Family often extends beyond blood relatives.
Outside the nuclear family with its maternal and paternal counterparts, the familial bond can be extended to other people who are made to feel as though they belong in the fold. Then, through the pursuit of a common goal, this bond can strengthen over time.
With the goal of creating distinctive homes that offer a lifetime of enjoyment and comfort, the family at Steiner Homes dreams big, works hard every day and looks forward to taking on new challenges.
“Most importantly, we have fun,” Dan Steiner said. “During our weekly staff meetings, we go over everything that’s in the works. Adam (Steiner, the Residential Designer and Office Manager for the last five years) has it all on the cloud so we’re always working with the latest information. It’s the nerve center of everything we’re working on, but we still like to go over things and give everyone a chance to make comments. Everyone brings a little different perspective, and it’s enlightening to see things from a different point of view.”
Like his father, Adam Steiner earned an engineering degree from Purdue University before joining Steiner Homes full time. The only difference between the two is the fact that Dan Steiner learned the fine art of building a home from the ground up with his own two hands working alongside Art Larson, his Swedish-born father-in-law.
“We worked together along with my wife Valerie for a number of years, and he even changed the name from Larson Builders to Larson-Steiner,” Dan Steiner recalled. “Then, Val and I made the decision to start our own business. We’re very proud of the fact that Steiner Homes was able to weather the recent storm in the housing industry. We are fortunate to have such a great team and great clients.”
Along with Adam Steiner, daughter Molly Steiner handles all the Marketing, while nephew Jason Bradley, Field Manager, Ryan Zentz, Field Operation Manager, Dave Gring, Director of Sales, and Jessica deKock, Selections Coordinator, have all been on board from nearly the beginning. Over time, Courtney Krull was brought on for Customer Service and to coordinate change orders, Karen DeVries for Permitting, Tom Bendis and Joe DePra for Field Support and John Meyer for Warranties.
While success can be measured in many different ways, this dedicated group has the great pleasure of seeing how the homes they create from the ground up bring true joy to people’s lives.
Starting with the very first time a new client meets a member of the Steiner Homes team to the day they receive the keys to their new home at closing, they are brought into the fold. Whether a client chooses to call an available model home or prefers to design something for another location in Lake or Porter County, each and every one becomes part of the family.
For those who want to build, Steiner Homes can design the perfect plan for a site that’s already selected, but also looks forward to helping clients scout the area in search of the perfect location.
“In the beginning, I spent a great deal of time touring Lake and Porter counties, taking notes on all the opportunities for new homes I could find,” Dan Steiner said. “That’s really our bread and butter – building homes on sites our clients have purchased or have their eyes on purchasing. A few years ago, we had the opportunity to develop the Highlands in Valparaiso. Then, with that project winding down – we have just 3 of the 28 lots left – another opportunity came our way.”
Nestled in the southeast corner of Crown Point, Deer Ridge South is centrally located in Lake County between US 41 and I-65 just north of W 133rd Avenue on Clark Street. It’s a bit off the beaten path, yet just 5 minutes from the historic downtown area. Like The Highlands, Deer Ridge South has all the elements needed for a great sense of community, according to Dan Steiner.
“It’s a special piece of property with uniquely sized lots,” he explained. “There’s a lot of character, established trees and walk-out lots. We’re really excited about this opportunity.”
With over 40 home plans available online that can be customized in many ways, Steiner Homes also always welcomes clients who bring their own plans.
“The ultimate goal is to meet the needs of each individual client,” Dan Steiner said. “One of the things that inspired me early on was the challenge of putting all the cool things in a house that people want, at a price that’s surprisingly affordable. For example, we offer our most popular plans – the Eleanor, Alexandria, Emma, Gretchen and Jackson – in a variety of sizes. When we have more than one model of a particular plan, people will say they like one more than the other. They’re usually quite surprised to learn it’s the same plan. We honestly never build the same home twice.”
Steiner Homes recently opened a new corporate office at 365 E. 84th Drive in Merrillville to more comfortably accommodate the growing family, clients and the company’s furry mascot. For more information, call Dave Gring at (219) 916-3744. You can also see the company’s complete portfolio of floor plans, access a directory of new home communities and check out the latest photographs of homes at www.steinerhomesltd.com.