Together with husband and architectural expert Christopher, Ann-Marie Goddard is the design-minded half of the power couple running EXODUS DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION. The two of them each contribute different industry knowledge, backgrounds, and region- al appeal from either end of the state – as Ann-Marie grew up in Wickford, and Christopher hails from Pawtucket – to their roles as passionate project managers turning houses into homes.
“From textiles to fabrics, color, and everything in between, I mesh it all together through the design-build process long after the design- ing is complete and the build commences,” shares Ann-Marie. Christo- pher focuses on the floor-to-ceiling architectural minutia, along with structural details that go into historical New England buildings. “We’ve worked on hundreds of projects together – some as small as a repair or exterior renovations, others extreme remodels, tear-downs, rebuilds, or new construction – all from design concept to completion.”
FROM VISION TO REALITY
Though the industry has faced its fair share of challenges due to supply chain shortages and price increases, the dream team is committed to each client’s unique vision. “We are still getting it done!” says Ann-Marie, even if it means striking a balance. “We are driven to bring those results.”
“My favorite part of the job is meeting with clients, learning about their lives, and what’s important to them. I take all that information and design what becomes the home of their dreams,” Ann-Marie
continues. She brings her magic touch to choosing finishes like flooring, cabinets, and colors, along with the perfect plumbing and lighting fixtures, to create a custom home that’s cohesive and reflects the owners’ lifestyles. “I love to see a project finished – art- work hung, furniture pristine – and know that our hands had a huge part in that and the happiness to come in the home. So far every client has loved the end result!”
A University of San Diego grad, Ann-Marie has earned Woman of the Year awards from National Association of Female Professionals in 2010 and 2011, a congressional award of merit under the George W. Bush administration, and is a member of American Society of Interior Designers. She and Christopher are both members of Rhode Island Builders Association, and Exodus has earned home awards from Houzz 2016-2022. And the company can only go up from there!
Seeing the trend of many clients building second houses in other states, Exodus is expanding into vacation homes – and following their clients wherever they may plant roots. “I’m working on be- coming a private pilot at Airventures flying school in Smithfield,” shares Ann-Marie. “The plan is to purchase an airplane to travel from state to state while maintaining our base in RI. We can meet clients where they are and have fun flying while we do it!”
Whether seeking a beach house or mountain cabin, design ser- vices or construction, Ann-Marie and Christopher are willing to go the lengths to make it happen. Offering free initial consultations, potential clients have nothing to lose in setting up a meeting. “If you can dream it, we can design and build it!”
351 Liberty Lane, Suites 15 & 16, West Kingston, 401-782-2700, ExodusRI.com
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