Oat Design + Build specializes in designing and building upscale custom homes and offices while providing clients with a (positively) memorable experience.


who we are

Oat was founded in 2015 by Adam St. Marie, Oat’s CEO and design and build expert. For eight years prior to founding Oat, Adam worked as an operations manager for a high-end construction company based in North Shore, Chicago. During this time, Adam realized the tremendous need for a design and build company that focuses on the client’s enjoyment of the experience just as much as the clients’ enjoyment of the finished product. So, Adam founded Oat.

Fast forward four lightening-fast years later: Our tiny team of three packs a serious punch. Oat has established a reputation for being professional, personable, and picky. But, don’t just take our word for it! Click here to see for yourself what our clients are saying about The Oat Experience.


what we do

Oat executes every step necessary to bring your vision for your new build, addition, or remodel to life:

  • two-hour initial on-site consultations

  • tailor-made 3D designs and virtual tours

  • detailed and comprehensive bid packages

  • on point, on budget, and on time execution of your project

  • organized and proactive project management

  • The Oat Experience

To suit our clients’ unique needs, all of our services are offered jointly as well as separately.

Leads

Adam St. Marie -  Founder, CEO  As a fourth generation carpenter, Adam has been immersed in the design and build field for as long as he can remember. As a young boy, Adam could be found spending his free time joyfully drawing floor plans for cruise ships.  His sense of creativity and passion for design have not been lost over time, but rather, have grown.  Oat Design + Build is the culmination of Adam’s fifteen years of design and carpentry experience, love of all things whimsical, and desire to beautify communities — inside and out.  Adam built Oat on the premise that relationships are the most important "things" we have. "We design intentional spaces that encourage you to be at peace and present with the people that matter most to you." This focus on relationships carries over into the care that Adam takes with our clients and their projects. It shows, and they love him for it.  Adam creates Oat’s vision, personally oversees all projects, and leads Oat's Design and Build Teams.

Adam St. Marie - Founder, CEO

As a fourth generation carpenter, Adam has been immersed in the design and build field for as long as he can remember. As a young boy, Adam could be found spending his free time joyfully drawing floor plans for cruise ships.

His sense of creativity and passion for design have not been lost over time, but rather, have grown.

Oat Design + Build is the culmination of Adam’s fifteen years of design and carpentry experience, love of all things whimsical, and desire to beautify communities — inside and out.

Adam built Oat on the premise that relationships are the most important "things" we have. "We design intentional spaces that encourage you to be at peace and present with the people that matter most to you." This focus on relationships carries over into the care that Adam takes with our clients and their projects. It shows, and they love him for it.

Adam creates Oat’s vision, personally oversees all projects, and leads Oat's Design and Build Teams.

Michala Dinkle -  Executive Administrator  Michala has always believed that nothing is impossible… if you have the magic recipe. Her magic recipe is “a logical master plan, hard work, and good coffee.”  She earned her bachelor’s degree from a state university in Communications, Public Relations, and Spanish, entirely assistance and debt-free, due to her “magic” recipe.  Michala worked as a second language teacher for children and adults for four years before finding her perfect fit at Oat.  At Oat, Michala enjoys wearing many different hats. To sum it up, she is responsible for Oat’s vision implementation. She manages Oat’s business strategy, client experience, internal and external content creation, and marketing.

Michala Dinkle - Executive Administrator

Michala has always believed that nothing is impossible… if you have the magic recipe. Her magic recipe is “a logical master plan, hard work, and good coffee.”

She earned her bachelor’s degree from a state university in Communications, Public Relations, and Spanish, entirely assistance and debt-free, due to her “magic” recipe.

Michala worked as a second language teacher for children and adults for four years before finding her perfect fit at Oat.

At Oat, Michala enjoys wearing many different hats. To sum it up, she is responsible for Oat’s vision implementation. She manages Oat’s business strategy, client experience, internal and external content creation, and marketing.

Bethany St. Marie -  Fine Arts Assistance  Bethany has always had an eye for the finer details. She discovered her niche in the arts while working as a successful local florist. She (literally) made jaws drop with her floral wedding designs!  She now uses her finesse to put the finishing touches on Oat’s designs — and she still has the same jaw-dropping-effect.  As you also may have guessed, Adam and Bethany are husband and wife. They are what we call a "dream team!"

Bethany St. Marie - Fine Arts Assistance

Bethany has always had an eye for the finer details. She discovered her niche in the arts while working as a successful local florist. She (literally) made jaws drop with her floral wedding designs!

She now uses her finesse to put the finishing touches on Oat’s designs — and she still has the same jaw-dropping-effect.

As you also may have guessed, Adam and Bethany are husband and wife. They are what we call a "dream team!"