Our Services

Custom Homes

If your dreams are ready, so are we. In your luxury custom home, you want to achieve quality, uniqueness and to live beautifully. Perhaps the home of your dreams is a clear picture that you see in your mind, or maybe it’s just a concept wrapped in warm feelings, waiting to be sketched on a drawing board. At M.J. Whelan, we understand. Some of the finest homes we build come from the heart of our customers.

As proud as we are of our award-winning homes, we are even more proud of how these homes reflect the wishes and expectations of our clients. Not only is your home our reputation, it is a statement of who we are. Whether you prefer formal elegance, contemporary, French country, coastal cottage, craftsman, or a traditional home, we would like to partner with you in the life-changing experience of designing and building your new custom home.

Our standing in this community has grown on our ability to build a home that reflects and enhances your lifestyle. How do we do it? A custom home is a team effort — we rely on a loyal staff of highly skilled designers, craftsmen and project managers. Our creative design teams give stunning form to your ideas, while meeting all of your needs for space and efficiency. Our proud craftsmen bring ideas to life with exceptional precision, using the latest technologies for home comfort and convenience. Our experienced administrative staff guides the process, answering every question, providing sound judgment, and ensuring that every job is completed to the client’s utmost satisfaction. See for yourself by exploring M.J. Whelan’s portfolio of luxury homes built across southeast Michigan since 1990. We think you’ll be impressed. Of special note are the rich architectural details and the fresh, modern, timeless and classic design options you’ll find in our work. We pledge that together we’ll place your luxury home among our success stories. Bring us your dream, M.J. Whelan is ready.

Home Renovations and Additions

When it comes to breathing new life into well-loved homes, nobody does it better. If you already love the home you’re in and your location, discover how form and functionality can transform your current house into your dream home. At M.J. Whelan, our award-winning designs and renovations of existing homes have made us stand out in our industry.

Our on-staff creative design team will determine the most favorable flow of your home, matched to your family’s lifestyle, and create the space that unlocks hidden grace and style. We love to recreate old homes using classic and modern architecture, and timeless design principles. It could be a gorgeous new facade with a second-story addition or an entire new floor plan, a beautiful kitchen or master suite. We will always maximize views to the beautiful lake, pond, woods or landscape and at the same time blend your addition or renovation to look like it was a part of the original home. Whether you love a traditional, contemporary, rustic or eclectic style, together we’ll create a design that encompasses all that you envision.

M.J. Whelan also leads the field in lakefront remodeling. Many of the new and remodeled homes you see in our portfolio are waterfront homes. Whether you are thinking of a luxury home or a weekend cottage, we help make waterfront living a truly extraordinary lifestyle. And while building on the water can be challenging because of many local restraints, M.J. Whelan Construction is discerning and experienced, and we’ll be your trusted navigator in the process.

Whatever your renovation needs are, we would love transforming your existing home.

Kitchen Designs

Because so many nice things happen there, the kitchen attracts everyone — the family chefs, friends and relatives, snackers, cookie monsters. It’s your home’s high-traffic zone, a busy place where you want efficiency and style. Modern kitchen designs build comfort and satisfaction into the primary function of food preparation, but there’s much more that you should expect. You want innovation in floor plans, countertops and backsplashes, appliances, walk-in pantries, work islands, lighting, color schemes. Custom cabinetry panels, specialty millwork and mouldings make appliances blend in with cabinets. Built-ins with flair show off wine racks, spice organizers, your designer towels, accessories and utensils. Style options range from traditional, contemporary, farmhouse, craftsman, transitional, classic, or rustic. Within each style is the awareness that this is a unique living space, not just for cooking. This room will welcome guests for entertaining, gather family and friends together, invite kids to do homework, offer a retreat for paying bills or just hanging out. It’s the heart of the home, and it will serve you for years to come as a place where nice things happen.

Finished Basements

It will no longer be just the basement. We promise. It will be a warm and lovely living area where the cold, drab spaces have vanished. At M.J.Whelan, finished basements are one of our design and planning specialties. Our design goal: function with distinction. Our innovations will precisely serve the priorities of your lifestyle. Maybe this includes a second kitchen for large family gatherings, a bar for hosting friends, a fireplace, an office, a space for busy kids to play or do homework, a bath, a bedroom or a luxury home theater with state of the art technology. It will be a whole new realm of comfort and style for your life, but it will no longer be just the basement.

Specialty Craftsmanship

Innovative, one-of-a-kind projects and inspirational craftsmanship are the unprecedented elements that have set M.J. Whelan apart in the industry. Combining our creative design with original ideas in new homes and whole house renovations have won us many awards and accolades. One of the great joys and appreciations for M.J. Whelan is designing and building unique and unrivaled designs to fit our clients’ unique personalities, passions and lifestyles.

Some of our leading-edge design projects include open post and beam timbers on a porch, great room, or library. The presentation of our timelessly handcrafted, exposed beams with a tongue and groove vaulted ceiling exudes warmth, character, and distinctive architecture that are unparalleled. Whether you are inclined to a massive, natural stone fireplace with a custom mantle, or a sliding, rustic barn door to your study, our exceptional design team and craftsmen can create the atmosphere in your home you desire.

Outdoor Living

An outdoor living space can make a beautiful extension to your home. Be the envy of your neighborhood with a luxury outdoor kitchen with a state-of-the-art grill with natural stone countertops. The amenities can be limitless; cabinetry, refrigerator, sink, a warming drawer, vent hood, even a pizza oven. Outdoor kitchens can be as functional as they are beautiful. A fully furnished open air living room could include an outdoor flat screen TV with surround-sound, a stone fireplace, even a pergola. With beautiful landscape design, an in-ground pool and spa with a cabana, who would ever want to go back inside?

Live differently.

Step 1


Come and visit us. We’ll listen to your ideas, your dreams, and create a budget that reflects the possibility to bring it to life.


Step 2


Receive a design for you that fits your budget, priorities, and taste, and begin planning for what life could look like in your new or remodeled home.


Step 3


Step into your newly renovated/built home that exceeds your expectations, feels like a reflection of who you are, and creates space for a life well lived, together.

Let’s make your dream home possible.