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Our mission at DiFabion Remodeling is to deliver an exceptional remodeling experience built on Trust, Vision, Pride, and Family, with the goal of exceeding our clients’ expectations in every way.

Home remodeling is a very personal experience, and building trust with our clients and their families is our first priority. From there, we look to provide thoughtful design and creative insight to help make your vision become a reality. Our talented team of in-house professionals takes pride in doing things the right way and doing them well. All of this allow us to build a strong, long-term relationship with our clients, while becoming a member of the DiFabion Remodeling Family!

DR Story

As Vice President of the largest swimming pool manufacturer in the nation at age 26, Mike learned the importance of organization, as he was directly responsible for 30 branch managers and over 300 salespeople. He guided the Company from 9 million in annual revenue to over 52 million in just 11 years.

After his swimming pool career, Mike decided to take his expertise to the residential remodeling industry. He joined one of the most recognized regional leaders in the industry and guided that firm to over 500% growth in a 10 year period. During this time, he learned some valuable lessons.

Convinced that you cannot mass produce residential remodeling and maintain high quality, Mike started DiFabion Remodeling in May of 2000 with the goal of becoming the best local mid-sized firm in the Charlotte market. By providing superior customer service, combined with controlled growth, The Company now boasts a reputation beyond reproach. Mike and his team have designed and executed over 1,500 remodeling projects over the past 20 years, gaining a broad understanding of all types of projects.

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IMG_4869Michael DiFabion

Owner

As Vice President of the largest swimming pool manufacturer in the nation at age 26, Mike learned the importance of organization, as he was directly responsible for 30 branch managers and over 300 salespeople. He guided the Company from 9 million in annual revenue to over 52 million in just 11 years.

After his swimming pool career, Mike decided to take his expertise to the residential remodeling industry. He joined one of the most recognized regional leaders in the industry and guided that firm to over 500% growth in a 10 year period. During this time, he learned some valuable lessons.

Convinced that you cannot mass produce residential remodeling and maintain high quality, Mike started DiFabion Remodeling with the goal of becoming the best local mid-sized firm in the Charlotte market. By providing superior customer service, combined with controlled growth, The Company now boasts a reputation beyond reproach.

About to start his 15th year in business, Mike has surrounded himself with a supremely talented staff. With detailed systems in place, the Company is poised for even more improvement in the decades to follow. Effective communication is the foundation for all that he does, and providing the most enjoyable remodeling experience possible is what he expects.

Mike enjoys golf, playing cards and traveling with his family. He is an animal lover and is known to always have a special project in the works at home.

Michael DiFabion 500x610Michael DiFabion, Jr.
Dir. of Sales & Marketing

Michael graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2003 with a BSBA in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. The next year, he joined his father at DiFabion Remodeling to launch the Design/Build division of the business. After intensive training on a new architectural software program, DiFabion Remodeling soon had the capabilities of generating full sets of architectural plans, as well as detailed kitchen and bathroom designs. During this time, Michael also learned first hand all the functions of a professional remodeling firm from the ground up, including tear out and demolition, rough and finish carpentry, tile, ordering, estimating, scheduling, and project management. Michael is currently the Director of Sales and Marketing and works closely in all aspects of the business. Over the years, Michael has earned several certifications in the remodeling industry, including Certified Green Professional (CGP), Lead Paint Safety Renovation and Repair (LRRP), and Universal Design Certified Professional (UDCP).

Michael has also been very active in the community through the Business Leaders of Charlotte (BLOC) and the local chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), helping raise over $200,000 for local non-profit organizations and charities the last 4 years. From 2010-Present, Michael has held leadership positions in BLOC that include Head Chair of the BLOC Annual Charity Golf Tournament, Sponsorship Chair of BLOCtoberfest, and Director of the Uptown Chapter of BLOC, a 2 year leadership term. During that same time period, Michael has held leadership positions in NARI including, Education Chair, Secretary, and Vice-President. Michael is currently serving his second term as the President of NARI Charlotte. During his tenure, NARI has more than doubled its membership from 78 active members at the beginning of 2013 to over 177 current members in 2014. Over the past 2 years, NARI Charlotte has earned the National Chapter of Excellence Award, amongst a contingent of over 60 chapters nationwide.

When he’s not remodeling other people’s homes, Michael enjoys tackling remodeling projects on his own. He also enjoys spending time with his friends and family, brewing beer, traveling, and cooking. Michael is also an avid sports fan and music lover.

Susan Blouin
Office Manager
Susan stems from southern California. She has fond memories of growing up in her family’s business – Interior Design and Custom Drapery Manufacturing. After receiving a degree in Business Administration, she managed a commercial construction firm for several years. Susan is happily married with two children. After her second child was born, she decided to become a full-time stay at home mom. In 2002, her husband received a job opportunity that relocated the family to Charlotte. After the kids were almost full grown, and a 15 year hiatus, Susan felt the need to return to work. She joined DiFabion Remodeling in 2010. Her position grew quickly from an office assistant to an office manager. She enjoys the challenges of the position and strives to match her ambitions and high standards with those of the company. Susan loves spending time with her family. Her favorite moments are spent cheering and cringing watching her husband play hockey, hanging out with her daughter and laughing uncontrollably at her crazy sense of humor, and being in awe of her sons amazing cooking skills while he teaches her to cook!

Scott McIntire
Estimator
Scott graduated from Alfred State College (Alfred, NY) in 1985 with an Associated of Applied Science degree in Architectural Technology. He continued his education in Buffalo, NY where he attended the State University of New York at Buffalo. He graduated in 1987 from the School of Architecture with a Bachelors of Professional Studies Degree in Architecture.
He started in the workforce as a Residential Designer – Draftsman in Remodeling. In 1997 he moved to Charlotte, NC where and has continued to work in the Remodeling Industry. Attention to detail and customer satisfaction have always been important in the projects he has been involved with.

Jackie Baird
Senior Lead Designer
Jackie comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience in residential design. After graduating from the University of Missouri with a BS in Architectural Studies and Interior Design, Jackie worked on many types of projects, all scales and sizes. With a background in architectural drafting and high end residential design, Jackie excels at purposeful space planning, balanced with a softer, aesthetic eye. This provides a smart, technically sound design, and a blend of styles and finishes that are both versatile and unique. Her strong interpersonal skills allow for an enjoyable experience with the client from start to finish. Jackie lives in Charlotte with her boyfriend and pound pup, Rosie Mae, and in her free time, you will find her at local thrift stores digging through piles of “junk”, searching to rehab the next rusty treasure.

Jaclyn Swartz
Design Assistant
Jaclyn is a native Charlottean, with a degree in Interior Design from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Her experience with space planning and material selections for both residential and commercial design, combined with a tireless work ethic and thirst for knowledge, provides DiFabion Remodeling an invaluable asset to the design team. In her free time, Jaclyn enjoys traveling, crafting, playing with her dog, binge watching Netflix, and cheering on Duke basketball.

Rick Morris
Project Manager
Rick was born and raised in Stanley, NC and has worked in the construction industry for over 20 years as a carpenter, sales rep, and production manager. Rick joined DR in 2013 and is currently responsible for project management, scheduling, field support, and customer relations. Rick is a strong man of faith and enjoys time with his family on the lake and friends on the golf course.

Tim Harpst
Project Manager
Tim brings 20+ years of experience in the construction industry as a general contractor, a master carpenter, project manager, and estimator. His areas of expertise include cabinetry installation, intricate trim detail, custom woodworking, tile, plumbing, electrical, and problem solving. Tim truly is a jack of all trades and an incredible asset to the DiFabion Remodeling Team!

Doug Pate
Lead Carpenter
Doug is the longest tenured employee of DiFabion Remodeling, dating back to 2001, bringing his total experience in the construction industry to over 20 years. As a lead carpenter, Doug performs the duties of running several projects at any given time, coordinating the construction, ordering of materials, scheduling of trades, and direct communication with the homeowner. Doug’s specialties include structural framing and carpentry, cabinetry installation, and intricate finish trim carpentry. Most important of all, Doug is a creative problem-solver when faced with specific issues relating to residential remodeling. When Doug isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and working on cars at home.

Mike Cole
Lead Carpenter

Joe Fuchs
Carpenter

Scott DiFabion
Muscle

Prem Patel
Carpenter

 

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