Who We Are


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

We build ‘Affordable Quality’ homes

Great Lakes Homes has a team of on-staff sub-contractors to ensure that work such as foundations, insulation, and electrical are handled by a select team of certified professionals. This allows us to cut cost and spend dollars where the homeowner sees the results without cutting quality.

An evolving business

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, 25 homes in 2018, 30 in 2019 and projecting over 50 homes in 2020.

Relationships matter

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.

Quality homes

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.


History & Philosophy

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, 25 homes in 2018, 30 in 2019 and projecting over 50 homes in 2020. Dave continues to love what he does and can’t wait to build the next house!


  • On-time delivery
  • Superior quality
  • Build it like it’s our own
  • Attention to detail
  • Accessibility

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.

Business Philosophy

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.

Associations and Awards:

  • Philanthropist of the Year – Freeland
  • Lions Club
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Named “Expert” by Freeland Living magazine, 2017



Contact us

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(989) 625-HOME or (989) 625-4663


220 N Main St,, Freeland, MI, 48623