Space Lift was founded by Drew McDaniel and Carolyn Manney in 2011 as a way to connect Drew's building skills, Carolyn’s small business experience, their combined interest in design, and a desire to collaborate with others.


Drew began working on houses in Minneapolis, MN in 2005. Quickly developing the skills required for new construction and remodeling, his desire to continue growing as a carpenter led to work in wood shops starting in 2008. Drew apprenticed with Earl Stovall Woodworks in Nashville, TN, Cris Bifaro Woodworks in Asheville, NC, and Jay Brennan Woodworking in Cold Spring, NY, learning different approaches and techniques from each. His wood shop is now located in the Hudson Valley, outside of New Paltz. In addition to being a woodworker, Drew is an accomplished guitar player and home recordist, as well as father to his son, Emmett.


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Carolyn began working in the wood shop in 2011, learning a wide range of building and finishing skills alongside Drew. In addition to the physical work of building cabinets, Carolyn brings practical business experience to Space Lift, from her extensive background working with small businesses. After learning the ropes at a cooking school in Minnesota in 2006, she then went on to help three other small food businesses create their own cooking schools. She developed classes, hired instructors, created budgets, and provided genuine customer service. She now enjoys channeling her experience working in commercial home kitchens, into helping clients navigate the design process and collaborating with them to create the kitchen of their dreams. A kitchen that is equal parts functional, intuitive, and beautiful. Carolyn is also a photographer, writer, and cook, and mother to her sweet boy, Emmett.