Our Team

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Christopher E. Fazio, Founder

Chris has been an entrepreneur and businessman since 1997 when he founded Top Choice Painting & Log Restoration. He has 18 years’ experience in contractor management, focusing in the areas of restoration, remodeling, and custom finishing of estates and custom homes. Chris serves his customers with devotion while paying great attention to detail. Under his leadership, his seasoned craftsmen create some of the most innovative luxury estate homes in Northern Michigan and West Michigan. With the current push for sustainable living options, Chris and his team endeavor to be industry leaders in creating attractive, affordable, sustainable custom homes in Northern Michigan and West Michigan.

Chris received a culinary degree and a valuable hospitality skill set in Scottsdale, Arizona, at one of the finest culinary arts schools in the southwest. His 15 years in the hospitality industry and fine dining management experience provide insight for the custom kitchens designed by Fazio Custom Homes. With a passion for marketing, Chris has a talent for making business grow. Chris brings his enthusiasm for organization and supervision to Fazio Custom Homes.

Today, Chris and his wife, Kim, reside in Grand Rapids. They enjoy boating, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Lori Fazio, Partner & Interior Designer

Lori Fazio is a full-service Interior Designer, and a partner at Fazio Custom Homes, providing a collaborative team approach for their clientele. Specializing in residential design, it is Lori’s goal to integrate interior design elements into a cohesive and seamless aesthetic.

Lori believes that design should be approached with the intent to create a timeless, functional and beautiful environment for her clients, where they are center stage. The finished space should reflect their unique personalities, interests, and travels, providing a stunning backdrop from which they can entertain, relax and enjoy life.

Her professional career includes 20 years of interior design and project management experience working at highly regarded Architectural and Interior Design Firms in La Jolla, California, and Phoenix, Arizona.

Lori was a team recipient of the DuPont Antron Design Award in New York City and featured in Progressive Architecture while working as an Associate/ Project Manager for Jain Malkin Inc. in La Jolla, California. Some of her projects are published in Contract Magazine, Designer’s West and Arizona Business Magazine.

Lori holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interior Design at Northern Arizona University, magna cum laude.

David Taylor, Construction Management Advisor

Having grown up in his father’s construction company, David has an inherent interest in the challenges the construction industry presents and the personal satisfaction and reward that it offers. David attended Western Michigan University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Science & Management.

During college and for several years following, he worked in the family construction business until his father’s retirement. After that, David’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to start his own construction company where he forged many relationships with clients, vendors, design professionals and associates through the many specialized projects his company performed and services it provided. After nine years in business, David made the difficult decision to close his company and change his career path to spend more time with his wife and two young sons.

He was drawn in to the healthcare industry where he was able to apply his knowledge of construction and facilities in his role as Facilities Manager for the area’s largest hospital system, and then as Director of Facilities for a private hospital. The responsibilities of these roles, including the management of construction projects within the complexities of healthcare facilities, was invaluable to his career. It led him to his current role as Construction Manager for one of West Michigan’s largest commercial real-estate developers, managing large-scale projects in an owner’s rep capacity.

The uniqueness of his experiences as a general contractor, sub-contractor, customer, facilities manager and owner’s representative has allowed him to see projects from different perspectives. He strives on each project to achieve fairness and balance of expectations between project contractors, design firms and owners in the four key areas of: cost, quality, schedule and safety.

David serves Fazio Custom Homes LLC in the capacity of Construction Management Advisor, providing guidance and counsel to help achieve project success and customer delight.

Mike Tofil, Lead Foreman

Mike brings 26 years of experience in construction to Fazio Custom Homes. Growing up in Dearborn, Michigan, he chose to pursue construction, at a young age. He relocated to Charlevoix, Michigan 10 years ago, where he still lives today.

Mike’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in graphic arts. He holds a builder’s license for the state of Michigan, and has owned his own business for 22 years. Mike has worked alongside some of the most highly respected, innovative builders and design firms, in the state of Michigan. His impeccable carpentry skills bring a superb level of detail to our work. He believes in the marriage of design and detail, and his work is proof of his passion.

Outside of his work life, Mike loves to focus on family time and spending time outdoors. He takes every moment he can to enjoy downhill skiing, boating, and spending time with his son, little Mikey, as well as his wife, Karin.

Mark J. Lipchik, AIA, LEED AP

Mark brings his architectural credentials, years of experience, and love for the area to Fazio Custom Homes.

Mark has a Masters Degree in Architecture from Lawrence Technological University. He is licensed to practice architecture in the state of Michigan and soon in Florida and North Carolina. Mark has a Masters Degree in Building Construction and a Bachelors Degree in Architecture from the University of Florida. He is a certified LEED Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design). Mark is a member of the AIA (American Institute of Architects). Also of the the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders, including the local High Performance Building Council (formerly the Green Building Council)).

Mark began his professional career in 1995 as an estimator/project manager for a civil construction company in Phoenix, AZ. There, he met his wife Becky. He briefly lived in South Carolina to assist with the development of a resort community on Lake Keowee. From there he moved to Chicago to work as a designer/draftsman on both commercial and residential projects. In 2000, Mark and Becky moved to Petoskey, MI. Mark worked for eight years under the leadership of Nick White, a notable architect in Northern Michigan. There he gained invaluable experience with high quality custom residential design.

Aside from starting his own design / architecture firm in 2009, Mark is busy raising four boys with Becky. They enjoy the outdoor life that Northern Michigan provides all year round.

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Fazio Custom Homes serves Northern and West Michigan including:

Charlevoix | Petoskey | Boyne City | Harbor Springs | Bay Harbor | Walloon Lake/Walloon Village | Torch Lake | Bellaire | Traverse City | Grand Rapids
Holland | West Michigan | Northern Michigan | Mackinac Island