Leading Ladies 2016

Ann-Marie Goddard

Co-Owner – Exodus Design Group


When it’s time to make your dream home a reality, talk to the creative team at Exodus Design Group. Ann-Marie Goddard and her husband Christopher offer home design and general contractor services, whether you want to add onto your home or create one from the ground up. “I treat my clients as friends with respect and honesty,” Ann-Marie says. “We strive to go above and beyond expectations, we believe in accountability and we do things the right way. We don’t want to be the biggest design-build team, but we want to be known for being among the elite in our area.”

Exodus serves Rhode Island, but will travel to Massachusetts and Connecticut for projects both residential and commercial. Ann-Marie and Christopher are the perfect blend: she uses her artistic skills to help clients shape the vision of their home, and he executes the team who will make it happen. “I love design in all aspects, so I help with choices on the exterior design, such as roof shingle style and color, house color, deck design and more,” Ann-Marie says. “We also offer extensive interior design services for our construction clientele.” She lived in California for 15 years, where she discovered that she loved to buy houses, fix them up and sell them. “It’s called flipping now, but it wasn’t then!,” she describes. When she moved back home to Rhode Island, Ann-Marie met Chris. “I wasn’t sure what I was going to do, but God has a way of putting us on a path before we even know it’s the one we want. It was a natural progression for us to merge what we did into a business. We’ve been doing this now for 11 years.”

The design aspect of Exodus evolved from clients asking the pair for advice on aesthetic choices on home projects. “Before we added design, there seemed to be a disconnect between designer and contractor,” Ann-Marie says. “Our philosophy is that the two go hand in hand.”

They’re in the process of building a showroom in Westerly. “Our goal is that the showroom will save time for everyone,” she explains. “All the design work can be done in-house under one roof. We can order items and install them immediately.” When the space opens in May, it will offer extensive options for: kitchen and bath design and cabinetry, countertops, flooring, tile, window treatments and other custom fabric needs like bedding, upholstery and throw pillows, furniture and even some artwork.

What’s especially nice about having one design-build team is that it eliminates the all too common delays in communicating between designer and contractor. “I work with my husband to manage the schedule of his crew, which ensures the project not just be designed in a timely manner, but a team is available to make that design a reality without a long wait.” It’s also common for Exodus to work with other designers when a client wants to hire someone separately, and they offer trade discounts to outside designers. Another benefit to Chris and Ann-Marie’s decades of experience is that they collaborate with the best in the business. “We have the same people we’ve been working with for years, from architects to draftspeople,” she explains. “Everyone is a team when we have a project. It’s always the same people, and always top quality.”

“Our process is to be responsive and help people work with what they have, be it adding more space, re-configuring current space or just doing a fresh update,” Ann-Marie says. She has been the National Association of Professional Women’s Woman of the Year, and holds certifications in tile and kitchen and bath design.

“I’m blessed with a love for learning, and an uncanny ability to make the things I want to happen, happen,” she says. “That’s a God-given passion and talent, and I’m simply grateful for the abilities I was blessed with.”

167 Granite Street, Westerly • 401-782-2700 • www.exodusri.comcustomerservice@exodusri.com


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