Meet the Team

Eddie Casanave

Eddie's extensive home remodeling and construction experience dates back to 1987 when he opened Outdoor Creations. Since then, he's been a member of some of the most prestigious boards and associations in the industry, and is currently Chair of the Remodelers Council. Eddie strives to provide the highest level of service to his clients and has been recognized with various awards for his outstanding work and craftsmanship, including the 2014 Remodelers Council's Remodeler of the Year, and over 70 STAR awards for remodeling excellence. When he's not turning a client's dream into a reality, Eddie enjoys cooking, fishing and boating.

Josh Mauney, Business Development

Josh manages Business Development for Distinctive Remodeling, LLC. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from East Carolina University, Josh is an unlimited licensed general contractor and is designated as a Certified Graduate Builder (CGB), a Graduate Master Builder (GMB), a Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR), and an Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) through the National Association of Home Builders. Having worked on over 500 construction projects, Josh has established a proven record of excellence in preconstruction, custom home construction, remodeling, and construction safety. Josh was a national finalist for the NAHB Young Professional of the Year in 2017.

Bob Hillesland, Project Manager

Having worked in the remodeling industry for more than 25 years, Bob plays a key role in assisting our clientele with projects ranging from small to large scale and working to reach their remodeling goals. Bob has been part of the Distinctive Remodeling team for nearly two years and enjoys traveling and exploring with his family as well as hunting.

Michael J. Plower, Project Manager

Michael’s 34 years in the industry began at the age of 16, when he began as a carpenter’s apprentice. Now, having worked on the Distinctive Remodeling team for almost 18 years, Michael spends his days managing and coordinating client projects and ensuring that all tasks stay on track. When he’s not fixing or building something, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and skeet/target shooting. His all-time favorite movies include Boondock Saints, Star Wars, Matrix, Blade and Ace Ventura Pet Detective.

Aaron Oaks, Production Manager

Aaron plays a key role in managing our labor force and ensuring that all of our clients’ expectations are exceeded. Aaron has worked in the remodeling industry for 22 years and has been with the Distinctive Remodeling team for five. When he’s not managing our projects, Aaron enjoys remodeling his 1927 farmhouse and serving in his local church’s children’s ministry as a large group storyteller.

Matt Faro, Project Manager

Matt is originally from New Hampshire, and studied architecture at Norwich University in Vermont. After college, he went to work for a small design/build firm building houses. After 5 years, he joined Crown Point Cabinetry, designing kitchens and miscellaneous cabinetry applications for an additional 5 years. Matt has resided in NC for 4 years, and has been working in our cabinet shop gaining valuable experience in the finer points of custom cabinet construction for almost 3 of those years. When the opportunity arose, we felt it would be a great fit for Matt to take his skill out into the field as a project manager. For fun, Matt likes to do mud runs and obstacle course races, along with traveling with his wife to visit family.

Mark Duerst, Estimator

Mark comes to us from sunny San Diego, where he ran his own business for 27 years. Mark was an Industry Expert for the California Contractors State License Board. He has worked as an Independent Insurance Claims Adjuster since he has been in NC. His roles for Distinctive Remodeling include coordinating pre-construction meetings with suppliers and subcontractors to get the best pricing available, collecting pricing and specifications, and compiling estimates for our projects.
Mark has a BS from San Diego State University, and a MBA from National University. He volunteers at the New Hope Valley Railway and enjoys spending time with his wife, dogs, and friends.

Leslie Cohen, Senior Designer

Leslie Cohen, CKD, CID, AID, ASID, is a nationally acclaimed designer, winner of 41 design awards, and has been featured in more than 80 publications. Leslie is a National Kitchen and Bath Association Certified Kitchen Designer, California State Certified Interior Designer, North Carolina Alliance of Interior Designers member, and professional level member of the American Society of Interior Designers. Leslie enjoys spending time with her husband, her dog, and her friends; playing guitar; going to concerts, theaters, galleries, and gardens; traveling and meeting new people; yoga, walking, golfing, biking, and racing cars.

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  • We absolutely LOVE the remodeled kitchen - it has transformed the house and now finally feels like the heart of our home. It is so much more efficient. Thanks again! - Beth M.
  • We are very happy with our decision to hire Distinctive Remodeling to renovate our 3 bedroom, 1960s house into a stylish, modern and functional home! They consistently went the extra mile to make sure we were satisfied. The results are breathtaking! We love our house! - Deanna R.
  • Eddie did a fantastic job on our kitchen remodel. He did exactly what I wanted, and the craftsmanship is superb. When the project was done, Eddie and his wife Betsy cooked a delicious meal for 10 of our friends. I highly recommend Distinctive Remodeling.- Shauna E.
  • ‘5 stars’ truly does describe Distinctive Remodeling! We continue to recommend Distinctive Remodeling to anyone interested in completing a home remodeling or addition project. - S. Miller
  • Eddie and his team were a pleasure to work with, especially for a first-time renovation experience. We are very happy with our 3-seasons room, the quality of craftsmanship and the level of knowledge and professionalism of the Distinctive Remodeling Team. - Sean G.
  • We love the new porch. The quality is excellent. The painters were great… as were the framers… We are very pleased with the remodel. - Richard and Stephanie S.
  • Thanks so much for our beautiful room you finished for us. The process was very organized and professional. We enjoyed working with you and Mike, and your quality subcontractors. - Crystal G.