Founded with a simple principle, “Building with Purpose” is not just a tagline, it’s what drives the entire team at Michael Paul Design + Build. They take great pride in supporting each client through the entire build process, attending to each detail along the way, from the initial sketches to the momentous occasion when the finished house and homeowner come together for the first time. Leading by example, owner Mike Laumann insists his team demonstrate an unwavering dedication to every client, as well as their project.
What got you started in custom homebuilding?
Out of college I worked in motion picture and TV production as a photographer. After 10 years of telling stories through pictures, I decided to take my composition eye and creativity to the home building industry. Eighteen years later we are building and creating beautiful custom homes.
How would you describe your build style?
Our building style gets tweaked and remains fluid to meet our individual clients needs.
Why do you think your clients choose you as their builder?
I believe our clients choose us because of our one-on-one building approach, our designer’s eye for the details, and our “in the field” hands on building style. Our clients always appreciate our quick communication and our “boutique” style. Because of our size, we are very in tune with every one of our job sites.
What are some of your projects or accomplishments you’re most proud of?
Our Reggie Award-winning Fall Parade Home in 2017 was a very proud moment for our company. It was a wonderful collaboration between us, the builder and a receptive homeowner.
What architectural styles do you like best and why?
I have used the term “Modational” to describe our recent styles. A blend of modern and traditional. I do like a flavor of modern, but with the livability, longevity and warmth of some traditional elements.
What are some of your favorite trends you’re seeing this year?
I do still like the rustic mixed with some elegance trend. We are seeing a little less cooler tones and some of the warmer tones returning. Smokey blues and bold greens. Brushed brass is huge, but with mixing metal finishes.
What do others view as your “signature” in your homes?
Loaded with ceiling details and woodwork. Our custom cabinets definitely define our homes.
What do you think are some of the most important elements of a successful build team?
Communication is key. Whether it’s design decisions, schedule or pricing changes — they are all equally important for a successful build with a happy homeowner. Oh, and don’t forget to “Wow” them with creativity and quality!
What do you wish others knew about your company?
We really do provide a full service Design and Build process. Our homes are truly custom and each one has my personal touch, literally. I still design and build many of our custom elements on site.
What makes you most proud to be a builder?
We love getting holiday cards from our past clients with pictures of their families enjoying their homes. It really helps ground you as a builder, by reminding us that we’re not just building houses, but we’re building a space filled with warm family memories. Welcome home.
Photography by Meghan Doll