As owner of Design Built Homes, Ltd.,
Melanie Spurgeon comes by her passion for home building
naturally. Itís literally in her personal foundation as she
grew up playing at her grandfatherís job sites and her
fatherís cabinet design company.
Her grandfather, Howard Spurgeon, was a widely respected and
busy builder in central Illinois starting in 1940. He and
his three sons built some of the finest homes in the
Washington area and showed off their diverse skills by also
developing and constructing schools, power plants, water
treatment facilities, gymnasiums and subdivisions.
ďAs a child, I played around
construction sites with my cousins and brothers and sisters.
On weekends, I would watch my grandma host open houses at
the model homes,Ē she says.
Her father owned Sunnyland Cabinets,
and Melanie learned fine art of craftsmanship as she worked
her way up from sawdust to the minute details of kitchen
She stayed true to her roots by
expanding into the market of rehabbing houses and
reinventing outdated and inefficient designs and spaces. Her
reputation grew as someone who really listened to her
clients and with them formed a unique team to deliver the
highest quality and most cost-effective means to turn an
ordinary structure into the centerpiece of the neighborhood.
Always striving to better her skills
and personal service, Melanie entered the home building
arena in 1993 with Design Built Homes, Ltd. In the 15 years
since then, the company has created unique and attractive
icons throughout central Illinois.
Not too bad for the little girl who got her start playing in
the dirt and scrap pile.