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Ethos is the Fundamental Spirit of Community

Let’s end the idea that we can build rows of boxes on the cheap and call them neighborhoods. Without a second thought to how those who live there will actually live.
Ethos shapes the entire scene. We take a wide-angle view on community. That’s why we see through the full dynamics of designing, building, developing, and representing a place.

Collectively, Ethos creates standout spaces for people to simply exist better. We reflect on the total environment—even the cultural impact of our work—down to the ongoing ripple effects in everyday lives.

As a women-led, vertically-integrated agency from Idaho, Ethos is natural outlier. Yet we’ve become a nationally-recognized thought leader. We bring expansive new vision to the design+build, development, and real estate space.

Originally formed by Sarah Cunningham as Desiderata Interiors in 2010, and rebranded to Ethos in 2014, our guiding forces have never wavered. With roots in neighborhood activism, we believe community matters. Our environment matters. How you live matters.

Meet the Minds Behind Ethos

Sarah Cunningham

[ Founder & CEO ]

Tab Carman


Anna-Marie Vargas

[ Architectural Designer ]

Amy Heath

[ Administrative Assistant ]

Brian Andersen

[ Site Superintendent ]

Chris Athas

[ Fine Woodworker ]

Alexi Malenky & Corey Nicholl

[ Carpentry Team ]

Travis Covel

[ Finish Carpenter ]

Amiah Heath

[ Social Media Coordinator ]

Learn More About Us

Founder and CEO of Ethos Design+Remodel since 2010. She is a Boise native, active mother, and a savvy advocate for sustainable practices in the home and community. 

As a developer and realtor, Sarah uses her gift for listening & communicating to create a unique and personalized experience for of her projects. Her eye for design, solution-orientation and leadership skills, and dedication to our local community are valuable insights she brings to help her real estate clients in their real estate endeavors.

Tab Carman is an accomplished Interior Designer with a knack for blending creativity and sustainability. With a BFA in Interior Design from the University of Idaho, Tab has spearheaded interior architecture departments and managed a diverse array of projects from hospitality to healthcare. His expertise in Revit, AutoCAD, and Adobe Suite, coupled with his leadership roles in organizations like Interior Designers of Idaho, showcase his commitment to excellence. 

One of our in-house designers, Anna-Marie works with clients to see their vision to reality – from concept to Certificate of Occupancy. She walks you through the design and permit process, all the way through to your finished project. 

With a background in Industrial Design, Anna-Marie provides Ethos with project management and coordination, web development, marketing, and jurisdictional permitting.

Amy comes to us with experience in top tier organization and customer service skills. She is responsible for running everything in the office from answering phone calls and emails to keeping accurate records for all of our remodeling projects.

Brian is our Site Superintendent here at Ethos. A seasoned construction professional who brings years of industry knowledge to the Ethos team, Brian is passionate about delivering quality, environmentally-conscious and cutting edge construction services.

Brian’s approach to managing a construction site is to communicate clearly and often with our clients so they feel confident about the work that is happening and understand the why and the how behind a project. Brian prides himself on staying on schedule and keeping clients aware if something changes.

Our in-house fine woodworker, Chris comes to us with many years of Hollywood set-building experience. The required attention to detail he gained from this gives him the ability to craft period pieces dating back from the last 500 years to date. Chris shines in residential remodels for historic homes. 

Our dynamic duo, these two cover a wide range of skills in almost every area of construction.  Well-versed in sustainable building techniques, including but not limited to framing and carpentry, basic electrical and plumbing, insulation, sheetrock, painting, tile, flooring, fence-building, decking, installing doors and windows, installing cabinetry and appliances and lighting, building/installing custom shelving, and repair work in all of these areas.

They are well-versed in green building techniques and familiar with the range of non-toxic materials available for most jobs.

With a B.S. in Environmental Science and plenty of field experience, we are welcoming Travis as our newest finish carpenter here at Ethos.  He has management experience and top notch carpentry skills with an emphasis on a clean and safe work environment.

As our social media coordinator, Amiah assists in developing ideas and creating content for all of our social media outlets.

She also helps with back office procedures such as data entry, mailngs, and record keeping.

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