Homes By Brian - Builder of Prestigious Homes in Northwest Indiana
Homes By Brian - Builder of Prestigious Homes in Northwest Indiana



We stress that the "customer" is our business and when the customer is happy with their home and builder, they are not afraid to tell people. That is exactly what we look forward to. A large portion of our work derives from our past customers referrals, word of mouth, and impeccable reputation. Our customers take pride in their homes and continually offer to show them to prospective buyers.

"Dear Brian, I am without words at how amazing of not only a builder you are, but as a person. I am forever grateful for crossing your path. My house was beautifully built by you - both quality and aesthetically. You displayed an abundance of knowledge, patience, compassion, and care. I am alwasy eager to share with others how brilliant of a person you are. You are a loyal and genuine guy whom I admire.

I thank God every single day for my house and all the dedication you put into it. I can honestly say, there is not a thing I would change about it. Your work is beautiful and admireable. At times it seems almost unbelievalbe to me. It's hard now a days to find a true person. You display wonderul qualities. I am honored you built my home. From the bottom of my heart... I THANK YOU. I couldn't have been this happy in a house if I didn't have you there Brian. Thank you for being patient during the process. If you ever need anything, please let me know. I would be honored to help you out in any way I can.
- Dawn A. DeBold

"Brian: We want to thank you for everything you have done to help us build our dream home. It is difficult to believe we started this a year ago. Building a house can be a stressful process, but you have been with us every step, placing us at ease and helping us through every small issue. We appreciate your patience more than you know.

We would love to help you with additional clients in the future. Just give us a call if we can help in any way. Thanks again!"
- John & Rosemary Burris

"When we first decided to build a house, we dreaded the prospect. Our early discussions with other developers and horror stories from friends and family prepared us for a complicated and difficult process. Working with Brian Lantz could not have been any further from this. Brian was there for us all the way through the process, from the lengthy selection for a floor plan, to giving us very professional advice on questions of materials or layouts, but ultimately leaving the decisions to us. By far the most impressive aspect of building a house with Brian was his flexibility. We could select the type of house that met our needs and budget, and had the option of working with his contractors and suppliers or even selecting ours as long as they could meet the schedule. Perhaps, most importantly we always felt we could talk to Brian about anything because we knew he would always give us his unbiased opinion. It was a true partnership and the end-result exceeded all our hopes and dreams. Brian Lantz built a truly outstanding home for us and when the time comes (many years in the future) to build another one, we know who our builder will be."
- Chris & Effie Economopoulos

"We are the proud owners of a “Homes by Brian” built home in which we have lived for more than four years. Not only do we have a superbly constructed home, the entire experience was actually enjoyable from beginning to end. Brian Lantz was always very helpful and informative and was prompt to answer any questions or concerns that we had during the entire building process.

Most importantly, we were extremely pleased by the professionalism, business ethics and genuine desire to build the best home possible within our budget.

We love our new home, especially our “Four Seasons Room” where we spend most of our time looking out over our lovely wooded backyard! The quality is beautiful, exceptional. We can’t say enough positive things about it.

We would give our highest recommendation to Brian Lantz and “Homes by Brian.”"
- Craig and Kathy Lebryk

"Eleven years ago we started looking for a new home and by chance, we discovered two new homes that were just completed by Brian Lantz. My wife, our children and my parents were all overwhelmed by the quality of the homes. We then decided to have Brian build us a new home. We had a great time during the building process and appreciated his help and guidance.
Ten years later, Brian built us another "Dream" home. Brian helped us with all the planning and details of the construction. He offered many suggestions, explored the various options available and kept us informed every step of the way.
We wanted a large kitchen but the home plans provided a smaller space. With Brian's help we increased the size of the kitchen. One day, Brian and his cabinet man met us out at the jobsite and marked out a proposed cabinet layout on the floor. After seeing the "mock-up" versus the original layout, we loved it and made the change. Now, my wife has the kitchen she always wanted. Brian went above and beyond by doing this along with many other things during the construction phases.
We are very happy with our new home. Everything is done so nicely and we are very proud to show it off to our friends and family. The workmanship is excellent, the building products are the best and his team of craftsmen are second to none!
Brian Lantz is a very honest, trustworthy person and a great builder. He is not only our builder but our friend!"
- Ron & Pam Matonovich

"We are pleased to offer this letter of recommendation for Homes by Brian. From planning, design, pricing, to execution, we felt comfortable working with Brian each step of the way. The complex process of home building was made easier with the dedicated group of contractors and subs he works with.

Our home is completed and it is a show place in every respect. The quality of workmanship is top notch and we continue to receive compliments from friends and strangers alike. We are convinced that we could not have chosen a better builder for this important project.

We highly recommend Homes by Brian as a top custom homebuilder. We would refer friends and family for a wonderful custom home building experience to Brian Lantz"
- Bruno and Loris VanderVelde.

"Just a Thank You note to let you know how much we love our new home. We know it’s a lot bigger than the first one you built for us but it won’t take long for us to fill it up. As mentioned before, if you ever need to show it to anyone, just let us know. We know they’ll be as impressed with it as we are."
- Steve & Kathy B.

"We’re dropping you a note to let you know what a terrific and pleasurable experience it was throughout the entire building process. We enjoyed dealing with you very much and all of your subcontractors were great. We’re very proud of our home and will recommend you to everyone we know."
- Best Wishes, The Marscevich’s

"Jim and I wanted to express our gratitude and let you know how much we love our new home. It was a very pleasant experience dealing with you from beginning to end. We love to brag about it to our friends and tell them what a great guy you are. It was fun. We really appreciated the extra time you spent with us. It just goes to show why you have the great reputation that you do."
-James & Dorothy Brown

We just wanted to say it was as fun the second time around as the first time you built our home. It has always been a positive experience dealing with you and your crew. You really have great people backing you up and the quality of their work really shows. Everyone really made us feel comfortable during Both times you built for us. If we ever build a third home, I’m sure you’ll be the one to do that one too! That is, if your not retired by then.
- From your First, Second- Time-Around Buyers, Diane & Richard White

"Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. We just wanted to let you know how much we love our new home. It was so much fun following it from beginning to end. You were a dream to deal with the entire time and hope I didn’t drive you nuts with all the phone calls. Seriously though, we will recommend you to everyone we know and tell them that there is a builder out there who still truly cares. You are always welcome to show our home to anyone you want in the future."
- Thanks so much. Betty & Joe Laskey
"Just sending you our yearly Thank-You card on our 7th anniversary of our home. We love it as much as when you first built it and we can honestly say you helped make our house feel like a home. You built us a quality custom home with close attention to detail. We continue to tell people how much we love the house even 7 years later. Thank you Brian. We know that when people build with you, they'll be happy."
- Al & Carol Bridegroom
"On the advice of my mother-in-law, we met with Brian Lantz at a spec house in Eagle Ridge in September 1997. We were able to see the quality of his workmanship and knew that he would be the builder for us. Brian realized that everyone's financial situation is different, so he came up with a proposal to help us build our first custom home.

Nine years later we called Brian again to build our second custom home. After several meetings and adjustments to the floorplan, Brian constructed a home that exceeded our expectations."

We feel that we have gained a great friendship with Brian. He is the easiest person to work with and his subs are excellent at what they do. We would highly recommend Brian Lantz to anyone considering building a custom home.
- Michael & Kiki Baran

"Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. We just wanted to let you know how much we love our new home. It was so much fun following it from beginning to end. You were a dream to deal with the entire time and hope I didn’t drive you nuts with all the phone calls. Seriously though, we will recommend you to everyone we know and tell them that there is a builder out there who still truly cares. You are always welcome to show our home to anyone you want in the future."
- Thanks so much. Betty & Joe Laskey

“I wanted to take some time to comment about the Design Basics home I chose to have built for my family as well as the Builder who made it all happen, Brian Lantz of Homes By Brian.

I met Brian over 24 years ago as I was a somewhat newer resident of Schererville, IN. I met him 1st as a neighbor and continued to see him at various community functions and parades. I admired Brian’s easy-going personality and ability to talk to just about anyone. I found out that he was a builder of custom homes and filed that away in my mind knowing that someday, I wanted him to build a home for my family.

That day came back in 2000 when I learned Brian was developing a subdivision in Schererville on a small lake. I had grown to love the town of Schererville and my two children were flourishing the school system so there was really no reason to move anywhere else. The opportunity to have a custom build home on a lake was a dream come true, so I knew we had to make it happen.

My family chose a lot in the Lake of the Meadows subdivision to call our own and Brian went to work. He provided what seemed like an endless supply of books with home plans for us to pour over. I knew with the large extended family I had the home would have to provide the space to accommodate us all, yet be cozy enough to call home.

Each time I would choose a tentative floor plan and bring it to Brian, he would go over the pros & cons of building that particular design on our lot, paying close attention to details. He made sure we were aware of the easement between our house and our neighbors. He let us know when things would get too tight with the lot next door.

The lot I chose would lend itself to a walkout style home with 3 levels, so we focused on that. Although I had probably 5 layouts that I liked, I kept coming back to one particular design in the Design Basics book. The floorplan on the main level was perfect! It had a large kitchen with an island that opened up to a fantastic family room with a see-through fireplace shared with the office. The foyer made a beautiful statement as one could see through the foyer into the family room and out to what we made 3 large double windows with arches that Brian suggested. To this day, it is still my favorite place in the house! The plan had the master bedroom on the 1st floor which provided great privacy. The other 3 bedrooms were on the second floor. I wanted my son and daughter to each have their own room with their own bathroom and the Design Basics plan provided that. We even got the guest room to boot! It shared a California bathroom with my daughter’s room. I was hoping to extend the size of several of the rooms and Brian would detail out exactly which room we could easily “bump out” to provide additional square footage. Because of the lot, Brian was able to easily turn the lower level into a full walkout by adding several windows and 2 double doors for entry from the backyard. With all the family parties I hosted, this home’s layout was perfect!

During the building process, we visited the home every evening on the way home from work. Brian kept us constantly in the loop providing updates as important phases were being completed. Based on his experience with larger custom homes, he made suggestions that we could act on or not. One suggestion that was very helpful was to add a large support beam in the 3 car garage and eliminate the poles inside that garage. It really opened the area up. So glad he suggested it.

I remember another time coming into the home with Brain after the drywall was complete and they were going to begin adding trim. I stood in the foyer looking through the large entryway into the family room and noticed the doorway to the left (dining room) seemed small and “closed in” compared to the office and family room doorways. I commented to Brian how nice it would be to have the entire area “opened up” and could he do that? I will always remember this and smile to myself; Brian took out a market an drew a larger opening over the dining room doorway along with a note to his crew to “open it up.” The very next day I had my beautifully opened up entryway with all doorways the same.

Having the two-sided fireplace afforded me the opportunity to design 2 beautiful mantles. Brian had me meet with his craftsman who would be creating the look for me. We pieced together different concepts to arrive at exactly what I wanted. Each time he completed a phase, he had me check to make sure we were creating what I envisioned. I could not have been happier with the outcome.

There was not a single revision that I requested of Brian that he did not carefully consider and move forward with or bring the reason to me as to why I would not want to go forward with it. The entire process from digging the foundation to handing me the keys to my new beautiful home was so enjoyable because of working with Brian Lantz. He is truly a craftsman who know his trade, his crew and their capabilities. If I were ever to build again, I would have Brian Lantz as my builder. I have recommended him to friends who have used him and had the same experience.

Beginning with the Design Basics plan and working with Brian Lantz of Homes By Brian has given me the home of the my dreams. I have been in the home for 16 years now and I still love walking through the door of my home every single day. My hat is off to Design Basics and Brian Lantz!”
Karen Oberman Coyle

“It is with pleasure that we write a very positive recommendation for Brian Lantz and business Homes by Brian. We found him to be very considerate and patient with us in figuring out all of the special requests we had for our custom home.

We have friends who are in the building business in another state and they came to see the progress as our home was being built and commented that the quality of workmanship was second to none. It is also of note that people in our neighborhood have commented on several occasions that they now wish they had used Brian and his crew to build their homes.

From the beginning we had complete confidence and trust in Brian and we were never disappointed. He was honest, informed us of what changes we would be able to make in our original blueprint and what we should not attempt.

After three years of very comfortable living in this home we are still able to contact Brian to deal with any questions we might have.

Working with Homes by Brian was a rewarding experience and we would highly recommend Brian to anyone who inquires.”
Linda Frary

“After being in our home for almost 3 weeks, we absolutely know this is our forever home. There are so many people who dream of homes like this one, and we have YOU to thank. Joe & I hit the jackpot with you as our builder and every day we are reminded of that as we look around. Thank you doesn’t express our gratitude – we can only really show you our thanks as we show off our home to everyone! 😊 It was an absolute pleasure to work with you through this process as well as getting to know you. The process was fun! I don’t think every homeowner can say that. Enjoy the new year and stop by and see the inside of your show house. Thank you again!”
Kersten & Joe Brunner

“As our one year anniversary has just passed with our home, we felt compelled to write you and thank you again for truly being such an exceptional home builder. From the very start when we decided to build our house, we knew that choosing a builder was the most important decision we would make. Understanding the stress involved in the process of building a house made us realize that we should only pick the best in the business.

We are now proud owners of this ‘dreamhouse’ built by HOMES BY BRIAN. We can’t say enough to describe how nice it was to work with you. We feel the house is of excellent quality and get lots of compliments on the house. People tell us all the time how beautiful it is. It was such a pleasure getting to know you and your subs. We are very happy! Thank you so much again!”
Kenneth & Jeanette Southard

“Just wanted to say thank you for a beautiful home. We felt comfortable working with you through the entire building process and the end result exceeded our expectations. We are very proud of our home and love to show it off. We clearly see why you have such a GREAT REPUTATION! The dedication of your employees and subcontractors is obvious and we know we picked the best builder out there.

Our offer still stands. We would be more than happy to show our house anytime you would like.”
John & Doris Moore

“We had many friends and family over this holiday season. The compliments we received on the house made us truly appreciate how lucky and thankful we are to live here! A true testament to your work and standards! And the pantry….I’ve managed to fill it!! Thanks again.”
Dawn & Minas P.

“I cannot begin to express my complete gratitude to you and your entire team for allowing me the opportunity to have my first Christmas in my dream home! Your knowledge, patience, and professionalism were truly appreciated.”
Jaime Vander Zandem

“Just wanted to say thank you so much for having your son stop by and look out for us after all these years. It was very nice of you both. You are truly a caring person. We still LOVE our home and always recommend you to our friends. Thanks for making the process easy and we wish you all the best.”
Pat Paulson

“Brian Lantz built our dream home for us in Amber Fields. The craftsmanship and details in our home are perfect. We have built 4 other homes and Brian is the best and easiest builder we have worked with so far. If we ever build another house we would not even think of another builder. We were in a small apartment and Brian got our home completed in record time. During the building process we were able to evaluate the progress and talk to Brian any time we needed. Home By Brian gets a 5 plus star rating from us.”
Debbie and Bob Phelps

Homes By Brian - Builder of Prestigious Homes in Northwest Indiana