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MEET THE SQUAD

Local Artisans, Craftsmen, & Designers

Cody Grimes

Co-Owner

Cody grew up in Mechanicsburg area and always loved creating things with his hands. After finishing high school, Cody attended Penn Tech College where he was part of the Architectural Millwork program. After graduating, he still desired to learn more. So he traveled to Maine and attended theCenter for Furniture Craftsmanship where he was part of a 9-month comprehensive program studying fine furniture making. When he returned home, he continued his training under a master carpenter, spent a year in a commercial cabinet shop, and an additional 3 years in fabrication and engineering of commercial cabinetry. In 2009 Cody decided to start his own company initially known as MC Designs. Cody loves all the aspects of his job, but especially listening to a customer's dream and make it come to life. He enjoys kitchen and bath remodels the most because they offer all parts of the trades for a short period of time. He says, “They also have the most detail of any room in a house and unlimited design ideas. No two spaces or designs are the same which makes them all fun and unique to do.” Cody currently lives in Dauphin and says his dream house remodel would include using multiple materials and finishes to create a unique environment in any room of his house. He also added he would definitely need to have a coffee bar! In his spare time, you’ll find him continuing to work with his hands-on indoor and outdoor projects. He loves seeing progress in all aspects of what he’s working on.

Greg Kimmel

Co-Owner

Greg is a Mechanicsburg native with a passion for cars and carpentry. After realizing his interest in the trades, Greg focused on taking electrician and carpentry coursework. Upon graduation, Greg worked in the roofing industry. Choosing to focus his carpentry skills on interior remodeling, he sought out opportunities to work under master carpenters, plumbers, and electricians. In addition, he served as a contractor for Anderson Windows & Doors. Having gained experience in a wide variety of related building trades, Greg chose to start his own remodeling business. In 2013, Greg became Cody Grimes’ business partner and helped change MC Designs into ReMod Squad. While Greg loves the challenge that each unique remodel brings, his favorite remodels are kitchens. He truly enjoys the craftsmanship opportunities kitchen present. And, because kitchens often require a variety of carpentry, electrical, and plumbing, he gets to touch on all his building passions. Greg currently lives in Boiling Springs with his family. When he’s not remodeling homes, you’ll find him outdoors in the wild.

Our Squad

Local Craftsmen & Craftswomen

Phil Smerling

Phil grew up in Mechanicsburg and was always an active guy. After graduating from Cumberland Valley High School, Phil went on to pursue his interest in graphic design from California University of Pennsylvania. For several years, he was also a head chef at Boiling Springs Tavern and Bethany Village. He created and designed food dishes from start to finish and then presented them to customers hoping to make their taste buds happy. Because of the similar processes, he eventually felt led to learn more about remodeling projects.

In 2015, Phil joined ReMod Squad. Cody, Greg, and Phil have been friends since elementary school and have created many memories together. Phil says working with his two best friends is one of the best parts of being at ReMod Squad. He loves working on a tiling job. He says, “There is so much that can be done with tile patterns and grout colors. The options are endless!”

Phil and his wife recently bought a house and are working hard on the remodeling process. His current dream remodel project would be to paint the ENTIRE house and to redesign the outside. In his spare time, you’ll find him working on his house or relaxing with his video games.

Justin Means

Justin grew up in the Mechanicsburg area and graduated from Mechanicsburg Area High School. Throughout his high school days, he worked at Sheetz gas station. He also spent a summer working for his father’s plumbing business, Bob Means Plumbing Inc. After High School, Justin served in the United States Marine Corps for four years.

 Upon leaving the Marines Justin began working for ReMod Squad. While being a part of the squad, Justin is also attending Penn State Harrisburg. He is studying for a degree in Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology. Justin says his favorite remodeling job is working on an addition. He enjoys this kind of job most because “you get into just about everything that deals with remodeling.”

Justin is the life of the party, but is also all about the outdoors! It seems fitting that if he could have a dream remodel at his own house he would build a second story deck that leads to his backyard. In his free time, Justin enjoys fishing, camping, and being outside.

Tyler Lebo

Tyler graduated from Northern High School in 2002. Tyler has been working in the construction field since graduating high school. He spent 6 years in commercial construction, 5 years in commercial and residential alternative energy, and 5 years in residential remodeling.

With all of his experience, he has been a welcome addition to the squad. While on the job, Tyler says he most enjoys tiling jobs and finishing trim work. These jobs come close to the end of a remodel, which gets Tyler excited about revealing the final product and ultimately returning the freshly updated space back to the homeowner. Tyler also believes that the best part of working for ReMod Squad is, “Working alongside your friends all day and still being able to maintain a healthy relationship outside of work.”

Tyler is a social guy and loves to spend time with friends and family. His dream remodel project would be to build a huge deck and paver patio that would allow him to entertain. When he’s not working, he loves hunting, fishing, and family life.

 Jayson Elhajj

Jayson is from the Middletown area and graduated from Middletown Area High School. Jayson has always kept himself busy with work. He’s worked in a few warehouses, retail and restaurant positions, and recently as an insulator for about a year and a half.

Jayson enjoys working on kitchens the most. Kitchens are where all the food is made and all the best conversations are had. Jayson says the best part of joining ReMod squad has been “being part of the family that everyone here has created.”

If Jayson’s dream remodel project could come to life, it would be restoring an old farmhouse. Every aspect from the complete gut to finish

Jayson’s first love is art. He’s an artist who mostly enjoys creating graphite portraits. Ultimately though, he loves creating all kinds of art.

Nick Bixler

Nick grew up in the area and attended Central Dauphin East High School. After high school and for the past 5 years, Nick worked for a flooring company. Then in 2018, he joined us at ReMod Squad and has been a welcome addition.

Nick says that his favorite remodeling job is completing a bathroom. He enjoys completing tile showers and likes watching the project come together. He says the best part of working at ReMod Squad is, “working with such a great crew which makes the work enjoyable.”

If Nick could complete his dream remodel project it would be a nice kitchen. He’d like to have concrete countertops as well as a backsplash that gives a nice contrast.

Allen Jacobs

Allen grew up in the area and attended Susquenita High School in 2016. While attending high school Allen also went to Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School. While going to VoTec, he studied Automotive Technology for 3 years. Upon completing, he received his Inspection and Emissions license.

Allen has worked for a local drywall company and a home builder hanging drywall and framing ceilings for modular homes. He is most fond of any sorts of the tiling process. He truly excels in hanging drywall. He loves working for Remod Squad because “It’s a great and very happy environment”.

His dream remodel project on his own home would be finishing the basement into a man cave with a gigantic master bathroom. Outside of working with Remod Squad, you can find Allen tinkering with his trucks, cars, and 4-wheelers. You may even find him fishing or out in the mud driving his mud truck.

Pat Holjes

With over 30 years in the industry, you can always count on Pat to help you find a design that showcases her client’s style while offering the functionality that they need. Her own personal design style can be described as eclectic and Brizo products has been fun for her to work with, it’s no wonder that when she isn’t bringing designs to reality that she is enjoying her time reading, cooking or in the garden.

What a great company to work with. I had never used a contractor before and these guys made me feel so comfortable. I am ecstatic with my new walk-in shower. I am looking forward to having Remod Squad do other projects. I would highly recommend them to anyone.

Nancy W Facebook Review

Very personable and professional. They will work with you on even small jobs and you can trust that whatever they do will be done right. I have never had to call them back about a job but I have no doubt that if I did, they would be here...not just disappear like some contractors have been know to do.

Doris R Facebook Review

I highly recommend ReMod Squad! From the very first meeting to discuss my project to the end of my project, I was pleased with how prompt, professional, and personable the entire team is! I live in a very old log house where nothing is square, and nothing phased these guys! Beautiful work!!! I can't wait to have them back for more projects.

Lynn B Facebook Review

We had a wonderful experience working with ReMod Squad. They did an excellent job on our bathroom. They were very knowledgeable and friendly. Every day they left the room clean and vacuumed. The pricing was very fair. We highly recommend them for any remodel that you are considering

Mary B Facebook Review

Cody & his team were a pleasure to work with...I couldn't believe how fast they were while still maintaining high-quality work. Everything was done by the book and our inspections went flawlessly.

Alex J Basement Remodel, York Haven