Owner David Dennis holds a B.S. in English and geography with a minor in business from Central Michigan University. Dave’s role is designing and managing all builds. On site every day for every build, Dave’s approach minimizes miscommunication and, as the owner, he has a vested interest in upholding his business’s reputation. What does this mean for you?
“I love to be creative and build people a quality home with character. I enjoy and excel at managing the process. I am proud that all of my subs feel that my builds are the best-managed and on-time builds they are part of. I believe that has a lot to do with me being there every day and not paying someone to manage it for me.”
– David Dennis, Owner
How We Build Great, Affordable Houses
History and Philosophy
Great Lakes Homes’ history
After receiving a B.S. from Central Michigan University, David Dennis entered the construction business 20 years ago doing rehabilitation work and remodels. Over the past five years, he shifted his focus to working solely on building new homes.
In his first year building from scratch, he built one home. The following year: two homes. This allowed him to go through the process making sure everything went right as he learned and gained experience. Since then, the volume of business has steadily increased to 16 homes in 2017 and projecting 25 homes in 2018. Dave continues to love what he does and can’t wait to build the next house!
A major contributor to his philosophy, Dave took his experience of having a new home built for him to shape his building process and relationship with clients.
Our philosophy as a business
Dave says the business’ philosophy is not to cut corners just to save a couple of dollars. “It should never be hard to do the right thing,” says David. He also helps guide new homebuyers think through the features they will need in a home. He says there are many things homebuyers won’t know until they have actually lived in their home.
Dave says Great Lakes Homes tries to eliminate the surprises by doing things right the first time. For example, the company always puts in a 20-foot wide driveway so residents can park two cars side by side with enough room to get in and out of them comfortably. Other considerations include installing a man door in the garage where it can be used and put on a large back patio so that it will be able to accommodate lawn furniture.
David Dennis started in the construction business 20 years ago doing rehabs and remodels. Over the past five years, his entire focus was on building new homes. To inform his business, David took his experience of having a new home built for him to shape his philosophy and process. In his first year, he built one home. The following year: two. Since then, the volume of business has steadily increased to 16 homes in 2017 and projecting 25 homes in 2018.
We’ve built strong relationships with our sub-contractors and suppliers over the years, ensuring things run smoothly and you receive the best products available.
For us, quality is number one. We build things meant to last. Everyone we partner with shares these values so that everything that is put into your home is only of the best quality.
At Great Lakes Homes, these are the values we live by:
- On-time delivery
- Superior quality
- Build it like it’s our own
- Attention to detail
Made in the USA
Every home is built under Owner David’s direct supervision. Every day.
Made in the USA
We believe in keeping it local. We try to purchase as many products as we can that are made in the U.S.A.
Associations and Awards:
- National Association of Home Builders
- Named “Expert” by Freeland Living magazine, 2017
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