Amish Builders – Michigan

A guide to Michigan Amish Construction Companies

If you’re looking for an Amish builder in Michigan for your home or other construction project, check our guide below. Amish communities can be found scattered through the state, from the Upper Peninsula to the Michiana area. Amish construction firms will typically take jobs outside of their immediate area as well, bringing other Michigan cities into range. Jump to Michigan Amish builders list.

Michigan cities

Amish builders can be found within range of these Michigan cities, and surrounding areas:

  • Metro Detroit (Farmington Hills, Rochester Hills, Southfield, West Bloomfield, Livonia, Troy, Dearborn, Canton, Pontiac and others).
  • Lansing
  • Grand Rapids
  • Battle Creek
  • Kalamazoo
  • Flint
  • Jackson
  • Saginaw

Check the list below for Amish builders closest to you. Amish contractors are capable of traveling some distance for work depending on the job. So if you don’t happen to have any Amish communities next-door to your location, that doesn’t mean you can’t find an Amish builder for your project.

FAQ – Working with an Amish builder

Here are some frequently-asked questions about working with an Amish construction company:

What kind of work do Amish builders do?

Amish construction companies each have their own specialties, but in general Amish builders do new home construction, remodeling, additions, commercial construction, roofing, siding, carpentry, masonry, garages, sheds and barns, decks and patios, sun rooms, extensions, utility buildings, and other projects and structures. Inquire with an individual builder for more details on their areas of expertise

How do I communicate with an Amish builder?

Most Amish builders will have a phone number. This could be to a stationary phone, where you will be able to leave a voicemail message. Amish builders in more progressive will often use cell phones or even smartphones, allowing them to be contacted more easily. In such cases the phones may be used on a limited basis, for example, restricted to work purposes only, or reachable within set business hours.

How do Amish builders get to the jobsite?

While the most conservative Amish groups are restricted to buggying distance, this is not the case with most Amish construction businesses. Typically the Amish owner will hire a non-Amish employee, or in some cases, family members who have not yet been baptized into the Amish church. This provides a driver for the business. The truck itself might be leased or belong to the non-Amish employee.

Though Amish do not use public electricity in their homes, Amish builders commonly use conventional power tools when working at job sites for non-Amish customers

What kind of tools do Amish use?

While Amish work may be promoted as “hand-crafted”, this does not mean that Amish rely on primitive tools like wooden mallets and handsaws. Though they may use simple r tools in certain cases, Amish builders normally use conventional power tools which can be plugged in to power sources at the non-Amish customer’s property. While Amish homes are not wired to the public electric grid, Amish entrepreneurs can make use of these sources in special situations. Most Amish may also use battery-powered tools and devices.

How do I pay an Amish builder?

Amish contractors typically take check, cash, and in some cases may be set up to take credit card. Even the most conservative Amish communities use banks and frequently use checks to take care of business. So these traditional methods should work fine as to payment with most builders. As far as arranging terms of payment, that would remain to be agreed between you and the individual Amish contractor.

Michigan Amish Construction Businesses

Below is our list of Amish builders in Michigan along with contact details. As described above, some Amish use cell phones and smart phones, but in many cases you may need to leave a voice message and wait for a return call. Individual details may have changed since this guide was published, so be sure to confirm all relevant information with the individual business.

If you are searching for a roofer specifically, you may also want to view our Michigan Amish roofer page.

Country Boys Construction
John Robert Miller
4233 S. Ferris Ave.
Fremont, MI
(231) 928-6091

Miller Builders
Marlin Miller
5799 Dickinson Rd.
Fremont, MI
(231) 924-1208

E & L Log Homes
Ben Schwartz
4863 S. Wisner Ave.
Newaygo, MI
(231) 924-3658

DW Construction
David Wickey
913 170th Avenue
Hersey, MI, 49639
This business’s services include home improvements, decks, windows, siding, roofing, and pole barns.

Four Seasons Construction
Nathan Byler
11163 US 23 S
Ossineke, MI
(989) 471-2276

Kauffman Construction
Raymond Kauffman
475 W. Dowling Rd.
Dowling, MI
(269) 721-3039

Gateway Builders  
David Byler
10002 Washington Rd.
Clare, MI 48617

De Hart Development‎
54975 Cranberry Street
Marcellus, MI
Residential home and log home builders using an Amish work crew.

Hershberger Home Building
Jonathan Hershberger
4508 S. Brand Ave.
Clare, MI 48617
In addition to home building, Hershberger constructs pole barns, does roofing and remodeling as well.

Do you know of a good Amish builder in Michigan that should be on this list? Here’s a chance to help out a good business – let us know about it in the comments below along with their contact details.

Where the Amish live in Michigan

Amish people have a long tradition in the Wolverine State. Michigan’s oldest and largest community lies in the southern end of the state, in St. Joseph County around the town of Centreville. This sizeable settlement is over 100 years old and is home to around 1,500 Amish people.

michigan amish branch county windmill
Ascene from the Amish settlement in Branch County in southern Michigan.

Clusters of Amish settlements can be found in several other regions of the state. Numerous communities lie in the southern Michigan/Michiana region, including in Hillsdale and Branch Counties, home to eight separate settlements.Another large cluster of Amish communities can be found in central Michigan, in a four-county area (Osceola, Clare, Mecosta, and Isabella).

In total, the state has approximately 50 separate Amish communities. Traditional dairy farming remains strong among Amish in Michigan, but occupations have expanded in recent years and decades to include many types of small businesses, including furniture making, retail shops, and construction-related businesses. Read more on the Amish in Michigan here.

Looking for an Amish builder in another state? Check out our full builders guide.

Image credits: frame construction – Bruce Detorres; Amish roof worker – Cindy Cornett Seigle; cordless power drill – Rafal Kiermacz; Amish buggy – Melnee Benfield

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