Building thoughtful spaces and joyful places for all.


Custom Joy is your solution-driven one-stop shop for accessible design and functional living. We are a diverse interdisciplinary team doing construction differently. As client advocates and educators in universal design, we optimize living-in-place for all ages and abilities. We equip and empower you to live with joy.

Ways We Can Work Together:

Say goodbye to homes that do not work for you.

We hear stories daily of people “just getting by” in their home that does not meet their specific needs. At Custom Joy, we firmly believe that it does not have to be that way. We curate comfortable, beautiful, and safe spaces for persons with a wide range of abilities, and we are by your side every step of the way.


The interview

(Like a first date, but better.)


Client vision / goals

(We create your tailor-made plan.)



(This is where we make the magic happen.)


Satisfaction survey

(We want to know that you love it!)

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Meet the Founders

Gretchen Kingma

Gretchen is the yellow lab of the group. You will find her at networking events and coffee shops, telling anyone who will listen about Custom Joy and its sister brand, Empowered Homes. Also an occupational therapist, Gretchen founded Empowered Homes after identifying a gap in real estate services for people with disabilities and aging adults. She is honored to be co-owner of Custom Joy and a top-producing realtor in Saint Louis, MO. She is married to a rock-solid numbers guy who keeps her in line and has two young kids who have single-handedly given her the experience to manage any project and solve all the problems.


Tiffany is married to quite the charm of humor, a mom (of 3 boys, two humans, and a dog), and lives by experience as an occupational therapist and living with a disability. She married her love for home design and construction with her many professional and educational backgrounds. Tiffany co-founded Custom Joy with the gal she dreamed of starting this business with from the first time they met! She is known to be a tenacious perfectionist and quick to admit that she obsesses over the details of every project. With these traits, she can achieve the best fit for her clients while meeting their style and bringing joy back into their spaces.


Going beyond ADA

According to a recent study completed by HUD (Housing and Urban Development), less than 1% of homes in the US are accessible. Yet, the University of Michigan’s National Poll on Healthy Aging shows that 88% of adults desire to remain in their homes forever.

Custom Joy creates tailor-made solutions for that problem.


Experience joy through thoughtful renovation or new construction.


Already have your construction team? No problem. We are your design advocate providing custom consultation throughout your entire project.


Download one of our guides or take a course and curate your own joy!

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