Zehnder Homes, Inc.

Eric Zehnder

How did you get started in homebuilding?

I started flipping homes back in 2004. While doing that came across a teardown in SW Minneapolis and decided to take the next step and build new. I built my first home in 2006 and have been doing it ever since.


How would you describe your team’s approach to a new project?

What I like, and I think my team likes, is that every project is different and each client is different. That said, we have a similar process for each house that we know works. It helps the build stay on track and go as smoothly as a new build can go. There are always bumps in the road of a custom home, but having a formal process is very important.

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

Communication is key. I always say that there are hundreds of people who have a hand in a new home and the more we can all stay on the same page, the more successful the build will be. Pride of workmanship is a major component as well. We all feel very strongly about the end product and when you have that pride in what you’re building, it shows in the final result.

What sets your company apart?

I truly think our floor plans are what set us apart. I think our homes are designed and built to be very livable. I take a lot of pride in taking the time to think through how a home will live and making the small adjustments to make it just right. I also think our straightforward and transparent approach is something clients find refreshing and they really appreciate.

What are some of your favorite trends and styles in new construction?

Outdoor living is a great trend in recent years. It is great to be able to use our outdoor spaces for as much of the year as we can in Minnesota and to extend our indoor space to the outdoors is just a great way to do that. I also really like the use of unique designs whether it be with wallpaper or a fun tile. Something that catches your eye and makes a statement!

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

I think being a good listener is one of the most important parts of custom building. To bring a client’s vision to life, you first need to really listen to what that vision is and understand what they are looking to build. And then you need to be able to adapt. Custom building inherently comes with many choices and selections, so visions can change and it is important to adapt to your client’s evolving vision.

What makes you proud to be a builder?

I think what makes me proud is that I am building something that is going to be in place for a long time. Something that I can drive by in 20 years and still be proud of. I’m proud of how we listen to clients and help them translate their dreams into reality for their family too.


Photography by Meghan Doll