Emily and Rob Ingwersen founded Ginger Hill Design & Build in 2008, with the intention of utilizing a wealth of experience to create elegant, economical, and environmentally sound spaces.
Rob and Emily built their house five years ago; they were able to fuse all of these principles in that project and took great pleasure in the process. They feel privileged to raise a family in a home they adore and that was made with an over arching ethic of love. They help others to do the same.
has twenty years of experience as a builder in Maine and British Columbia, Canada. Rob’s father was an engineer and an architect and his mother was an artist; both parents instilled an esthetic with a focus on function that remains with him. In Canada he studied and applied innovative green building techniques, and brings that knowledge and dedication to Ginger Hill Design & Build.
Rob studied sculpture in college, that experience informs his home designs, which are light, clean and simply modern. He was brought up in a family that prized creativity and beauty and he brings that value to Ginger Hill Design & Build.
Emily Ingwersen has a diverse background, all of which integrates seamlessly with the green building industry. A passion for the water led her to work on boats and eventually to a job as a marine engineer, gaining expertise in efficient systems for small spaces. In addition, Emily worked for years in floral design and has a keen attention to detail and a passion for functional, appealing designs. For the past three years Emily has managed a ten million dollar facility in Portland, ME. In that position she was able to drastically increase efficiency, cutting the organization’s utility bills in half. Transferring her knowledge to home design and construction has been a natural evolution.
Both Rob and Emily are dedicated to making attractive and sustainable design as accessible as possible. They believe that everyone deserves a home that is comfortable, safe, and environmentally sound. They implement value engineering, where budget informs design. Ginger Hill Design & Build enjoys the challenge of maintaining high design standards while working within cost constraints, and has found that creativity is often born from restriction.
Emily and Rob live in a house on a large parcel of land that the extended Ingwersen family owns together. They consider this land a treasure and seek to take great care of it. Both are passionate about green building and study ceaselessly so that they are current on changing building science practices. Ginger Hill Design & Build sources local and sustainable, non-toxic materials as much as possible and all projects are built for maximum efficiency. The health and well-being of the homeowner, their family, the community and the planet form the core of Ginger Hill Design & Build’s work.