"What we've learned from the last few years, it’s that your home is your safe haven. And your life revolves around your home—your most prized possession,” says Jeanne Liston. “You want, and deserve, for your home to be the absolute best it can be.”
And kitchens are the best place to start. They are where people gather, cook for family and entertain guests. And most importantly, kitchens are where memories are made with families. The Listons help their clients fall in love with at-home cooking, gathering and entertaining, through their top-quality design, building and remodeling skills.
Jeanne and her husband, Keith Liston, own Liston Design Build, a company started by Keith’s father, Mike Liston, in 1984 as a one-man operation with a “no-job-is-too-small” approach to home remodeling. Keith joined his dad in 1986 and took the helm in 2009. Keith and Jeanne’s daughter, Andrea Liston-Jones, one of the couple’s four children, joined the business in 2016 and is now the director of design. Their son-in-law, Scott Weaver, is the company’s director of production.
Located in St. Charles, Missouri, Liston Design Build services clients throughout St. Louis and St. Charles Counties. The third-generation company has both the experience and depth needed to turn homes into ideal spaces for those who live there. “We work with clients from start to finish,” Jeanne says. “Clients are paired with their own dedicated designer who works closely with them during the development and selection phase and creates 3-D renderings of their new spaces. Then, we employ our own craftsmen who bring their visions to life.”
As the company enters its 40th year in operation, it’s easy for Jeanne to reflect on how much has changed in their business in four decades.
While their services have stayed the same, the Listons affirm they've committed to a “personalized, concierge approach” in recent years. Jeanne says most of the company’s work involves a total renovation of spaces “to allow for the better function, flow and design aesthetic” of the client’s home. And since the kitchen is the center of the home, the remodel typically revolves around that space. Homeowners want a large center island, functional storage solutions, updated appliances and quartz countertops, just to name a few. They want a space that wows, Jeanne says.
“Being able to gather around an island and move to the adjoining living room while engaging the overall gathering area is a big part of providing both function and form for the entire family,” she adds.
The Liston team is often engaged to rework kitchens or bathrooms for lower overall maintenance and/or aging in place. Other times, clients may want the perfect finished basement and bar area to allow for entertaining. The Listons say clients’ needs and lifestyles are all taken into consideration when positioning everything from major appliances and work spaces to lighting, seating and specialty appliances.
"The kitchen’s relationship to surrounding rooms is driving many of the trends, but kitchen design is still about matching your space to your lifestyle," Jeanne says.
Whether it be through extending a kitchen’s reach so the spaces flow into each other through aesthetics and functionality, expanding windows, adding a center island and cabinets along with subdued, clean-looking countertops in soft muted shades, concealing storage and appliances, or selecting range alternatives, the latest in kitchen design reflects the homeowner’s love of the kitchen.
She says she understands the difficulty involved with change. “It’s scary to take on a remodel, to allow someone into your home to basically tear it apart and rebuild it. So, we work with you from start to finish so you can be assured that the end result is going to be exactly what you envisioned it would be. You want your home to reflect your lifestyle and your traditions.”
"The kitchen’s relationship to surrounding rooms is driving many of the trends, but kitchen design is still about matching your space to your lifestyle."~Jeanne Liston