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Design Homes, Inc. of WI

Hwy 35 North
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
Phone: 608-355-0122
Toll-Free: 800-627-9443
Website: Design Homes, Inc. of WI Website
email: [email protected]

Design Homes, Inc. of WI Description:
"...Design Homes has been producing quality custom-built, factory-direct homes for over 40 years. We deliver to 9 states in the midwest, and feature the heaviest construction available. By selling factory direct, we are able to include more than other builders, and allow customized floorplans for free..."

Providing these building styles:
  • Ranch modular homes
  • Cape Cod modular homes
  • Contemporary modular homes

Providing modular homes and buildings in:

Company Background

How Long in Business1966
Yearly Avg. Number of Homes (Est.)400-500
Professional Organizations/AffiliationsNot provided
Design Staff
(Architects & Draftsmen)
No architects on staff
Builder NetworkN/A
Location of FactoriesPrairie du Chien, WI; Salix, IA
How to Buy a HomeAvailable direct

Construction Details

Building MaterialsWood framing
Energy Efficiency14" Ceiling Insulation: R-50.99 (flat ceilings), R-39.67 (cathedral ceilings)
Construction Timeframe4-6 weeks
Customization FlexibilityCustomization is allowed
Amount of FloorplansOver 75 online floorplans


Avg. Cost per Square Foot$70 to $100
Avg. Transportation CostsVaries by location
Avg. Placement CostsVaries by location
Site PreparationHandled by local builder


Garage/Deck AvailabilityGarages and decks are possible
Possible to Addon to Existing HomeNot offered
Guarantees1 year Homeowner's Warranty
Delivery RangeMidwest USA
Number of Factory InspectionsDetermined by local building code
Number of Building Site InspectionsDependent on final destination
Information PackageFloorplans, pricing information available on their website. Received brochure in the mail containing a 30 minute DVD.

Our Review

Editor's Rating
Editorial ReviewDesign Homes is not a common modular home provider. They build quality homes and sell directly to the public this helps keep the price low and the quality high. Their website is not flashy and a little hard to navigate but it is filled with helpful information. These homes are good homes for any mid range home buyer. It is also very refreshing to see a modular home provider include pricing information on the website.
Mystery Homebuyer Rating

Personal Reviews of Design Homes, Inc. of WI

Ben W from Charles City Iowa
What happen to this once great company? Product quality is in the tank and sales people knowledge just isn't there. Do they understand that you can't sell the EXACT SAME DESIGN you sold 20 years ago? Management or ownership must be at fault, time for a new GM.

Jesse from SW WI
This company is a shell of what it used to be once key members were released due to their overall knowledge of issues. Management team has brought them down quickly. Trying to deal with the remaining players is impossible, with customer service and management appointments the largest issues. Would never build with them.

Kimberly from Iowa N.Central
Issues with knowledgeable location managers. Nobody in out area anymore. Went to Stratford Homes for much better quality.

Kim Smith from Minnesota
Limited knowledge. No architect in the whole company. Sales people are poor. Went to Ham lake location and nobody said more then 4 words to us.

Tracy from Forest City
Nice home. mid priced.

Robert Snediker from Northern iowa
We bought ours 5 years back from the Clear Lake office. We have had only a few minor issue, just like you would any site built home. Manager in Clear Lake custom designed it for us. Very good experience. I would stay away from any stock or display models because they sit vacant to long with no heat.

Donelle from Missouri Valley
Just loved our new home from DH. It was put up in September of 2014. We dealt with Missouri Valley on a home we liked. However, because they had the same house in their closing Salix location, we chose it because of discount. We could not look at inside of home because of standing water around homes. The water wasn't even close to touching houses, and we were guaranteed there were no issues with the house. We were so thrilled with the discount and the fact that the house had upgraded windows, doors, shingles, and insulation. From the start of them setting the house I was not impressed with crew. They did a horrible job of caulking, repairing cracks, adjusting doors, repairing damage from crane straps, replacing trim pieces, and plumbing. Our doorway going to garage had obvious leaks and mold and fungi were growing heavily. They replaced that door, trim, wall, and insulation. Then we had them here because that same door, and front door continually leak and would not stay shut if wind blew that direction. They fixed it several times. We still get doors blowing open with a moderate wind. We put storm doors on, which took care of the leaking and opening issues. If these are upgraded windows, I would hate to see their cheap ones. These leak air horribly!!! We even tried using clear caulk but they are still really drafty. Or bathroom and kitchen counters keep pulling away from walls and we have to caulk over and over. Many wood trim pieces have large gaps and don't line up. Two of our sinks leaked because connectors were over tightened. Many of the walls keep cracking along ceiling, and linoleum has many holes and rips. Just really rushed and shoddy! IF YOU GET ONE GET ONE WITHOUT THEIR CRAP DOORS AND WINDOWS AND PUT YOUR OWN IN!!!!!

Jennifer from MN
Visited the location in Owatonna, people were rude,and treated us like 'why are you bugging us'. He said, there's a catalog and there open(models). No details. No product background. No company background. We went to car and left. JOKE

David from Garner, Iowa
After reading some posts I'm disappointed the Clear lake office is closed. I too dealt with Rick Sullivan GM at that sales location. We bought a home and wanted to buy again and one for my mother. He had the whole process and options laid out so it was easy to buy and I always felt at ease when leaving after reviewing changes. Is the company hurting? I really want to buy again but maybe I should look around. aughhh

Jennifer S from Charles City, Iowa
We had visited many Design Homes offices. Talked with many managers. Ames and Ham Lake Mn to name a few. Clear Lake had the best and most informed office. Rick was amazing. Now we are getting more serious to start the process, no Clear Lake office left. No models. Nothing. We looked elsewhere and found Dynamic Homes to be great. Friendly.

David from Clear Lake, Iowa
We have been saving for a DH home for 4 years. We go back to the sales site to deal with Rick, and it's not there. Gone. Rick constantly updated us with information until a year or so ago. We would only buy from him. Where they went we don't know. Why they left? Company sales must be down. Good product. Great salesperson. ...sad situation.

Joel from Lodi, WI
I have had my design home for 7 years now. Umm lets see where do I begin... I have repaired 5 leaks in the roof to date. They did a horrible job of applying the orange peel texture to the walls. While fixing the water damage to a wall I found a wire had been smashed on the top plate (not to worry the SOBs wrapped it with electrical tape). In the design homes commercial they state that the floors are glued and screwed "no squeaks here". When I pulled back the carpet to re stretch I was unhappy to see that nails were used to attach the sub floor and not a single screw. I guess this explains the several squeaks throughout the house. I'm not sure if the set crew was friendly of not because they never spoke more than 2 sentences to me. The repair crew was very good at cutting corners Examples Due to cracking they kept gobbing painters caulk into the inside corners of our rooms and left us with nice ugly rounded inside corners. The fascia on the gable end of our house was all wavy so I asked the crew to fix it. I came home later that day to see that they simply cut the fascia into several shorter pieces and nailed them back in instead of fixing the root cause of the problem (hinged roof truss not straightened properly). The roof line of our house looks like a wave because the set crew nailed in the hinged roof trusses at different heights. My list goes on and on but I am getting frustrated and angry just thinking about it. Bottom line Design homes only gives each home a one year warranty now I know why.

Brenda Schintler from Iowa City
My son's home is full of rot and mold from improperly sealed windows and doors (all of them). He can provide you with pics. Has been battling with DH for a year now. Plywood and insulation rotted. DH wants to do a minimum of repair and my son has compromised lots just to get his life back

Myrna Wesselman from Rochester, MN
Our house was built in 2003, and the skylight leaked as soon as we moved in - in early 2004. This was replaced but the new began leaking as well as the one in the main bath, with water coming out the ceiling light fixture.

This has been an ungoing battle trying to get help with water soaking the skylight walls as well as the walls in the living room, dining area, and kitchen. I ask if someone would come and give us an idea of how to fix the problem "ourselves" but it cost too much to send people out to look at troubles like this. The ladder is rarely taken down as my husband goes on top of the roof to remove a snowflake, but nothing can be done about the rain, as it makes stains down the walls. He now has terminal lung cancer and went out today, so weak he can hardly be up and around a few minutes, and was going to try and climb on the roof to remove the latest few inches of snow. And we've never been able to get help from Design Homes of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin in 8 to 9 years of leaks.

Bryan Gustafson from Columbus Nebraska
Design Homes is an outstanding company to work with. We purchased our new home from the Greenwood Nebraska site and believe it is one of the best investments my wife and I have ever made. They not only custom designed our new home to meet our personal needs but build us a quality residential home that would rival any site build home. We were not a where that such quality can be found in a modular home. Design Homes are a definite 5 stars!

Lawrence from Iowa
I bought a home from Design Homes. My wife and I love it. The saleperson, set crew, finish and service people were all very professional. I especially liked Dan in service. We have recommended them to other family and freinds.

Rusty Seidel from clear lake
yes I have a new home from Design homes 5years now and is the very best home a person can get they worked with me and when need repairs were on top of this right away so if you can work with them its a 5star home

Charlie from Greenwood, NE
Not impressed at all. My impression when I entered was that I was entering a trailer not a home. The models and the areas around them were not well maintained so this was an immediate "buyer beware". Maybe the quality is at the factory? Choices were very limited for trim and counter tops. I was told that they have a architect on the premises so that was the reason for the 2 star and not a one star.

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