Leading Ladies 2017

Ann-Marie Goddard


For 12 years, Ann-Marie Goddard and her husband Christopher have been turning dreams into dream homes. Their companies, Exodus Construction and Exodus Design Group, work in unison as a design-build team. Working together they offer home interior and exterior design and general contractor services, both for renovation/addition work and building from the ground up. Ann-Marie does the design work and manages projects, and Christopher is the builder and general contractor. “My husband and I work as a team,” she says. “We plan for and execute every phase of the projects we are hired for, to give our clients, the very best results for every project.” What they’re doing must be working: Ann-Marie and Christopher have been working together at their business for almost 13 years. “As partners, and as a family, we’ve been blessed,” she says.

Exodus Design Group has been awarded Best of Houzz for 2016 and 2017, which is big news - but it’s not the biggest news. Ann-Marie and Christopher are about to open their new showroom in West Kingston, which has been in the works for a couple of years now. “It’s been a long process,” she says. “In the end, it is just as much an interior design house – which will include an extensive fabric library and custom furnishings - as it is a showroom. We’ll showcase tile, lighting, flooring and plumbing finishes, as well as kitchen and bath cabinetry.”

Starting a showroom seemed a natural extension of the design services Exodus already offers. “I love the creative process - every part of designing and then watching how it is achieved as it the design is executed through the build process,” she says. “I love bringing together colors, finishes, textures, fixtures and furniture to create a beautiful space for my clients.” The best part, Ann-Marie says, is “the final walk through when it is all in place and cohesive.” By then, she and her clients have spent so much time together, “that often times we have become friends. I listen to what their vision is, and get to know them and how they live in their spaces. I design responsively. It is always my goal for every space I design to be highly functional for how a client lives in the space, but also just as beautiful.”

Exodus serves Rhode Island, especially the coastal communities, but will travel to Massachusetts and Connecticut for projects both residential and commercial. What’s especially nice about having one design-build team is that it eliminates the all too common delays in communicating between designer and contractor. “I work with my husband to manage the schedule of his crew, which ensures the project not just be designed in a timely manner, but a team is available to make that design a reality without a long wait.” It’s also common for Exodus to work with other designers and builders who have their own clients, and they offer trade discounts to outside designers and builders. “Even if a homeowner already has a builder we welcome the opportunity to assist with design aspects such as custom choices in tile, cabinetry, vanities, custom furniture, lighting or any other finish you might need,” Ann-Marie says. “We are excited to be involved, to add value and to help make your home improvement project what you have been dreaming of.”

No matter how large or small the project, Exodus treats everyone with the same level of quality, care and attention to detail. “We are a faith-based business,” Ann-Marie says. “The most important thing about what we do is our interaction with our clients, vendors and everyone we encounter through the business.”

351 Liberty Lane, Suite 16, West Kingston | 782-2700 | ExodusRI.com

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