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The Drees Story

A family legacy spanning 90 years

When it comes to building homes, experience says a lot. Our commitment to excellence runs four generations deep - we've been family owned and operated since 1928.

We've inherited an honest and considerate approach to working with our employees, vendors, and customers. Our way of doing business is downright old-fashioned - people like it that way! Drees Homes' principles and expertise make building a custom home an easy and fulfilling experience. 

A firm foundation

The first generation - Theodore Drees' leadership




The second generation - Ralph Drees' leadership

Most family-owned builders start small and stay small, often disappearing in one generation. But not Drees Homes. Drees' durability can be attributed largely to Theodore's son, Ralph, who joined the business in 1959 after serving in the Army. It was Ralph's philosophy of diversification and industry leadership that took our company into new markets.

Ralph also further instilled the value of unqualified respect into the family business. From vendors, to employees, to customers: Everyone was treated with consideration. In fact, Greg Dawson, who first began his relationship with Drees Homes as a customer, then later as an employee, says, "I was treated with the same sense of honesty and fairness in both roles and it's the way I treat my customers and sales people. Drees does the right thing, always."



Today's generation - David Drees' leadership

David and Ralph Drees

Drees Homes continues to flourish after 90 years in business and is now the nation's 13th largest privately-owned homebuilder, and the 29th largest overall. While the values of excellence and integrity continue to serve our company well, David Drees, our President and CEO since 2000, has also integrated 21st-century technology and the efficiencies it provides.

Unlike other family-owned builders, Drees uses the most advanced programs to do something very personal - create our customers' unique idea of a home in their dream community - in a very effective and efficient way. Says David Drees, "Our company purpose of enriching lives by making dream homes easy is dependent on a focused approach that always begins and ends with quality, personalization, and customer service."

A record of achievement

Drees Homes is proud to have received both regional and national press. We are regularly recognized for our tradition of conservative financial management and diversification, our employee-oriented culture, and management practices that allow us to respond quickly and intelligently to changes within the market.

A commitment to community

Customers, employees, contractors. All talk about the character of the Drees family, their integrity, and the quality of their work. They talk about Drees' high expectations, yes; but they also talk about what the Drees family, and Drees Homes gives back.

Both Ralph and David Drees encourage employees to play an active role in the community whether in Habitat for Humanity, Boy Scouts, or the Home Builders Association. And Drees Homes is proud to actively serve the communities we build in. We have a strong tradition of helping others. Through our employees' involvement in local events and charities, giving back is an important part of our business.