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 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.

“Despite my concerns about the daunting task of designing and building a custom home, these two skilled professionals made it a superb experience. 

Carol Ann listened carefully to my desires, and through the filter of her skilled eye, her knowledge of costs and her vast experience, she designed and detailed a space that feels like me. 

Our project manager’s expert communication and attention to quality in construction is unparalleled. I was amazed at how small my punch list was! I recommend Zinn Design Build without qualification.”


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 the basement to the upper level. 

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.

“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

BEFORE & After


These dated bathrooms came alive after the ZDB touch, inspired by the specific taste of the discerning homeowner.   Everything is new.  In the dark bathroom, the correct wallpaper creates instant atmosphere.

Before & After

Before & After

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Before & After

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

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