Design Team

Meet Our Interior Designers
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Michele Leach

Lead Interior Designer

Hailing from a multi-generational line of hands-on designers and builders, Michele is the third generation of Leaches reared and doing business in the Greater Long Beach area. Robert Leach (grandfather), ran a sporting goods store in Hawaiian Gardens for decades and was no stranger to building projects himself--his expertise in tooling and building culminated with his dream home in the rural setting of Kanosh, Utah, a 10,000-square foot Ranch Style home, still owned by the Leaches. It is no wonder that Bruce Leach (father), having himself worked for decades in the family store, ended up with a detailed knowledge of building and building codes; so much so that he took his degree in Urban Planning and worked as a master planner for the City of Santa Monica, where he authored a standard on codes still being used today.

 

Perhaps growing up with such a talented line of craftsmen and hands-on builders has helped to shape Michele's passion for design; however, do not think that she only knows the cosmetic side of design. From her early schooling at FIDM in Space Planning, where she worked on cutting-edge design campaigns for Mont Blanc, Marlboro, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, Michele has since graduated into whole-house design and remodels in both the residential and commercial fields: she brings to bear 25 years of practical, hands-on drafting and designing, while knowing the ins and outs of rough construction and on through to the finished product. Her intimate knowledge of common industry mistakes in remodeling makes her well suited to be vigilant about executing your project details to exceed your expectations.

 

From making minute changes on counter heights for both the tall and petite, to ensuring your project is code compliant and ADA approved, Michele derives enjoyment in designing the optimal kitchen to feed your army of athletes and implementing state-of-the-art remote-controlled steam showers capable of being turned on from the driveway. Builder Boy is proud to welcome Michele Leach to our team, and it is our sincere desire, as well as hers, to make your remodel visions come true.

 

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Beril Ural

Interior Design Assistant

Meet Beril Ural, our interior design assistant. She's currently attending classes at Orange Coast Community College and plans on transferring to Cal State Long Beach next year. She specializes in kitchen and bath remodels, and has several years of experience in cabinet refinishing.

 

Beril is excited to work on a variety of projects to get real-world experience that complements her in-class learning. She is currently under the supervision of senior designer Michele Leach, and works closely with her to produce drawings and estimates for our clients.

 

Beril draws her inspiration for design from her Turkish origins and says the rich colors and bold patterns give her a unique perspective on interior remodeling. One of her main focuses in school is space planning, or the art of functional design, which she says is one of her favorite aspects of design because it transcends style and taste.

 

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Interior Design vs. Interior Decorating

Know the difference before you hire a professional. 

The services of a qualified interior designer are crucial in order to create usable spaces for working and living. Contractors and builders depend on these professionals to provide advice on a variety of ergonomic and acoustic issues and to help in the design of lighting and traffic flow patterns that make sense in the specific interior environment.

 

 

An interior designer is tasked with creating usable and aesthetically pleasing architectural spaces inside a physical structure. Interior design professionals typically study the behaviors and movements of individuals in the working and living environment to create spaces that are both attractive and functional.

 

 

Interior designers may also perform the interior decorating work on the spaces they design, however, on the other hand, an interior decorator, by contrast, does not design the space in which he or she works. Instead, interior decorators focus on the furnishings, wall and floor treatments and artistic touches that provide ambiance and atmosphere to the interior space.

 

 

Having an interior designer guide you through the kitchen remodeling process will save you time and money, while maximizing your investment. Our interior designers have proven experience in whole house remodels and a long history in kitchen renovations. They consider every detail of the design. They also consider its function and form, not only aesthetics. They will be able to add a lot of stuff that is far from your imagination. They will consider proper lighting, furnishings, accessories and all the other details of your interior. To see a list of accomplishments and to learn more about our interior design staff, please click on the link below to meet our designers.

 

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