Working with Bob Schmerheim and Midlake Builders is a great experience. When you are 750 miles away you must put a lot of trust in your builder. We knew where we stood every step of the way and his suggestions for change made for big improvements. His passion for detail cannot be compared. We couldn’t have been more pleased with our new home, and we now consider Bob a true friend.



Jim and Elise Straus
Nashville, TN


I am 92 years old and needed a contractor to build a handicapped accessible addition on my home in order for me to remain in it. Midlake Builders drew up the plans and provided me with a cost estimate and a projected time frame for completion. They were all very helpful and courteous to work with. Bob Schmerheim, the owner, checked every day for progress and changes. My friends were impressed with their outstanding quality of work and their ability to meet the projected time frame.

Thank you Midlake Builders,

Beth Steffey


A number of years ago we embarked on building a second home from 2,000 miles away. Because our family has roots in Charlevoix for over 60 years we had an idea of what we wanted, but no firm plans. We met with a number of different contractors in the area and based on the recommendations from former Midlake Builder clients, and our own friends in town, we chose to work with them. It turned out to be one of the best decisions we ever made. Somehow, via phone, fax and e-mail we were able to build our dream home. The level of professionalism and dedication that Midlake Builders displayed was truly remarkable. We just completed building another house in California and despite the promises of a master builder, they were in no way comparable to Bob Schmerheim and Midlake Builders.

In summary, Great people, Great product. You can’t do any better in Northern Michigan. I promise you you’ll end up with a beautiful new home and some new great friends.

Jim Whims
California


Midlake builders came highly recommended to us by a friend whose father is a local retired contractor. Because of our decision to follow the recommendation offered to us, we are now enjoying a custom addition of exceptional quality that far surpassed our expectations.

The owner of Midlake Builders, Bob Schmerheim - aka “Bob the Builder” - personally supervised our project throughout every phase of the building process. Because of Midlake Builders attention to detail, and dedication to excellence, the entire building process was such a personal, warm and professional experience. What a GREAT team.

Dave and Sue Castle
Williamsburg, MI


For our 25th wedding anniversary we decided to find a place “up north.” We fell in love with Torch Lake and purchased a lot on the west side. After interviewing a number of builders, and touring their homes, we met Bob and he immediately gained our trust. This was incredibly important to us as we were planning to build our home on Torch Lake from Ann Arbor - 250 miles away! With Bob and Steve the communication was so easy and building options and alternatives were so clear that we were always able to make decisions on time. The building process was completely stressfree. Our home is so beautiful, and it is both comfortable and practical. The finished carpentry is the best we have ever seen. The deck in the lake-side is now our favorite place on earth to enjoy summer meals with our family. Simply put, perfect!

Mike and Pat Mulholland


We could not be happier with your craftsmanship and impeccable job site. We love our new lodge!!!! Thank you.

Brad and Lisa Bradley


Builder Bob is a pleasure to work with. He listens and responds quickly to all concerns. He hires quality craftsmen and uses the best products, and yet is always conscience of the homeowner’s budget.

He built us a home that we will be proud of for generations to come. His follow-up after the build was unexpected and unparalleled. Bob is the only builder I would trust with the substantial investment of a new home. He is the greatest!

Chuck and Linda Gremel


Our experience with Midlake Builders was extremely positive. We selected Midlake because of their reputation and quality of work. Our project was completed on time and on budget. Bob and his crew stand behind their work and have continued to service us years after our project was completed. We would highly recommend Midlake Builders.

Matt and Jody Madion


Our family has long had a dream of a lake side home that could be a family gathering place for generations to come. Bob Schmerheim and the team at Midlake Builders helped to make that dream come true for us. Working hand-in-hand with our own architect, Midlake made the building process a pleasant and exceptional experience. Midlake Builders has the resources and team of highly-skilled subcontractors to get the job done - on time and on budget. It’s been 3 years since completion and the Midlake team continues to respond to any and all follow-up requests. It’s like having a friend in the building business.

Jim and Debbie Norling


Bob and Midlake Builders remodeled our home in Charlevoix. This major undertaking was a huge investment. We took 3 bids and felt that Midlake would do the best job, although they were not the lowest bid. What sold us was their references, quality of work, and assurance they would complete the job on time. We live out of town and visited the site 3 times. Each time we were pleasantly surprised. Now that we have used the home over 6 summers I can say the work is first class and has held up against the harsh winters. Our remodel included our entire kitchen, 3 existing bathrooms, 2 new bathrooms, 5 existing bedrooms, 2 new bedrooms, a new garage, new roof, all new windows, new paint and exterior foundation, a new driveway, new heating and cooling, new chimney, fireplace, and all new plumbing and electrical. Midlake finished this job with 30 days to spare and when we arrived we actually hugged our builder!

A year later Hurricane Katrina devastated our area and our father-in-law’s home. Bob Schmerheim and some of his Midlake team came to New Orleans for a month to help rebuild that home and others around the coast of Mississippi. He and his team are so selfless and helped us when finding contractors was near impossible. He stayed through the September heat of the south and slept in an un-air-conditioned home.

We hugged him again!

We highly recommend Bob and Midlake Builders if you want high quality work done within your budget and on time.

Glenn Mueller
Long Beach, MS


Eight years ago we purchased a previously-owned Midlake Builder’s home and had Builder Bob and his crew remodel it for us. Their craftsmanship, work ethic, and attention to detail were exemplary, and the project was finished on time and on budget. We were completely satisfied, and over the years have called on Bob’s expertise for a variety of home improvement projects, with the same excellent results each time. Builder Bob is someone who is honest and fair and demands perfection from his crew. There is no doubt that when we someday build a home, Midlake Builders will be our choice.

Ramin and Amy


When Jan and I decided to build in “Charlevoix the Beautiful”, our architect encouraged us to interview 3 different builders she had worked with in the past. We met with each at their offices, met their staff, and then visited various properties they had completed. I remember climbing in Bob’s truck for his tour, and unlike the other builders, he is a man of few words. What came out loud and clear, however, was his pride of workmanship and genuine sincerity to meet the needs of his clients. Midlake was NOT the “low bidder”, however we immediately knew we were going to proceed with him!

Prior to Charlevoix, Jan and I had built 4 other personal residences and a cottage in Harbor Springs. By far, the Charlevoix project was the most pleasant experience of all. Bob and his crew made suggestions as we went along that not only saved us money, but also improved our experience. Their follow-up since completion has been outstanding. Very minor problems have been resolved quickly, but more importantly I appreciate the quick and sincere response when we have a question on maintenance or additional work. Bob and gang are “like family” and we have, and will continue to recommend Midlake Builders to anyone wanting the same quality and friendly building experience in Northern Michigan!!

John and Jan Marshall


Midlake Builders has never failed to impress us. They were our builders for our new house on Old Mission Peninsula. They finished within budget and on schedule. They were courteous, easy to work with and very helpful with all decisions. We were already repeat customers and will always go back to Midlake Builders due to their talented professional team and the quality homes they build!



Dick & Leslie Redmond


My wife and I couldn’t be happier with our decision to have Midlake build our dream home on Lake Leelanau. Many people are quick to tell you about their horror stories associated with building a home, but with Midlake this was definitely not the case. The whole process could not have been more stress-free. In fact, we actually lived down state during the entire process. The staff at Midlake made sure that we were constantly in the loop and provided new pictures of the construction process regularly. When we drove up to check on the progress and make selections, Midlake would have our entire day organized for us to maximize the value of each trip. The crew would document each suggestion we made on our visits and, to our surprise, the suggestions would all be incorporated by our next visit. For me, one of the best parts of working with Midlake is that when you call, someone always answers the phone. The attention to detail and follow up after the project was complete were fantastic. I highly recommend Midlake.

Jason & Greta Myers


My wife and I built our vacation/retirement home on Elk Lake. We were several time home owners but first time builders. Several phrases or word segments need to be used about our building experience with Midlake builders. These would include: proper planning, great communication, expert assistance during the building process, workmanship, and attention to detail. We worked with a wonderful home designer. Coordination with this person and the builder was seamless. Midlake Builders helped us from the proper orientation of the home on the lot, placement of the driveway, drainage considerations and appropriate physical and structural details. We worked with great workmen in every phase of the construction process. The subs that were chosen from plumbing to electrical to painting were outstanding. We ended up with a wonderful finished product with great orientation, and a lot of pride in our new home. Follow up after the build has been outstanding and we’ve developed wonderful friendships with many people who were part of our building process. We both highly recommend Midlake Builders and consider ourselves lucky to have found such a great building team.

Mitchell & Nancy Rinek