Company History + Team

McMillan - Design Build was founded in 2008 by industry veteran Michael McMillan, whose 20 +year construction career is proven, having built great projects like schools, church facilities and many of Charlotte’s unique luxury homes and renovations. With our in-house Architectural Designer, McMillan - Design Build offers a one stop shop for our clients to receive full Architectural planning from conceptual designs to construction documents in conjunction with pre-construction estimations, value engineering, site assessments and feasibility studies. Visit our Design Build Services page for full descriptions of wow we can help bring your project to life.

To us, quality is as much about what is seen as it is about what is unseen. It’s easy to notice our attention to detail, quality of design and outstanding workmanship. Behind the scenes, we focus on structural integrity, energy efficiency, longevity and quality control.


Michael and wife Kathleen and 3 kids live in Davidson NC on a property that was designed and built in 2020 by McMillan Design Build.

Prior to forming McMillan Builders in 2008, Michael served as construction manager for 10+ years with nationally recognized Luxury Homebuilders and development firms in Charlotte. He was responsible for building many of Charlotte’s most recognized showhomes and HomeArama tour homes within premier luxury communities that include The Point on Lake Norman, heritage neighborhoods in Myers Park and gated new home communities in South Charlotte. McMillan has designed and created many beautiful projects over the years and is passionate in building forever homes that are barrier free, healthy and efficient.

Michael served in the Navy in the Construction Battalion known as the SeaBee’s while in the reserves he attended the University of Dayton in Ohio, prior to moving to North Carolina in 1997. McMillan is a NC Unlimited Licensed Building Contractor in both Residential and Commercial Construction since1999.

Design Build

Nicole has always been a designer and maker- she has fond childhood memories of constructing her own building blocks out of paper and tape, designing houses and buildings, and exhausting the countless possibilities of Legos. In her time outside of Design-Build projects with the McMillan team, Nicole holds adjunct faculty positions at local Schools of Architecture, spends time adventuring outdoors, traveling, and tending to her collection of plants.

Nicole joined the MBDB team as an Architectural and Design consultant. She quickly found her place among the crew as a creative problem solver, project designer and manager (although she doesn’t hesitate to join in at the construction site when she can!)

Nicole holds two degrees in Architecture from UNC Charlotte and has been working in the AEC industry for 6 years participating in projects ranging from healthcare environments, corporate and commercial interiors, educational facilities, and a grassroots design-build project for a developing village in Ghana, Africa.