Oct. 30, 2006

Local building company grows strong

By Brenda Dockendorf
Annandale Advocate

Chad Arvola got started in the home construction business when he remodeled an old duplex in Buffalo eight years ago.

Now, he and his crew build and sell about 20 homes a year in eight housing developments around the area, including Southbrook in Annandale.

“Our goal is to become one of the best builders in Central Minnesota,” Chad said. Chad, his wife, Katie, and his brother, Ryan, are the engines behind the business.

Katie is in charge of designing the floor plans, decorating the model homes and secretarial duties.

Ryan is the manager of operations. He’s the one who mans the new office they have beneath Curves on Main Street in Annandale.

Chad is usually at the building site, supervising, inspecting, and doing some cleanup.

Arvola Homes offers 20 different floor plans for customers to choose from and tries to fit the buyer’s needs with the right location, Chad said.

Arvola’s Portage Series homes are geared toward first-time home owners and cost between $175,000 and $250,000. The Heritage Series ranges from $250,000 to $350,000.

Even though Chad discovered his home-building talents nearly 10 years ago, it wasn’t until 2002 that Arvola Homes was born.

At first, he ran the company out of his home, but eventually he got so busy he had contractors and other professionals knocking on his door all hours of the day.

The business moved into the space next to Jerry’s Floor Store at the beginning of the year, and that’s where they have been ever since.

Arvola has aimed to establish a reputation as a quality home builder that takes care of its customers’ needs, Chad said. “We’re always willing to come back if the customer is having any maintenance issues.”

Arvola has built nine homes in Southbrook, as well as homes in Rodeo Hills in Buffalo, Rolling Meadows in Montrose, Tarragon Meadows in Waverly, Grass Lake Farm in Winsted, Field Crest in Cokato, the Greely Edition in Kimball, and Emerald Ponds in St. Augusta.

For more information on Arvola Homes, call the office at (320) 274-7002 or visit www.arvolahomes.com. Office hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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