You need to look no further than the countless hit TV shows centered around home renovations to realize there is an undeniable appeal to transforming your home into something new. While it is exciting to take the plunge and tackle a large-scale remodeling project, the reality is that such an undertaking is often much more challenging than expected. Since it was founded in 1984, Liston Design Build has endeavored to help homeowners create their dream spaces—no matter what bumps they may face during the renovation journey.

The company name is a direct reflection of its process, the design-build method. Instead of having to deal with a separate contractor and design team, homeowners work with Liston Design Build under a single contract, and it provides both design and construction services. “This gives peace of mind and saves time and headaches for homeowners whose schedules are already stretched thin and who need help navigating what can seem like a daunting process,” owner Jeanne Liston says. “Additionally, hiring the right design build firm ensures every individual involved with the project is vetted and a true expert at their craft. At Liston, we have an in-house team of highly skilled designers, carpenters and trade professionals, so we are able to execute each client’s unique vision.”

A Ladue couple experienced the benefit of this process after moving to St. Louis from New York City. While they were excited about the 1930s home they purchased, one element did not meet their expectations: the kitchen. “We were given the challenge to create a space that reflected the home’s beautiful architectural details while creating a bright, sophisticated renovation that opened to adjoining spaces,” Liston says.

Liston Design Build began the remodeling process by expanding the kitchen’s footprint by reconfiguring rooms at the back of the home—a feat the homeowners would have struggled with on their own since it required the assistance of a structural engineer. Liston notes that the new floorplan created a better flow that made more sense for everyday living. “This new expanded footprint allowed for a large cooking area with an expansive island, a dramatic range and hood wall, gorgeous cabinetry, a breakfast table area and an elegant bar,” she explains. “In keeping with a timeless design, we selected the classic color palette of white, black and charcoal highlighted with brass finishes. The end result is truly a sophisticated space that is perfect for family time or entertaining.”

Starting a major renovation can be especially daunting now with supply issues continuing to make news. According to Liston, Liston Design Build prioritizes communication with clients at every step of the way to ensure any potential issue can be addressed promptly. “Our team works to make sure our clients’ projects keep moving along without sacrificing the initial vision,” she notes. “We have been providing unparalleled home remodeling services and innovative designs to St. Louis and the surrounding area for more than 35 years. If your home is not working for your lifestyle or feels cluttered and tired, we can find a solution to make your space better fit you and your changing needs.”

Since the company was founded in 1984, liston design build has helped hundreds of clients create their dream homes through close attention to detail and focus on high-quality workmanship. Pictured on the cover: a Ladue kitchen remodel. For more information, call 636.940.9417 or visit

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Pictured at top: Owner Jeanne Liston
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