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Your Future


New Construction

We custom design every new home we build. We maintain a library of past projects, any one of which can serve as an excellent starting point for customizing your dream home based on your target. What’s more, we pride ourselves in educating our clients on efficient design and product benefits along the way.

Urban Infill

Sometimes an addition or remodel is not the most practical way to achieve your goals. Instead, you may want to build a new home on an empty site in an older, established neighborhood, or you may even want to tear down your existing home or buy a home to tear down and build a new dream home in its place. The option is frequently overlooked, even though it often provides the best opportunities in terms of both cost and design.

Remodeling / Additions

Do you love your neighborhood, but feel frustrated that your home isn’t quite right? Today, more and more people are turning to us to convert their existing houses into their dream homes. We work with you to find the best solutions to meet your goals.

Our Process


1) Target Meeting

This is when we team up together for the first time, to identify your expectations, brainstorm solutions and set goals to reach your target: your dream home. Together we create a detailed plan, from budget through construction.

2) The Lot

Using public information and potential site visits, we search out available site options – or we research the lot you own – and we analyze how well they match your target. We then put together a preliminary estimate on a floor plan.

3) Designing Your Dream

We work with you to design a living space that satisfies your needs and desires within your budget goal. We coordinate meetings with our team of trusted suppliers, guiding you through the selection process. Remember, when you build with Lemel, design time is included in the base cost.

4) Getting Approvals

Our team will obtain all the necessary approvals and permits from the municipality where you’re planning to build.

5) Building Your Dream

We use the same high-quality construction techniques and components on every home, so you can be sure you’ll be happy with yours for decades to come.

6) Keeping You in the Loop

We believe in maintaining seamless lines of communication with you, from the start of planning through the end of construction. We value your honest feedback throughout the process.

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Energy Efficiency and Air Quality


Lemel Homes places the utmost importance on the energy efficiency and air quality of every home it builds. The Focus on Energy New Homes Program ensures homes meet the highest standards for energy efficiency, combustion safety, comfort and durability.

Our History


Joe Lemel tells everyone who listens he’s never worked a day in his life. However, despite the good fortune that would come with working his way up the ranks with the largest production homebuilder in Wisconsin, he also knew he could be happier working directly with homebuyers.

So, in 1983, Lemel walked away from a 50 percent partnership of the company to start his own endeavor from scratch. He longed for the personal interaction a custom homebuilding firm would provide between himself and his buyers, so he took a telephone, his car and some borrowed office space and launched Lemel Homes.

“I just wanted to create my own – that’s it,” Lemel says. “I can’t convince you to buy anything. Until you see something you want, the money doesn’t make any difference. To me, if you’re going to build, build what you want.”

When someone is as passionate about homebuilding as Lemel is, it’s easy to see how he has grown Lemel Homes Inc. into one of the most well-respected custom homebuilders and remodelers in the Milwaukee area. The company’s philosophy is simply to give homebuyers what they want by showing them how to get to their end goal, relying on decades of experience from Lemel himself as well as the top-notch staff he has hired over the last three decades.

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Despite the expertise Lemel has brought to his team over the years, every client still has the opportunity to work with him directly on their dream project from start to finish. Whether clients seek new construction, remodeling work, an addition or a teardown/rebuild, Lemel is along for the ride every step of the way, keeping projects on track through smooth sailing or bumps in the road – and always keeping their vision in mind.

“We’re really more counselors than anything in the way we approach it,” Lemel says. “If you’re going to buy something, there’s plenty out there, so go buy it. But this is much more creative.”

Anything is possible. Anywhere you want to live. Since 1983.

Lemel Homes specializes in building your dream home where you want to live, rather than restricting your options to subdivisions or land we own. We design the space to maximize the unique opportunities associated with your lot, whether that involves new construction in a suburban subdivision, building on a site in an older, established neighborhood, or remodeling your existing home to better serve your needs and desires.

We consider it a great privilege to help build someone’s dream home, and we’d be honored to work with you to make your dreams come true. Your personality will show through in every detail, from the floor plan to the countertops and light fixtures. And our quality construction will assure that your home will remain beautiful and comfortable for generations.