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ABOUT US

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Lorain Design Associates helps homeowners who want a beautiful, functional and stylish home go from overwhelmed to confident that their project will result in the home of their dreams. We offer our services to homeowners and businesses in Davis, Sacramento, Rancho Murieta, and surrounding areas. We help clients from concept to completion with comprehensive remodels, new home construction, Kitchen and Bath remodels, business openings, and furnishings projects. 

OUR PHILOSOPHY IS SIMPLE:

We want to make every design project beautiful, functional, and effortless for our clients.

How do we do that?

Lorain Design has mastered an 8-Step Design+Build system that assures our client's project is always moving forward toward a beautiful and successful result. Using our quality cabinet lines, exclusive architectural material resources and valuable relationships with top construction professionals, Lorain Design can make the entire process run smoothly and efficiently.

Click below to see our innovative

8-Step Design-Build system. 

PROUD MEMBERS OF:

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PENNY LORAIN

Founder, CEO, Project Manager

Penny Lorain is the founder and creative force behind Lorain Design Associates. Penny earned a Bachelor in Design with High Honors from UC Davis while falling in love with both Davis and all aspects of design. With over 30 years of experience in architecture, remodeling and interior design, Penny has a passion for creating stunningly beautiful yet practical custom home designs, transformative home remodels and unique commercial projects.

 

Penny is highly respected in her field and has received awards for her successful remodel designs and client satisfaction. Penny inspires her design team and Lorain Design's trusted contractor-partners to make every project more outstanding than our clients could have imagined.

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MATTHEW LAUGHLIN

Project Manager and Remodel Designer

Matthew is a Davis native who studied architecture at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, earning his Bachelor of Architecture Degree. Matthew worked for prestigious architecture firms in the Bay Area as a Project Manager of high-end residential and commercial projects for 15 years before returning to the Davis area.

 

Matthew enjoys working with contractors and clients on all aspects of a design, from exploring initial ideas and concepts to specifying all the details that make his projects unique. He has excellent problem-solving and project-management skills and his enthusiasm for great design makes him a valuable asset to our team.

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JEANETTE MITCHELL

Senior Designer, Kitchen & Bath Specialist

Jeanette Mitchell has honed her design skills with over 15 years in the field. Jeanette specializes in Kitchen and Bath design, using exclusive cabinet software to create detailed perspective drawings and the intricate specifications of proposed cabinetry and interior spaces. She has earned numerous accolades for her outstanding design and presentation skills.

 

Jeanette has been nationally recognized for her ability to create stunning and functional spaces that exceed her clients’ expectations. Her commitment to delivering exceptional results has earned her a loyal following of satisfied clients who appreciate her passion, creativity, and dedication to their vision.

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MELYSSA LEE

Business Manager and Drafting Services

Melyssa Lee is another UCD graduate in Design who is a master of business organization and Chief Architect drafting. Melyssa trains new employees in Lorain Design systems and procedures, manages the website and marketing campaigns, continually improves business practices and adds to our company's success in every venue.

 

Melyssa creates realistic perspective drawings to illustrate our design concepts and surface material options, so our clients can preview their designs before construction begins. She also drafts the architectural drawing sets with all the dimensions, notes and building codes needed for our contractor labor bids and Building Permit applications.

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AMIE YOUNG

Office & Finance Administrator

Amie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from AIU Georgia. She joined the Lorain Design team after working for 5 years as an Office Manager for a home improvement company and 20 years in the service and logistics industries. Amie is in charge of all payments coming in and out of the office. She also processes and expedites orders for flooring, plumbing fixtures, lighting, etc., arranges shipping and delivery of materials and schedules contractor and subcontractor work for our remodel projects.

 

She is proficient in business management and operations which has proven to be a great value when it comes to monitoring and regulating accounts. Her fascination for all forms of design and remodeling along with her strong knowledge of business operations and account management make her ideal for the company’s vision.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

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The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) awarded Lorain Design Associates the Title Sponsor Award for Outstanding Design of a Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen for the 2020 Design Competition at their annual Holiday Gala and award ceremony.

Click here to see our project entry.

Best of Houzz 2020

Awarded Best of Houzz in 2020 for the highest level in client satisfaction by the Houzz community.

Best of Houzz 2019

Awarded Best of Houzz in 2019 for the highest level in client satisfaction by the Houzz community.

Best of Houzz 2018

Awarded Best of Houzz in 2018 for the highest level in client satisfaction by the Houzz community.

Best of Houzz 2017

Awarded Best of Houzz in 2017 for the highest level in client satisfaction by the Houzz community.

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March 2021: Bathroom design for everyone

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December 2020: Remodeling fosters a positive outlook

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May 2020: From the Ground Up: Plan for your remodel now

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January 2020: Hot trends for 2020 remodeling.

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November 2019: How-To Guide for giving quick kitchen and bath updates for the holidays.

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August 2019: How-To Guide for creating the kitchen of your dreams.

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March 2018: edition of The Davis Enterprise in the Home & Garden Section. 

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Recognized by Sacramento Magazine in their July 2016 issue for our remodel of the Sacramento River Train.

Designer Showcase Cover

Featured in the Shiffer Publishing book, Designer Showcase - Interior Design at Its Best.

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