About Us: Design Build Residential Contractors

Design, product selection and construction services all under one roof

lic. # CRC1331326

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Award Winning Designers

Full Service Kitchen and Bath Showroom

Professional Project Managers

Better Design and A More Enjoyable Remodeling Experience

It’s true: remodeling your home is disruptive and stressful. How disruptive depends on the type of contractor you choose to work with.

Hiring a design build remodeling contractor addresses the 5 main reasons remodeling projects go wrong and takes the stress and hassle out of the process.

We work exclusively with homeowners in Tallahassee providing design and remodeling services. We are with you at every step and take care of everything so you can relax and focust on what’s important. 

Residential Contractors in Tallahassee

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does It Take To Get An Estimate?

We can usually schedule a your initial consult within a week or two of your call.

Our consult process consists of a home visit to get measurements followed by a showroom visit where we review your Good Better Best budget and 3D concept.

We can usually schedule the initial home visit within a week of your call and the showroom visit about a week after that.

So you will have a realistic budget and 3D concept for your project within 2 or 3 weeks of your initial call to us.

Read more about our design and budget consult here.

When Can the Project Start?

The Design process can usually start with a few weeks of your initial consult. The design process typically takes 4-6 weeks.

Then we need to order all your materials, which can take 4 – 6 weeks as well. We don’t like to start a project until we have the materials in the warehouse.

With those factors in mind we usually start new projects between 4 adn 6 months after your initial consult.

How Much Does a Remodel Cost?

These are rough cost ranges for a complete remodel: All new cabinets, counters, backsplash tile, new flooring and lighting.

  • The lower end of the range would be for a pull and replace update with nothing moving.
  • The upper range  would be if you were moving walls, adding or moving plumbing and electric etc…

Bathroom Remodeling

  • Hall bathroom remodeling costs range between  $25K – $40K+
    • 5 x 9 bath with small vanity and tub/shower:
  • Other small bathroom remodeling Costs range from $30K – $55K+
    • 5 x 12, two sink vanity, small shower, no tub, no separate toilet room
  • Larger bathroom remodeling costs range from $55K – $85+
    • 10 x 15, Large shower, separate toilet room, tub separate from shower, 2 sink vanity

Kitchen Remodeling

  • Small kitchen remodeling costs range from $55K – $85K+
    • up to 200 sq ft, 30 sq ft of counter, 10-15 cabinets, no island.
  • Mid sized kitchen remodeling costs range from $65K – 95K+
    • 250-300 sq ft, 45 sq ft of counter, 15-18 cabinets, small island
  • Large kitchen remodeling costs range from $85K – $150K+
    • 300 sq ft +, 18-25 cabinets, large island, separate buffet, multiple sinks

Whole Home Remodeling

  • Smaller home Remodeling costs range from $220K – $275K +
    • 1800 – 2200 sq ft
    • Kitchen Remodel,
    • Remodel 2 bathrooms
    • Whole house flooring
    • Whole house painting
  • Mid Sized home remodelng  costs range from $275K – $350K+
    • 2500 – 4000 sq ft
    • Kitchen Remodel
    • Remodel 2 bathrooms and powder room
    • Whole house flooring
    • Whole house painting
  • Large home remodeling costs range from $350K – $500K+

In 2015 he opened the McManus Kitchen and Bath Showroom and started specializing in  kitchen and bathroom remodeling.

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Are You A Luxury Remodeler?

We are not exclusive. We work with homeowners from all walks of life and backgrounds. During our initial consult we discuss your needs and assign the right team of designers and project managers to meet them.

For all our clients we provide a very high level of service with the goal of making the remodeling experience as easy and enjoyable as possible.

We also provide the same level of expertise in construction, design and product selection so every client gets very good advice and can make the best choices for their needs.

Are You Expensive?

I would say you don’t hire us for the lowest price, you hire us for the best experience and result.

Our Good Better Best proposal will outline all the costs associated with your project, including our project management and design fees, so you can make an informed decision.

It’s a very detailed and realistic budget that historically and proven to be accurate to within 7% of actual project costs.

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Our Team

We’re design build residential contractors (license # CRC1331326) who specialize in gut renovations of kitchens, bathrooms and whole homes. We’re the only licensed residential contractor in Tallahassee with a full service showroom and in house design team.

Paul studied architecture at the University of Florida.  One of the key takeaways from that study was how the design of a space could change the way you feel, and even the way you live. This business and our clients are very important to me but I also enjoy travel and have visited more than 38 countries across the globe, many of them more than once. Travel has helped shaped my worldview and my design aesthetic.

Paul McManus

President and Owner

Stephanie is originally from New Jersey and is a graduate of NJIT with a B.A. in Interior Design. After graduating in 2018, she worked at design/architecture firms in the tri-state area. She recently moved to Tallahassee in order to join the McManus team. She loves helping people create beautiful, comfortable and functional spaces where memories can be made.
Stephanie Jen


Mike is from Tallahassee and has been in the industry for over 20 years. As Project Manager at McManus Kitchen and Bath, he loves having the opportunity to combine 2 things that he is passionate about: people and craftsmanship.

Mike Johnson

Project Manager

Caitlyn started out working in a home improvement store while going to Florida State University to earn a degree in applied math and computer programming.  After specializing in appliances, cabinets, and flooring, she began to apprentice under the store’s kitchen and bath specialist. This quickly turned into a passion as the individual pieces began to join together to create the whole picture. Caitlyn joined McManus Kitchen and Bath in November of 2017.

Caitlyn Slimick


Kristi was raised in Peachtree City, GA. She is a graduate of Florida State University. As an outdoor enthusiast, Kristi is extremely down to earth and pleasant to work with. With 12 years in the customer service industry and 3 years as a McManus Kitchen & Bath designer, she has a unique ability to relate to our clients. Helping people create a space that brings them happiness every time they walk through the door is her main objective. 

Kristi Williams

Lead Designer

Henry is from Thomasville, Georgia and when he’s not at work, enjoys fishing and spending time with his family. Henry joined the McManus Kitchen & Bath team in June 2021.

Henry Walden

Warehouse Manager

Elliot is a Florida State graduate and long time Tallahassee native with a passion for helping others and creating solutions that make a difference. He has several years experience in the construction industry, and is thrilled to pair innovation and integrity as part of the McManus team. When not at work, Elliot enjoys time with his mini pitbull Nayla, woodworking and spending time in the gym.

Elliot Holtom

Project Manager

Our Residential Contractors License

One of the first things people tell you to ask for when looking for a residential contractor is their license and insurance. You can always make sure a license is up to date by visiting the Department of Professional Regulation’s Website. We’ve made it easy for you by inlcuding our license and insurance certificates on this page.

Certified Residential Contractor


 Our Certificate of Insurance

We carry 3 types of insurance: General Liability, Commercial Auto and Workers Compensation Insurance.

Out General Liability Limits are $1,000,000 per incident and $2,000,000 total.



What You Can Expect From Us As Your Remodeling Contractors

Better  Results and A More Enjoyble Remodeling Experience.

expert Design & material Selection

Work with experienced designers to create your design and select all your materials & fixtures.

material Ordering and Delivery

We order all your materials in advance and store them in our warehouse until they are needed on site.

dedicated Project Management

During construction your project manager takes care of everthing so you don’t have to.

a Clean, Safe jobsite

We use HEPA filters, dust barriers, floor and furniture protection and more to keep your home clean and safe during contruction.

great Communication

Your online project portal gives you access to all your project details and makes communication easy.

an Enjoyable experience

Our turn key, step by step approach simplifies the remodeling process so you can worry less and enjoy the experience.

Quality workmanship

We work with the best installers and trade partners in Tallahassee.

5 year Warranty

We back all our work with an industry leading 5 year warranty and follow up process.

The majority of our clients choose all their materials and fixtures from a curated selection of options put together by our designers. However if we don’t have access to what you want we are happy to work with other showrooms in town or order what you need.


The Benefits of Having Our Own Showroom

More Accurate Initial Estimates

When we review your initial budget together in our showroom we will look at actual fixture and material costs. This is one reason why our budgets are typically within 5% of actual project costs.

Reduce Delays and Errors

Because we are in control of all the selections and ordering process we make sure everything for your project is ordered in advance and stored in our warehouse before your project starts. We inspect every box that arrives to make sure it is the the correct color, size and is undamaged.

Better Communication and Service

Instead of running all over town to visit different designers and showrooms you can relax and enjoy the design process all in one place. Not only is this more convenient for you but it simplifies the process and reduces miscommunications and mistakes.


Your designer and project manager work as a team and collaborate together with you to design and build your project. This client – designer – project manager feedback loop that enhances the design process and makes construction run smoother.

Continuous Improvement

Cross training between designers and project managers, feedback from the field and team training means every part of the process gets improved with every project.

Company History:

The MKB origin story starts in the early 90’s when the owner, Paul McManus, was at the University of Florida studying Architecture. To help pay for school he went to work for a painting contractor in the summer. By the end of the summer he was a foreman for the company and the next summer he started his own painting company, PJM Student Painting.

After graduating UF in 1996 he moved to Tallahassee and continued to run the painting company, which evolved into a handyman business and eventually a remodeling company. Paul got his residential contractors license in 2006. In 2014, after 4 years of travelling the world as a bicycle tour guide, Paul returned home and to his work as a residential contractor.

In 2015,  frustrated with mediocre designs, limited product selections and common issues like poor communication and delays from working with outside designers and vendors he decided to open his own showroom, hire a full time designer and started providing services as a design build remodeling contractor.

The Future of McManus Kitchen and Bath

We’re focused on continuing to grow and improve to serve our clients better.

The pandemic threw a wrench in our plans. Fortunately busines has been good but the unpredictable nature of  manufacturring and shipping has made us wary of expanding too fast.

As things begin to get back to normal we intend to build a new, larger, showroom where we can include trade partners and an expanded show floor so we can offer an even better experience to our clients.

In the mean time we will continue to invest in the training and development of our staff and provide the best remodeling experience possible to every homeowner we work with.

Our Mission: We Exist to Make Lives Better

We know people are happier when they have a home that is easy to care for and that makes their daily routine more enjoyable. Our mission is to improve peoples lives by providing an enjoyabe way to create a beauctiful and efficient to live. 

Core Values

Our team share a few important core values. These three tenants inform our decision making when it comes to how we treat each other and serve our clients.


Even in the smallest interactions we earn with each other and our clients. From the first phone call to the final walk through we promise to do what say we will and being honest and transparent in the way we do things.

Pursuit of Excellence.

Through a combination of conferences, in house and self directed training we are constantly working to improve and become more expert in our roles. 

Commitment to a Remarkable Customer Experience

The experience of the remodel is just as important as the end result. Great communication and planning are cornerstones of our process.