Our Story

As a family-owned design-to-build company, we have specialized in the “boutique build” experience.  Our vision has been unwavering: We design lifestyles, not just homes. Our philosophy is centered on building relationships with our clients. Our discussions aim beyond creating beautiful spaces. When our work is done, our clients step into the lifestyle they’ve always desired in the space they’ve always envisioned.

We have those dreams too, and our studio barn is no exception. We loved the location … at the intersection of three main roads, on the Huron River, just outside the city of Dexter. We were committed to preserving the property’s historic appeal. Yet, function was a “non-negotiable” as we stretched our creative capacity to capture every nuance of our company’s operation. The studio barn is a special place for us, and a place our clients consistently feel at home within and voice their wish to feel alike in their soon-to-be space. A 100-year old milking barn turned rustic modern design studio, this space is the happy, inspiration filled space that we can't wait to create in every day.

AJ Evenson

Chief Executive Officer, Principal Designer, Co-Owner
From building and designing homes for over two decades, AJ is a true visionary who has a passion for creative & unique design solutions. She has a special eye for intersectional design and is a sucker for nearly any vintage gem (bring her to a vintage shop and she can repurpose just about anything in a tasteful and functional way!) She’s not afraid to create the unexpected, and leads our team with the same inspiring energy. AJ cares deeply about our clients and helps them feel a sense of belonging within their space. She’s unapologetically AJ, and wants our clients to feel the same as they step into their new and enhanced lifestyle within their home. You’ll typically find AJ onsite sketching a creative new design with her classic on: cargo pants, work boots, and a leather backpack.

Kirk Evenson

Chief Operations Officer, Licensed Builder, Co-Owner
A licensed builder since 1997, Kirk has an ultimate passion for service above self. He loves helping our clients build their dreams and achieve their desired lifestyle through intentional construction. As a lifelong educator, connecting with the community and serving others is second nature for Kirk. His creative eye lends a visionary perspective for our clients to reimagine their lot or current space. Kirk is a people person, and connects with every one of our clients and contractors throughout each project. As our head builder, he coordinates our daily construction schedule, but also loves to prioritize meeting every potential client on the front end to create a long-lasting, trusting relationship. Kirk can often be found whistling around job sites with a smile on his face. His passion for life and service is infectious, and he brings the energy to our clients and team every day.

Avery Evenson Milarch

Chief Brand Officer, Designer, Co-Owner
In true builder's child fashion, Avery was destined for the home industry. From growing up on job sites, Avery was inspired to pair her innate industry knowledge with a degree from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business in order to help rebrand her parent's longtime, successful building company to what is now Blue Zone Spaces. Avery was particularly inspired to help rebrand the family company into a more lifestyle-enhancing design model. After retiring from professional athletics and gaining a personal interest of holistic health and wellness, she found fulfillment in creating spaces that truly reflect and enable the passions of those that inhabit them. She is passionate to help others determine and prioritize what is most important to them, and enjoys sharing those storied spaces with the world in hopes of inspiring more intentional living.

Becky Chapin

Human Resources Director
With decades of experience in public service and a knack for problem solving, Becky is a natural when working with our team to create an efficient and rewarding day-to-day environment, both in the studios and on job sites. Serving people is Becky's passion; her focus on both the team and client experience is unmatched. You'll often find Becky on job sites, goodies in hand, supporting our wonderful contractors.

Vanessa Keyes

Client Relations Director, Designer
With nearly two decades of experience as a lender in the real estate industry and a keen eye for intentional spaces, Vanessa brings a unique perspective to our design and renovation projects. Always advocating for maximizing value, both monetarily and personally, Vanessa helps our clients prioritize what is most important to them in a community-enriching way. Vanessa believes home is the most important aspect of life, where memories are made and community is built. She loves getting to know our clients and surrounding local community deeply, creating lasting connections and strengthening ties in a meaningful way.

Matt Hagood

Architectural Designer
A licensed builder and architectural designer, Matt has decades of experience in the building industry designing creative plans and solutions for homeowners. In collaboration with our design team, Matt translates our client's vision to blueprint, and helps conceptualize structural and design plans for our contractors to execute.

Michael Drew

Construction Director, Lead Carpenter
With over 40 years of home building experience as a licensed contractor, Michael brings a wealth of knowledge to our team and job sites. With a can-do attitude, solution-focused mind, and high standards, Michael excels as our Construction Director, working with our trades to devise custom solutions and high-end finish work for any type of space. Bonus, Michael is a great human who every single one of our clients adores!

Meg Clarke

Retail Director, Designer
Meg has a true passion for helping clients enhance their lives through design. She’s impeccable when it comes to curating and sourcing high-quality, purposeful and timeless pieces, and feels every space should express the values & personalities of those who enjoy it. Meg curates all of our vendors and works with our design clients to help source furnishings and decor for their new space.

Michelle Evenson

Cabinetry Director
With experience in curating custom organization solutions, Michelle has a passion for helping our clients devise and source custom cabinetry from our select dealer list. Michelle also helps our clients visualize cabinet layouts with the use of 3-D drawings and can work with our cabinetry partners to strategize the most unique and cost effective options for everyone's individual space.

Matt Keyes

Project Manager
With experience in curating custom operational solutions, Matt brings a unique perspective and background to our construction team. With a passion for the home building industry and a focus in efficient operations, Matt is key in ensuring job sites are properly managed and our client process runs efficiently and smoothly.

Sydney Vigo

Marketing Associate
With a passion for design and experience in curating custom organization, Sydney has a true passion for the intentional home design experience. After graduating with a degree in marketing from the University of Michigan, Sydney brings her expertise and enthusiasm to our team, helping share our clients' unique stories and projects through social media and other channels.