Experienced in designing and building dream homes

Family owned and operated for 30 years, we take the greatest satisfaction from the relationships we develop with our clients. Nothing is more important to us than serving those who have entrusted us with the responsibility of delivering to them the environment they will choose to live the happiest moments of their lives in.

Our passion is to help you add timeless beauty, comfort and everyday enjoyment to your living space. Rich Design & Build provides professional design resources & services that will bring comfort, and joy in addition to added value to your home whether you are looking for a new custom dream home, a major remodel or simply minor alterations to improve livability, Rich Design & Build has the desire, resources, and ability to make your dreams come true inside and out. We will also help you find the perfect contractor for your project.

Meet the team

Rich Melchior

Founder

Rich Melchior

The founder of our business, Rich has worked in the field for 30 years, providing world class design, proven insight, and building strong and lasting client relationships. Rich first picked up a hammer and started working when he was 13, from foundation to ridge, Rich has the knowledge and experience to bring your project to fruition. A Certified Professional Building Designer with NCBDC, Rich continues to study Architectural design across the world to bring innovative and unique designs to his clients.

Gloria Melchior

Interior Design Specialist/Project Manager

Gloria Melchior

Our interior selection & design specialist, Gloria has over 15 years of design and project management experience, allowing her to translate your visions in to reality, on time, on budget and most importantly on point to your design concept. Being a graduate of the Design Professional Academy, and the GRCC Construction & Interior Design Program, Gloria continues to study and discover new contemporary and traditional design techniques to better serve her clients.

Anthony Melchior

Lead Contractor/Project Manager

Anthony Melchior

Principal on construction and design, Anthony has led all designs through the building process for the last 10 years. Experienced in home design, permitting and all phases of the construction possess, he manages and oversees all aspects of project management to ensure construction is completed on time, within budget, and built with integrity. His communication, training, and experience is essential in preserving and maintaining the connection between our clients, our designers, and our staff in the field and guaranteeing your project is a success.

Vernon C. DuPree - June 1950 (Retired)

President & Owner, Modern Kitchens and Baths 

Vern was born and raised in St. Louis and graduated from Kirkwood High School. He went on to college, graduating from Washington University with a BSBA degree in business. He added to his education and self-improvement by graduating from Fort Benjamin Harrison Officers Finance School and serving two years as Finance Officer at the 5th Army Headquarters. Vern's wife Judy is a registered nurse with the Rockwood School District. He considers his greatest accomplishments to be his children, grandchildren, and his business - Modern Kitchens and Baths where all our associates feel like family. We have two locations – one in St. Louis and the other in Manchester. The success of the company is due to the wonderful support that St. Louis city and county give to this family-owned business. Our company is in its fourth generation of business and we are proud to have had customers for that long. Our business is one of the oldest kitchen and bath companies in the United States. Before there were home centers, Modern Kitchens and Baths was selling kitchen cabinetry to customers at low discounted prices. St. Louis, we thank you for your loyalty.

Dave DuPree - January 1976

Owner at Modern Kitchens and Baths, South Store

As an owner of Modern Kitchens and Baths, David has more than 35 years in the kitchen and bath industry. His number one priority is customer satisfaction. With the family name on the line in every kitchen and bath, he naturally employs rigorous standards in every phase of your remodeling project. David's product knowledge is unsurpassed because he literally grew up with designers and decorators. Customers appreciate his no-nonsense approach to product selection, design features, and cost-saving ideas. Always patriotic and civic-minded, David participates in the Partners in Education program through the Rockwood School District, where his wife serves as an assistant principal. He also sponsors a soccer league and stars as a goalie on one of its teams. David's other interests include Harley-Davidson motorcycles, World Cup soccer, chocolate, and his daughter - affectionately known as "Peanut."

Mike DuPree - July 1981

Owner at Modern Kitchens and Baths, West Store

Michael A. DuPree is the founding-owner of the Modern Kitchens and Baths, West Showroom. He is an Executive Kitchen and Bath Designer/Salesperson, plus Showroom Project Manager. The newly updated West Showroom is a must-see - with each beautiful vignette designed by Michael and his staff. Michael has been lovingly and carefully trained under the watchful and diligent eye of two generations of Duprees. He has dedicated the greater part of his 40-plus years of adult life to the home improvement, general contracting, and kitchen and bath industry. His specialties in design, cabinetry components, and furnishings afford Michael a unique anthology of experience and technical knowledge. His vast store of knowledge, experience, and professional affiliations provides our customers with unsurpassed access to architects, skilled craftsmen, and specialty tradesmen. All this is yours with a handshake from Michael or one of his highly skilled staff. This extra advantage places your home improvement project in the very best of hands, regardless of your individual needs. Functionality, aesthetic desires, and project budget restraints are all serious concerns as you begin to plan your home improvement. Michael has literally worked with thousands of homeowners, business owners, and special interest groups to bring their dreams and needs to live through the design process. The final phase - execution of the plan - is where you will find Michael’s expertise invaluable. Michael has the pulse of the industry in his sight when it comes to providing top-of-the-line products for very cost-effective prices. Being a lifetime businessman and family-oriented person, he understands how to stretch a dollar without sacrificing quality. He likes to joke that he provides diamonds at the price of coal. Stop by and let Michael make your own diamond-in-the-rough into a perfectly cut sparkling diamond. Now meet with the rest of the hand-picked staff Michael has assembled and takes such pride in:

Angie Machelett - September 2004

Mike’s Right Arm at Modern Kitchens and Baths, West Store

As store manager, it is Angie’s responsibility to assist our salesmen in the preparation of estimates, contracts, and purchase orders to help assure professional sale presentations and timely completion of projects.

Tracy Fehr - April 2008

Designer at Modern Kitchens and Baths, West Store

Coming from one of our cabinet suppliers - Kitchen Craft Cabinetry, which employed him for 8 1/2 years, Tracy was given the chance to get to know the staff at Modern Kitchens and Baths. This company has provided him with the opportunity to become part of the family and he is very proud to be a part of it. His contribution to the team is an in-depth knowledge of the cabinet industry. Knowing that the kitchen has now become a place where people congregate, he looks at designing a kitchen that appears to be more like a piece of furniture, but at the same time provides full functionality for all your cooking needs. Please come by with all your ideas and he will do whatever he can to incorporate them - providing you with the kitchen of your dreams with the least amount of stress possible

Robert Barr - July 1989

Designer at Modern Kitchens and Baths, West Store

Modern Kitchens and Baths is very fortunate to have acquired one as talented and experienced as Bob Barr. He joined our company in 1988 with 13 years of design experience in high-end, custom kitchens. Bob's finesse and experience will make your kitchen and bath whatever you want it to be.

Robert Sutter - August 2017

Designer at Modern Kitchens and Baths, West Store

Robert has designed thousands of kitchens, bars, offices, and bathrooms currently in use in the St. Louis metropolitan area. With more than thirty years of design experience, he combines your definitive style with unmatched practicality, always at a superb value. As a former geometry teacher, Robert incorporates several levels of symmetry into his designs for a functional arrangement with a classical look and a comfortable feel. You will appreciate his attention to each home owner’s individual needs and preferences.

erin hamilton

Erin Hamilton - February 2020

Designer at Modern Kitchens and Baths, West Store

Erin is a Kitchen & Bath designer with over 10 years of experience in the industry. Her understanding of design, style and color will ensure that your space flows seamlessly with your personal style. Having come to us from an online cabinet dealer, she has designed thousands of spaces for clients all around the US and has an understanding of many unique and cutting-edge styles.

Email: Erinh@mkbstl.com