Custom One Homes

Todd Polifka

What sets Custom One Homes apart is simple, they aren’t afraid to take on challenge. Their staff is passionate about solving design issues for their clients—from the initial conception to any hiccups along the way, they shoulder the stresses of building a home, shielding you and your investment. Their decisions are grounded in a commitment to deliver the home you desire without making compromises. Throughout over 30 years of business, this dedication to forging a path to their client’s ideal homes has earned them a unique reputation, often resulting in partnering with many of their clients on multiple projects.

What got you started in custom homebuilding?

I’ve always had a passion for the homebuilding industry. I love having the opportunity to be creative, work with clients and get to know their stories, and then 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 builds homes in a wide range of styles. I draw a lot of ideas from coastal and European architecture. However, the majority include 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.

What are some of your projects or accomplishments you’re most proud of?

I’m proud of every single home we create. Additionally, I’m pleased to represent a business with true longevity (we’ve been building since 1983!) and a legacy to maintain. Lastly, I take great pride in our developments, such as Autumn Ridge in Woodbury, and the forthcoming Royal Club in Lake Elmo.

What architectural styles do you like best and why?

I appreciate all architectural styles; I enjoy mixing different styles and trends. Some of my favorite projects involve clients who love bold design and want to create something original!

What are some of your favorite trends you’re seeing this year?

That’s a long list! I’d say increased use of technology and 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 do others view as your “signature” in your homes?

Our homes feature stunning millwork and standout, custom design features.

What do you think are some of the most important elements of a successful build team?

Open communication built upon transparency and trust.

What do you wish others knew about your company?

We are completely locally owned and operated. 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 makes you most proud to be a builder?

I’m in awe of the privilege of helping shape and grow my community’s aesthetics 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.


Photography by Meghan Doll