About Us

Our Mission Statement

We strive to create homes for our clients that are extensions of their personality and an expression of themselves.   Through the expertise of our Design + Build team we craft personal, comfortable, livable, and luxurious homes that create the kind of lifestyle experience that enhances the happiness, enjoyment, and sense of security for the families we serve. 

We accomplish this through a professional driving commitment to creative design, superior workmanship, and outstanding communication resulting in continuously delivering fantastic service in a fun and collaborative team environment.

OUR history and vision

Cowdin Design + Build was founded on the principle that a single-stop integration of design and construction was imperative to successful, beautiful and sustainable construction.  Our team’s understanding of the unique requirement for the blend of smart design paired with superb construction has helped fuel our continued success since our humble beginnings in 2008.

Our newly remodeled Design Center in Plymouth, MI allows our all-star team of designers to easily create your beautiful design. Based in the same location, our project managers and craftsmen work seamlessly with the design team to create your lasting and beautiful home.

We understand the significance of the trust you place in our ability to transform a house into your dream home.  We promise to live up to your expectations and strive to exceed them with the goal of you becoming our newest lifelong client and referral partner.

 

Our Team

Bill Cowdin

Principal

Bill has been in the construction industry, both hands on and hands off since the late 1980’s. In High School he discovered Architecture and began designing houses with detailed facades, elaborate…

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BILL COWDIN

Bill has been in the construction industry, both hands on and hands off since the late 1980's. In High School he discovered Architecture and began designing houses with detailed facades, elaborate kitchens and unique niches. Earning his Bachelor of Business Administration at Northwood University, he graduated Cum Laude with dual majors in Finance and Business Management in 1999.

He worked his way through college as an apprentice carpenter and in 2000, with an ever-growing passion for architecture and construction, he found himself employed at a remodeling firm.  Honing his skills in all facets of the industry from design to sales to project management, he founded Cowdin Design + Build in 2008. Bill has a devotion to all facets of building; from conceptual design, through the analytical detail architectural stage all the way to completion. Watching projects come to life and homeowners loving their "new" homes is the most satisfying part of his job.  

In his time away from work, Bill likes spending time with his wife, 3 kids and houseful of animals. He enjoys outdoor wilderness activities, camping, flying and most any board game out there! He is an avid supporter of The Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Detroit Opera House and BSA Scouts of America.

Phil Lywood

Lead Designer

Phil Lywood has over 10 years of experience in the fascinating world of architecture and design. Prior to making his move to Cowdin Design + Build in 2016, Phil spent years working large…

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PHIL LYWOOD

Phil Lywood has over 10 years of experience in the fascinating world of architecture and design. Prior to making his move to Cowdin Design + Build in 2016, Phil spent years working large scale commercial and industrial projects along with ultra-modern high rise condominiums in Downtown Toronto, Ontario.  This experience has provided him with a great multifaceted background prior to arriving at Cowdin Design + Build.

 

A native of Windsor, Ontario, Phil began studying architecture at St. Clair College, and transferred to Lawrence Technological University to complete his Bachelor of Science in Architecture Degree along with with Masters of Architecture Degree where he was an Academic All American during graduate school while serving as captain of the Lawrence Tech Men’s ice hockey team.

 

Phil greatly appreciates design and construction as a whole. Working with clients from initial meetings to substantial completion allows for friendships to be made and makes the construction process extra special.

 

In his time away from work, Phil enjoys spending time at home with his wife Melissa and daughter Claire. He enjoys living an active lifestyle through sport and exercise. After a 3 month backpacking trip years ago he continues to have a travel bug and hopes to continue to travel and gain positive experiences.

 

Bryan Rouhan

Project Architect, Assoc. AIA

After graduation from University of Detroit Mercy in 2002, Bryan worked construction in many fields before moving to Annapolis Maryland’s historic district for 10 years where he worked for…

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BRYAN ROUHAN

After graduation from University of Detroit Mercy in 2002, Bryan worked construction in many fields before moving to Annapolis Maryland's historic district for 10 years where he worked for an Architecture firm.  After returning home to Michigan in 2017, he continued his career at Cowdin Design + Build and is working on attaining additional licensing and accreditation to further his passion for architecture.

In his free time Bryan draws, paints, chainsaw log carves, wood-works and fixes up his home. His wife, daughter and 2 attention starved dogs keep him busy and happy in the rest of his limited spare time.  

Smiley, cheerful and a real people-pleaser. Give him some caffeine and be ready to have your ear talked off!

Dawn Orzech

Designer

Joining the Cowdin Design + Build Team in 2009, Dawn is a longtime resident of Plymouth, Michigan.  In addition to her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Eastern Michigan University, she…

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DAWN ORZECH

Joining the Cowdin Design + Build Team in 2009, Dawn is a longtime resident of Plymouth, Michigan.  In addition to her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Eastern Michigan University, she offers many years of practical design experience, as well as a background in furniture manufacturing. This experience enables her to produce design solutions that incorporate “the tricks of the trade” that offer efficient and cost effective solutions for any project.

"Space planning and creating functional design options for a client is what I truly enjoy. The essence of a well-designed space is being able to visualize the options for the space and produce a design that meets or exceeds a client's needs and vision".

In her free time Dawn enjoys sewing, craftbooking and spending time with her family and friends.

MACKENZIE YORK DESIGNER

Mackenzie York

Designer

Mackenzie is youthful, enthusiastic, creative and loves design and architecture at all levels. A 2020 graduate from Eastern Michigan University with her Bachelor’s of Science in interior design…

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MACKENZIE YORK

Mackenzie is youthful, enthusiastic, creative and loves design and architecture at all levels. A 2020 graduate from Eastern Michigan University with her Bachelor's of Science in interior design, Mackenzie has spent years designing an array of residential homes while also studying different styles of architecture, which has provided her with a vast knowledge, understanding and appreciation of different styles from all eras.  She is also a member of the NKBA Michigan State Chapter, planning on earning her CKBD as well as her interior designer’s license (NCIDQ).   

In her time away from work, Mackenzie enjoys a calm yet active lifestyle, spending time in her pool, gardening, drawing and painting. She someday hopes to travel the world and see all the different kinds of architecture in person.

Dave Lapshan

Production Manager

Starting his career in the late 1990’s, Dave brings decades of experience in the residential construction field to Cowdin Design + Build.  From managing multiple subdivisions as a superintendent…

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DAVE LAPSHAN

Starting his career in the late 1990's, Dave brings decades of experience in the residential construction field to Cowdin Design + Build.  From managing multiple subdivisions as a superintendent, to building multi-million dollar custom homes, he brings the knowledge and experience to tailor your needs to your project. He holds an active builders license and is a licensed real estate agent through the State of Michigan.  Additionally, he is OSHA 30 certified, so you can rest assured that you have a real professional on the job!

Residing in Howell, Michigan with Tanya, his old high school sweetheart, Dave enjoys anything outdoors, hunting and fishing, playing softball, and many other sports. He has a daughter attending Saginaw Valley University in the nursing program.

Greg Fuller

Lead Carpenter

Greg has been fascinated with woodworking and cabinet building since starting as an apprentice cabinet maker at the age of 13, learning from a seasoned craftsman. He continued his passion…

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GREG FULLER

Greg has been fascinated with woodworking and cabinet building since starting as an apprentice cabinet maker at the age of 13, learning from a seasoned craftsman. He continued his passion with woodworking and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction Management and industrial Psychology from Central Michigan University.

He continues to perfect his craft daily and has added many layers to his skill set over the years to become the ultimate craftsman himself.  His skills, problem solving skills and perfectionist attitude make him a wonderful part of our team here are Cowdin.

Outside of his Cowdin job, he enjoys woodworking and wood turning in his home shop, camping and traveling with his wife and two daughters.

David Szurpicki

Carpenter

David has been building and renovating homes in southeast Michigan since 2004. With a passion for fine carpentry, David enjoys building unique custom homes.  He has worked in all facets of home…

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DAVID SZURPICKI

David has been building and renovating homes in southeast Michigan since 2004. With a passion for fine carpentry, David enjoys building unique custom homes.  He has worked in all facets of home building, starting as a laborer and working his way up to a finish carpenter, with additional experience as a Project Manager, he has extensive knowledge of all the ins and outs of the speciality trades as well and is excited to be a part of the Cowdin Team.

Originally from Clarkston Michigan, he met his wife while they both were working at Habitat for Humanity in Ann Arbor.  They moved to Plymouth in 2015 before the birth of their daughter in 2016.  When not working, David enjoys spending time with his family up north at their family cottage. With a fondness for the outdoors he enjoys hunting, fishing, camping or most anything that gets him outside.

Mike Hopper

Carpenter

Mike began framing houses, additions, dormers, basements, and other various projects in 2017. Joining the team at Cowdin Design + Build in 2019, he has dove head-first into the world of…

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MIKE HOPPER

Mike began framing houses, additions, dormers, basements, and other various projects in 2017. Joining the team at Cowdin Design + Build in 2019, he has dove head-first into the world of finish work and refining his skills in rough framing.  He takes every challenge head on and knows there is an endless amount of skills to attain and each day he strives to continue to grow as a carpenter.

His passion for creativity, accuracy, and helping to make people happy with the place they call home make he a valuable team member.  His sense of wit, sharp golf game and unique ability to constantly drop fun facts makes him a fun part of the team!

Albert Bacheller

Field Assistant

Albert is a positivity focused, work orientated, problem solver who makes sure his job is done right with the hopes of expanding his knowledge pool since joining the Cowdin Team in 2019…

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ALBERT BACHELLER

Albert is a positivity focused, work orientated, problem solver who makes sure his job is done right with the hopes of expanding his knowledge pool since joining the Cowdin Team in 2019. He enjoys the process of building as much as the building itself and is a good team member.

 

He enjoys spending his free time learning and applying what is learned.  He also enjoys semi-competitive card and video games, and listening to "good" music.

Dana Orzech

Office Manager

With over 30 years of administrative experience in Office Management, Human Resources and Bookkeeping, Dana serves a key role in providing essential administrative support and…

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DANA ORZECH

Cowdin Design + Build welcomed Dana Orzech to the Team in 2015 as our Office Manager.  With over 30 years of administrative experience in Office Management, Human Resources and Bookkeeping, Dana serves a key role in providing essential administrative support and office coordination of daily activities.  Dana performs a wide variety of tasks including the development and implementation of the Teams policies and procedures; manages and oversees the administration of HR polices, programs and practices; she maintains accounts payable, receivables, client billings and payroll. If you have any administrative matters direct them her way, she would be happy to help.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, is a huge dog lover,  loves gardening, glamping and spending time up north at their cottage.

Annabelle

Human Relations

Annabelle, born in 2012, is the sweet Bernese Mountain dog of Principal, Bill Cowdin and is our head (and tail) of Human Relations, in charge of hugs, pets and cuddles…

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ANNABELLE

Annabelle, born in 2012, is the sweet Bernese Mountain dog of Principal, Bill Cowdin and is our head (and tail) of Human Relations, in charge of hugs, pets and cuddles. She comes to work often, excited to be part of the action and always at the ready to greet our clients at the door or visiting jobsites.

 

When not at work, she enjoys going for short walks, car rides, playing with Bill's kids and napping...lots and lots of napping!