Stearns Design Build Opens Custom Cabinet Shop

Stearns Design Build Opens Custom Cabinet Shop


College Station, TX, Stearns Design Build, a local residential remodeling company, has announced that they are now offering furniture grade cabinets to the general public. For some time, Stearns Design Build has built high-quality custom cabinet for their remodeling clients.

In a desire to better control quality in cabinetry Stearns Design Build started building their own cabinets rather than subcontracting this work as is done by most general contractors. Owner, Hugh Stearns said, “This was a significant commitment in staffing and equipment investment, but it was worth it in the level of quality that we can provide.”

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Stearns Design Build recently hired David Oddo to manage their cabinet shop. Oddo is a third-generation woodworker and journeyman carpenter. He previously owned his own woodworking shop in Houston.  In addition to managing the cabinet shop, Oddo also assists in the design of custom cabinet. “I look at each project as an opportunity to build a relationship through creativity,” said Oddo.

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In addition to custom cabinet, Stearns Design Build also provides custom entertainment centers and built-in furniture as well as a full line of residential remodeling including kitchens, bathrooms, and additions. “Often clients want a custom entertainment center or built-in without doing a full remodel. Now we offer that as an option. We will work with the client to design a piece that fits exactly what they need,” said Stearns.

Stearns Design Build has served the Brazos Valley for 25 years. Twice the recipient of the Newman Ten award, last year the company achieved national acclaim by being named to the Remodeling Big50, an award for remodeling excellence that goes to fifty of the top companies in America and Canada every year.  Stearns Design Build also received the GuildQuality Service Excellence Award, which goes to the five companies of the Big50 class that had the highest customer satisfaction ratings. For more information Stearns Design Build can be found on the web at www.stearnsdesignbuild.com or reached at 979.696.0524.

Press Release

Press Release

Stearns Design Build Named by REMODELING Magazine to its 2017 Big50 Class of America’s Top Remodelers

College Station, Texas (September 12, 2017) – Stearns Design Build has been selected by REMODELING magazine to join the REMODELING Big50. Each year since 1986, the REMODELING Big50 inducts 50 remodeling companies that have set exceptionally high standards for professionalism and integrity through exemplary business practices, craftsmanship, and impact in their community or the industry at large. Big50 remodelers run successful companies that have taken the lead in raising industry standards.

“To give a sense of how unique this status is, consider there are roughly 92,000 remodeling firms in America with paid staff,” noted Craig Webb, REMODELING’s Editor-in-Chief. “Since 1986, we have selected only about 1,550 firms. That’s 1.7% of all the remodeling businesses in the country.”

“We are honored to receive this distinction,” says Hugh Stearns, president of Stearns Design Build. “The award recognizes excellence and leadership, and we are privileged to be named to this select group of remodelers.”

REMODELING editors, columnists, industry leaders, and companies themselves make the nominations each year.  Following a lengthy evaluation and interview process, the editors select the 50 companies who exemplify the best of the industry that year, and who have something to offer other remodelers in proven practices.

The Big50 selection process has become increasingly rigorous in recent years, and the result, REMODELING editors believe, is one of the strongest classes to date. “Uniting the 2017 inductees are high standards and a determination to excel. They are taking the opportunity to build or adopt new efficiencies into their systems and processes— ensuring that they are poised to meet their sales, production, and customer-service goals and continue to thrive,” according to REMODELING.

The Big50 awards will be presented at a dinner at the Remodelers Summit and Awards Gala on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 in Minneapolis. The 2017 Big50 winners will be featured in the September issue of REMODELING, with longer profiles of the winners posted on the REMODELING website, remodelingmag.com.

Stearns Design Build was founded in in College Station in 1993. The company specializes in all aspects of single family residential remodeling such as kitchens, baths, additions and whole house remodeling. In addition to being a Big50 recipient, Stearns Design Build has also been a Newman 10 recipient and winner of the GuildMaster customer service award. They can be found at stearnsdesignbuild.com.

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College Station, TX June 2, 2016 — Stearns Design Build is a finalist for the 2016 Star Award.  This award, launched in 1992 by the Texas Association of Builders, is intended to showcase outstanding work of builders, remodelers, designers and other professionals in the construction industry in Texas and the Southeast. 

There were over 500 entries submitted across the State of Texas for this prestigious annual competition.  Stearns Design Build entered the competition for the Best Whole House Remodel under $500K and the Best Addition $100K-$200K.  The entries were judged by a distinguished panel of industry experts from across the nation during an extensive two-day judging period.  As a result, Stearns Design Build will be competing as one of three finalists in the Best Whole House Remodel category and one of two finalists in the Best Addition category.

Stearns Design Build was founded in 1993.  They were the first company to bring green building to the Brazos Valley. Founder and company President, Hugh Stearns grew up in College Station and Bryan and graduated from Texas A&M. The company has won numerous customer service awards.  They developed their own design concept called Transitions that focus on creating connection to nature. Stearns says, “studies have shown that connection to nature creates happiness.” The company’s tag line is “We design and build happiness.” 

They will be joining colleagues from across the state at Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas to find out who will take home the award at the Star Award Reception and Presentation on August 4, 2016.

To learn more about Stearns Design Build visit www.stearnsdesignbuild.com. Or call 979.696.0524.

Local Donations Provide Upgrade for WIC Office

Local Donations Provide Upgrade for WIC Office

Amy Renzvold, Clinical Supervisor for the WIC Office in the Bryan/College Station, TX

Amy Renzvold, Clinical Supervisor for the WIC Office in the Bryan/College Station, TX

College Station, February 9, 2015-  When Amy Rensvold, with the local Women, Infants and Children’s (WIC) office called Stearns Design Build she was hoping to get a bid to have some laminate countertops replaced.  Instead Stearns Design Build president, Hugh Stearns offered to do the work for free.  Thanks to the generosity of Lowe’s in Bryan, who contributed materials at half price, the project could be done with no cost to the WIC office.
WIC is a federally funded organization that helps families eat well and stay healthy by providing:

  • Nutrition education
  • One-on-one counseling about nutrition
  • WIC EBT card to buy healthy foods
  • Support and help with breastfeeding


  • Referrals to health care and other programs

These services are available to:

  • Pregnant women
  • Women who are breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age
  • Women who have had a baby in the past six months
  • Parents, step-parents, guardians, and foster parents of infants and children under the age of 5 can apply for their children


Stearns said that doing this project as a donation was a “no brainer.”  Stearns said, “in a time when so many are cynical about government, the WIC office provides a great example of American potential through community assistance.  When we take care of the nation’s children, we are providing for a better future for all.”  Stearns was especially complimentary of the local WIC office. “When that work is done with the level of caring and respect that is exhibited by our local WIC office, a positive example is provided to further enhance the benefit.”  Stearns Design Build employees also contributed to the project by giving up a weekend to doing some of the work on their own time.

To learn more about the services provided by WIC please call 979-260-2942.  Brazos Valley Community Action Agency, Inc. operates the WIC program in 6 counties in the Brazos Valley.

Stearns Design Build has been providing custom remodeling and new homes in the Brazos Valley since 1993.  For more information visit www.stearnsdesignbuild.com.


Honoring Community – Red Wasp Film Festival

One of the very cool things that happens in Bryan every year is the Red Wasp Film Festival, which began in 2003. Founders Carol and Craig Conlee held the first festivals at 7F Lodge in Wellborn.

In 2006 Brazos Progressives partnered with Carol and Craig, and the festival moved to Conlee Auctions in downtown Bryan, TX, and 2008 the festival moved to Stage Center.

Carol Conlee came up with the name. When they owned 7F Lodge, where the first festivals were held. during the spring, the red wasps would return in droves, so Carol decided to make the “pesky” wasps part of the festival. It was one of her ways of making peace with her surroundings. She swears that although the wasps are still present in the environment during the spring they don’t bother her any more.

Since 2006 The Festival has been under the capable direction of Krista May who has done a stellar job making sure that it has grown in stature and quality of film every year.  Red Wasp 2013 will happen Friday, November 1, and Saturday, November 2, 2013, at StageCenter Theater in downtown Bryan. More information about film submissions, screening schedules, sponsors, and ticket information will be posted soon at redwasp.org. Stay tuned