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They said it couldn’t be done but Gorman Construction truly performed the ultimate exterior home make-over. He indeed made “a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.”

Proud Owners – Cheri & Joe

We had built a home prior to moving to the La Crosse area and had the typical problems with our builder. Building our Onalaska home with Gorman Homes was a unique experience in custom design, we actually listened to each other. Ken’s creativity and design skills are excellent from concept to completion and resulted in many of the characteristics that we love in our home. The most impressive thing that we can say about our Gorman Homes experience is that we contracted with a builder and ended up good friends. As the saying goes, “We have friends in the building business … and they built our home.”

Pat and Kathy

This testimonial is provided in support of the work that was done by Ken Gorman and his crew. Our experience was excellent from the draftsman’s vision to site preparation through the construction of our dream home. Ken paid attention to detail, made critical recommendations for improvements, controlled our costs, and completed the project on time for us to move in as scheduled. We are very thankful for the work Ken Gorman did on our home, and have already referred him to others who are equally satisfied. By all means call me if I can add any comfort to your decision to work with Gorman Construction.


In 1992, my wife and I purchased a lot with a beautiful view in West Salem. Our hearts were set on building a dream home to raise our three children in and also to have a warm home for entertaining our friends and family.

Our lifestyle presented a lot of wants and needs. An attractive entrance, main level master suite, and a four car garage were high on our list. As the family got older, we realized that all three kids were very athletic and incorporating the possibility of a indoor basketball court also intrigued us.

We approached Ken Gorman of Gorman Homes with our dreams. Ken toured our lot with us, ordered a topographical map, and started laying out some possible floor plan designs to present to us. The lot was very steep and presented a extreme challenge for providing a driveway entrance that would also allow us keep the elevation necessary to capture the beautiful views of the Mississippi River in the distance.

Once the design was settled upon, Ken spent countless hours with us picking products and choosing colors throughout the whole building process. Ken’s dedication to detail on every aspect of the selection process was appreciated. The beautiful views, impeccable workmanship, and the lower level basketball court are the talk of the town.

The end result was the 2003 “Luxury Home” winner for the La Crosse Area Builders Parade of Homes. We received an abundance of compliments on how well the house sat on the lot as well as the attention to detail both to the interior and the exterior of the home.

We have and will continue recommending Ken to our friends and acquaintances. Our next door neighbor is currently having Ken do a major interior remodel at their residence.

Dave & Sue

Dear Ken,
This letter is long overdue, but Bruce and I would like to express our sincere appreciation to you for making our dream home a reality. After our first meeting with you almost five years ago, we knew you were the builder for us.

As we proceeded with the construction of our home, each step in the process was smooth. Looking back, I think what made it so smooth was your constant communication with us and your attention to detail. We appreciated your thoughtful, creative and artistic ideas and solutions. Your ability to explain our options and help us make the best choices was wonderful. As we got to know the sub-contractors who worked on our home, we realized that you only used true craftsmen. The final product is a testament to their dedication to their crafts.

Since we moved in four years ago we have come to truly love our home. You designed and built exactly what we wanted, comfortable elegance that will last us a lifetime.


We moved to Onalaska from Erie, Pennsylvania 6 years ago. Knowing that we were going to build, we began what we thought was going to be a tedious search for a builder. We drove here over Memorial Day Weekend and began the harrowing process of interviewing seven builders in two days. Ironically, Ken was the final candidate and I can vividly remember knowing within fifteen minutes of talking with him and reviewing some of his work, that he was the one. I can remember thinking he’s the only one who “gets it”. He understood the fine art of turning a custom house into a beautiful home.

It turns out that our intuition within that first fifteen minutes was correct. We began building a house in the fall and Ken was personally involved in every aspect of designing and building it. Every day, I would come to the job site and we would discuss both artistic and structural details that would produce the best possible home within our budget. Occasionally this would involve some change to the original plan which Ken would execute with enthusiasm if it meant a better final product.

Our family has occupied this house for five years now and I can honestly say there isn’t a month that goes by that someone doesn’t complement our house, or ask us if we are interested in selling it. More times than I can count, I see people taking pictures of it from the curb or they knock on our door to ask who built it.

A final word regarding Ken’s philosophy on standing behind his product…….a few days ago I called him with a relatively minor issue about a flower box he did not build that needed immediate attention. Within three hours, someone was standing at my door willing to address the problem. Five years later, we have no doubts that we chose the right builder.

Tim and Yvonne

We couldn’t be happier with our Gorman built home! Our experience with Ken Gorman was exactly what we had hoped for and more. Ken has a unique ability to help the homeowner express their individual creativity while adding his own polish to each home he builds. Ken incorporated all of our ideas, never reluctant to try new things, and lent his own expertise and creativity where needed. He uses top of the line materials and appliances, is aware of the latest home styles and trends, and has the experience to know how to do things the right way. Building a home can be stressful, but our minds were eased knowing that with Gorman Construction we would end up with a beautiful quality home – on-budget and on-time. We are thrilled with the results!

Jodie & Kyle

When Chris and I decided to build a home we were surprised by how many people shared negative aspects about their own building experiences. Our experience with Gorman Homes could not have been more positive. I attribute our positive experience to the care and attention Ken provided throughout the entire process and still today. Ken is incredibly responsive and detail orientated. He provided a variety of options for us to consider and assisted in making difficult decisions. The subcontractors he hired were extremely professional and the quality of the completed work is phenomenal! What is even more remarkable is to this day we can call Ken, and he still provides exceptional customer service. Ken, thank you for making our dream home a reality!

Chris and Julie

Just wanted to thank you again for the extra time you spent making sure our house wouldn’t have any water issues. Our basement is dry, and the hill side is still in one place – unlike our neighbor’s who had about four truckloads of dirt and mud slide off the hill side and up against their house.

Hope all is well with you and your family.


To Whom it may Concern:

My wife and I lived in Onalaska for 5 years before we decided to build. During this time, we attended many open houses and went to the “Parade of Homes” each year. We consistently liked the Gorman homes the best (we were not the only ones as he won the best home multiple times during this span). After reviewing a couple of other options (we felt it necessary to get multiple bids), we chose Gorman Construction as our builder.

When we began the process, Ken was here all excavation day to make sure that the soil was OK. Although one may not think that this is a big deal, we ended up having to dig deeper than usual and backfill with sand. This need was not identified by the excavator, but rather by Ken. Two of our neighbors did not utilize Ken and ended up having their homes sink due to not backfilling with sand. Ken’s insight and dedication ended up saving us considerable money, time and heartache.

Having never built a home before, we were quite intimidated by the process, but Ken was able to set out a schedule that allowed us to have one or two things each week that we needed to focus on and finalize. This worked great for us as I travel a fair amount and needed to know ahead of time what we needed to focus on each week. Ken also attended all of these meetings with us and helped us to ask the right questions and even saved us money in some cases.

Overall, I would highly recommend Ken as a general contractor. He is a pleasure to work with and we now consider him and his wife to be friends. Ken’s teams worked quickly and built a great home for my family!


Ken built our home in 2006-2007 and it was our first custom built home. He is the best home builder in the area hands down. He always listened to our input and was great to work with. Building a home is a difficult process and Ken made it manageable. If I was to build again I would insist on using Ken no questions asked.

I am available to talk with anybody considering a new home built by Ken. It is least I can do for Ken who has built such a great home for our family.

Thanks again Ken for all your hard work on my project.