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Ron Clark Construction & Design

Building Homes and Excitement Since 1975

Article by Sarah Knieff

Photography by Spacecrafting

Originally published in Edina Lifestyle

Building a home should be fun: that is the motto at Ron Clark Construction & Design.

“We work diligently during the building and construction management of a home to keep stress levels at a minimum, communication flowing and the excitement building,” Owner and Founder Ron Clark says.

Ron is originally from Ohio, but once he moved here for a sales job after college, two major things happened: he met his wife, Sandy, and noticed a big opportunity in the housing market.

“Sandy was born and raised in Edina, and her father was also a builder,” he says. “We decided to stay in this area because of family and community, but also, being a businessman, I knew I could create something special here.”

Ron founded his company in 1975 with the construction of his first twin-home in Edina. He continued to develop homes and soon established a reputation for building top-quality, luxury single-family homes and townhomes in the Twin Cities market. 

To date, his company has built over 800 homes in Eagan, Eden Prairie, Edina, Golden Valley, Minnetonka, Prior Lake, Savage and Wayzata.

The team behind those homes brings decades of experience to their work.

“Ron’s employees have been with him for years,” Sarah Dulong, director of marketing, says. “60% of the employees have worked for him for over 10 years and 40% have been here for over 20. That is a lot of knowledge and experience that this team has.” 

Dulong herself has worked with Ron for over 25 years.

“Our staff is excellent,” Mike Waldo, Ron’s business partner, says. “They make sure that the building of a home goes smoothly from the very beginning.”

Mike has been in the construction industry for 40 years and with Ron for the last 12. He handles all the day-to-day management of the company.

“We all measure our work by Ron Clark’s philosophy: Deliver all that we promise. And more than anyone expects,” Mike says.

This philosophy combined with the idea of having fun guides the company and sustains the high level of commitment and pride each employee feels for their work – and in each client’s new home.

“No matter the size of the project, we begin by sharing a rundown of what to expect, making sure each potential client understands exactly how the process works,” Mike says.

From start to finish, each home can be broken down into five steps.

Step 1: Purchase Document Process

The initial reservation is the first step toward owning a new home. 

Step 2: Selection Process

Design choices and selection of appliances, cabinets and interior finishes.

Step 3: Pre-Closing Inspection

The pre-closing inspection and orientation is an introduction to a new home. 

Step 4: Closing Process

The home will be finished and ready for move-in. This is a relaxing get-together for signatures, keys and coffee.

Step 5: Warranty Process

The warranty process typically lasts one year for service items that need to be addressed, however, the Ron Clark team stays in contact with homeowners for longer as questions arise.

“During the whole project, we have several staff available to answer questions and assist in any way we can,” Sarah says. “It’s great to see the final product and the client’s happy faces.”

In 2022, Ron and the company won the Lifetime Achievement Award from Housing First Minnesota for his years of service, partnership and dedication in the home-building industry.

“The award is such an honor for me, but it really is an honor to our whole team,” Ron says.

For those interested in working with Ron Clark Construction & Design, visit ronclark.com or call 952-947-3000.

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