licensing, insurance and tax requirements up to date.Outside of the business Ellen is a wife, mother, gardener, and beekeeper who enjoys the challenge/process of working with nature and time.
Director of Design
Anthony Anderson, our Director of Design holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design and is a Certified Green Building Professional. His emphasis on innovation and aesthetics is expertly balanced against his desire to create spaces that are unobtrusive and long lasting. His unique blend of form and function has been the guiding principle behind MAK’s award-winning design since 2005. A passionate and self-described food nerd, Anthony can often be found in the kitchen where his love of food and gadgets can find absurd levels of expression. He is a proud father, an incessant tinkerer, and an avid kayak fisherman.
Tyler is the Project Coordinator for MAK Design + Build, and has been with us since March of 2017. Tyler has a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Before moving to Davis, he spent several years in San Diego working for various architecture and design + build companies, including one that focused on large scale developments and churches. Now, when he’s not working, Tyler enjoys building his own furniture, backpacking, playing the guitar, and going on fun adventures with his wife.
Office and Marketing Coordinator
Jennifer’s background includes land mitigation, ecological restoration, commercial green building and green business practices. Her experience in the residential sector focused predominately on energy and water conservation and municipal rebate and savings programs for renters and homeowners. She was interested in working for a design build company that values sustainability and has experience in the green building industry. In her spare time, she enjoys going to local art and music shows, practicing yoga and exploring trails, lakes and beaches she hasn’t been to yet.
Lead Project Designer
Kelli Lopez, MAK’s Lead Project Designer, graduated from CAL State Chico with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture. Before her start with the MAK team she lived and worked in the Bay Area playing a similar role for various design + build firms specializing in residential remodeling. Helping her clients realize the full potential in their own space is a passion that developed early on. Outside of the office Kelli can be found tackling DIY projects with her husband and chasing around her toddler.
Sara has a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and is a Certified Interior Designer. Sara has worked many years in Davis and Sacramento as a Residential designer and has experience in Commercial and Multi-family design. Sara is an advocate for historical preservation and volunteers her time with the non-profit group in Sacramento called Preservation Sacramento. She also connects to her Swiss roots with the Sacramento Helvetia Verein. Sara enjoys living in midtown Sacramento and enjoys walking to great restaurants and fun activities. Enjoys spending time with her husband and stepchildren and working on her 1912 highwater bungalow home.
Kinsey is an Assistant Designer and a recent graduate of UC Davis with a double BA in Design and Sociocultural Anthropology. Educational and work background includes a focus on holistic design, human-centered design, and comparative cultures. Originally from California’s Central Valley and now a fan of all things Davis, she finds joy and passion in designing for and understanding her fellow community members. Other than design, Kinsey loves photography, hacking cheap IKEA furniture, traveling, and hanging out with her cat.
Lead Carpenter and Project Manager
Spencer is a Lead Carpenter and Project Manager for MAK Design & Build. Having learned the remodeling trade working on homes in Southern California, he was excited to be able to contribute to and become a part of the great team at MAK Design & Build. As a Project Manager and Lead Carpenter, he loves bringing the design team and client’s vision from a drawing to the final built product which will be a part of the client’s lives for many years to come. Along with his remodeling experience Spencer brings his certification as a BPI Building Analyst in home performance to the MAK team. In his time off, Spencer enjoys spending time outdoors fishing, skiing, and diving. He is also working on a couple restoration projects, including a ’31 Model A.
Jon has a long background in the carpentry world- before joining us at MAK, he worked as a Millman and did extensive work with cabinets. His favorite part of the job is being able to work alongside with the other awesome members of the MAK crew and our clients! When he isn’t working, he’s usually hanging out with his two daughters and going on fun family outings.
Matt’s career as a carpenter began in Ohio building custom residential homes. It was then that he found he really enjoyed residential remodeling and continues to enjoy it today. “I’ve been doing this for a while, and I’m pretty good at it!” Matt is an integral member of the team, characterized by his vast carpentry knowledge and incredible work ethic.
Remodeling has been an interest of Robert’s since the day he graduated high school in 2010. After high school, he spent three years studying drafting and design at community college, where he became a certified drafter. While attending college, he got a job doing apartment maintenance and renovations. In 2015, MAK had an opening for a carpenter’s apprentice position and it was an opportunity that he could not pass up. Robert has enjoyed learning so much from all of the staff at MAK in the field of carpentry and has loved every minute of it!
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