Our Story

Anchor Builders has distinguished itself as the premier design-build firm to build, update and expand homes while staying true to the character of the neighborhood. Brothers Barak, John and Tim Steelage work with their in-house designers and crew to deliver efficient floor plans, custom features and fine finishes that delight the most discerning Twin Cities Metro families.

The Anchor story is rooted in the family farm where John and Barak first tackled building projects together. Later they would join a custom homebuilder’s crew to pay for college. That’s when they began to talk about how they would do things differently to improve the construction client experience and ensure the highest quality standards on every job. The brothers’ vision took shape when they formed Anchor Builders in 2005. Since then, it has continued to improve with the latest project management systems, communication tools and best building practices.

Design-Build is the foundation of Anchor’s ability to conceptualize, design and deliver extraordinary custom home environments on time and at budget. By relying on its own staff to conceive and construct complex projects, Anchor assumes total responsibility and accountability for clear communication and reliable results. In addition, Anchor is able to help clients who choose to work with an outside architect or design firm to design their project and are looking for the right build team.

When you entrust your custom new home or remodeling project to the Steenlage brothers, the entire Anchor family is committed to enhance your home to suit your lifestyle and make you proud. Count on Anchor’s refined design-build process for a smooth remodeling experience from concept to completion.

Our Team

What Our Clients Are Saying

“Anchor Builders leveled an old house across the street from me and built a new spec home in its place. My wife and I immediately fell in love with the design of the house on the outside, and once we took a tour of the inside, that was all we needed to decide to buy it. We had no plans to move but we both felt we needed this house. It is that spectacular. Anchor did a great job letting us become involved in some of the finishing touches which allowed the house to have a little more of a 'personal' feel than the typical spec home would have. Anchor sized the home to fit perfectly on the block and within the neighborhood - our neighbors appreciate that. And working with them to go through the purchase was as simple and enjoyable as I have ever experienced.”

– Jeff

“We hired Anchor Builders to add a three bedroom & two bathroom addition to our small post-war bungalow. Barak, John, and their team were a great partner with whom to work with every step of the project. From the pre-construction design reviews and budget estimating meetings all the way through the final punch out items. While they spared no effort to ensure that details were completed correctly, Anchor also worked patiently with us on a few minor changes that we requested as we observed the space unfold. As an added bonus, the final cost was exactly as negotiated and the project was completed within a few days of the original 18 week schedule. I would highly recommend Anchor Builders to anyone looking for a contractor who understands their customers and can deliver a quality result within budget and schedule.”

– Philip

“Throughout the project, they provided us with an online calendar (that we integrated with our family's Google calendar) so we would know exactly when work would be started and finished. Any changes were made to the calendar immediately, so we were always up to date on scheduling details. What stood apart for me was how well they communicated. Any questions we asked - whether by phone, text, or email - were answered immediately and with clarity. Tough to put on price on how much stress this saved. It was a pleasure work with Barak, John and team, and we wouldn't hesitate to do it again.”

– Tammy

“We contracted Anchor Builders to renovate our main floor. Now when I say renovate, I mean a complete gut and total transformation of our entire, early 1940’s, main floor. Anchor is extremely thorough, organized and has the ability to foresee any potential issues way down the road and address them sooner than later to make sure the project stayed on time and budget. You can tell Anchor is proud of their quality of work and they hold their select subcontractors to the same high level. I typically don’t recommend anyone for anything, but I would highly recommend Anchor Builders. Renovating should always be this easy.”

– Brooke

“My husband and I recently purchased our first home with a completely unfinished upper level. Anchor builders was one of the top rated home remodel contractors we reached out to for an estimate. Not only did Anchor have the lowest estimate for our project, they did this while providing a truly professional service with high quality results...”

– Katie

"Working with Anchor Builders was a wonderful experience. Barak was great in explaining the process to me. He and his team were always attentive to my questions, and I never experienced any delays once the work began. The workers were polite and respectful when they were onsite and kept me updated as the project moved forward. I have been telling all of my friends and colleagues about this company, and would highly recommend them to anyone considering a home project, whether it is large or small."

– Derin

"Anchor Builders were a pleasure to work with. Their work was of the highest quality, they were communicative, and they finished our project on schedule while sticking very close to their original estimate."

– Elissa

Frequently Asked Questions

Anchor Builders specializes in residential projects with a focus on architecturally fitting additions, integrated multi-room renovations, distinctive kitchens and baths, and custom personalized homes.
Anchor Builders is locally based in St. Louis Park and while many of our projects are done right in St. Louis Park, we also work in Edina, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minnetonka, Golden Valley, Plymouth, and throughout the greater Twin Cities metro.
Anchor Builders was founded in 2005.
Yes, Anchor Builders is a MN licensed and insured builder and remodeler.
Anchor Builders has been BBB accredited since 2008. We have the highest (A+) rating.
Yes, we have an 5 star rating on Houzz.com with 19 customer reviews. Click this link to read them directly.
We have an “A” rating on Angie’s List with 27 reviews.
Yes, while we do offer full design services in-house, we are also able to work with outside architects and design firms.
Yes, if we feel the project is a good fit for us, we welcome the opportunity to submit a bid.
No. If we feel your project is a good fit for our company, our Feasibility Consultation meeting is complimentary.
Yes. All of our detailed projected budget estimates, rough bids, and final bids are itemized and broken up into 23 distinct categories.
Both. A big way we are able to control the cost and quality of our projects is by doing as much work in house as possible, this includes our own framers and carpentry. We work with many of the same subcontractors from project to project and prefer to think of them as associates. In addition, as a general contractor Anchor Builders assumes overall responsibility for the entire project.
After a change has been approved by you, our online client portal gives you live access to your changes worksheet and project calendar so you always know where you’re at.
The team you meet from the beginning will be the same people that stick with you throughout the entire process. We are all available by phone, text and email. You also will have access to our online client portal with your own project calendar and changes spreadsheet where updates are shown live.
We will work with you to make sure our hours fit with your lifestyle. However, typically on remodel projects the work day starts around 7:30 a.m. and ends around 4:30 p.m.
Having a strong design team on your side is something that we cannot stress the importance of enough. Design fees can be approached in several different ways, including hourly or percentage based contracts. It really depends on the project and services required. For projects we design in-house, we will let you know the estimated design fee upfront, which is based on the scope of your project, and then once the design contract is signed we charge hourly for the actual design work needed.
We have separate design and build contracts, and you will pay in stages based on percentages and milestones that are established in each contract. After the initial Feasibility Consultation, we ask for a down payment to start and then progress payments after that.