Laurens graduated from Calvin College with degrees in business administration and accounting. Laurens is an avid runner and ran cross country and track at Calvin College. He currently coaches at Calvin Christian High School in Grandville (more on this under the Running / Coaching Page). Upon graduation he worked as the controller for the Greater Grand Rapids Home Builders Association. While working at the HBA he learned first hand which subcontractors he would feel comfortable doing business with someday and qualities of many fine builders as well. He learned which subs stood behind their work and were ethical in how they conducted their business. Those two qualities are at the top of the priority list for Laurens and he will be reflected in how he handles your construction project as well. After working at the HBA for 8 years Laurens decided to pursue his dream of owning his own construction company.

TenKate Builders builds an average of 3 custom homes per year and numerous remodel projects as well. We work with the client from budgeting, financing, lot selection, plan design, construction, through warranty service. For us it all starts with your budget and Laurens accounting background ensures your project will stay within budget. We also take very seriously the completion date you have in mind and that date is listed on page one of all our new home contracts.

At our custom cabinetry shop we will hand craft many of the finer trim details of your home. This facility allows us to use advanced construction techniques and create your cabinetry, mantels, newel posts, and paneling in a more efficient and better manner.

If you are looking for a small volume builder who will be involved in all the details of your project then you will enjoy working with us.

Lastly the decision of "who" will build your home is far more important than "price" in my opinion. Find a builder who you can trust and the process will go well. I would very much like to earn that trust by meeting with you and learning more about your dream home or remodel project.

Laurens TenKate