Our Team

Who Are We?

We are a full service design and remodeling company operated by an Interior Designer with six years of training and 20 years of experience. We specialize in Bathroom Remodeling, Finish Basement, Open Floor Projects, Decks and Kitchens when original layout needs to be changed. We have a crew of experienced licensed professionals who do the work.

We offer design consulting, space planning, decorating and construction as separate services. However, every remodeling project comes with a complimentary design assistance that includes space planning advice, color and style coordination, assistance on material and finishing selections and design monitoring of the renovation to ensure high quality and integrity of the design.

We also do commercial projects. Irene Samson has remodeled several assistant living facilities, office buildings and business centers.

Irene Designs has been on the local market since 2006.


Our Philosophy About Working With Clients

We welcome and encourage client participation at every step of the process. Our number-one goal is your satisfaction. Our team guarantees that we can solve any design problem you may have.

Just let us know what you want and we can make your vision a reality. Our team knows that a house needs to have a flow that works with the people living in it.

We also understand that some people prefer wall space to back furniture up to, while others crave bringing the outdoors inside. One room can have several designs and we promise that we can create the room that meets your needs, lifestyle, and budget.


Irene works closely with every Client listening to their needs, and translating their ideas into personal designs. She makes sure that no small detail is overlooked and that every project becomes a success.

Contact us at (860) 791-6571 to discuss our various home remodeling services.

Meet Our Team

Irene Samson, Interior Designer

“I have had a passion for interior design since I was a child.  One of my favorite games was to draw floor plans for my doll’s dream house.  I would position a bed, a dresser, and a table and imagine my dolls living there.  I was designing homes even before I knew of the career.  I have been designing interiors ever since.  My first college degree was foreign languages and economics but later on I got my second degree in interior design and started as a professional.  I enjoy what I am doing, even if I had enough money to sustain me throughout my entire life, I would still be doing this for fun.  I also enjoy music, ballroom dancing, poetry, painting, spending time with my family, hiking and playing with my pets.”

Gene Samson, General Manager

Gene has an engineering and construction background.  He worked as a contractor for several years before starting his own business. Gene has over 25 years experience in framing, sheetrock, carpentry, painting, and tile installation.  Gene performs estimates and inspections during construction stepping in, when needed.  He has a very positive attitude, enjoys philosophy and poetry.  His creed is appreciating life’s gifts in the everyday routine and trying to find joy in every moment.  Gene is very creative and will find a way out of any tough situation.  Gene likes spending time with his family, playing with his dogs and cats, hiking, reading, and writing.

Linda Knybel, Office Manager

Linda has a solid business background and enjoys the challenges of multitasking.  Her favorite parts of working with the Irene Design team is the camaraderie amongst the group, supporting the customers and staying current with the innovations in the world of construction and design.  When she is not working, you can find her gardening, hiking, traveling with her family, reading, or playing with her grandchildren and pets.

Walter Lomaga, Contractor

Walter Lomaga is a professional carpenter and master deck builder.  He is extremely knowledgeable with custom wood design and rough and finish carpentry work.  Walter has worked with our company since 2009.  Prior to working with our team, Walter has managed construction teams, skiing resort maintenance, and owned his own company.  When he’s not using his talents as a carpenter you can find him skiing, cooking his favorite foods, and spending time with his daughter.  Walter has been a master carpenter for over 20 years and really loves to work with all types of wood.

Denys Zelentsov, Contractor

Denys Zelentsov has 14 years experience as a professional painter and tile installer.  He has worked with Irene Designs since 2007.  His favorite part of his job is using his passion and skills to implement the designs.  His work area is always neat and he truly is concerned with pleasing his customers.  When he is not working, you can find Denys reading, listening to classical music, fishing, hiking or traveling to Europe.  Denys brings his vast European design and professional work ethic to everything he does.

Kim Watts, Contractor

Specialized at various times in framing, interior trim, kitchens and baths, tiling, and decks.  “My satisfaction comes from a job well done and seeing the pleasure it brings to the homeowner.  My job is to install the materials while keeping the work/home environment as stress and mess free as possible.”  He has been in business over two decades.  His newest interest/obsession is remodeling the mid-century Cape Cod house for maximum comfort, energy efficiency, storage, and flow.  He is married with two adult children, and enjoys sailing and tai-chi.

Brendan Owens, Electrical Contractor

Brendan Owens is a quality minded electrical contractor with 15 years experience in residential and commercial electrical installations.  His company, Owens Electric, started in 2007, has a strong history of customer satisfaction at all levels and he has worked entirely on word of mouth and referrals since. Brendan has had experience from start to finish with many new home construction projects, as well as extensive wiring of custom additions and remodeling projects.  In 2010, Brendan launched a solar pv installation company called Summer Hill Solar, which provides affordable options for customers to own their solar “power plants” and virtually erase there electric bills!  He is a licensed and insured CT Unlimited Electrical Contractor, as well as a Smart-E loan and CEFIA (CT solar incentives) authorized contractor.  Brendan lives in Woodstock, CT with his wife and two children.

David Robbin, Plumber

David has been in business for 14 years servicing the Hartford area and beyond. David has experience in plumbing and heating in residential and commercial installations.  His company is fully licensed and insured.  He takes pride in his work and does what he can to ensure customer satisfaction.  He has been married for 30 years, and has 3 children and one dog.  In his spare time he enjoys boating, traveling, and sports.

Peter Charest, Electrical Contractor.
Peter is a Licensed and Insured Electrical Contractor. Has 20 years of experience in the electrical field, has been self-employed for 12
years. Owns American Power, LLC. Has partnered with Irene and Gene for 10 years. Provides electrical services for ground-up new
construction, complete remodeling of kitchens and bathrooms, service upgrades, fire alarms, GFCI and ARC Fault protection,
LED lighting, and more. Peter has been married for 18years and has two sons.Peter has helped in supporting the Ellington Boy Scouts,
the boys Ellington Lacrosse, The Tolland County 4H Tractors Club, The CT State Police, the CT Children’s Medical Center, and St. Jude’s.

Denise Richards, Painter, Minor Home Improvement..

Denise grew up in a family who owned rental properties and she helped her dad take care of the maintenance.

“As I grew up, I maintained the painting aspect of this work because the very act of changing a color produces an instant gratification to the psyche of the people who live within those walls.  Paint has the power to change the mood and feel of your space. There is nothing better than to see my clients not only like what they see but to feel better about what they see. I am at heart a painter as my profession and passion”.

In her spare time, Denise likes to spend time with her family and read about different scientific subjects.

Sean Steiner, Carpentry, Tile Installation.

Has 15 years of experience in carpentry and 5 years of experience in tile. Sean has been in home improvement for 10 years. Has a diploma in industrial electronics, a mechanical diploma in Harley Davidson, and an associate degree in business. He is also a former Marine.

Enjoys reading, golf, spending time with his family. He also enjoys problem solving and researching things he is interested in.

David Barcomb, Assists with Tile Completion, and Various Home Remodeling Projects.

He started his career as a paralegal and then partnered with Sean and Denise to start a home improvement business.

Interested in poetry, foreign affairs, and history.

Irene Samson in Manchester, CT on Houzz
Irene Samson in Manchester, CT on Houzz
Irene Samson in Manchester, CT on Houzz

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