June’s Builder of the Month: Werner Homes

Werner Homes President Bob Werner, center, flanked by his son, Jake Werner, and daughter-in-law, Mandy Werner.

Werner Homes President Bob Werner, center, flanked by his son, Jake Werner, and daughter-in-law, Mandy Werner.

The people at Werner Homes want to make people’s dreams come true. At least, they want to build people’s dream homes. After 53 years in business and a raft of ventures – real estate, land development and, of course, home construction – Werner Homes is our Builder of the Month.

Bob Werner, President of Werner Homes, likes to stress how important clients’ needs and wants are to his staff. Whether they start with an existing floor plan and customize it or create a brand-new design from scratch, the only limits are a client’s imagination and budget.

“We’re not like the big national builders who don’t give a lot of selection, we’re willing to customize to the point you want to give you the home you want,” Bob said.

Every member of the Werner Homes sales staff is trained to do plan design, which means they can sit with clients and work through the home design together.

They also work with clients as much or as little as they need to coordinate countertops with flooring, roof shingles with siding and windows with doors.

“A lot of people don’t realize you have to bring a lot of products together. There’s a lot of color coordination,” Bob said. “We give them as much guidance in that area as they want.”

The largest homebuilder in Sheboygan County, Werner Homes constructs between 30 and 60 homes each year. The family business was founded in 1963 by Bob’s father, Bob Werner, as a building and real estate company known as Lee Realty.

About 20 years later, the company decided to highlight the home building division by giving it the name Werner Homes, and the move has paid off. Werner Homes is now one of the most recognizable names in the home-building industry in Sheboygan County.

Among the things that makes Werner Homes distinctive is its commitment to craftsmanship. Werner, like several other homebuilders in the area, has its own finish and rough carpentry crews.

“That’s not unique in Sheboygan County, but at most building companies they hire out carpenters at the sub-contract level,” Bob said. “It allows us better control of quality.”

Doing business primarily in Sheboygan County, Werner also builds homes in Ozaukee, Manitowoc and Fond du Lac counties. In addition, Werner Homes boasts certifications in Focus on Energy, Certified Aging in Place and Certified Green Professional.

Werner Homes turns to United Building Supply for siding and replacement windows and to Nyhof Custom Gutter & Aluminim for gutters on the homes it builds.

“We’ve been working with them lot of years,” Bob said. “We’ve been very happy with them. We try to pick one supplier in each category and stay with them. I want someone who can provide good service to me before and after the sale.”

The relationship between United Building Supply and Werner Homes began decades ago, when Dan Nyhof started selling them Mirro aluminum siding back when they owned a lumber yard.

“They’ve got a great selection of quality products,” Bob said.

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