Who We Are
We are a family-owned and operated company with over 40 years of experience, specializing in building custom homes and cottages. We service Winnipeg, Manitoba, and surrounding areas, including Whiteshell, Lac Du Bonnet, Gimli, Grand Marais, and more.
We understand the hesitation that often accompanies entrusting someone with the design and construction of your dream home. Committing to something you can’t see or touch prior can be daunting. At Pine Creek, we’ve alleviated this concern by assembling an in-house design team that collaborates closely with you, using 3D renderings to help you visualize the finished product and instill confidence in your decisions.
Our distinctive approach includes personal involvement from Josh and Glen in every project, ensuring direct and open lines of communication for a transparent and stress-free building experience. We take the approach of limiting the number of projects we undertake each year and scheduling them in their own dedicated construction slots. This helps us dedicate time to cultivating strong client relationships and consistently deliver quality and value on schedule.
The journey from the initial design stage to receiving your keys typically spans around 16 months. At Pine Creek, we prioritize people and their unique lifestyles, helping design custom builds that perfectly suit your needs.
For any questions or appointments, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We eagerly anticipate collaborating with you on your dream home or cottage.
We are a family-owned business rooted in the core values of craftsmanship, dedication, and an unwavering commitment to custom home-building excellence. Our journey is defined by Glen & Josh Veenstra, brothers and co-owners of Pine Creek Homes.
Our path began from the humble beginnings of clearing basements to the meticulous task of extracting nails. However, as time passed, Glen and Josh evolved into integral members of the company, fine-tuning their skills and eventually rising to the esteemed position of owners.
Their father, Jasper Veenstra, wasn’t only a parent but a strict mentor, especially when it came to emphasizing the pursuit of uncompromising quality. It was his remarkable example and steadfast commitment to the highest standards that served as the bedrock for Pine Creek Homes to attain its esteemed reputation as a builder.
Their family’s affinity for woodworking runs deep. In the 1990s, their uncle John, embarked on a journey to immerse himself in the art of timber framing. Naturally, young apprentices Josh and Glen were drawn to this craft, dedicating countless hours after school to meticulously carve timbers in the Pine Creek workshop. This acquired knowledge played a pivotal role in steering Pine Creeks towards crafting distinctive homes characterized by the grace of heavy timber elements.
Glen and Josh, along with the rest of us at Pine Creek Homes, are wholeheartedly dedicated to crafting more than just homes and cottages; we are in the business of building dreams. It’s where craftsmanship, quality, and a legacy of excellence converge to create the perfect living space. Pine Creek Homes is the epitome of the ideal choice for anyone who seeks a home that’s distinctly theirs, tailored to their unique needs and lifestyle, and constructed to the highest standards of excellence.
Years Of Experience
Custom Built Cabins
Custom Built Homes
We don’t just sell homes and cottages; we offer you an experience to achieve one of your biggest dreams. We built our process around giving you a stress-free experience you will never forget, and we do this by cultivating trusted relationships.
After that, it all starts with 1 phone call- your first point of contact is with our co-owner Josh Veenstra. This gives our clients the chance to know what we’re about right at our core.
Our process is unique because we are a family-owned and operated company, meaning clients will be working with our owners from start to finish.
Glen and Josh started in this industry at a very young age, so building is essentially in their DNA.
However, we’re not here to talk circles around you, or force our opinions onto yours. Our mission is to build you a home or cottage that fits your needs and preferences exactly as you’d like.
We are here only to offer our expertise, attention to detail, and high-quality standards.
With that said, your experience means everything to us- that is why we have an online portal to check in on their build as often as you wish, we meet weekly to review anything of concern, and you have on-site access whenever you like.
But before we even start building, we really try to get to know you. We’ll meet multiple times to understand your vision, fears, and desires.
Once we’ve built that trust, we are ready to dive right in. To avoid stressing over small details straight away, we’ll start by drawing up a plan we think fits your wants and needs.
We’ll present it to you and make all the changes, decisions, and revisions as needed so your build turns out to be everything you imagined.
We back this up by showing you 3D renderings of the build so you can get as close as possible to seeing the final look. Our process is clean and simple, and once you are happy with your choices, we take care of the rest.
As designers AND builders, we are able to cut the fuss for our clients. You won’t have to deal with vendors you are uncertain if you can trust, scheduling, or the stress of coordinating in an unfamiliar industry on your own.
We have many years of experience, an unwavering dedication to quality craftsmanship, and we only work with vetted trades that we know we can trust, and if for whatever reason something doesn’t go according to plan, we will always rectify any issues.
Every change order will be approved by you, so you never need to stress about costs or miscommunications. You also will never have to worry about getting overlooked, because we book each build into a construction slot. That means our workload never gets overwhelmed and we always have the time to address issues. In fact, we care so much about our client’s experience that we come to visit your home 1 year after possession to make sure no issues have come up since the keys have been handed over.
We emphasize “experience” because we truly want to make a moment out of everything. We want you to have just as much enjoyment in the process as you will once you get into your new farmhouse, escape, empire, cottage, getaway, or simply just your dream home.
Co-Owner and CEO:
As a leader in the field, our CEO, Glen Veenstra, has built a reputation for his devotion to quality and client satisfaction. He understands trust is extremely important during the process. As co-owners, Glen and his brother have dedicated themselves to creating a stress-free experience for homeowners.
Outside the office, Glen enjoys quality time with his family and coaching his son’s hockey team. He is also an avid outdoorsman and uses any excuse to get back to nature. Growing up having a family cottage is where his love of adventure and the outdoors began. His aspirations lie in the hopes that building family cottages will allow other kids to have the same great memories he had.
With a passion for creating dream homes and cottages, Glen has played a pivotal role in Pine Creek Homes’ success story. His attention to detail has earned Pine Creek Homes a reputation of exceptional quality, innovative design, and unparalleled client satisfaction.
In a constantly evolving industry, he remains committed to pushing the boundaries of custom home building. Glen’s approach to homebuilding is characterized by a deep understanding of clients’ needs. His hands-on involvement ensures that every project undertaken by Pine Creek Homes reflects the company’s core values of trust, reliability, and superior craftsmanship.
Co-Owner and President:
As our co-owner and President, Josh is the first person you will speak with to discuss your new custom home or cottage. He is also the proud person handing you your keys when your dream finally becomes a reality.
Servicing our clients is his top priority, and he is determined to keep you up-to-date on all things related to your project. Josh and our design team will work closely with you to capture and translate your unique vision into a tangible plan.
Growing up in the construction industry, with immense on-site experience, Josh offers the knowledge to tackle any issue or design with ease. When Josh isn’t at his desk or on-site, he spends his time with his wife and daughters, either enjoying the outdoors, staying at the family cottage, or travelling to new places.
Peace of mind is essential during our process; that’s why he personally ensures that you receive bi-weekly updates on the status of your build. We understand that embarking on a custom home building journey can be filled with questions and uncertainties. That’s why Josh is the perfect person to provide answers and clarity. Whether it’s discussing concepts, timelines, or any other aspect of the process, he is readily available to address your concerns.
At Pine Creek Homes, our dedicated team of professionals is the backbone of our custom home building success. We believe in transparency, quality, and delivering your “Custom Build with Confidence.” Each and every person who works for Pine Creek Homes has an essential role in making your dream come to fruition. Meet the key in-office members who make it all happen.
Amanda Bordush | Director of Operations and Designer:
Amanda, our Director of Operations and Designer at Pine Creek Homes, is fueled by the aspiration to craft homes and cottages that deeply resonate with families. Her passion for helping people brings a wealth of knowledge to our team, ensuring each project reflects the unique needs and desires of the families we serve.
Essential to our growth, Amanda constantly strives to elevate systems, projects, and relationships. She finds joy in seeing the fusion of practicality and aesthetics come to life, crafting homes where memories are made and cherished. Many of Amanda’s childhood memories originated in Grand Marais, creating adventures outdoors with her siblings while their parents built the family cabin.
Beyond her professional life, Amanda dedicates quality time to her husband, children, their local church, and time outdoors with friends. Her talents go beyond the surface— she truly understands the intricate balance between beauty and function.
Katie Preun | Designer:
Meet Katie Preun, one of our skilled Designers at Pine Creek Homes. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design from the University of Manitoba, she brings a strong academic perspective to our team. Katie’s passion revolves around bringing designs to life that seamlessly merge functionality and beauty, crafting spaces that genuinely express our clients’ personalities and dreams.
Beyond work, Katie remains active, engaging in soccer and golf in the summer, while enjoying downhill skiing or curling in the winter. Raised on a farm just north of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Katie’s childhood was filled with drawing, painting, and spirited soccer matches with her brothers. These experiences instilled her love of creativity and teamwork.
Collaborating closely with our design team, she translates our clients’ visions into unique custom designs. Katie’s dedication and meticulous attention to detail ensure no aspect is overlooked, epitomizing Pine Creek Homes’ commitment to crafting personalized spaces with precision and care.
Lucas Yarduk | Project Manager:
Lucas Yarduk has been a vital part of Pine Creek Homes for over 12 years, embarking on his professional journey with us at the young age of 17. Honing his skills on-site for 8 years, Lucas transitioned into a dedicated project manager, a position he has excelled in for over 4 years. His commitment and skillfulness contribute significantly to our experience and innovation on every project.
Beyond the project managing realm, Lucas has a passion for soccer, valuing teamwork both on and off the field. Outside his work, he prioritizes quality time with his fiancé and a well-rounded life that complements his professional one.
Lucas’s journey within Pine Creek Homes is a testament to his commitment. With an in-depth understanding of the construction industry gained through extensive experience, he is easily able to integrate this knowledge with innovative approaches. As a project manager, he ensures that each project reflects Pine Creek Homes’ unwavering dedication to superior craftsmanship and creating spaces that resonate with quality and precision.
Arlene Desjarlais | Office Manager, Bookkeeper, and HR Manager:
As Office Manager, Bookkeeper, and HR Manager, Arlene Desjarlais ensures that the gears of Pine Creek Homes turn seamlessly. With decades of past experience, she brings an abundance of knowledge to her role. Her meticulous attention to detail and organizational talent is the driving force behind our day-to-day operations. Whether overseeing budgets, managing office resources, or coordinating essential admin tasks, Arlene’s talent for methodical record-keeping and quick financial judgments guarantees we maintain our commitment to transparency, precision, and client satisfaction.
Shortly before Arlene came to us, during the mourning of a profound loss, she discovered a purposeful passion for kidney research fueled by the memory of her beloved husband. Through this grief and in honouring his legacy, Arlene has become a devoted advocate of kidney research initiatives, contributing the perspective of compassion and commitment.
Her dedication to nurturing supportive and dynamic environments ensures that we are consistently motivated and aligned with our mission to deliver quality to our clients.
Bailee Munro | Marketing Coordinator:
Bailee Munro is our dedicated Marketing Coordinator. With a background in graphic design, she uses her education and experience to clearly convey our brand and story to clients. Her role involves the creation of print and digital media including brochures, look books, contributing to website design, and social media content, so it can be easily digestible.
From a young age, Bailee’s passion for graphic design has fueled her commitment to crafting media that is visually appealing, clear, and concise for her audiences. Beyond her passion for design, Bailee enjoys running, embracing new experiences, and creating quality moments with her husband.
Bailee’s approach mirrors the tailored experiences that Pine Creek Homes aims to offer. In each project, she plays a crucial role in creating a visual language that resonates with our audience, bringing the Pine Creek Homes story to life through stunning designs. Her contributions showcase our commitment to the focus on a custom building experiences that is both unique and clearly communicated.
We also have a dedicated group of craftsmen, tradespeople, and professionals who work collaboratively to bring your vision to life. Each member of the Pine Creek Homes shares a profound passion for delivering exceptional custom homes and cottages for your family to enjoy for a lifetime.
Flexibility with design options and the ability to change their mind during the build
A high-quality finished home, move-in ready
No hidden costs, we use fixed-price building contracts
Superior communication during every step of the process & answers to all you questions
Access to Buildertrend so you’re in the loop on progress, billing, and the schedule
Friendly and transparent team members and tradesmen working on your home
An organized design schedule and timelines, so your build doesn’t have delays
Access to you project site we want you to be a part of the excitement
One-year walk-through to inspect your home and do touch-ups