At Gannage Design & Construction our team is family (quite literally sometimes). All of our staff have the appropriate paperwork on file and are covered by our General Liability Insurance and Workers Compensation Insurance. If you would like to check our business license standing and our insurance, please visit the Contractors License Board website.
Mikhail obtained his General Contractor License in April 2000 but has been in the industry far before that. The Gannage Family has been involved in property development for three generations. His attention to detail, extensive construction knowledge and commitment to excellent, timely communication are some of the things that set him apart from other general contractors. Making smart investment choices is something Mikhail is passionate about and it shows in how he guides his clients.
“30 percent of all new construction-related business fail the first year…74 percent fail by the end of the third year. 90- to 96 percent fail by the end of the 10-year cycle” – Michael C. Stone, author.
Mikhail is proud to have been in business for over 19 years and going strong.
Mikhail is the father to 4 children, two are currently attending college. Mikhail understands that helping provide shape to the dreams of our youth changes their reality. He donates his time to several local non-profits like Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation where he is on the board and steering committee for their new building. In Mikhail’s free time he coaches a high school speech and debate team, tends to his ranch and enjoys taking his wife, Keena, on dates.
DENISE KNEESKERN, UDCP
Operations Manager/ Design Consultant
Denise has been with Gannage Design & Construction since 2015. Denise lives with her husband, Michael, of 10 years, two sons and cat Reese. She enjoys camping, fishing, gardening and reading in her spare time. She is a Universal Design
Certified Professional (UDCP). Universal Design, simply put, takes into account all current and potential physical and age specified needs. Such as door openings that can accommodate a double stroller for your children and a walker for you parents. She is also the Operations Manager which means that she makes sure it gets done! If she doesn’t have an answer for you, she will find it. Denise loves to incorporate color into her designs. Designing spaces that are unique, bright and practical are her passion. She has a great eye for design and loves to help our clients turn their dreams into reality. She has a great working relationship with several construction supply companies both locally and online. This allows her to find exactly what you are looking for at the best price point possible. Actually swinging a hammer on the construction site is not something you are likely to see Denise doing, except that one time she built a house in Mexico. But if you can’t decide on flooring or tile, she is your gal!
Operations Assistant/Marketing Associate
Claire joined the Gannage Design & Construction team in the beginning of 2020. Claire lives on a small farm with an abundance of farm animals. In her free time she enjoys painting, music, culinary arts, and spending time with family and friends. Claire assists Denise in marketing, advertising, and any multitude of other tasks. Claire delights in making people smile. Whether it’s through videos, photos, or written content Claire brings tons of professional and cheerful energy to work with her. Her love for people and their stories helps her thread a personal touch through her work and relate well to clients and coworkers.
Martin VanZee has been a builder since 1976 when he joined the Carpenters Apprenticeship Program. Marty became a Journeyman carpenter, building custom homes in Southern California and completing classes in night school. Marty and his wife Mary raised their three children in the mountain town Idyllwild, CA. In the 1990s Marty and his family relocated to the central coast.
Furthering his building education at Cuesta College, involving electrical, plumbing, and building code, Marty became an International Code Council Certified inspector. He also worked for the City of Santa Maria as a building inspector. After three years he came back to building as a Supervisor for Luxury Home Construction.
Finish Carpentry has always been Marty’s focus. Currently, the VanZees own an Antique Mall in Morro Bay, CA. There Marty displays reproduction antique furniture and restoration repairs on valuable antiques. Marty’s 40 years of experience in high-end luxury home construction gives him the knowledge and ability to take your home from dream to reality.
Barbara began working at Gannage Design and Construction in 2021 after transitioning from several years in the wine industry. Besides her love of Excel and perfectly balanced accounts, she enjoys traveling abroad, hosting parties, and reading books. Originally from Michigan, she and her husband moved to California in 2015 and have been loving life on the Central Coast. Barbara’s experience with bookkeeping and QuickBooks gives her the knowledge and ability to help keep Gannage Design and Construction running efficiently.