We are delighted with the remodel that MAK Design and Build did for us. Every single person on their team was a pleasure to work with, and each stage of the process was carefully thought through and executed. They were also really polite and courteous, and went of their way to accommodate our wishes. We recommend them with no hesitation whatsoever!
MAK Design and Build remodeled our master bathroom. We are very pleased with their design and construction. Deepa and Juliana met with us on design. They provided choices of materials and design. It was actually fun to narrow our choices from their selection. Deepa designed a beautiful and functional bathroom which feels more spacious.
Then we moved to the construction phase. The quality of workmanship was excellent. We were happy with the MAK employees and with all the subcontractors they selected. Each cleaned up every day before they finished for the day. They were polite and took pride in their work. Our project manager, Spencer, was a pleasure. He communicated well and kept the project on track.
We met with Ken, the owner, and Spencer, the project manager, every week. Ken looked at the progress and answered our questions and requests. It was clear from the beginning that Ken’s goal was for us to be satisfied with our project, and we are so happy with the results. I smile every time I go into our master bathroom.
I would describe our experience with MAK Design and Build as quality workmanship, outstanding communication, and integrity. We look forward to future projects with MAK Design and Build.
MAK did an extensive remodel – they put in an all new kitchen and significantly updated our dining nook, family room and home office. They put in all new hardwood floors, a wall of glass French doors, all new cabinets, seating areas, etc. It looks great and people coming into our home have referred to it as a “new” home (it’s almost 25 years old!). Our walk-in pantry now has 2 wine fridges and a countertop – that’s now my favorite room in the house!
Ken (the owner) was particularly great to work with. He met with us weekly and continually made sure that the work was done well and that we were happy with the result. Even after the work was completed, if we had any questions or concerns, he made sure they were promptly and properly addressed. We would definitely use them again.
Innovative designs and great problem solving in tricky areas of kitchens and baths. We were working with a smaller space and Anthony was able to create added storage and a more functional floor plan while introducing us to the newest finishes and features available.
Efficient materials ordering as well with great follow up. The team at MAK was always available for questions and clarifications.
MAK did an amazing job our on remodel. They redesigned our entire first floor, including moving our kitchen and removing walls. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone at MAK. They were knowledgeable and professional throughout the project. We really appreciated that MAK spent so much time with us in the design phase — we had picked out all appliances, finishes, even down to paint and wallpaper before the demolition started. This made the process go smoothly once construction began.
MAK was also creative in their design choices. We removed a load-bearing wall, filled in a step-down living room (that was really just a tripping hazard), added additional windows and French doors, and installed a new gas fireplace and gas cooktop. The new floor plan works so well, and the house is so much lighter, that it seems like this is the way the house should have originally been designed.
We would gladly work with MAK again, and look forward to having them remodel our master suite.
We can’t say enough positive things about MAK Design + Build to fully describe how pleased we are with the design and build work they have completed in updating our home. Our home looks beautiful, feels more spacious and includes expanded, aesthetically-pleasing storage and greatly improved energy efficiency. All members of the MAK Design + Build team were a pleasure to work with, very professional and expert in each of their fields, they were also very flexible and patient. All the work was completed on time and within budget. In addition, having the same organization managing the design and build was a huge improvement over our previous remodeling experience in which designer and builder were not always on the same page — leading to a lot of frustration and a disappointing result. We recommend MAK Design + Build without reservation. We will miss spending time with them and look forward to having another job with them sometime in the future!
MAK Design + Build has now completed two major remodeling projects in our home. First was our master bathroom, completed 3 years ago, and then our full downstairs, including kitchen, finished Feb. 2015. Hiring a contractor is a lot like choosing a college roommate – you aren’t going to be with them forever, but they are going to be sharing your space closely enough that you’d better be happy with each other while the work is going on. We could not be happier with the entire MAK team – from design with Anthony and Kristen, to on site work with Matt and Joe, to project management by Chris and Ken, to every contact at the office with Juliana and Ellen. Decisions felt easy, problems were promptly solved, our comfort at home during the chaos was prioritized, and communication was always prompt and honest. They have been out of our house for only a month now, but already we are planning our next bathroom remodels with MAK. Can’t wait to get started! Highly recommend MAK to everyone in our community.
We were so pleased with our first experience with MAK Design + Build (a master bath remodel) that we enlisted MAK’s help again two years later—this time for a make-over of two smaller baths and a laundry room (and some lighting and door handle improvements throughout the house). From the very beginning, Ken and his team inspired our trust and confidence. They listened closely, proposed creative and green approaches, consistently communicated with us through weekly meetings (with follow-up summary notes) and near-daily texts during construction, responded to every question and concern throughout each of our projects (including ensuring there were no hiccups with vendors’ products), and genuinely wanted us to be completely satisfied. They ultimately delivered beautiful and functional new rooms within the budget and timetable we’d agreed upon (and without alienating our neighbors or our indoor cats!). To boot, they’re awfully nice people (every one, including MAK’s subcontractors). Count us among MAK’s many pleased clients!!
We absolutely love our new addition that MAK designed and built! Ken and Ellen have such a genuine and professional team working with them. This was our first remodel and MAK did a wonderful job walking us thru the process and they have set the standard for us. We appreciated that they were communicative and realistic about the schedule, budgets and design choices.
At the very start, Anthony and Ken understood our desire to build a graceful continuation of our existing home. Our home was built in the 60s and it was very important to us that they emulate the existing mid-century design and structural details. Anthony designed a master bedroom suite for us that was cozy, functional and beautifully simple, all the while maintaining the unique architectural details. In particular, he did a beautiful job of designing a blended roofline that hovers gracefully over the existing one. Our addition is now a seamless part of the house that appears to have always been there, which is exactly what we wanted.
The MAK team were all very easy and pleasant to work with. Juliana and Kristen were very helpful in helping us to narrow down design choices. Chris was just a true, steady and considerate project manager. We realize there’s a lot that goes behind the scenes and Chris managed all the contractors very smoothly. All of MAK’s contractors were very skilled and considerate as well. Matt is a true craftsman and we appreciated his standards for high quality and detail. Matt always took the time to share his progress with us and it was nice to hear from him.
We appreciated the weekly meetings and open communication and the fact that every step was carefully predicted. Every time we walk into our new addition, it’s just perfect! We truly could not be happier with what MAK built for us. We highly recommend MAK Design + Build! Thank you so much!
We would like to thank the MAK Design + Build team for the amazing, inspiring, and wonderful master bathroom remodel completed for us in September 2014. After previously remodeling a few smaller projects on our own, we realized the scope of this project would require true professionals each step of the way. From the design phase through the construction phase, the MAK team delivered. With the team’s input, ideas, and craftsmanship work, we feel our bathroom is truly unique and one-of-a-kind.
We especially appreciated the open, on-going communication during the process and the genuine concern that we be completely satisfied with the end product. Without a doubt, we are extremely happy with the spa like features and atmosphere of our new bathroom, and the quality of work that went into it. Our expectations for the look and feel of our new master bathroom were far exceeded.
Ken, we thank you and your team for the wonderful product you delivered and highly recommend your company to anyone considering a remodel project.
When we bought our 1948 ranch-style home in the older historic neighborhood of Woodland, we knew there were improvements to be made. Previous owners had remodeled it nicely in the ‘70s, but it was time to move on.
We initially contacted MAK through our daughter’s friendship with Kristen Gong, and from our very first meeting, it was evident that this would be a great working relationship. Our interactions with the entire MAK office team (Ken, Anthony, Kristen, Juliana) were always positive, creative, and productive. And as for the on-site crew … nothing but praise. Chris was terrific, always available, and responsive to our questions and concerns. Really, after a while, he felt much more like family than our project manager. Carpentry work by Matt was meticulous, and every single one of the subcontractors plumbing, electrical, flooring, and painting was professional and personable.
We took the kitchen down to studs, relocated the laundry room, completely reconfigured the master bathroom and closet, updated plumbing and electrical services, redid the entryway and front door, and repainted everything. MAK was very sensitive to our wishes about keeping things simple, and in harmony with the mid-century qualities of the home which had inspired us to buy it in the first place. It’s beautiful. We love it.
We would highly recommend the MAK team to anyone considering remodeling design and construction. We couldn’t be happier.
We had a kitchen remodel, fireplace make-over, French door installation, and cement patio converted to porcelain tile, then raised to a near-flush door entry. We were very pleased with the design team who helped with color and materials. Weekly meetings were held during renovation for planning updates. Ken and Chris were always on time, professional and honest in following through. Each team of subcontractors were also on time, polite, professional, and cleaned the area at day’s end. We were most pleased with all workmanship: plumbers, electricians, tile installation, and counter top. This top-quality renovation was completed on the date promised. Thank you to Ken, Chris, Anthony, Kristine, Matt and the many others who produced this fine-quality, beautiful home for us. I most highly recommend working with this exceptional team, MAK Design.
To the fabulous team at MAK……Such a pleasure to give you my business for remodeling my kitchen. Awesome teamwork and creativity! You took my tight budget and vague idea, and gave shape to my dream kitchen. It is beautiful and functional!! I shall enjoy my new kitchen for a long time. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
MAK Design and Build did an amazing job with our remodel! We remodeled the whole downstairs of our house (roughly 3000 sq feet) and are so happy in our new home. After interviewing 5-6 local and regional remodeling companies we knew that MAK was it. Our project consisted of the remodeling of an outdoor space into a breakfast nook, a complete kitchen overhaul, a very complicated stair structure that had to stay in its place but needed a lot of work, all new floors, all new paint, an office remodel, turning an old office into a pantry and incorporating that into our new kitchen/mudroom., and a master bedroom remodel. Throughout that whole process, Ken, the owner, Anthony, the designer and all their staff were great to work with. They were helpful, knowledgeable, hardworking, and pleasant. The project came in right on budget and right on time. They were always available to answer questions and help with picking out fixtures/tiles/paint and were quick to resolve any issues. We would highly recommend them.
We have had two bathrooms and one kitchen remodeled by MAK Design + Build. Our experience couldn’t have been better! Ken, the owner, is a really nice guy and wants to do right by his clients. The design team works with you to create a beautiful and functional vision for your space. Our budget wasn’t the biggest, but they really helped us maximize our dollar! The contractors are very sweet, considerate, honest, and hard-working guys who want to make sure they get everything right. One of the contractors came over on the weekend to teach us how to paint properly! Overall, MAK is a group of genuinely nice and honest people. They truly went above and beyond on our two separate remodeling projects. I will definitely use them again for anything else we need! I highly recommend MAK Design + Build!
Working with MAK was one of the best home improvement decisions we made – and we did work with quite a few different builders and contractors. The whole team works in unison; they meet their deadlines as promised and the finished product is high quality. We appreciate the painless process and their brilliant designs that worked for our circumstances. MAK did not shy away from the challenges our project presented, which all the other builders wanted to avoid and build something that would not make us happy. Even our neighbors complimented [us] on their considerateness and professionalism. We were happy with them so much that [we] ended up working with them on our backyard project after the addition and kitchen remodeling. We are pretty sure [the] backyard will not be the last project we will work with MAK! We highly recommend MAK for any level of home project.
We hired MAK to remodel our bathroom after they helped discover the cause of a water leak that others had missed. The work included a new shower, bathtub, sinks, toilet, flooring and countertop. The design and execution of the project was first class. The choice of surfaces and fixtures were creative and elegant. We are very pleased.
The project kept on the schedule they made and communication was very good. It was clear from the discussions among their team that they were very skilled and knowledgeable about their craft.
Our remodeled house feels like the home we were meant to have. It is a pleasure to be in. It runs like a machine: easy to move around in, cook in, entertain in and clean. There is nothing we would improve upon – neither the process nor the product. It was totally worth it. I wouldn’t have done anything differently.
The beauty of our bathroom can’t be denied. The marble, the gorgeous glass tile and the fixtures are all real showpieces. But greater than beauty is functionality. We can both be in the bathroom getting ready for work in the early morning and have everything we need close at hand and still have more than enough space. Since it’s the master bath, most people never see it. But those who do want to move into it and live there.
Ken and his staff of talented, professional, creative and friendly craftsmen completed an absolutely amazing remodel of the kitchen, downstairs bathroom and family room in our home. The MAK Design/Build team brought three significant strengths to our project: 1. A creative, innovative and green approach to our project. 2. An extensive wealth of experience and knowledge of building practices and technique to achieve our desired results. 3. Outstanding communication skills – weekly meetings, emailed meeting notes, clear contracts – all of which led to no surprises.
This project came in on budget and on time producing a superior, award winning product. I would highly recommend Ken Kirsch and his firm MAK Design/Build to anyone.
This is something they are really good at doing: high-end design on a super budget,’ Mary says about MAK…’Take the roof, for example. We were talking about the ceiling and how it was very low, and it really made the front of the house look like a bunker,’ Mary says. ‘We had wanted to raise the roof, and we started looking at the budget, which was more than we wanted to spend. Ken and his crew kept working on it and working on it and working on it, until they figured out a way to do it. They lifted it about a foot across the front. It made all the spaces inside more interesting, and it made all the difference in the way the front of the house looks.
I want to thank you, not only for my beautiful kitchen and family room, but for the ease and fun of the whole remodel experience. You and your whole staff made me feel supported from the beginning. You all listened to me, made suggestions, and offered feasible ideas that I had not considered.
The crew working at the house – Jorge, Nate, and Chris – took very good care of me. They kept track and let me know the steps of the process and when to expect things to be done. I appreciated their careful work, their skills, and their attitudes that doing their best was the way it would be. You have done an excellent job in choosing men who work together well, seem very aware of each other’s styles, and who respect each other. I miss them. Thank you for creating an excellent company and setting an atmosphere and skill level that pleased me.
We hired MAK for our remodel and they rocked it! We are very pleased with the craftsmanship, creativity, organization and personnel management they showed. Remodels aren’t something one dreams about experiencing in their own house as they can be very stressful and inherently have an invasion aspect to them. MAK people were always very courteous and low impact when it came to being in our ‘space’, which is true for the sub-contractors too. Of course there are situations during any remodel where you have to negotiate unpredictable territory – the project manager, Chris and Ken always stepped forward to hear what we wanted and were willing to rework if necessary to make us happy. My family has been through two remodels with two different companies and MAK came shining through by far.
We highly recommend Ken Kirsch and MAK to anyone who is entertaining the thought of a remodel. Give them a call, for sure!
MAK did a wonderful job on the kitchen remodel at my house. They developed a plan that included the ideas I had for opening the space and integrating it into the design of the house. It works beautifully.
I found myself roaming the new spaces, noticing how the light played through the curtains and slanted across the floors. It was beautiful. The long hall view all the way to the back yard with the tip of the tub peeking out with it’s elegant curve. I’m not trying to be poetic by any means. I just want you to know the finished product that you all have helped create is absolutely gorgeous. We have nooks in which to hide or cuddle with the kids, we have space to disappear if we need to. And it’s an inviting, delicious space. I want to thank you for making the process an easy, comfortable one. A thoughtful, considerate one. Coming home for lunch is good medicine now. We are happy.
Thank you for the beautiful new bathrooms. We are enjoying them every single day. The way you do your work is so much appreciated – you made it easy and stress-free for us. Special thanks for Chris and Nathan who we saw the most of – but I know there are also good people working behind the scenes to help make things happen.
Working with MAK on our remodel was never close to the dreaded experience realized by so many others working with contractors and architects. There was daily dialogue, weekly meetings and clear communication all the way through. They worked with us to stay within budget, were creative, dedicated and I sincerely missed them after the six months were over and we moved back in!