By Kitty Golding
Kitty & Company will be conducting a series of short interviews with Chelsea Residents for 52 weeks, bringing to light differing personalities and design styles in our community. Perhaps you will meet someone new through these weekly interviews or perhaps it will be YOU! Stay tuned and follow us each week – we now introduce you to Mr. Jess Spike.
What is your current profession? Building and Project Management. I own Construction Design Services (CDS) and am a carpenter by trade as well.
When did you move to Chelsea and where did you live prior to coming to Chelsea? We first moved to Chelsea in 2005, then lived in Coeur d'Alene Idaho for 5 years before moving back to Chelsea in 2012.
What do you love about where you currently live? We live on 40 acres just north of downtown, but are still walking and biking distance from our vibrant downtown. We feel like we have the best of both worlds.
If you could have a second home anywhere, where would it be? St. John, US Virgin Islands
What three words describe your style? Quiet, skilled, hardworking
What are you most inspired by in your design/decor? Nature- especially with our acreage
What is one element or trend in design you do not like? We designed our home with the intent to feel like you were entering into another outside experience, but on the inside!
What is the biggest design issue you struggle with? Making sure that all elements work together and not blending too many design styles or elements.
Have you ever built a new home or remodeled an existing one? * Yes, both for my clients and ourselves- we just finished our home recently.
If you were moving and could only select one item from your home to keep, what would it be? Our Herman Miller Eames Chair
Which room in your home gets the most use? Our great room. We designed the room with windows that stretch from floor to ceiling. The room draws everyone to it.
No room is complete without: A great lounge chair
Name an item you purchased for your home that you regret buying: * I can honestly say we have no regrets from our home purchases.
If you are a pet owner, how has that influenced your choices in design, if it has? * We have goats and chickens. I think they influence our rural, outdoor lifestyle and design of our home.
Has any local venue particularly caught your eye - if so why? Well, my opinion is biased because my company was hired as the builder, but I love Agricole, and the recently renovated Mack Building. Seeing that building resurrected and saved from the proverbial "chopping block" warms my heart every time I drive by and shop there.
What did you do to pass the time during the COVID-19 State shutdown? * We were in the midst of completing our new home, so in some ways it was a blessing to have the time to complete it.
If you were given $1,000 to buy a new piece of art, what would it be? * A pencil or ink sketch
A few of your favorite things!
Movie – Saving Private Ryan
Favorite Historical Place You have visited – Castles of Scotland
Music– Van Morrison
Food – Salmon Chowder
Travel Destination (on your bucket list)– Fiji
Season – Summer
Hobbies- Traveling to warm places!!
Item on a bookshelf – World War II History Books
Pets- Ducks, Chickens and Goats!
Kitty’s Note: Jess and I only recently met, by working with the same client. The exterior home photos he shared shows his personal sense of daring design and outside-the-box thinking. Jess is energetic and a hard worker. The home we are working on together in Ann Arbor showcases an old world Italian theme, with lots of stone and marble. I look forward to working with Jess on more projects in the future, he’s good natured and willing to take on what the client desires!
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