Vander Meulen Builders is custom home builder and whole home remodeling company. We are locally owned and deeply rooted in the West Michigan community servicing the lakeshore areas of Holland, Grand Haven, Saugatuck, South Haven and Hudsonville. We offer a long history of innovative and high-quality craftsmanship, along with personalized service and a reputation as one of West Michigan’s leading construction firms. We focus on incorporating quality materials and craftsmanship to build you a home that truly reflects your personality and style. We approach all aspects of the process with honesty and integrity and believe in developing relationships that extend beyond just building homes for people.
Vander Meulen Builders, is a family-owned business that traces its carpentry roots back at least seven generations to the Netherlands. The company was founded in 1924 by Rhine Vander Meulen. He quickly developed a reputation for high-quality work, building custom homes and summer cottages.
Family ownership of the business continued throughout the company’s history. Today the company is owned and operated by Jack Vander Meulen with his son Aaron Vander Meulen. Jack joined the firm in 1973, after working as a carpenter for many years. Jack quickly moved through the ranks in the company and became the president in 1996. Aaron joined the company in 2003 and is the fourth generation in the family business. Aaron has worked in the residential construction industry for more than 15 years and is currently our project manager, lead estimator and VP.
What has remained constant throughout the generations of owners is a commitment to customer service and satisfaction. Vander Meulen Builders collaborates with owners, architects, and designers to produce high-quality, unique buildings that stand apart and meet the needs of their owners for generations.
Jack Vander Meulen has been involved in the family business since 1973. Jack learned the construction business from the ground up starting out as a carpenter and advancing through the ranks. In 1996, Jack assumed the role of presidency and has seen many successful years go by. In addition to his leadership of the organization, Jack served as the president of the Holland Home Builders’ Association in both 1990 and 2000. He is currently a senior executive on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Association of Home Builders. In his free time, Jack enjoys being a grandfather to his grandchildren and exploring the globe with his wife Brenda. "When we travel we get to see all these different building designs and I think to myself, how can I incorporate that into one of my new projects."
Aaron Vander Meulen, has worked in the residential construction industry for 20 years, is the company's fourth generation home builder and is our acting president, project manager and estimator. Aaron enjoys keeping up to date on the newest trends and products in the home building industry, is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS), is currently working on earning his certificate to become a Green Home Builder (GHB), is a member of the local Home Builders Association (Lakeshore HBA), and is on the board for the National Codes Committee. Aaron earned an associates' degree as a Civil Engineering Technician from Michigan Technological University.
Whether your are ready to jump all in on your new build/remodel; or whether you're just scratching the surface of your curiosity of what could be; these individuals will be your first point of contact. Each of them brings their own unique and special skills to making sure Vander Meulen Builders remains successful and moving forward. Here at Vander Meulen Builders we want to make sure that you are continuously happy throughout your entire experience with us.
"The strength of the team is each individual member.
The strength of each member is the team."
Andrea graduated from Alma College in 2009 with a degree in Business Administration and joined Vander Meulen Builders in April 2018 as our Marketing & Business Manager. She has a passion for creating content that showcases our skills and design work, growing our social media followers and creating eye catching ads. She will be your first point of contact when you are ready to start your remodel or new build with us and will work with you in picking out selections for your project.
Nicki joined the company in October 2019. She quickly learned she had a passion for numbers and people through her business classes. Nicki currently works part time fulfilling the role of AP/AR for our vendors. She is also in charge of our monthly financials.
Vander Meulen Builders employs skilled craftsmen known for their consistent quality of work and are knowledgeable in all aspects of the construction trade. Each one brings their own unique skills and talents to each project.
Nick joined Vander Meulen Builders in 1983 and is an accomplished carpenter and all around nice guy. Nick has developed the skill set to take on single-man jobs and make sure they get accomplished in a timely manner. He'll listen to what you want done and apply his creativity to bringing the details all together for you. Nick is in charge of our customer care and service maintenance operations.
Mitch joined Vander Meulen Builders in 2000. He is an especially talented trim carpenter, making sure that all of the details on your cabinets, baseboards, and moldings reflect your vision for your home. He will take the time to make sure everything on your project is done to our high standards.
Doug is a partner with Vander Meulen Builders, working as a subcontractor and crew leader on many of our projects. Doug has been building houses since 1978. With Doug working on your project you know it will be done to his high standards.
Eric joined Vander Meulen Builders in May 2016 after 22 years of carpentry and construction experience. We are absolutely delighted to have him on our team. He is a hard worker that you will enjoy having on your job site.
Chris joined us in 2016. He enjoys remodeling homes because he can take
something old and craft it into something new that you will love. Outside of work, Chris is an active member of the community, participating in the annual Tulip Time festival as a dutch dancer, and helping out as a volunteer fire fighter.
Matt came to us with a few years experience in the cabinet building and home remodeling industry. We soon found out that he was interested in growing his skills and knowledge beyond the carpentry level. As he continues to expand his carpentry skills, we are also teaching him how to be an estimator. This will be an exciting time to watch the growth of both skill and knowledge as Matt's desire to grow continues.
Bryce contacted us saying he was interested in learning to be a carpenter. We recommended he attended the Building Trades at the Tech Center to see if it truly was something he was passionate about. Bryce decided to also work for us part time while attending the Tech Center. After graduation, he was convinced he wanted to come and continue his education with us. We are excited to see young people coming back into the trades and look forward to watching this your man grow.
"Thank you soooooo much! We are thrilled. Your folks do great work!
Our sincere thanks for the quality of your work, the good advice during the planning and the result: a kitchen we are completely pleased with.
VanderMeulen Builders did a great job gutting and rebuilding about 4,000 sq. ft. of our downtown office. The custom woodwork, including receptionist desk, display case and trim, are amazing.
" Thanks for gathering the financial records on our project for our IRS audit. With much appreciation, you saved me hours of digging!"
We love our new space! It made our home everything we wanted it to be. The workmanship of Jeff and Mike has been top notch. Thank you!
I am so appreciative and grateful again for the quality of work done. Nick was an absolute miracle worker because this was a difficult project. It was particularly helpful to me at this time. Thank you so very much!
"Dear Vander Meulen Builders,What can we say. Our new home is everything we hoped it would be. I know our parents would be very proud of the work you accomplished. It seems like we have known you forever. To have...
“I highly recommend Vander Meulen Builders. They are professional, courteous and their attention to detail is unmatched. If quality and service is important in your home build, you must give them a call!”