– About Us –

Established in 1987, we have helped many families realize their dream of owning a custom-built home.

Midlake Builders takes pride in having a smooth, organized and detailed building program.

Our strong work ethic, attention to detail, and “can do” attitude makes the building process run smoothly. We build each home as if it was our own, wanting the very best in quality and longevity in the products we select. As a result, the majority of our work is referral-based and repeat business. The Midlake difference is service, integrity and excellence in all we do.

Our Company

Midlake Builders provides an extensive range of preconstruction and construction related services and solutions for projects of varying scope, budget, schedule and complexity.

Our Process

By working with a team of dedicated and experienced professionals including carpenters, project managers, accounting and customer service personnel, we control the building process. We attribute our longevity and success to many things, but being committed to our customers’ needs and building high-quality homes are the cornerstones of our business.

Meet Our Staff


Scott Ferguson



Scott has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry. His career has covered a wide range of projects from custom new and remodeled residential homes to large commercial projects. At the core of his success with all his endeavors is the respect he earns from those in his immediate orbit. He has a unique gift to be down-to-earth and sincerely interested in what others have to offer and enabling their success. He is a collaborator, facilitator and great communicator. Scott is very passionate and committed to continuing the reputation of quality, excellence and customer service that Midlake Builders is known for.

Away from the office, Scott is an avid mountain biker, musician and enjoying the many adventures to be found in Northern Michigan with his family and friends.


Robert Schmerheim

Master Builder


Bob Schmerheim has been building custom homes in northern Michigan for over 30 years. He started in the construction industry in 1982 when he went to work for a contractor in Saginaw, his home town. In 1987 he created Midlake Builders and throughout the years has built a reputation for high quality craftsmanship and standing behind the homes he builds, helping to make Midlake Builders one of the premier builders in the area.

He enjoys helping people navigate the building process and being part of the owners’ infectious excitement as they watch their dreams take shape one board at a time. Away from the office, Bob and his wife Kelli enjoy the northern Michigan lifestyle and taking advantage of all the activities their small town has to offer.


Ed Marcenaro

Project Manager


Ed got his first construction job when he was seventeen years old and knew right away that his career would involve the building trade. He worked as a carpenter and a foreman before deciding to further his education. He attended Central Michigan University and graduated with a BS in Construction Management. As a Project Manager, he enjoys making the process of building fun (and as easy as possible) for the client and everyone involved with bringing the project to life. When he’s not working, Ed enjoys spending time with his three children.


Jim Smith

Project Estimator


Jim was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan, but has resided in Traverse City since the late 70’s. He started in the building business when he was 18 years old working for a larger Traverse City builder. He has hands-on experience in framing, siding, and roofing, but specialized in interior trim and cabinetry work. Jim became a licensed builder in 1991 while running his own company, Timber Ridge Contractors, building large custom homes and doing some light commercial projects. He closed his company in 2008, moved to Asheville, North Carolina and worked as a construction manager for a large building contractor. He’s been a construction manager/estimator since returning to Traverse City in 2011.


Mary Pearson

Office Administrator


Mary joined our staff in 2016. She has over 20 years’ experience and is very accomplished in many aspects of construction administration and office management. Mary wears many hats and is our “go to” person. If it needs to get done, Mary is the one you want on your team. She is the friendly voice that will most likely greet you when you call the Midlake office.

What our Clients have to Say

“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.”