My journey began as an apprentice. I had a freshly-minted Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from UCLA, and came back to Lido Isle in Newport Beach, where my parents had a home. The next-door-neighbor was completing a major renovation, and I met the designer – and discovered that I was very interested in what she was doing. So I asked if I could shadow her… and the rest, as they say, is history. After a 6-year apprenticeship, I started my own company in 1987.
The first major project that I was given responsibility for was providing the kitchen and living area re-design on Casa Pacifica (President Nixon’s Western White House). I learned that I greatly enjoyed the intensely creative process, as well as meeting, working with, and often befriending the professionals and the clients who hired me.
I’m grateful to have been asked to join in the design on hundreds of custom homes – including multiple projects for some of my clients. The experience of working on a broad array of properties, from ground-up construction, to major renovations, to targeted remodels – and even beach-side trailer home redecorating – has been immensely rewarding. We have fun!
Research and continual improvement help keep me fresh. As a designer, I have eclectic tastes and experiences, and have been fortunate to dive deeply into a number of styles. When I perform work for a client, my task is to bring my best effort forward to help make their vision a reality.
And so to craft an enduring design, I’ve found that ‘simple’ works best – so long as I follow the core precepts of proportion, lighting, flow, texture, and context, the results desired by the client will follow.
Mick has almost 50 years of construction experience that spans the country. His love of construction began when in high school he worked as a laborer on a work/study program and hasn’t diminished to this day. He’s managed the completion of projects both residential and commercial in 30 + states while managing 100’s of millions of dollars of work across a wide swath of complexities.
From his start as a laborer he moved to apprentice carpenter in a boatyard working on luxury yachts where he developed an eye for detail that only sharpens with time. From there he rose through the trades, carpenter, foreman, superintendent. He then moved into the office as general superintendent, director of field operations, project manager, project executive, general manager, vice president and ultimately business owner.
He’s full of knowledge and excels at coming up with fast, smart, budget sensitive solutions. Just a few of the advantages gleaned from the breadth of his experiences. His calm assurance and wise energy is the foundation that supports the rest of the Lynn Pries Design & Build team.
- Architectural quality detailed plans ready for submittal for permits and to be issued for construction upon approval. Includes detailing, design and coordination of every visible structural element both exterior and interior.
- Interior Design.
- Space Planning.
- Interior Decorating.
- May include selection of furniture, fabrics, lighting, accessories, and fine art, to ensure design cohesiveness.
- As a General Contractor we will provide complete construction services.
- Ground-up new home construction.
- Major Renovations (including tear-downs).
- Major Remodels (significant structural changes).
- Design services.
- Decorating services.
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