Transform your home

The name Zinn has been synonymous with designing and building fine homes, remodels and additions in Chapel Hill and beyond since 1978.

“We chose ZDB because of their excellent reputation, and we loved the variation and style of their houses. We were pleasantly relieved at how easy the design stage went with the help and expertise of Carol Ann. She really made our house her priority and she was invested in the process as much as we were. We are very happy with our home!”


Remodels & Additions

Zinn remodels and additions, more complicated and challenging than building new homes, receive the same professional execution and high standards as our new build homes.

Transforming an existing space is more complicated than building a new home. We must look at existing conditions. Before we begin design, we bring in the appropriate consultants, including relevant subcontractors and structural engineers when necessary, to get our bearings on your behalf. With the benefit of their information, we can then offer you a design that is feasible, practical, and Zinn-stylish.

A remodel/addition involves not only the transformation of an old space, but also protection of the existing space that surrounds it.  A priority for Zinn Design Build is taking good care of areas where we are not working, staying cognizant of your living situation, and taking care to minimize the disturbance.

My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Carol Ann Zinn and her team at Zinn Design Build for our remodeling project. To say her team did not disappoint is a giant understatement. From the beginning, Carol Ann used her superb design skills and impeccable taste to guide us in a direction that worked with our home. The contracting team executed her vision with flawless detail. We were so pleased to see the final product and can honestly say that Zinn Design Build captured the spirit of our vision of a dream home while maintaining the unique elements that only a Zinn home contains.”



BEFORE & After

ACCESSIBILITY & style Remodel

This typical single-family home built in the early 2000’s was transformed into a handicap accessible residence, complete with a retrofitted elevator that runs from basement to upper level. 

Here are a few areas we updated:
The front steps were removed and a level ramp was added.
Critical doorways were widened to permit wheelchair access.
The screen porch became the interior dining area and was opened to a completely changed kitchen.
The Master bathroom was made fully wheelchair accessible.


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Before and after shots of exterior, entryway, master bath, screened porch, and kitchen.

Exterior Before & After

Entry and Stairs Before & After with Door to Elevator

Kitchen Before & After

Master Bath Before & After

Screened Porch Before & Dining Room After

Kitchen Before & After



A remodel can be limited to one room, or the transformation may expand to a larger area of your home.

This Southern Village kitchen remodel was enhanced by improving the adjoining spaces. The kitchen received new cabinets, countertops, pulls and a beautiful backsplash, and we created more pantry space by eliminating an unused butler pantry. The transformation of a coat closet into a mudroom bench added character and family efficiency to an otherwise unremarkable space. The visible areas were tied together with fun and unique lighting fixtures.


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“Carol Ann was exactly what I was looking for (and needed) for my home renovation project.  Her pace and passion mirrored mine throughout the project and it was fun to partner with someone that was as genuinely excited as I was to transform our home.  Carefully curated light fixtures, hardware, backsplash resulted in a space bespoke for our family, but with practicality in mind for future resell within the neighborhood.  Carol Ann loves what she does and that passion comes through in the work.


Entry Before & After

Living Area Before & After

Hall Before & After

Kitchen Before & After

Living Before & After


Kitchen Details – Cabinet Pulls, Tile Backsplash, and Kitchen Faucet with Knurling Detail

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