Ellen & Greg

Penn Valley, PA

We used Merrie Fredericks of Design Concepts Plus for a large renovation of our home involving our kitchen, mudroom, two bathrooms, dining room, full basement and home gym (probably over 40% of our home overall).  It is no exaggeration to say we could not be more pleased with the result.  Merrie was a pleasure with which to work during the planning/design phase given her extensive experience, intelligent suggestions and recommendations, and overall excellent taste.  The product of the design phase was Merrie’s extremely detailed plans which made every following step of the project go smoothly (from obtaining quotes to actual build).  Simply put, I would not consider using anyone other than Merrie for a home project requiring design work and am very grateful to our friends for recommending her.  We receive many compliments from those who visit our home.  We simply would not have achieved the same result without Merrie’s great work!

Susan & Greg

Newtown Square, PA

When my husband and I decided to “finish” an entire level of our home (2000 square feet), we knew we wanted to do something extraordinary, nothing cookie cutter or predictable. We also needed a designer/contractor we could trust to handle every detail of the job from beginning to end, creating as little disruption as possible to our already very busy lives. In addition we needed to be certain that we were spending our money wisely and getting top quality craftsmanship and service. Therefore, we did our homework.

We spent months reviewing proposals and comparing prices from quality firms. After asking countless questions about price and design it became abundantly clear that Design Concepts Plus would best meet our expectations.

Now, having just completed our entire project, from studs and masonry to furniture and linens we are in love with our new living space. It’s absolutely gorgeous! Different from any other we have seen and uniquely styled to our very particular needs and taste.

Looking back, perhaps that best part was that nothing was ever too much trouble. We were never made to feel like we were asking too much or that we couldn’t change our mind about something along the way. Merrie has always treated us like family and moving forward we plan to invite Design Concepts Plus back into our home to create more amazing living spaces. DCP exceeded our expectations!


Wynnewood, PA

After renovating our kitchen with Merrie over 8 years ago and loving the results, there was no question who we would work with when it came time to renovate our Master Bedroom and Bath.  From the initial design phase to the last final detail of construction, Merrie and her crew are exceptionally gifted, professional and highly skilled.  And fun to work with!!  I love that it was the same crew for both projects-it made me feel comfortable knowing the people working in my home, and that the results would be spectacular.


Rose Valley, PA

I have worked with Merrie Fredericks and her company Design Concepts for the past 17 years. We started with a couple of small painting and wallpaper jobs in my townhouse. She has an unerring eye for what looks right, can always find samples that fit my taste and has assembled a team that can put her vision into practice. Her attention to detail is superb!

After the townhouse, we moved on to a variety of projects over the 12 years that I lived in a single family house. These ranged from redoing all of the bathrooms, renovating the kitchen, adding a sun room, dressing room and outdoor living space, painting and papering. As before, Merrie made the projects fun and relatively easy to handle by providing guidance with my choices and overseeing that all of the work got completed on time and to perfection. Prior to construction, she provided detailed drawings showing exactly how the finished project would look. She was able to incorporate the work of local craftsmen so that each completed project was unique. For example, my master bathroom incorporated a floral tile design done by a local artist in both the shower and tub areas. One of the showers had sandblasted glass doors echoing the pattern in the room’s wallpaper. My dressing room evolved from wasted space under the roof and was designed to perfectly fit all of my clothes. Visitors never failed to comment on how unique and beautiful her work was.

Laurie & Peter

Millington, NJ

Merrie Fredericks and the team at Design Concepts worked on several projects in our home.  With Merrie’s fabulous ideas she helped us transform our 70s ranch house into an home that everyone loves and is jealous of.  On the first project she helped us create a fantastic open concept kitchen and Great Room.  We added skylights to bring in more light and created a custom kitchen that we just love.  She also redesigned our master bedroom and enlarged the master bath. Her design ideas and creativity were always over the top. As we lived in our home during the renovations, Merrie and her crew were also wonderful.  They was always considerate of our spaces and worked tirelessly to keep everything clean and orderly.  We couldn’t speak more highly of the entire team from Design Concepts.  We would not hesitate to call on Merrie for any future renovations.


Jenkintown, PA / Manhattan, NY

My husband and I have worked with Merrie Fredericks over the past 20 years on various major renovation projects in our home, which was built in 1909.  She has totally re-done our kitchen; re-configured our entire 2nd floor, eliminating some bathrooms and adding others, changing the floor plan, designing and building built-in furniture, adding a porch off the master bedroom; she built a pool house in our backyard; totally re-built the garage, adding an indoor spa room (a Japanese soaking tub) and an upstairs gym with a vaulted ceiling; raised the ceiling on the third floor of the main house to include a vaulted ceiling, stonework on the walls and built-in cabinets.

Throughout all this work, Merrie has been a pleasure to work with.  We returned to her again and again for each new project because we know that the quality of her work and her knowledge and her judgment are impeccable, and she stands 100% by her work.  Her design sense is strong and I have repeatedly asked for her assistance with interior design decisions.   She has always been available, responsible, responsive to our questions and needs, creative in her planning, and realistic in her time estimations.  She is knowledgeable about architectural, electrical and plumbing issues.  Her team of contractors are skilled craftsmen, are reliable and are easy to have at the house.

I would enthusiastically recommend Merrie to do any renovation project, big or small, in a residential setting.

David & Cyndi

Lower Merion, PA

We have nothing but rave reviews about our experience with Merrie and her team. We have worked together for over six  years now and have done everything from renovating a bathroom to designing/decorating/creating an entire custom-built home. Her results went above and beyond our expectations on every project. Merrie guides you through every step of the design/construction process and allows you as the client as much (or little) input as the client wants. Thanks to Merrie and her many special talents, we love our new home!

Jon and Joanne

Scarsdale, NY

Merrie Fredericks and Design Concepts preformed numerous projects in our home from a new kitchen and powder room to a master bedroom and bath addition. Merrie blew us away with her design ideas, creativity and enthusiasm. Not only is Merrie very knowledgeable, she took the time to make sure we were 100% comfortable with every decision we were about to make and never pressured us like some other design and construction companies do. The work crews Merrie employ’s are all the top experts in their fields and work under the same degree of ethics and quality that Merrie demands of herself. All our renovation projects turned out beautiful, so much that anyone who sets foot in our home compliments us on the spectacular design and craftsmanship.

We can’t thank Design Concepts enough for the wonderful work they did and for making it such a positive experience. For any future renovations, we would definitely be contacting Merrie Fredericks and Design concepts.

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