Home design business moves to Freeport after ‘complete loss’ from Portland fire – pressherald.com

The aftermath from the June 2021 in Portland. Courtesy of Carey Goltz

In the early morning hours on June 11, a warehouse fire in Portland devastated Carey Goltz’s home design business.

A call from the fire department came in around 2:30 a.m., and while no one was seriously injured, Goltz said “everything was a complete loss.”

“Not much that you can do,” Goltz said. “It’s a feeling that you’re helpless.”

Design Concepts was founded in 2007, and in the years leading up to the fire, Goltz said she was able to grow the business and build a strong client base. The company specializes in home renovation, including countertops, cabinets and vanities, flooring and other elements of home décor.

The cause of the fire was ruled unknown, and Goltz said she continues to work with insurance companies to determine the cost of damages.

A sign outside of Design Concepts new Freeport location. C. Thacher Carter / The Times Record

Today, Design Concepts operates at new makeshift location, inside a 13,000-square-foot building off Route 1 in South Freeport. The business has three employees and works with a handful of outside contractors.

Prior to the fire, Goltz was already