Transform Your Home with

Of the Essence Design + Build + Paint

Uncompromising Quality Trade Work Since 1999


At Of the Essence Design + Build + Paint, we have a team of highly skilled professionals who have been providing uncompromising quality trade work since 1999. Our team of experienced carpenters, painters, mechanics, faux decorative painters, cabinet refinishers, house framers, and more are all trained and schooled in their respective crafts. We are committed to providing only the best quality results for our clients.

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Since 1999, we have been bringing your vision to life. As a licensed General Contractor, our craftsmen and in-house crews specialize in both commercial and residential construction. Our skilled carpenters, painters, mechanics, and other tradesmen are highly trained and experienced in delivering top-notch quality. We partner up confidently with trusted subcontractors for electrical, plumbing, masonry, and roofing work. Our teams are clean cut, reliable, and drug-free. Every project we undertake is approached with dedication, care, and commitment to delivering the most exceptional craftsmanship.

Our Specialties

We offer everything from framing to finish, residential and commercial. Custom design and build. If you can dream it, we can do it!  From 17 story buildings down to small office up fits! We have experience with it all. Including: Framing , Hanging, Finishing, Interior Trim, Windows, Doors, Wall and Floor Tile Installation, Floor Coverings, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Acoustic Suspended ceiling systems, Epoxy floor and much more, just ask!


Interior/Exterior Painting for Residential/Commercial

Whether you're looking to refresh your home's interior, enhance the curb appeal of your business, or revitalize a commercial space, our professional painting services offer a dynamic solution.


Residential/Commercial Remodeling and Upfitting

Residential and construction remodeling projects offer an exciting opportunity to transform your living or working space into a personalized haven of functionality and style.


Residential/Commercial Design Build for Construction & Additions

Embarking on a new construction project or adding to an existing property requires a seamless integration of design and construction expertise.


Faux Finishing + Architectural Coatings & Cabinet/Furniture Refinishing

When it comes to transforming surfaces into works of art or breathing new life into tired cabinets and furniture, the expertise of faux finishing, architectural coatings, and refinishing professionals is invaluable.

Team Members



Shannon & Tara Gilmore


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Cassandra Harris

Project Manager

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Christy Schumaker

Office Manger

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Reliable and Dependable Service

We take great pride in being reliable and dependable in all of our services. We understand that your home is an investment, and we strive to ensure that your home is given the care and attention it deserves. You can trust us to deliver quality results because we are reliable, experienced, and highly recommended by our customers.


Transform Your Home

At Of the Essence Design + Build + Paint, we are dedicated to transforming your home according to your vision. We have decades of experience creating beautiful and unique homes for our customers. So if you are looking for a general contractor to help create your dream home, look no further than Of the Essence Designs. We provide reliable, dependable, and top-notch quality services. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you transform your home.


Why Choose Us?

Skilled Artisans

Our team comprises skilled artisans, painters, and carpenters who have a combined experience of over 40 years in their chosen trade.

Comprehensive Services

We offer a wide range of services, including residential and commercial building, painting, remodeling, faux painting, architectural coatings, and cabinet and furniture refinishing.

Quality Workmanship

We are committed to delivering top-quality workmanship, using high-quality materials and tools that ensure durability and longevity.


With our team of skilled artisans, painters, and carpenters, you can be assured of expert services that meet and exceed your expectations.


Our comprehensive range of services means that you can rely on us for all your building, painting, and remodeling needs, saving you time and effort in finding multiple service providers.

Value For Money

Our commitment to delivering quality workmanship means that you get value for your money, with services that are built to last, saving you the cost of frequent repairs and maintenance.

Of The Essence Designs did a fantastic job for The Brooklyn Arts Center! We hired them to help in the renovation of a church over 125 years old that is an event rental venue and they met the challenge and then some! For such a small portion of a huge job, their work garners a lot of attention. The design plan and actual painting of the stage and stairs was outstanding and it looked like it should have always been so attractive. The rich metallic tones of the paint glow and add a richness to some already beautiful wood. The price for the job was reasonable and well worth the result. Additionally, they are nice people, work conscientiously and showed up to work when they said they would be here. Would we hire them again? Yes, with no hesitation!


“Tara is, by a long shot, the most talented, professional and organized finisher that I have had the pleasure of working with. Of the Essence has completed several projects for us, both residential and commercial, and I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone seeking their services.”


“Tara and Shannon did a wonderful job updating our kitchen. They took my dated oak cabinets and repainted them white with a light custom tinted glaze to add some richness and warmth. They also added a back-splash and hardware. It looks stunning. I had a certain vision in mind and they executed it beautifully. I am very particular and they were patient with me and thoughtful with every detail to ensure perfection. I would highly recommend this design team.”


“Excellent company from top to bottom. Tara and Shannon are extremely professional, trustworthy, community oriented, and treat each aspect of the job like it is for their own home. We contracted to have roofing and siding, that were damaged from Florence, repaired. Due to circumstances we were not home during most the work; we were entirely comfortable with their crew and they provided us with frequent updates on progress. The work was done timely and the attention to detail was amazing (looks like new). Highly recommended!!”


Get In Touch

Are you ready to give your space a whole new look? Look no further because our dedicated Team is here to take care of your project from start to finish! Whether you want to update your living room, kitchen, or even your entire house, we have the expertise to create your dream space. We understand that every person has different needs and wants when it comes to their home, and that's why we work closely with you to ensure your project meets your specific requirements. Don't wait any longer, contact us now to get started on your transformation. Trust us, you'll be amazed by the results!




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