Custom One Homes

Todd Polifka

How did you get your start in custom homebuilding?

I’ve always had a passion for the homebuilding industry. I love having the opportunity to be creative, work with clients, get to know their stories, and bring their home dreams to life.

What inspires and influences your work?

I’m inspired by a challenge! I like unraveling complex problems and bringing value to clients during the design and construction phases of their projects.

How would you describe your build style?

Custom One Homes builds homes in a wide range of styles. We draw a lot of ideas from coastal and European architecture. However, the majority includes a mix of traditional, transitional, and modern influences.

Why do you think your clients choose you as their builder?

We support and invest in the communities where we build—we’re often cheering right next to you at the Friday night football game! Our team has a wealth of building experience and always strives for excellence. We willingly take on complex projects and unique design challenges. Since 1983, Custom One Homes has built over 1,000 homes and earned a reputation for quality that we’re proud to uphold.

How do you bring a client’s vision to life?

Our proven process gets to the root of our clients’ wants, wishes, and needs. Custom One Homes listens carefully to how you want to live and uses those important details to create your dream home.

What are the most important elements of a successful build team?

Open communication built upon transparency and trust is key.

What do you wish others knew about your company?

We are completely locally owned and operated. We build in local communities and also on homesites owned by our clients both around the lakes and in Wisconsin. Our community matters to us, and we are continually looking for new ways to invest in it. Forging meaningful relationships with our clients means the world to us.

What are some of your favorite trends in new construction?

That’s a long list! I’d say some of my favorite trends are the use of technology and home automation, organic features, mixing wood and painted cabinetry, bright pops of color, clean lines, and the influence of metal and commercial finishes in residential settings.

What makes you proud to be a builder?

I’m in awe of the privilege of helping shape and grow my community’s aesthetic for years to come. I take pride in doing quality work that’s focused on people. Lastly, I’m humbled by the opportunity to give back to my community and invest in charities I care about.

How do you define an Artisan home?

A home that is built with the best products and carries out unmatched design.


Photo by Meghan Doll Photography


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