Welcome to R.L. Rider Remodeling, Lansing’s premier design/build remodeler. We take pride in our unique vision, refined design and selection process, and the finest craftsmanship in Michigan. We have made our name by focusing on you, our customer, and we will do everything possible to ensure your project is successful and exceeds expectations. On this page of our site, you’ll find a brief history of the company and its owner, and the certifications that we maintain. Please read on about our company and once you’re ready to get started, give us a call at 517-487-3713 or fill out our contact form by clicking the link at the top of any page. Thank you.

Company History

Established in Lansing in 1924, R.L. Rider Remodeling has been continuously serving Mid-Michigan for over a century. While it was originally founded as a roofing and siding company, things quickly progressed into offering window and door installation as well as screen room and patio installation. With window and door installation being a great portion of their project, Phil Branstetter, the previous owner of R. L. Rider, transitioned to not only installing the doors and windows but producing them as well! Eventually, the window/door manufacturing portion of the business was discontinued as the market needed more interior contractors, so R. L. Rider grew to be Lansing’s first design/build firm with a focus on residential remodeling. After running the business successfully for over 30 years, Phil decided to pass the company on to the next generation. In 2015 the business was purchased by Cameron Smith whose goal is to continue the proud tradition of delivering Lansing’s finest remodels.

Cam brought his own wealth of experience and unique business perspective from owning another contracting firm – C.A. Smith Construction, LLC. Founded in 2005, C.A. Smith Construction specialized in decorative concrete and outdoor living areas. That grew into offering a full slate of exterior updates, which naturally evolved into large-scale remodeling of both interiors and exteriors. Combining lessons learned from his own business and the knowledge Phil offered has allowed Cam to better grow R.L. Rider Remodeling in order to reach new heights and serve more and more happy customers every year. We now offer a wide range of services, including kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, and additions, with an in-house design and production team to help make your vision a reality.

In conjunction with the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Lansing (HBA) and the U.S. Marine Corps, we have had the pleasure of helping the Toys for Tots program yearly. Our team donates their time towards building their community, helping the HBA in their community outreach programs, donating food during the holidays, and coaching youth football! Community is truly important to us as we strive to maintain a family atmosphere. Even though the company is not owned by the namesake Rider family, we still keep in touch with the grandson of the founder who lives locally here in Michigan! Being part of the history is an honor and we plan to play our part to continue the tradition for the next 100 years.

Certifications, Memberships, and Partnerships

R.L. Rider Remodeling is fully licensed by the State of Michigan. We carry comprehensive insurance to protect your family and property,
as well as our own crew members.

You may check the validity and expiration date of any license by visiting the following link:


License Holder: Cameron Smith
Residential Builder Individual
License Number: 2101176922

License Holder: CA Smith Construction
Residential Builder Company
License Number: 2102200610

License Holder: Michaela Swope
Residential Builder Individual Salesperson
License Number: 352200621