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From its beginnings in 1954 as Manderfeld Lumber, Design Home Center has evolved into a complete building, remodeling and home improvement center. Whether you are looking to freshen up a room with new color or constructing a brand new home, you can visit our Idea Showroom and let your imagination take over. Our in-house experts will help you with all aspects of your project, including delivery and installation.   Remodeling or building your home should be a pleasurable experience, and our goal is to make it enjoyable and stress-free.

With our staff of trusted interior and exterior professionals, carpenters and carefully selected contractors, you can relax knowing your home improvements will be done with precision and expertise.


Brian Fischer

Brian began his career at Design Home Center in 1988 as an architectural draftsman. He has earned a great reputation for his design work in both new home design and major remodeling. Brian still enjoys leading home redesign and new construction projects and can often be found drafting plans for clients, or visiting a job site to check on its progress.

Email: brianf@designhomecenter.com

DeWayne VanDeest

DeWayne (Lark), has been with Design Home Center since 1993.  Whether it is a new ag building, windows and siding, or light commercial projects, DeWayne can assist you in making the right choices for your farm, home or business.

Email: lark@designhomecenter.com

Jeff Lilleodden

With over 30 years of experience in the lumber and construction industry, Jeff has a knack for building.  Whether you are considering new construction or some kitchen updates, Jeff will make your experience easy and worry-free. Jeff also serves as our in-house expert on the Heat-n-Glo fireplace line, the perfect addition to any Minnesota home.

Email: jeffl@designhomecenter.com

Scott Juni

Since his start with DHC in 1991, Scott has transitioned from the yard to the office.  If you are planning a remodel, addition, new deck or siding, Scott can help you choose from a variety of quality product lines.

Email: scottj@designhomecenter.com

Deb Zahn

Deb has been in helping customers beautify their homes and offices since 1994.  While Deb has many talents, her passion for color coordination and design detail and can enhance any project. If your business is in need of an interior facelift, Deb can assist you in choosing colors and products that will wow your customers and enhance your lobby or office.

Email: debz@designhomecenter.com

Cyndi Hillesheim

Cyndi is an Interior Sales Specialist and comes with over 28  years of sales experience and helps to manage the Interior Department.

Her natural ability for design and sharp eye for color makes her your go-to specialist.  Her flair for detail and organizational skills make her a first-class choice for all your decorating and remodeling projects.

email: cyndih@designhomecenter.com

Sue Sullivan

Sue has over 20 years of experience in interior design and holds degrees in Interior Design and Architectural Drafting from MSU and South Central College.  From small bathroom updates to full kitchen redesigns, Sue will provide you with start to finish guidance, giving you peace of mind throughout your remodel.

email: sues@designhomecenter.com

Tom “Smokey” Dittrich


Smokey joined DHC back in the Manderfeld Lumber days in 1967 and has been with us ever since. As our yard foreman, he ensures your order gets delivered accurately and on time!  Smokey also serves as our shingling expert and resident storyteller.

Jim Schreiner  – 

For nearly forty years, Jim has been a part of the DHC team and enjoys helping customers with any job. His knowledge in paint, tools and remodeling supplies is the best in the business. Jim’s expertise in home improvement makes him the perfect resource for your smaller home projects. Need a color matched? Come see Jim!

email: jims@designhomecenter.com

Mike Hoppe

As part of our customer service team, Mike will often be the friendly voice on the other end of the phone when you call. Mike enjoys helping you match and find just the right paint colors and will ensure you head home with the right supplies and materials for all of your do-it-yourself projects.

Bryan Apitz

As our lead carpenter, Bryan is an ace in multiple aspects of carpentry and cabinets. When you’re ready for a new backsplash,  Bryan would be happy to do it for you!  It’s one of his favorite jobs to do, and he loves seeing the colors come together.  His love of carpentry comes through in his quality of work and Bryan most enjoys the before and after of every project.


Jay Erlandson

Jay’s been on the road working in communities around the area in the utility field over 30 years.  Jay is always ready to help with your next project.  Big or small, Jay has the experience and the tools to get the job done quickly and efficiently.



Beau Brinkman

A smiling face in our delivery and customer service department, Beau takes great care in making sure your items are delivered with care.

Andrea Boettger

Andrea spends much of her time in the back office,  but will always come out to help a customer with a question on their bill or payment.

email: andrea@designhomecenter.com

Andy Klingler

If your order is being delivered, there’s a good chance you’ll meet Andy.  What he enjoys most is getting to meet new people and seeing our larger projects go from start to finish.

Isaac Pappenfuss

If you ask Isaac his favorite part of the job, he’ll probably say the doughnuts. He also enjoys the mix of physical labor with the country drives and the cool Design Home Center apparel.

Ben Feddersen

You’ll see Ben around the yard this summer assisting with deliveries and helping to keep our lumber yard neat and organized. Ben enjoys meeting all of the new people and learning about the industry.

Raelin Wiethoff


Raelin currently supports our interior sales staff and will soon be graduating with a degree in Sales & Marketing from Ridgewater College in Willmar. Her future plans include obtaining a degree in interior design while working at Design Home Center throughout the process.  She is eager to learn every aspect of the business, so you can find her doing just about everything!


Design Home Center takes each of its affiliations seriously. From the suppliers we choose to the contractors we use, each company and individual is hand picked.  Design Home Center is a member of the Northwest Lumberman’s Association, New Ulm Chamber of Commerce and supporter of many local organizations.  We take great pride in our involvement in community events and groups.  Rest assured, your project will be handled with care.

Each winter we partner with our materials providers to offer trainings to our trade partners. Each spring through fall we host monthly luncheons as a thank you to our hard working contractors and staff.  Design Home Center is proud to be an active part of the community and supporter of a variety of activities and local happenings.