What Sets Us Apart
At Christian Builders, our goal is to help you design, build, or remodel the home of your dreams — we also want to help cut your energy costs and increase the value of your property. Our company has provided high-quality, complete home design, renovation, and construction services in the Twin Cities metro area since 1974. We emphasize energy efficiency and customized design to help transform your dreams into a beautiful home that is built to last for generations to come.
Our Home Building Process
We have designed a home design and building experience which is smooth, efficient, and informative for our clients. Our team builds within our own neighborhoods and on privately-owned lots. Each home we design, renovate, or remodel requires innovation, master craftsmanship, and careful attention to details. Whether you are building new or looking to add on or remodel your existing home, our team of professionals will do their best to make the entire process enjoyable from start to finish.
• Find out about your needs and provide you with ideas and possibilities to consider
• Schedule a free consultation to discuss concepts, designs, and budget in more detail
• Assist in finding the perfect lot that fits all of the criteria of your situation
• Customize the plans to meet the unique needs of you and your family
• Meet with you to finalize plans and lot selection.
• Create a contract and a detailed draft of the plans
• Turn job over to Project Manager for a plan review
• Begin Excavating and framing for construction
• Provide you with a detailed construction schedule
• Schedule any necessary meetings with you onsite to keep schedule on track
• Conduct detailed pre-closing walkthrough
• Provide a one-year anniversary follow-up to ensure satisfaction
We maintain long-lasting relationships with dependable subcontractors to ensure every phase of your project is completed professionally and efficiently.
We partner with Minnesota’s Green Path to design and build homes with a high HERS certification. For you, this means greater efficiency and greater savings in energy costs and a higher value for your home. As part of our dedication to our clients and energy efficiency, we have been recognized with the following awards:
2015 to 2018 – Elk River Star News – Readers Choice Awards for “Best Builder”
2009 – Recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council for SILVER Certified LEED for Homes®
Christian Builders has successfully met the green building standards required for the SILVER level of certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System™ in April of 2009.
The home located in Rogers, MN. is:
- 1 of 15 Certified Projects in MN
- 1 of 931 Certified Silver Projects Nationwide
- 1 of 1,680 Total Projects Nationwide
2006 – Recognized by US Department of Energy
Christian Builders was among six industry representatives chosen to attend the one year anniversary of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) in Washington, D.C. EPAct benefits home builders through the home energy tax credit and provides incentives for new ethanol plans, renewable energy, clean coal technologies, and nuclear and hydrogen energy. The new EPAct incentives will enable Christian Builders to continue research and implementation of energy-saving practices and improved indoor air quality.
2006 – 100% EnergyStar®
Christian Builders committed to building all of its new homes in compliance with the Energy Star® Program. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, homes built with Energy Star® guidelines will operate at least 15% more efficiently than homes built to Minnesota Energy Code. Therefore, saving you money, while keeping you cooler in summer and warmer in winter. An independent, third-party inspector certifies every new home built by Christian Builders.
The Trillium Awards℠ recognize high-quality achievement in the local building industry. They honor builder and subcontractor teams who work together to create excellent details in homes. Trillium Awards℠ are judged by building industry peers, and all entries in the competition are judged against homes in their same price category.
- 2005 – Trillium Award℠ – Best Interior
- 2005 – Trillium Award℠– Best Kitchen
- 1999 – Trillium Award℠– Best Environment / Energy Design
- 1998 – Trillium Award℠– Best Environment / Energy Design
Our most coveted construction awards, the Reggie Awards℠ are presented each October to about 40 builders. Their homes displayed in the Parade of Homes Fall Showcase℠ are judged for design and construction quality and value by their peers.
- 2005 Reggie Award℠ – Single Family Home
- 2004 Reggie Award℠ – Single Family Home
- 2003 Reggie Award℠ – Single Family Home
- 1993 Reggie Award℠ – Single Family Home
- 1987 Reggie Award℠ – Single Family Home
2001 Bennie Award℠ – Best Neighborhood, Windsor Park II in Elk River, MN
The Bennie Awards℠ recognize excellence in neighborhood design and construction. Judging criteria included aesthetic appeal, land plan, retention of natural features, amenities such as parks and trails, as well as traffic flow. A separate category judges neighborhoods using added “smart growth” criteria that includes mixed-use opportunities, range of housing types and prices (lifecycle housing), and pedestrian appeal.
2000 – Mechanical Ventilation Study
Exemplary performance in Building Envelope Air Tightness and Participation in the Environmental Protection Agency and National Association of Home Builders Research Center
1999 – EnergyValue Housing Award – Custom Home, Cold Climate Region
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center, partnering with the US Department of Energy, NAHB’s Energy Subcommittee, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Professional Builder magazine, conducts the EnergyValue Housing Award. These awards were presented in five home categories: affordable, custom, factory-built, production and innovative in three climate regions: hot, moderate, and cold. In 1999 there were eight gold winners, three being in the cold climate region. They were: Christian Builders in Minnesota (Custom Home), Ryan Homes in New York (Affordable Home), and Colorado Dream Homes in Colorado (Production Home). A panel of judges who evaluated applications on energy performance and the integration of energy efficiency into the design, construction, and marketing of new homes chose the winners.
Energy efficient features in the award-winning home included Andersen Millennium Low-E, gas-filled windows, highly insulating (R-15) exterior doors, 2x6 framing that allowed a thick blanket of insulation to be placed in the wall cavity, and a geothermal heat pump for efficient heating and cooling. Christian Builders used an extensive air-sealing package to reduce air infiltration and to reduce heat loss through windows; none were placed on the north side of the home. This home was built in conjunction with the Minnesota Suburban Northwest Builders Association as a demonstration for the city of Elk River, Minnesota.
1999 – GeoExchange
Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium
In recognition for advancing the use of GeoExchange technology.
1998 – Environmental Protection Agency EnergyStar® Home Program
Christian Builders becomes an EnergyStar® Partner and builds first EnergyStar® home