Our Team


Gary FassbenderG&S Fassbender, LLC, aka Distinctive Renovations, is a local, family-owned design-remodel company located in Appleton, Wisconsin. Distinctive Renovations was founded in 2007 by Gary Fassbender, and his wife Susan. 

Distinctive Renovations has been making remodeling dreams a reality for over ten years in the Fox River Valley. Design has always been the focus, followed by exceptional attention to detail and project management once the job was begun – from demolition to the final polishing the floors. As we enter into the second decade of our business, we have shifted the focus to a more design service model. Many of our customers have an “Uncle George” who is a fantastic carpenter, and a nephew “Harry” who is an electrician, and they wish to have their family help them to complete the project, but they have no idea how to design the space to fit their needs. We now offer our award winning design service, tailored to just this specific need. 

Gary’s passion for the study of architecture leads him to think outside the box when presented with a client’s design idea. No two spaces are the same, as each is tailored specifically to the clients needs and/or wants. 

Susan has over 25 years of experience in customer service and office management. She has a BA in Art and English from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She is currently serving as the Chapter Executive for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), Fox Valley Chapter, and enjoys educating the general public as to WHY they should hire a NARI Professional. As a Genealogist specializing in Outagamie County, Wisconsin, she assists clients in discovering the special life stories of their ancestors, and how they helped shape the community in which they lived. She loves nothing more than to have a client ask her to create a House History for their historic home. Every home has a fascinating history.

It used to be that you might see one or both of their children assisting on the job site during the summer months, but they have both moved on to bigger and better things. Kate is living in New York City, and Bryan is working for Creative Conners in Warren, Rhode Island. A new member of our team joined us in 2016 – December 27th to be exact. Lizzy aka Elisabeth Marie is an 8 pound miniature Schnauzer. Lizzy spends her day on her “perch” looking out the window, and charming all the visitors to our office building.