– Testimonials –

Just ask our customers. We’ve not only had several repeat customers, but the majority of our new clients are referred to us by satisfied homeowners.

One reason for such a loyal clientele is they know we don’t hand them the keys to their new home and walk away. We stand behind what we build. Our commitment to our customers continues long after their project is complete.

Read What Our Clients Think

Holy Island Cottage

Holy Island

“A number of years ago we embarked on building a second home from 2,000 miles away. Because our family has roots in Charlevoix for over 60 years we had an idea of what we wanted, but no firm plans. We met with a number of different contractors in the area and based on the recommendations from previous Midlake Builder clients, and our own friends in town, we chose to work with them. It turned out to be one of the best decisions we ever made. Somehow, via phone, fax and e-mail we were able to build our dream home. The level of professionalism and dedication that Midlake Builders displayed was truly remarkable. We just completed building another house in California and despite the promises of a master builder, they were in no way comparable to Bob Schmerheim and Midlake Builders.

In summary, Great people, Great product. You can’t do any better in Northern Michigan. I promise you you’ll end up with a beautiful new home and some new great friends.”

Jim W. – California

Lake Charlevoix Getaway

Round Lake

“Working with Bob Schmerheim and Midlake Builders is a great experience. When you are 750 miles away you must put a lot of trust in your builder. We knew where we stood every step of the way and his suggestions for change made for big improvements. His passion for detail cannot be compared. We couldn’t have been more pleased with our new home, and we now consider Bob a true friend.”

Jim and Elise S. – Nashville, TN

Lake Huron Escape

Lake Huron

“We could not be happier with your craftsmanship and impeccable job site. We love our new lodge!!!! Thank you.”

Brad and Lisa B.

Boyne City Cottage

Boyne City

“Builder Bob is a pleasure to work with. He listens and responds quickly to all concerns. He hires quality craftsmen and uses the best products, yet is always conscious of the homeowner’s budget.

He built us a home that we will be proud of for generations to come. His follow-up after the build was unexpected and unparalleled. Bob is the only builder I would trust with the substantial investment of a new home. He is the greatest!”

Chuck and Linda G.


Papa Doc

Traverse City

“In an age of mandated mediocrity , it is amazing that MIDLAKE BUILDERS still hold to the superior customer satisfaction paradigm. Over a lifetime, we have engaged several construction companies to do projects for us across Michigan and have never been so pleased as we were when MIDLAKE did a project for us in Traverse City a few years ago. Bob Schmerheim, the owner, visited the site daily to assess progress and Marty, his lead site manager, arrived early every morning and stayed late every day.  At times, items not on the project list were noticed, addressed and fixed.  The cost estimate was precise and actual price never exceeded what was agreed. We were stunned by the level of professionalism and cannot say enough about this company.  Gertrude Stein once wrote “A difference, to BE a difference, must MAKE a difference”. MIDLAKE does just that !!!”

Neill and Judy V.

Lake Skegemog Homestead

Lake Skegemog

“Our family has long had a dream of a lake side home that could be a family gathering place for generations to come. Bob Schmerheim and the team at Midlake Builders helped to make that dream come true for us. Working hand-in-hand with our own architect, Midlake made the building process a pleasant and exceptional experience. Midlake Builders has the resources and team of highly-skilled subcontractors to get the job done on time and on budget. It’s been 3 years since completion and the Midlake team continues to respond to any and all follow-up requests. It’s like having a friend in the building business.”

Jim and Debbie N.

Charlevoix Victorian


“Bob and Midlake Builders remodeled our home in Charlevoix. This major undertaking was a huge investment. We took 3 bids and felt that Midlake would do the best job, although they were not the lowest bid. What sold us was their references, quality of work, and assurance they would complete the job on time. We live out of town and visited the site 3 times. Each time we were pleasantly surprised. Now that we have used the home over 6 summers I can say the work is first class and has held up against the harsh winters. Our remodel included our entire kitchen, 3 existing bathrooms, 2 new bathrooms, 5 existing bedrooms, 2 new bedrooms, a new garage, new roof, all new windows, new paint and exterior foundation, a new driveway, new heating and cooling, new chimney, fireplace, and all new plumbing and electrical. Midlake finished this job with 30 days to spare and when we arrived we actually hugged our builder!

A year later Hurricane Katrina devastated our area and our father-in-law’s home. Bob Schmerheim and some of his Midlake team came to New Orleans for a month to help rebuild that home and others around the coast of Mississippi. He and his team are so selfless and helped us when finding contractors was near impossible. He stayed through the September heat of the South and slept in an un-air-conditioned home.

We hugged him again!

We highly recommend Bob and Midlake Builders if you want high quality work done within your budget and on time.”

Glenn M. – Long Beach, MS