Meet The Team

A commitment to excellence for 31 years.

Committed to continually earning your trust, our designers, project managers, carpenters, and office staff are dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service and satisfaction. Our award-winning custom remodeling projects are renowned for the quality craftsmanship, outstanding service, and long-lasting relationships that often transcend the project.

 

Jeff Metke

Founder & President

For Jeff Metke, woodworking and remodeling homes is more than just an occupation. It’s a way of life. Ever since his grandmother handed him a hammer at the tender age of three, carpentry became Metke’s passion. “In high school, I invested in tools while everyone else was out buying cars,” he remembers. “I put myself through college building furniture and cabinets.” After graduating from Washington State University with a degree in Construction Management, he launched Metke Remodeling. Since then, the company has grown from a small outfit that concentrated on doors and interior finish carpentry into a full-service Design Build firm with 15 skilled employees. “I honestly love to dream up something and then create it,” he says. “My staff and I are truly passionate about our work. When a client walks in to see the finished job and their jaw drops to the floor, that’s what we live for.”

Teresa Metke

Vice President of Design & Marketing

Teresa has been in the design industry for over 20 years; however, she also has a background in business. Teresa graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business. After spending several years in the restaurant management field working for a successful commercial chain, she decided to combine her management experience with her creative talents. Teresa went back to school to study interior design at Marylhurst University. From there she designed and managed the opening of several restaurants.

During this time Metke Remodeling & Woodworking was beginning to grow rapidly. Teresa made the decision to leave the commercial design field to help her husband Jeff further develop the Metke brand. Together they created and implemented processes, hired more designers, project managers, and opened a design showroom.

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Combining Jeff’s construction expertise with Teresa’s design skills allows Metke Remodeling & Luxury Homes to provide something unique to their clients. “It is our goal to make a process that is difficult in nature, as easy as possible for the clients.” Becoming a Design Build firm allows Metke Remodeling to give our clients a better experience by eliminating costly delays and miscommunication. Teresa’s favorite part of the process is the continual search for beautiful and unique ways to create amazing spaces for our clients.

Projects Teresa Has Worked On:
Modern Canal Side Whole House Remodel
Lakeside Luxury Whole House Remodel
Old Spaghetti Factory

Nick Colaco Production Manager at Metke Remodeling & Luxury Homes

Nick Colaco

Production Manager

Nick began working for Metke Remodeling in 2017 as a Project manager. After graduating from the University of Oregon in 2011 with a BS in Business, Nick obtained a management position for a large construction supply warehouse where he worked for 7 years. Nick has always had an interest in the construction industry. Growing up he was constantly working on little projects around the house, and his favorite class in high school was shop!

Nick’s favorite part about being in a project management role is being able to see the project progress and transform into something beautiful. He enjoys managing teams because he loves helping people succeed and watching them grow. He also enjoys overseeing the details of the project to ensure the success of both the project and the team. Nick has recently transitioned into a production management role which excites him because he loves looking at all the parts and pieces of a project and studying how they will fit seamlessly together. He is very organized and has been very successful at implementing processes and procedures to enhance our overall production operations.

Gillian West

Accounting Manager

Gillian left Washington in order to join Metke as Accounting Manager in 2020 and has a BS in Accounting and an MBA from Western Governors University. She developed a passion for construction accounting while working for a property development company in Buckley, WA, but left to pursue education goals when the market took a downturn. While studying she worked in a number of industries, but always felt drawn back to construction.

Being able to work with a team full of craftsmen and artists is a dream come true for Gillian, and hopes that their creativity will rub off on her. In turn, she plans to use her technical skills to develop systems that enable them to be focused on designing and building dreams instead of paperwork.

Gillian strongly believes in the power of providing excellent service to both customers and co-workers, and she is passionate about streamlining processes and lifelong learning. She is thrilled to be joining the Metke team and exploring Oregon.

Crystal Elder

Senior Design Coordinator

Crystal started at Metke in 2008 as a Project Coordinator. She graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Interior Design in 2002. From there she went on to work alongside a local designer doing residential interiors. Crystal has always been fascinated with homes. Not only does she love the pretty stuff, but she also loves to play around with the layout and space planning. When Crystal was a little girl, she loved to see the new homes being built around her neighborhood and longed to go inside to see them as they were being framed. “To me, it is like a game of Tetris. You have to figure out how you can make each space fit perfectly into your overall footprint”.

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Her favorite part of the design build process is being able to be involved from conception all the way to completion. “Being involved with the project all the way through construction allows me as a designer to have a better understanding of construction and how the project is built, which has made me a better and more thoughtful designer”. Crystal was the very first Design Coordinator at Metke, and now she is the Senior Design Coordinator overseeing two other designers. “I am so pleased that Metke has grown to the point of needing more than one designer on our team. I am very proud of how far we have come, and look forward to seeing where we will go from here”!

Projects Crystal Has Worked On:
Raleigh Whole House & Addition
Mountain View Whole House Remodel
Westlake Award Winner

Meet Crystal Elder

Karen Sedwick

Sales Designer

Karen joined the Metke Remodeling Design team in January of 2020. She brought with her 16 years of design build experience that she acquired by working with another local design build firm. She first became interested in the design industry when she bought her first house. She found herself daydreaming about all the updates and changes she wanted to make, which sparked the desire for a career change. It was shortly after she graduated from the University of Portland with a Finance degree that she decided to go back to school at Portland Community College to pursue Interior Design. From there she worked alongside local interior designers until she branched out into the design build sector. “I wanted to get a better understanding of how the homes were built, and increase my knowledge of rough-ins and framing”.

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Her favorite part of the design process is being able to provide knowledge and expertise to the clients. “I love hearing “I can’t believe how great the project turned out” from the clients, “did you expect it was going to turn out this great?” and the answer is always yes! It brings a sense of satisfaction to hear the clients recognize they couldn’t have done it alone. I enjoy bringing value and great ideas to the table”. Karen enjoys working on projects of all different design styles. She says “Good design surpasses any one style, however, I would love the opportunity to do some more contemporary projects!”

Projects Karen Has Worked On:
Gorgeous Gray Bathroom

Meet Karen

Jenny Tambe

Design Coordinator

Jenny graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Interior Design. After that, she worked for two years as a Real Estate Broker, until joining the Metke Design Team in 2016. Jenny grew up in a very creative household. She enjoyed refurbishing furniture, painting, and helping out with remodel projects around the house. Jenny was first introduced to the design industry in High School when her teacher noticed her unique skill set. When she discovered OSU’s design program, it was a match made in heaven.

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While Jenny cannot pinpoint one favorite design style, she likes to incorporate natural elements into her designs, wood, natural stone, etc. She also enjoys the challenge of being able to make any space beautiful no matter what style. “One of my favorite aspects of remodeling is having the opportunity to work with many different design styles. When you are only remodeling a few spaces in the home you have to ensure the newly designed spaces complement the existing spaces as well.” Her favorite remodel projects are whole-house remodels. “I love being able to provide the client with their dream house, and to see a complete transformation of every space!”.

Projects Jenny Has Worked On:
Lakeside Charmer Kitchen & Bath
Gorgeous Gray Bathroom
Lake Grove Kitchen & Bathroom

Meet Jenny Tambe

Kate Grove

Design Coordinator

Kate graduated from the New York School of Interior Design with a BFA in Interior Design in 2017. She started her career working on residential projects in the New York City area before moving home to California, working for a residential firm in Walnut Creek. In 2019 she moved to Portland and joined a design team that specialized in multifamily housing and hospitality projects before joining Metke in March 2021.

She is always drawn to the history and process of design and making unique and custom spaces that fit the homeowners’ taste and lifestyle. While she enjoys building palettes and finding unique pieces, Kate’s favorite part of the design process is space planning. “You can have the best and most beautiful furnishings, but if the space cannot function to its purpose, it’s not a successful design.” While she is often drawn to more clean lines and modern aesthetics, she loves to venture into historic styles and traditional elements that can infuse instant, unique character and charm into the home.

Meet Kate Grove

Claire Bennett

Junior Design Coordinator

Claire started working for Metke Remodeling in 2019 shortly after graduating from Oregon State University with a BS in Interior Design. Claire has always loved interior design and was constantly rearranging and redecorating her childhood home. Her interest in the design field continued to grow through high school and when she learned of OSU’s Interiors program she knew she was meant to be an Interior Designer. In addition to her design background, Claire also has several years of experience working in the retail environment which has equipped her with a very high level of patience and customer service skills. Claire’s favorite part of the design process is the “Idealization phase. I love sourcing materials, space planning, and drafting”! Her favorite design styles are “Modern, Scandinavian, contemporary, and mid-century modern”.

Projects Claire Has Worked On:
Westlake Award Winner

Meet Claire

Zoe Chollar-Webb Junior Design Coordinator at Metke Remodeling & Luxury Homes

Zoe Chollar-Webb

Junior Design Coordinator

Zoe joined the Metke team in July 2021 as a Junior Designer after a 6-month internship. She was born and raised in Santa Cruz County on the Central California Coast. She has loved interior design since she was little. Her grandpa had been an art director and set designer for movies in Hollywood and as a kid, she spent hours drafting with him in his studio. As much as she loved interior design, she never realized it could be a career option. She graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz in 2014 with a BA in European history. While she doesn’t use that degree officially, the education she received and the skills she learned are invaluable. After moving to Portland, OR in 2017 she found Portland Community College’s interior design program. She completed her Associate of Applied Sciences in Interior Design from Portland Community College in June 2021. Prior to her job at Metke Remodeling, she was a nanny for 9 years where she learned the value of consistency, empathy, and clear communication, and also the importance of having fun.

Zoe loves the quirky details of old homes and enjoys working on projects that focus on preserving the historical integrity of homes and neighborhoods. She also likes to create connections between interior spaces and their exterior landscape to bring the outside in. Green and warm earthy tones are her favorites, especially when layered with organic materials and fun textures. Her favorite aspect of interior design, though, is creating warm and welcoming spaces that are unique to each clients’ individual needs.

Ryan Murphy

Project Manager

Ryan started in the construction industry when he was 19. He started off in masonry, but quickly realized it was not his calling, made the transition to carpentry, and never looked back. He worked his way up to project manager for a home remodeler in Santa Cruz, CA before moving up to Portland and joining the Metke team.

Ryan initially started in the construction industry because he liked working with his hands and building things, as well as demolishing things! He moved into project management by the time he was 23, and really enjoys getting to manage all aspects of a project, as well as still getting to do some of the carpentry work. His favorite part of the process is the punch list phase, dialing in all the small details to make the job perfect.

Jacob Stelzenmueller

Project Manager

Jacob comes from a family legacy of craftsmen and skilled tradesmen in the residential construction industry. As a young man, when not in school, he was often working for the family HVAC company crawling around under houses pulling ducts. Many summers as a teenager were spent roofing houses and building skateboard ramps with his buddies using his grandfather’s old carpentry tools. As a young arborist, one could find Jacob climbing dizzying heights, cutting trees, and milling them; he would later use these slabs and lumber as a rustic furniture maker, creating family heirlooms for generations to enjoy. These early years became the foundation of hard work and integrity that he has used to further his career, working his way up through the ranks as an apprentice, framer, remodeling tech, cabinet and fixture installer, journeyman, and now project manager.

Working for the last ten years in the remodeling industry, Jacob found his diverse skills and experience has proven to be a winning combination. Finding a home with the Metke team was a natural fit.

Chris Wall

Project Manager

Chris started as a Project Manager for Metke in 2017, after running a successful framing business with his brother for many years. Chris entered the construction industry because he wasn’t satisfied working in an office environment. “I need to be outside, I feel trapped when I’m behind a desk”. Chris’s father was an engineer, so he was taught the elements of building at a young age. Chris built his own three-story treehouse when he was 8 years old! “The neighbor kid liked my treehouse so much, his mother hired a contractor to build him one just like it!” Chris’s favorite projects are whole-house remodels. He loves to see the complete transformation.

Don Linton

Project Manager

Don has loved building since childhood and as a result, has been involved in construction for over 25 years. He grew up on horse stables on the Georgia coast. He spent much of his time repairing barns and building fences, as well as racing at high speeds among the live oaks and palmettos on his blue-eyed cream, Connemara pony, Missy. And of course, more time mending said, newly built fences. Horses love to break things. He also worked as a carpenter building homes during this time. He attended college in Boston, then moved to Montana. Missy would later join him and his family there for retirement and later, as time takes its toll, interment.

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In Big Sky Country, Don excelled in the construction industry, specializing in finish carpentry in fine homes. He owned his own construction company for seven years building luxury homes to affordable housing. He also kept alive his side love of building barns, hobby buildings, and auxiliary buildings.

Don has designed and built homes from the ground up, foundation pit to ridge cap. He loves the challenge of construction as much as the joy in finishing a beautiful and
wondrous project. Don finds great satisfaction in giving a family a new kitchen, living space, or recreation building.

John Patrick

Senior Carpenter & Technical Support

JP (John Patrick) got started in the construction industry when he was 12 years old. His love for carpentry and woodworking started when he took his first shop class in middle school. With a teacher for a mother and an attorney for a father, JP had to obtain his skills through hands-on experiences. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a BS in Construction Management, JP worked as a carpenter for several years until he relocated to the Portland area in 1998. JP began working at Metke Remodeling in 2000 as a carpenter and quickly transitioned into a Project Management role. As the company expanded and transformed over the years, JP transitioned into the Production Management role to train and oversee all production and provide construction expertise to the Metke Design Team.

Today JP is back in a carpenter roll as that is his true passion. His favorite part of a remodel project is, “Seeing something finished. I love the tangible aspects of the project. You don’t get to see that as much when you are in a management position”. His greatest strength is “I am flexible. Being able to be flexible in a production role is very important as you never know when you will get thrown a curveball and have to adjust and keep moving forward”.

Kevin Lamb

Master Carpenter

Kevin has been working for Metke Remodeling since 1995! He started as a finish carpenter and later due to his tremendous attention to detail and his obsession with perfection, shifted into a master stair carpenter position. AKA the Stair Master. Kevin didn’t enter into the carpentry industry due to a burning desire to work with his hands. What he wanted was a steady income to take care of himself and a future family, and to buy what he always wanted. A motorcycle! Young Kevin hitchhiked into the construction industry under the wing of a local builder where he perfected his trade and quickly learned his greatest skills were his precision and patience. Kevin got the nickname Stair Master because of his forethought and sequence planning. “Building stairs is like eating an elephant. It seems like a huge impossible task, but if you take one “bite” at a time, soon you will have completed the whole thing”. His favorite project he has worked on was the Metke front entry Pivot door.

Jim Sieroslawski

Master Carpenter

Jim has been working for Metke since 2010. Before that he worked for a luxury home builder in Arizona where he fell in love with finish carpentry. Jim grew up around the construction industry because his father was in the trade. Like many young boys he spent a lot of time tinkering around with little projects, and building/repairing things around the house. After dabbling in the grocery industry for a few years, Jim jumped right back to his roots where he knew he could make a great living doing what he loves. His favorite part about working in this industry is stepping back and looking at the beautiful work he has done. His favorite things to work on are custom woodworking projects involving doors, cabinets, ceiling work, cased openings, etc.

Cole Ramey

Finish Carpenter

Cole began working in construction at a very young age. His father owned a commercial & high-end residential construction company in the greater Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area and every summer since the age of 12 he would be working alongside his Dad or on one of his job sites. He always remembers feeling great pride when he drove by the many buildings his father had built.

Cole attended George Fox University where he was a dual athlete playing Basketball and Golf and earned degrees in Finance & Accounting. After working in the Finance industry for almost 5 years he made the choice to come back into the construction world and joined Metke in 2020. He chose to join Metke because of the same great qualities and craftsmanship that Metke Remodeling shared with his father’s company. Cole has great pride in his work and enjoys seeing a project’s progression through its many stages from beginning to end.

Outside of work he is a huge Blazer Fan, loves his wife & dog, and loves to be active in the outdoors as much as possible.

Aaron Krolczyk

Carpenter

Aaron is a New Yorker through and through.  He grew up living in the country, helping his dad with his RV repair business and chopping firewood on the weekends. After graduating from High School he moved to Buffalo. After 5 years working for the NHL, the Buffalo Sabres, and acquiring his 2nd Class Steam Engineering degree, he made the decision to move to the West Coast, more sun, less snow. He learned about the solar energy industry and the sales side of construction while in California. He eventually made his way to Oregon and started with a small family-owned company building ADU’s. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to make it through the pandemic. Aaron joined Metke remodeling in March of 2021.

In his free time, he enjoys his love as an adrenaline junkie. Big hills and excessive speeds of 40+ on a piece of wood and 4 wheels are addictive. He is an avid action sports photographer and an active member of the social justice community.

Diane McDuffee

Office Manager

Diane began working at Metke Remodeling in 2011 in an administrative support role. Before that, she owned and operated her own consignment store in Sherwood where she expanded her knowledge of business and customer service. Diane is now the office manager and carries with her 30 years of administrative and customer services. Diane was drawn to Metke Remodeling because of her passion for the construction and design industry. Although she did not carry out her degree in interior design, the design industry will always remain a passion in her heart. Diane loves building relationships with clients and subcontractors and enjoys providing the best support and customer service she can. She also loves being part of a team!

Cooper Colaco

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  • 2016 to Present – Director of Moral : paw-sitively affecting his peers and clients
  • 25 years Management/ Interior Design
  • Bachelor of Fun – University of Goldens