About Us

Passion breeds excellence. For nearly 17 years, we’ve been crafting high-quality, award-winning homes that have provided families unique, functional spaces that allow them to live their lives to the fullest. We’ve been in this business for awhile, but we haven’t lost that excitement and dedication needed to create a happy, comfortable home.


Sun Sailer Award- Best New Home Builder - St. Louis Park


Best of Houzz Design


Best of Houzz Design


NARI Gold CotY Regional Award (Residential Addition over $250,000)


NARI Gold CotY Regional Award (Residential Addition Interior $250,001-500,000)


Sun Sailor Readers’ Choice Awards (Best Interior Design and Best New Home Builder)

  • Scott J.

  • Minneapolis

"Thank you for your honesty, diligence, transparency, and expertise. We appreciate you. We love the home you have built for us and will treasure our years here."

  • Lisa S.

  • St. Louis Park

"Although the home we moved in to was no longer working for our family, we never wanted to tear it down and start over. Anchor Builders – and in particular, its design team – helped us achieve that, and we simply added another chapter to our original home’s story."

  • Katie S.

  • Minneapolis, MN

"It was easy to work with Anchor for many reasons. Having an in-house designer who guided us along the way with our planning was extremely helpful. Though I thought I'd have little need for a designer (I'd like to call myself design savoy), our designer proved to be very valuable."

  • Anna L.

  • Minneapolis

"We love our home and really enjoyed the design and build process. All of our neighbors who were living next to the build also have made comments about how respectful Anchor was throughout that process."

Our History: Rooted in a Farm


Wisconsin Family Farm

The Anchor story starts on the family farm where John, Barak and Tim first tackled building projects together. Later they would join a custom home builders' crew to pay for college.


Anchor Builders

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.


Framing Crew

Working on that framing crew, 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.


Today, Anchor Builders is an award-winning design-build firm. 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.

Our Team

Barak Steenlage

Director of Sales/Co-Owner

John Steenlage

Field Operations Manager/Co-Owner

Sandi Wahl

Project Director

Jackie Thein

Lead Designer

David Walbot

David Walbolt

Architectural Designer / Licensed Architect (MN)

Hunter Ann Hilber


Kali Bray


Leah Ramon

Design Assistant

Luke Berthiaume

Project Manager

Phil Keyes

Project Manager

Jeff Jabs

Job Supervisor

Tim Steenlage

Senior Foreman

James Herbes


Rafael Call

Lead Carpenter

Ray Segal


Ben Segal


Elijah Muedeking


Dustin Greseth


Johnathan Powell


Johnathan Coleman


Our Process


After you reach out to Anchor Builders, we’ll discuss what you’re looking for and the goals for your new home. We’ll decide if we are the right team for your vision. If the answer is no, we’ll recommend other options. If the answer is yes, we’ll walk you through a budget presentation and a subsequent follow-up discussion.


We’ll come out to the property and get some measurements. Then, the real fun begins —the design kick-off and space planning. Together, we’ll start developing the home that will be your family’s anchor for years to come. Later, we’ll go through a rough bid presentation and then the actual design development will begin.


Next, we’ll get to work with a build kick-off as we begin the construction. You’ll be kept up-to-date on the progress with onsite walk-throughs as your Anchor home gets closer and closer to being finished. After completion, it’s champagne time! We’ll welcome you into your new home with a finished home reveal.

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