Design & Building

Is Our Passion

Established 1986

Since 1986, family-owned Wes Hanson Builders of Crosslake, MN has been dedicated to bringing the finest quality in design and construction to the heart of Minnesota's lake country. Wes Hanson moved his company up to the Lakes area from Bloomington with his son Todd Hanson and nephews Tom Hanson and Brad Mytling. Together with Wes's wife Marilyn running the office, they built the company into the highly recommended general contracting company it is today. The legacy continues and Wes Hanson Builders continues to be the family company it started as.


Maxine Thome

Since the completion of our project with Wes Hanson Builders, We've been asked many times "would you do it again?" We respond quickly with: absolutely! Starting with the design process, Matt worked patiently with us to understand our ideas, then combined those ideas with his own creativity and design work. We love the blend of our own ideas with many of the Wes Hanson signature features used to create our custom design.

The building process itself was quite enjoyable. Jason managed our project and was very easy to communicate with. Phone calls and texts were promptly returned which was a big deal to us and changes that happened along the way were handled professionally and thoroughly. We feel he was genuinely invested in the project and was looking out for us throughout the entire process.

The office staff was very helpful and responsive as well - with any administrative details being worked through promptly and professionally.

We love our new lake home and would recommend Wes Hanson Builders to anyone looking to build a custom home.

The Young Family

We want to sincerely thank you and your team for the outstanding professional services we received from Wes Hanson Builders while building our family legacy lake cabin in Crosslake. From the time we first met with you, through the design phase with Matt S., the building phase with Shawn H., and the wrap-up and administrative details with Elizabeth and Jolene, we found your firm to be consistently trustworthy, skilled, knowledgeable, attentive to detail, understanding of our needs and appropriately guiding from start to finish resulting in our stunning Cabin on the lake.

We could not be happier with the end-result or the process. Every one of your employees, either on-site or in the office, displayed an up-beat, can-do, positive attitude during the entire two-year design and build. We were very impressed by your team being genuinely interested in the success of the project and understanding the importance of it given our family’s long-term connection to Crosslake.

Your use of the Co-construct website was very helpful for us to track our financial budget and monitor the building progress while sharing in real-time amongst the family. Shawn H. managed the sub-contractors very effectively and continues to be attentive to a few punch-list items.

Please consider us available for providing references to potential clients including opening our cabin to display the quality work of Wes Hanson Builders.

All the Best,

Jim and Jodi Young, Jerry and Julia Young, Jed and Wendy Young, & George Young

Jessica W.

We used Wes Hanson Builders to build a new cabin on Crosslake in Crosslake, MN during the winter of 2016-17. Their entire team was professional and stood 100% behind their timeline. We began demo and construction of the cabin in October 2016. The team finished the approximate 7,000 sq. ft. home in early May 2017. The product is superior, the finishes are as we requested, and they were attentive to all minor adjustments that we requested after move-in. Tom and the ENTIRE Wes Hanson team was a pleasure to work with. We also built the home while living 1,000 miles away with only one on-site electrical walk through.

Jean & Dave Jones

When my husband and I chose a builder, we were looking for a firm that offered a sound structure with environmental considerations; a unique look that was designed to reflect our lifestyle; and a company with integrity that we could trust to deliver services in a timely and businesslike manner. After five years of enjoying our home, we find that in addition to exceeding our original expectations, we still have a strong friendship with the company, who will answer our questions and follow-up with any concerns. Wes Hanson Builders is an exceptional company!

Dan & Judy McAthie

We chose Wes Hanson Builders to build our retirement home because of their quality reputation, creativity and expertise in working with large log homes. The attention to detail and "can do" attitude of their employees has made this project and extremely easy and enjoyable process. The customer service, friendliness and helpfulness of everyone in their organization from office personnel to construction crew, foremen, job superintendent and management all contribute to making this a "one of a kind" builder. We would highly recommend them.

Pete & Nancy Nelson

I wanted to reach out to you and first of all thank you for the outstanding job that Wes Hanson builders did on our new home and tell you that the whole experience far exceeded our expectations. From the beginning working with you and then Matt making the home design we brought to you come to life to working with Cricket in the early stages of construction and Jon Milo and all the great carpenters on site from WH to completion it has been such a satisfying and rewarding experience.

This is the second house that Nancy and I have built and by far the highest quality workmanship I've ever experienced. With Jon's commitment to excellence and a great crew of carpenters and subs the whole project was a great success! Just a great group of people to work with and get to know. From the painters, carpenters, subs to billing and invoicing Nancy and I always felt that Wes Hanson was looking out for our best interest.

Great communication from Cricket and Jon on project progress, questions and recommendations we could not have been happier.

Nancy and I recently retired from the same company both having worked over 40 yrs. We purchased the land we built this house on 16 yrs ago with a vision to build our dream home and retire here at Spectacle lake. We feel blessed and thankful that Wes Hanson helped us see this dream come true! We completely and totally love our new home!

Our Team

The Best & Brightest


Thomas Hanson
President of Wes Hanson Builders

Associates & Staff

Matt Schmidt
Design Principal

Jolene Swenson
Project Development

Danny Dik
Shop Supervisor

Emilee Olstad
Design Associate

Sadie Hoag
Accounting - H/R

Scott Burrell
General Manager

Blake Humphrey
Design Associate

Rawni Moses
Billing Manager

Jeromy Kunz

Jeb Lowery
Paint Supervisor

Project Supervisors

Jon Milo

Jason Armstrong

Shawn Hite

Brian Buchite

Awards & Helping Our Community

Awarded "Best of Houzz - 2018 Client Satisfaction"

MMBA Mid-Minnestoa Builders Association

NAHB National Association of Home Builders

Habitat for Humanity

Best of Brainerd Lakes
Nominated "Best Home Exterior Contractor 2018" and "Best Home Builder 2018 & 2019"

Lake Time Magazine
Awarded "The Best Of Minnesota - Best Architect"

Lakes Proud