Who We Are

About Us

Refined Renovations is an award-winning team of expert architects, designers and craftsmen that work with equal parts passion and precision to imagine, design and build beautiful and inspiring places to live.

We’re Milwaukee’s premier Design + Build team and NARI-certified professionals with 20+ years of experience in transforming the home you have into the home you love.

We know that to be the best, we have to work with the best.  Meet our team of creatives, curators and collaborators.

Meet the Team

Jonah Carlson

Carpenter, CLC

Jonah comes from a long line of tradesmen, craftsmen and woodworkers. For Jonah, pursuing a career in carpentry brings a lot of personal fulfillment, as well as a way to carry on his family legacy of quality craftsmanship. Jonah brings his lifelong appreciation for carpentry into his work, as well as his own skills as a thoughtful craftsman.

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Alec Iwen

Project Manager

Alec befriended his shop teacher in high school and his teacher’s love for carpentry inspired his own. Alec went onto college and graduated with a degree in carpentry and he now has experience in the cabinetry, millwork, and construction industries. Alec’s attention to both the big picture and the small details shine through in his work.

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Matthew Jahns

Matthew Jahns

Owner, CR

With 25 years of experience in remodeling and design, Matthew is fluent in creating thoughtful and beautiful spaces. As founder, he has curated a team of award-winning architects, designers, and builders. His responsibilities are wide ranging, and his work inspires the core principles of thoughtful design, balanced spaces, and quality materials.

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Sofie Knouse


Sofie appreciates a variety of design styles, but feels a special kinship with old homes: she enjoys balancing updates while still honoring an old home’s soul. A graduate from Iowa State (go, Cyclones!), she brings a wealth of talent and a keen eye to our team. Sofie collects architectural paintings, dotes on her Golden Aussie, and digs a good movie marathon.

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Laura Marshall

Director of Marketing

Laura brings experience as a writer as well as a master’s degree in psychology. Her role is to define the client experience, oversee the creative direction of our content, and create the voice of our brand story. In other words, her work ensures that what we’re saying about our work is true, clear, and well-spoken.

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Meg Minette

Architectural Designer

“Don’t overthink it—keep it simple. There are likely enough complexities with that simple thing.” Meg is a talented designer with 25+ years experience in both Residential & Commercial Architecture and Exhibit Design. In her work, she's been inspired by wonderful clients over the years, and in turn, enjoys helping them seeing and realizing the potential of their homes.

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Angela, Office Administration

Angela Nye

Office Administration

With over 20 years of experience in Accounting and Human Resources, Angela thrives on attention to detail and achieving a high level of customer service. She works with our team and our partners on all financial and administrative matters. Angela finds satisfaction in ensuring a smooth process and brings a high level of care to her work.

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Stephanie, Senior Designer

Stephanie Piehl

Senior Designer

As part of the design team, Stephanie works in the details from project drawings to the selection of finishes. She loves the relationships she develops with clients. “Design is a form of artwork, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. My goal is to capture that beauty for every person.” She creates seamless spaces and sources custom pieces for each project.

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Dalton, Project Manager

Dalton Riner

Project Manager, CLC

Dalton’s love for carpentry began working on furniture projects in high school. He takes pride in creating lasting work and enjoys the trust he builds with clients. From the initial design through production, he is attentive to all aspects of his work, from the big picture down to the smallest details. He builds with artistry, quality, and a dedication to his craft.

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Rosie, Director of Operations

Rosie Roberts

Director of Operations

Rosie works at the intersection of administration, resourcing, and managing our partners to ensure smooth operations. With 20 years of experience in property management, she has unsurpassed knowledge of the Design + Build process. Rosie masterfully balances client communication and team management, and her attention to detail keeps our projects running smoothly.

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Andrew, Production Manager

Andrew Schade

Production Manager, CLC

Andrew’s love for fine craftsmanship was passed on by his father. Andrew expertly manages projects to pave the way for a smooth renovation process, and his expertise makes him a brilliant guide in the Design + Build process. He also learned American Sign Language to assist deaf people in the greater Milwaukee area. He and his wife are blessed with three sons.

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Morgan Taugher

Design Associate

Growing up in an artistic family, Morgan was always drawing or crafting as a child. She put her love of art into practice and now holds a BA in Interior Architecture and Design and enjoys predicting and practicing the next big thing in design. When Morgan’s not designing, you’ll find her camping, eating sushi, or thrifting—or maybe doing all three, very carefully.

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Nicole Winkler

Business Development Specialist

Nicole is the first friendly voice our new clients hear on the phone. With a background in human resources initiatives, Nicole shares her expertise in improving client relations and processes. When she’s not clicking “like” on cute animal videos, she assists as a teacher’s aide, enjoys all forms of glamping, and Wisconsin lake life.

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Ian Wolfe


Ian grew up learning the trades from his father and developed an appreciation for the ways of wood, welding and metal work. He truly discovered his craft and calling while working on projects in his local Northwoods community. He continues to hone his work and enjoys learning new skills. In his free time, Ian enjoys his travels to national parks and animal preserves.

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Refined Renovations Proudly Serves
  • Milwaukee
  • Wauwatosa
  • Brookfield
  • Fox Point
  • Shorewood
  • Whitefish Bay
  • Bayside
  • Lake Country
  • Mequon
  • Grafton
  • Waukesha
  • Muskego
  • Mukwonago
  • Oak Creek
  • Franklin
  • Menomonee Falls
  • Big Bend
  • Vernon

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