MSK Design Build
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THE TEAM

MSK Design Build works with homeowners to create beautiful, safe, and comfortable remodeling experiences. After opening our doors in 2001, our team of talented designers and quality craftsman (many of whom have been with us from the beginning) have helped local families fall in love with their homes. Our award winning designers are creative, collaborative, and genuinely interested in working with you to create a successful remodel. Our skilled craftsmen employ best practices, take pride in their work, and always go the extra mile to ensure client satisfaction.

In addition to earning A’s with Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau, we are celebrating our seventh consecutive year as a Diamond Certified Company!

MSK Design Build is located in Walnut Creek, CA. We work with clients in Central Costa County, including Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Pleasant Hill, Alamo, Danville, San Ramon, Moraga, Orinda, Martinez and Concord.

 

 

President, Owner: Scott Westby, JD, MBA

”We are very impressed with your company, Scott, and thank you for your part in making our remodel a success.”– Rob and Karen C., Danville

After graduating with a JD and MBA from the University of Oregon, Scott worked in the field of law, first in corporate law and then in construction law. But he always loved to build. “My grandfathers were a plumber and a construction superintendent and my grandmother helped build Liberty ships (she was great with a cutting torch!)  My dad is a builder/remodeler, and my brother also has a construction company back in North Dakota. I started helping my dad when I was old enough to pick up nails, and my first job was working for a production framing company. I went on to work in all areas of commercial building and residential remodeling. After many years of practicing law, I decided to get back to building, and so I opened MSK Design Build.”

Scott has a great eye for architectural detail, a talent for overcoming design challenges, and provides innovative design solutions where others have failed. He has a vision for what can be done in a home and the ability to bring that vision to reality.

Beside his university degrees, Scott has taken numerous courses in building inspection, code, construction management, and kitchen & bath design. Active in building trade associations, Scott and the team have won 13 awards for design and contracting since 2006.

When he’s not working, Scott enjoys reading, golf, skiing, biking, and hanging out with his wife Kat and their twin daughters.

Vice President, Owner: Kat Mullen, BA

“After interviewing several companies, my husband and I chose MSK Design Build for our kitchen remodel and we could not be happier with the results. MSK made the often stressful and always inconvenient process of remodeling as close to painless as possible… Every person we dealt with throughout the process was professional, courteous, and knowledgeable in their field… they are a superior company in every sense and I have recommended them to friends and family. Most importantly, we have our dream kitchen built with quality, high-end products that not only look elegant, but will last for years to come.”  J. B, Walnut Creek, CA

Following a career as a special educator in NYC and 25 years as a sales executive in the shipping industry, Kat jumped ship for the design build industry. She joined the company in 2011 and enjoys utilizing her corporate skills in a small business. Working with the team, a new company name and logo was created, and MSK moved to  new design offices. Having launched a new website and an interactive software program for client use, Kat is thoroughly enjoying the career change. Asked how she likes the industry, Kat says “Business is business. The principles don’t change whether you are selling space, or designing and building it.” She loves the creative and dynamic nature of the business, the wonderful clients with whom she collaborates, the great team at MSK, and the beautiful finished homes MSK creates. Kat and Scott married in 2014 after 6 happy years together. When not busy with the family, Kat loves pretty much any outdoor sport and hits the hiking trails or yoga mat regularly.

Office Manager: Nicole Amen

It was a very positive experience. They were very ethical and professional. All of the subcontractors and their associates were very good to work with as well. Their communication and follow-up stood out for us. –  Alma D., Pleasant Hill, CA 2018

Nicole Amen is the MSK office manager. She’s a dynamic multi-tasker, and handles everything from purchasing office equipment, keeping us OSHA  compliant, and scheduling client and vendor appoitnments to removing splinters! A native Californian, and a 17 year resident of Walnut Creek, Nicole has worked in various companies over the past 15 years, keeping her businesses running smoothly and efficiently. Nicole and her husband Will have three sons, two of thems Ducks, and the family enjoys visiting the University of Oregon and seeing their sons in action.  Nicole and Will love cooking together, followed by going to the gym to work off those delicious meals!

Margie Witt, Bookkeeper

“I was very happy with them. They are highly competent, easy to work with, and on time. I liked interacting with their personnel. I was very pleased.” – Bill Naphan, Martinez, CA

 Margie joined MSK Design Build in September 2011. Having worked as a bookkeeper in a local construction firm for over 30 years, Margie’s wealth of experience, great work ethic, and dry sense of humor are a welcome addition to the team. An avid music lover and traveler, Margie is also a wonderful hands-on grandmother. Margie pays the bills and keeps us laughing!

Design Team

Lead Designer: Kelly Morisseau, CMKBD, Certified Interior Designer

“They really are the best in the business, and Kelly is really, really great. I think a lot of people assume that they can’t afford the design team or that they don’t need it, but the design team really makes the whole process go smoothly. — Kate B. , Walnut Creek, CA 

A Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer, and a Certified Interior Designer, Kelly joined MSK in 2002 after relocating from Canada. She’s a second-generation designer with over 25 years of experience.  She is also the author of several design books as well as an avid and well-respected kitchen and bath blogger.   Not only has she served as a design judge for NKBA national and regional competitions, but six of her MSK Design Build projects have won NARI awards. Well-traveled and savvy, Kelly’s clients love the high-end projects she creates as much as they love working with her. When not working, Kelly enjoys fine dining and European travel.

Designer: Linda Bryant, AKBD

“Our designer, Linda, set the tone by being a great listener and then offering suggestions, most of which we implemented in the design…We are now the happy owners of a marvelous new kitchen. The problems that inevitably arose were resolved quickly, keeping us on schedule. We are proud that we picked the best contractor possible. We highly recommend MSK Design Build. ” – Barbara B. Walnut Creek, CA

Linda joined MSK Design Build in October 2012, bringing 25 plus years of design experience to the company. Having run her own design business, Linda enjoys working at MSK Design Build, where she gets to work with great clients, create beautiful projects, and work hand-in-hand with our team of craftsmen and designers. Linda loves listening to her clients, really hearing what they want in their new space,and then helping them realize it.

Designer: Suzy Baur, Certified Interior Designer, AKBD, MA Art History

We are thrilled with our updated remodeled home! The crew were on time, and left the premises clean at the end of each day. Scott’s overall design was better than we had anticipated. We enjoyed the added bonus of working with designer, Suzy Bauer who helped us through all the decision details. Additionally Kat was there with answers to all our questions. We are very happy with the finished project! – Olivia Moore-Jones, Walnut Creek, CA

Suzy Baur landed on our shores from Zurich, Switzerland in 1995 with her husband Stephan, and happily calls the Oakland Hills home. Starting her career as an art historian, Suzy found herself drawn to interior design, including kitchen and bath design, as a means of beautifying the practical. A Certified Interior Designer, she loves listening to her clients, hearing their vision for their new space, and making the space a reality which reflects their lifestyle. Suzy loves working with a company that builds their own design projects. Color, material, and simplicity are her passions in design. Outside of the design world, Suzy & Stephan enjoy spending time with their Hungarian Vizslas.

Design Assistant: Kristina Chong, BA The Art Institute of Chicago

They were very professional, and they explained everything they were going to do. I cannot say enough about this company and all of the people I have come in contact with. The staff is just incredible. My husband was ill at the time, and they were so cognizant of that. They were just wonderful about it.” Brenda H., Walnut Creek, CA

Raised in Guam, Kristina left her family and friends and warm hometown, and headed for Chicago, IL. There she attended The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts, with an emphasis in Design. Loving Chicago, but not loving the weather, Kristina decided to head west, and luckily for us, landed in the East Bay. She assists our design team, supports our project manager and keeps the office running smoothly, all the while working on her Masters in Construction Management in the evening! What, no time for fun? Hardly! Kristina spends her weekends exploring new restaurants, hiking and getting to know her new hometown.

In Memorium, Carol Morisseau

Carol Morisseau was one of a kind.  A British Columbia, Canada native, Carol spent her early years on a ranch, her 20’s in the Royal Canadian Air Force, and the majority of her adulthood as a fine kitchen and bath designer. She started her own kitchen design business in 1979 and then moved on to owning an award-winning kitchen and bath showroom on Vancouver Island with her late husband and business partner, Len. A Certified Kitchen & Bath Designer, Carol moved to Walnut Creek and joined MSK Design Build in 2002. She spent 13 years working with MSK Design Build, designing kitchens and baths, winning awards, and judging design contests throughout the country. We loved our many years of working, laughing and drinking pinot noir with Carol. We miss her and take comfort in the fact that she and Len are together again.

Curt Roth, BA — Project Manager, NARI Certified Remodeling Project Manager

“The more remodeling stories I hear, the more I appreciate Curt’s role in the process. I knew if there were any problems, and there were few, that Curt would make it right.” — Jan B., Martinez  

Curt has worked with MSK Design Build since 2003 as project manager. He oversees the construction operations in the field, manages the client relationships on the job, keeps clients and subcontractors updated, and is responsible for scheduling the crew and trades once construction is underway. His calm demeanor makes organizing all aspects of a remodel look easy–it’s not.

Curt is a transplanted Oregonian and an avid fisherman. When he’s not working, or with his wife and daughter, Curt’s busy puttering around on his boat, or out on the water fishing. And we are often the lucky recipients of his fishing largesse!

Bridget Horan - Estimator/Project Manager

“It was a very positive experience. They were very ethical and professional. All of the subcontractors and their associates were very good to work with as well.Their communication and follow-up stood out for us.” Alma D., Pleasant Hill, CA  

A native Minnesotan, Bridget is now an enthusiastic Californian! With a degree in Construction Engineering from Iowa State University, and a natural affinity for numbers and spreadsheets,  Bridget is a great fit for the estimator/project manager position. With five years Project Management experience in industrial construction, as well as two years volunteering in the Philippines remodeling Youth Centers, Bridget brings many talents to our team.  She loves the outdoors, water, hiking, and camping.  Any wonder she loves California??

Chuck Gilbert - Lead Carpenter

“They are the best company for any type of construction work that I have ever dealt with. I have used them twice and they are always on time. They are really top-notch and they finish on time. They do wonderful work with creative ideas. All the jobs came out beautifully. I like their personnel, the craftsmanship they bring to the project, and the finished product.” – Claire M., Moraga, CA

Chuck is a talented finished carpenter, working through various roles within our company to become lead carpenter.  He began working at MSK Design Build as doing flooring installation. Chuck has been installing fine wood flooring for 26 years, learning the trade from his grandfather. He’s a master at cabinetry installation, and does all manner of fine finish work in the home. His attention to detail and willingness to listen to the customer’s comments and concerns earn him high praise from our clients, who speak highly of his work and professional manner while in their home. When he’s not working, Chuck and his wife Venetta are busy having fun with their three kids and many friends in the East Bay.

Joe Businsky, Lead Carpenter

“They do a very high-quality job with careful planning and excellent execution. The best thing is their conceptualization in the planning of the project. They carefully think through what needs to be done before starting the work.” – Stephen W., Lafayette, CA

Joe Businsky  joined MSK Design Build in 2015, and it feels like he has been with us for years – and we mean that in the best possible way! With over 25 years of construction experience, Joe is talented in both rough and finished carpentry, and loves to take on a project and “own it” till completion. His can-do attitude probably comes from his years of experience raising five children and three grandchildren with his wife Tina. When he’s not running his crews at work or at home, you’ll find Joe relaxing with his fishing rod and tackle – out fishing.

 

Jorge (George) Martinez – Utility Capenter/Plumber

”Jorge is a master at arches…” – Lo Ann & Eric W., Walnut Creek

Jorge has been with MSK Design Build longer than any other employee.  His talents encompass many areas of construction including plumbing, framing, stucco, and rough & finished carpentry. Jorge is quiet, funny, and extremely hardworking. No job is complete without him as a steady presence on the job. Jorge lives with his wife and two daughters in the East Bay, and enjoys visiting his family in Mexico when he’s not busy swinging his hammer.

Alvaro Alas - Lead Carpenter

“They’re very reliable, very professional, and they get the job done when they say they will. I have no complaints. They’ve done several jobs for me, and they’re the company I would go back to if I needed to have any more work done.” – Jim F., Walnut Creek, CA

A talented landscape artist with years of experience in the family business, Alvaro is following his dream of furthering his carpentry skills and learning all facets of the construction business. Alvaro joined the MSK Design Build team as a delivery driver and apprentice  carpenter. His work ethic, steady manner and ability to quickly learn various carpentry skills earned him an immediate promotion. A natural team-player, Al is now one of our talented carpenters, working on everything from plumbing to rough and finished work. With an adorable 2 year old girl and a very active 8 year boy, Alvaro and his military reservist wife Otilia have many of balls in the air. And yet whenever you see him, Alvaro is calm, hardworking, and always ready with a smile.

CJ Plante - Carpenter

“I have full confidence in them and appreciate the patience they have with us. They communicated everything they were going to do. They stuck to the schedule even when we started throwing changes at them.” – Barry H., Walnut Creek, CA

CJ joined MSK Design Build in 2016, a recent transplant from the wilds of Vermont. With a bachelor’s degree in digital media, CJ worked in the tech world for awhile, but missed the building trades. Having grown up in the construction industry, and worked for 10+ years building in Vermont, CJ is happy to be back in the business. CJ is a skilled rough and finished carpenter, and also our onsite photographer, often sending interesting shots from the field. He and his new wife Irina love West Coast living and are happily living in San Francisco.

Chaunce Beatty - Carpenter

“It was a very positive experience. They were very ethical and professional. All of the subcontractors and their associates were very good to work with as well. Their communication and follow-up stood out for us.” Alma D., Pleasant Hill, CA

Working for his contractor dad and uncle, Chaunce started learning construction in his teens.  He worked his way through all facets of the construction business, from drywall to tile setting, rough and finish carpentry and beyond. After years of working in the family business, Chaunce branched out and began working in Napa, working for a company that built high end homes and wineries. Wanting to work a bit closer to home, Chaunce found his way to MSK, and we are glad he did. Chaunce, Erica and their three children live in Vallejo, where he is a big softball and baseball dad. He spends most of his free time coaching and managing his kids teams.

Josue Sifuentes – Carpenter

“The construction team was courteous and tidy and the project was completed on time and on budget. I love recommending MSK and I love showing off our beautiful home!” – Jodi E., Martinez, CA April, 2017

 

Josue began his career in the construction industry after graduating high school, doing demolition and working his way through the various trades. Now skilled in plumbing, framing, and rough and finished carpentry, Josue has a keen interest in continuing his education in the field of construction.  Josue lives with his girlfriend Carla and his dog Bella in Oakland, and enjoys working out in his free time.

Giovanni Heredia - Apprentice Carpenter

“MSK Design Build is amazing! Their design was beautiful and functional, and their construction work was flawless…Everyone at MSK (including their outside subcontractors) is a true craftsman and does meticulous work. They pay attention to every detail to make the final result beautiful, well-constructed and truly functional…” – L.S., Walnut Creek, CA  September 2016

The oldest of two children, born and raised in Antioch, CA, Giovanni, or Gio as we call him, joined the team shortly after graduating from Antioch High School. Gio’s high school interests were centered on chemistry and math, and his extracurricular interests include spending time with family and friends,  fishing, and dirt biking. The youngest member of the team, Gio brings curiosity, hard work and dedication to his role.  He handles any and all tasks that come his way, including demo, keeping the jobsites clean, and learning the tools and tricks of the trade.

Ricardo Plascencia - Delivery Driver/ Apprentice Carpenter

“We just completed our third project with MSK over three years and have been delighted with their work every step of the way. They have always been very sensitive to our needs and wishes and delivered the very best quality results.”   – Steve Wood, Lafayette   May 2016

After attending Sacramento State, Ricardo enrolled in the Marine Reserves, where he has been serving our country since 2015. Ricardo has a keen interest in remodeling, having had experience working with his father building several homes in Mexico. Happy to be back in the industry, Ricardo and his fiancée Ashley are also excited to be relocating from the Central Valley to the East Bay. Ricardo’s interests include music, real estate and business.

Zack Crandall - Carpenter

“I thought they were outstanding, and they are probably the only group in the trade that I can say that about. They’re my go-to people if I need a referral. I always call them first when I need anything. They did exactly what they said they were going to do, and they did it on budget. They were clean and neat. Everybody was nice and polite. They were respectful of my property. I really liked the guys that work there. You can tell they’re employees, not just day-workers working for them.”  Martin J., Walnut Creek 2017

Raised in the lower mountains of Yosemite, our newest addition to the team started in the construction field while still in high school,  By age 19, Zack was the foreman for a concrete foundation company, and continued on to learning framing and finished carpentry. His easy manner and ready smile make him a good fit for MSK. While not at work, Zack enjoys dirt biking and fishing, but his favorite pastime is spending time with his adorable daughter Kambri.

Gary – Electrical Contractor

“Gary as the electrician…was such an artist and gave us such personal attention that it is obvious to all our ‘tour takers.’” – Bob & Teresa P., Martinez, CA 

Gary is our electrical sub-contractor, and has been working with our company for so long that most of our clients assume he’s an employee.  He’s a meticulous electrician and his work has been commended by building inspectors. No matter the age of your home, or the complexity of the electrical plan–Gary will get it done right the first time! When he is not busy lighting up your home, you might find Gary golfing, running and hiking in the Bay Area.

Sean – Tile Setter

“They were responsive to our needs and very professional. They delivered everything on time. The crew was also very professional. I was very impressed with the subcontractors and the way the company managed them.” – Jennifer B., Alamo, CA

Sean is an expert tile setter who has been setting tile for over two decades, living and working in Walnut Creek and the surrounding area.  Sean enjoys executing the custom tile designs that our designers provide. He is a sub-contractor, and he does such a good job that we use him exclusively. Sean’s smiling face, professional manner and easygoing demeanor make him a welcome addition to any jobsite. When his daughters aren’t keeping him busy, Sean will be at his lodge, hunting and fishing.

Jean - Painting Contractor

You changed our house from a dated tract structure into a comfortable custom residence. The crew was very polite and professional with excellent supervision. My wife felt comfortable when they were around and free to ask questions. Your team was helpful in doing those small details that added convenience to the living areas. The whole process was collaborative and satisfying. – Pat I., Walnut Creek, CA  

Jean DePaz has been painting for 28 years, and is also talented with sheetrock, tape and texture. Having owned his own business for the last seven years,  Jean and his team are hardworking, professional painters, knowledgeable about color, and always accommodating with our clients. Whether its specialty painting, exterior or interior finishes, or touch ups–they take a drab room and make it pretty!

Jean and his wife Heidy and their two children are longtime Concord residents. When not beautifying homes, Jean and the family like to spend their free time hiking, and when possible, doing anything in the snow in Tahoe!

 

Cody - Framing and Excavation Contractor

“I love their honesty, integrity, and the quality of their work. Their craftsmen are top-notch and have been with them for years. They are easy to work with, they know what they are doing, and nothing is too great for them to do. They are also neat and precise.” – Edward D., Lafayette, CA

Cody is a great foundation contractor and framer,  and a great guy! When Cody and his team are on the job–your addition quickly and efficiently takes shape before your eyes. His knowledge and experience make working with him a pleasure. Cody started his own business ten years ago, although he’s been building since he could pick up a hammer.  At home in Discovery Bay, he and his wife Marni run their own crew of five kids, ranging in age from 26 to 7, which keeps them plenty busy. When asked what he does when he’s not working or with his family, Cody just laughs!