SENIOR ESTIMATOR, AKBD – Amy Hinck
Amy Hinck spent many summers during her teenage years pouring concrete and working on other masonry jobs with her dad in northern Minnesota. That experience along with her interest in drawing, math, and wanting to help bridge the communication gap between trades and designers, prompted her to move to Minneapolis to obtain her B.A. in Architecture. She is also certified as an Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer and a LEED Green Associate.
Since joining the residential remodeling industry in 2005, Amy has worked as a drafter, designer, project manager, store manager, and design manager. She joined the Castle team in 2012. She strives to balance aesthetics, function, cost, and sustainability. Amy loves knowing that our efforts greatly improve the daily lives of our clients and helping the Castle team by focusing on numbers.
It’s a good thing she and her husband have already remodeled their own home, because outside of work her two young children keep her busy! She enjoys spending time with family and friends, going for walks and working out, watching sitcoms, traveling, appreciating art and nature, and reading.
INTERIOR DESIGNER / REMODELING DESIGN PRO- Ashley Hansen
Designing and crafting is something that has been ingrained into Ashley’s character through the influence of family and friends. The concept of DIY (do-it-yourself) was taught to her early on. From years of practicing this whether it be sewing clothes, sewing her comforter, making art, or upholstering furniture she developed a passion for design.
Ashley recognizes that designers are given a great responsibility and opportunity to redefine quality. Interior Design is an outlet in which she is able to share this belief knowing how the layout, selections and aesthetic appearance of a space can truly impact people. Therefore she truly enjoys the opportunity to build relationships with clients and help them form solutions which consider both form and function and best accommodate their lifestyle.
Beyond work she likes to get outside as much as possible and is typically up for doing anything active. Some of her favorites are snowboarding, walking, rollerblading, and exploring the city via bike. A special appreciation for NE drives her to investigate the local spots unique to the area.
INTERIOR DESIGNER / REMODELING DESIGN PRO – Emily Blonigen
Emily Blonigen received her Bachelors of Science in Interior Design from the Art Institutes International Minnesota. One thing that she appreciates from her education is the artistic approach Ai takes to the Interior Design profession. Emily is currently studying for her LEED Green Associates Certification. Her main interest in the field is to find opportunities to create sustainable and healthy environments. Design may be achieved through trends, unique styles, colors, and materials- but great design is found through considering the users experience and the continuing future within that environment. With knowledgeable design practices and smart material selections, she is opening the doors of design towards a prosperous and more sustainable future that she is excited to be a part of.
Blonigen enjoys traveling and has been to South America three times and Central America once. She hopes to one day move to the southern hemisphere for the great food, sunshine, fun music, architectural history, and cheap drinks.
LEAD DESIGNER / REMODELING DESIGNER / INTERIOR DESIGNER – Natalie Hanson
Natalie received her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the Art Institute of MN and has been actively working in the industry ever since. She attended an alternative high school at the Minnesota Zoo called the School of Environmental Studies, where she developed a passion for environmental sciences. Right out of high school, she decided to pursue a career in Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma where she spent two years chasing tornados and attending Sooner football games. While this was exciting, she knew that it was not a lifetime career path for her.
She has been interested in art, architecture and interiors since childhood and settled on the field of interior design for her next educational adventure. She loves to use her knowledge of environmental sciences in her designs to help create functional, livable spaces that are sustainable and healthy for her clients. Natalie believes that listening intently to a client’s needs is the most important piece in creating the perfect personalized design.
Natalie finds inspiration for design in traveling – she enjoys traveling to Europe, specifically Scandinavia – and finds inspiration in nature. When she’s not chasing her toddler around the house, she spends her free time doing outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, fishing & kayaking, and loves yoga, cooking while drinking wine, and of course, watching thunderstorms with extreme excitement.
REMODELING DESIGNER – Kari Burnham
After years of designing and remodeling her own homes, Kari graduated from Century College in Kitchen and Bath Design in 2006. Kari has award-winning work that’s been featured in design publications like Midwest Home Magazine. She loves reimaging space that not only increases functionality but also reflects her client’s lifestyle and personality. Her love for old homes is what attracted her to Castle Building and Remodeling.
In her free time Kari enjoys working on her own home projects, gardening, traveling with her husband, reading, and spending time with her family and friends, especially her four grandchildren.
REMODELING DESIGNER – Chantel Tapp
Chantel Tapp has been designing and improving her surroundings for as long as she can remember. In 2019, she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture and Design from Bob Jones University. Since then, she has enjoyed working in a variety of areas, from high-end residential new construction to commercial design within the hospitality industry.
Her love for renewing dated spaces comes naturally, as she grew up in a family of renovators. Chantel spent part of her teenage years ripping down plaster and lathe, switching out windows, painting, and re-imaging rooms. She takes great satisfaction in seeing the before and after transformations made possible by great design. She believes that the definition of design is problem solving for each project has its own unique challenges. Yet she believes overall, each challenge is similar in the fact that she needs to find the best possible solution for the space to perform functionally and to be aesthetically pleasing.
In her free time, Chantel enjoys travel and quality time with family and friends.
DESIGN ASSISTANT – Peter Stoutenburgh
Peter, a lifelong Minnesotan, graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with a minor in architecture. When not cycling around his favorite lakes, he can usually be found at his computer intently enjoying one of his many passions such as science fiction, music, and military history. He jokes, “My childhood heroes wore different uniforms than most.” More than anything else, he loves puzzles, both creating them and solving them.
Since high school, he has been involved in the designing, building, and maintaining of residential and light commercial buildings. Over the last 2 decades, he’s been a laborer, a draftsman, an estimator, an office manager, and an independent consultant within the industry. As one of Castle’s newest team members, he looks forward to putting his skills and experience to productive use.
DESIGN ASSISTANT – Maya Saliba
Maya Saliba received her Bachelor and Master’s Degree of Advanced Studies in Interior Architecture from Holly Spirit University USEK – Lebanon. She has 12+ years of international experience in the commercial and the residential design.
Maya moved to Minnesota in 2016, where she started learning English and enhanced her design expertise at Minneapolis College and University of Minnesota. She is a self-taught artist, creative and passionate about her handmade wood burning art.
While on vacation, Maya and her husband enjoy road trips/gateways to discover other states and all they have to offer: including the beautiful various scenery each state has to offer, the traditions, cultures, and variety of different foods.
Design Team Titles
Our designers each have unique backgrounds and skill sets, although most received degrees in either Interior Design or Architecture. Below you will see how many hours are expected of Castle’s design/sales staff and how their continuing education and industry experience relate to their titles as well.
Remodeling Designer: 16+ field credit hours minimum, plus one year or industry experience
Remodeling Design Pro: 32+ field credit hours in past two years (16 hours annual ongoing continuing education), $600,000+ in annual completed remodeling projects two consecutive years.