About Us

Since 1998 Joseph Douglas Homes has provided award-winning craftsmanship to the homes that we have built and remodeled in Southeast Wisconsin. We are proud to be a Milwaukee custom home builder and bring our clients’ dream home visions to life through building and remodeling, superior design and competitive pricing. Joseph Douglas Homes can build from one of our plans or yours or design a one-of-a-kind home or remodel your kitchen, bath, add a home addition, or finish your basement. Joseph Douglas Homes has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. We have also been named the NARI Remodeler of the Year and received NRS Award in Home Satisfaction.

Wisconsin Custom Home Builder

Owner and Founder: Deron Butler


Deron’s Journey

An engineer by training – after years of crafting and constructing tailor-made residences, Deron Butler founded Joseph Douglas Homes in 1998. As the principal architect, Joseph Douglas Homes has successfully erected more than 400 homes in Southeast, WI, taking immense pride in each unique design.

From the outset, Deron made a deliberate choice to be intricately involved in every project his company undertakes. This decision fills him with immense joy and satisfaction as he witnesses the dreams of countless clients materialize.

Beyond his professional pursuits in custom home building and design, Deron cherishes moments spent with his beloved wife and children. During leisure hours, he indulges in playing arcade games from his impressive collection and stays active with a friendly game of pickleball.


Core Values


As Wisconsin’s finest custom home builders these are the guiding fundamental principles that built our firm:

Craftsmanship: A commitment to delivering top-notch craftsmanship and quality construction in every aspect of the home-building process.

Customer-Centric: A focus on understanding and meeting the unique needs and desires of each customer. They aim to build a home that aligns with the client’s vision and lifestyle.

Integrity: Operating with honesty, transparency, and ethical conduct throughout all interactions with clients, subcontractors, and suppliers.

Professionalism: Maintaining high standards of professionalism in communication, project management, and customer service.

Innovation: Embracing new technologies, materials, and building methods to ensure that the homes they construct are at the cutting edge of modern design and efficiency.

Sustainability: A commitment to environmentally responsible building practices, energy efficiency, and sustainable materials to reduce the ecological footprint of the homes they build.

Timely Delivery: Completing projects on time and within the agreed-upon schedule, respecting the client’s time and investment.

Communication: Open and effective communication with clients throughout the entire building process, ensuring that they are informed about the progress and any changes that may occur.

Attention to Detail: A focus on the little things that make a big difference, ensuring that every aspect of the home is carefully crafted and finished to the highest standard.

Reliability: Building a reputation for being dependable and delivering on promises, creating a sense of trust with clients.

Collaboration: Working closely with clients, architects, designers, and other stakeholders to foster a collaborative and positive building experience.

Safety: Prioritizing safety on the construction site for both workers and future homeowners.

Respect: Treating clients, employees, and partners with respect and dignity.

Legacy: Striving to leave a positive impact on the community and building homes that will stand the test of time, creating a lasting legacy.

These core values guide the practices and decisions of our employees and our firm, helping us build exceptional homes and provide a world class experience for our clients. 


Man Standing Beside His Wife Teaching Their Child How to Ride Bicycle
Man Standing Beside His Wife Teaching Their Child How to Ride Bicycle

Meet the Team

Mike Bauman

Mike Bauman

Sales Manager

Mike Bauman is the Sales Manager at Joseph Douglas Homes & Remodeling and has a passion for delivering exceptional customer experiences.

With an impressive 27-year track record in the real estate and construction industry, he is dedicated in his mission to help individuals and families build their dream homes. Mike is also an active member of the Metropolitan Builders Association, serving on various councils and committee’s and being the Organizations President in 2022.

Outside of his professional endeavors, Mike is an avid boater. He and his wife Lynn enjoy exploring the waters of the Great Lakes in their 47’ powerboat.


Dave Hribar

Dave Hribar

Design Manager

Dave Hribar is an area renowned Architect who has over 30 years’ experience and has been designing custom homes for over 24 years.

He enjoys working with clients in a creative manor to achieve a home that brings their dreams and aspirations to life.

In his spare time Dave enjoys outdoor activities, and spending time with his family.

Luke Kolbeck

Luke Kolbeck

Operations Manager

Luke joins the team with a background in engineering and logistics.  In his previous life Luke sailed around the globe managing systems and operations for a variety of vessels.

When he is not building custom homes and subdivisions Luke enjoys exploring the great outdoors.

Kathy Etheridge

Kathy Etheridge

Project Coordinator

Kathy Etheridge, Project Coordinator at JDH with a passion for creating dream homes. Her impressive 30-year career in the custom homes industry had led her to understand that building a new home is a deeply personal journey and she takes great pride in ensuring customers’ needs are met.

When she is not making dreams come true Kathy enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and summer trips to their lake house cabin.

Keith Gellings

Keith Gellings

Project Manager

Meet Keith Gellings, Project Manager at Joseph Douglas Homes & Remodeling. He joins the team with 33 years of experience in the construction industry. He takes great pride and joy in delivering customers their dream house. When not working Keith enjoys spending time with his wife and renovating his lake house cabin
Austin Arbuckle

Austin Arbuckle

Project Manager

Austin Arbuckle joins the team after 7 years is the remodeling and and new construction industry. As Project Manager at Joseph Douglas Homes he oversees the day-to-day construction activities on new construction and remodeling projects ensuring the quality of work meets the JDH standards.

Outside of work, Austin is an avid outdoorsman and likes to spend his free time exploring new golf courses with his Father.

Nicole Jackson

Nicole Jackson

Interior Designer

Meet Nicole, Interior Designer and founder & owner of Interior Motives, who assists JDH clients in making their homes come to life. Nicole possesses a natural talent for creativity and a deep passion for design, skillfully blending aesthetics, and functionality to create harmonious environments that reflect people’s unique style.

During her free time, Nicole takes pleasure in cherishing moments with her beloved family and friends or putting on her tennis shoes and going for a refreshing run or bike ride in her community.