Central Iowa

Over twenty years ago, one of our founders signed up for a high school vocational class building homes in his west central Iowa community. This sparked his passion for building and laid the groundwork for JRL Builders. 
Since then, JRL has brought to life many dream homes across central Iowa. We provide a memorable process for our customers and leave them with a beautiful space to make memories in for years to come. Our experienced, highly skilled, and knowledgeable team will expertly guide you through each stage of your build to create a home you will love and never want to leave.

Dependably bringing to life dream homes across Central Iowa

About JRL Builders

Our Story

Our Team


You’ll find Michael on all of our job sites from start to finish, ensuring your build is on schedule and executed to plan. Prior to joining the JRL team, Michael worked in carpentry for over 10 years. This experience results in a high degree of attention to detail to each build. He loves being on time and a project ahead of schedule is a win!

Favorite part of the process: Seeing the smile on a homeowner's face when the keys are handed over at the end of the build.

Michael Johnston


Lindsay handles all of the design work for JRL. She is an expert at guiding our homeowners through the build process, bringing your visions to life with ease. Lindsay previously owned LT Design Co where she developed a relaxed, yet refined, approach to the custom build experience. Her goal is to make the process fun and enjoyable for you!

Favorite part of the process: Forming lasting relationships with customers and guiding them through the creation of beautiful and inviting spaces where they will make lasting memories.

Lindsay Trabing

Designer + Marketing

Jenna does all of the behind the scenes work to make sure your dream home comes to life seamlessly and within budget. She spent over 10 years in corporate accounting so no detail escapes her.

Favorite part of the process: Seeing the design, décor, and trim details of the project emerge because that's where you can really start to see our customer's personality shine through in the home.

Jenna Wanninger

Owner + Accounts

Luke is engaged in each step of the building process. His attention to detail and commitment to quality is unmatched. You can find him onsite through each stage of the build ensuring the efficiency and quality of each project. His commitment to building strong relationships with our partners and implementing process efficiencies allows us to offer fair pricing and reasonable timelines without sacrificing our high standards.

Favorite part of the process: Building strong relationships with our customers and partners through open and direct communication.

Luke Wanninger

Owner + Builder

We are a family owned local business with our roots firmly planted in central Iowa. Our experienced and knowledgeable team of highly skilled professionals will expertly guide you through each stage of the build to deliver the home of your dreams.

Meet the JRL Builders Team

JRL Builders is a custom home builder in Central Iowa.