Your Home is Our Business
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Who We Are








Our Staff

The Design Home Center Team


Brian Fischer

Brian is the President and CEO of Design Home Center. He has been with Design Home Center since 1988, and a part owner since 1995.  He has a background in construction and architectural drafting. Brian has earned a great reputation for his design work, both in new homes and major remodeling. He is a New Ulm area native, active in his church and the community and is a Network New Ulm graduate.


DeWayne VanDeest

DeWayne has been at Design Home Center since 1993 and has been in the lumber business since 1978. DeWayne’s specialty is Ag buildings, but he is also very knowledgeable about window and siding replacement. In fact, with his 30 years of experience, he can help customers with almost anything. When Lark isn’t working on estimates, you’ll usually find him bowling, fishing or playing softball.



Jeff Lilleodden

Jeff came to Design Home Center in 1995 with 12 years of previous experience in the lumber and construction business. Jeff has a natural friendliness that makes customer service almost second nature for him. He handles a variety of projects from new construction to additions and kitchen remodeling. He is also our in house expert on the Heat-n-Glo fireplace line. Jeff is an avid hunter and fisherman.



  Scott Juni

Scott started working for Design Home Center in 1991. He handles contractor sales, remodeling, additions, garages, decks, window & siding replacements and just about anything else we throw at him! Scott loves to hunt and fish and is a recent graduate of Network New Ulm.



Deb at Design Home Center, New Ulm Deb Zahn

Deb has headed up our interior decorating department since 1994. She is very talented in color coordination and design detail and can help you plan any interior decorating project. Deb is very active in community affairs – serving on the New Ulm Retail Association, the New Ulm Historic Preservation Committee and is a past director of the New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce. She is also a graduate of Network New Ulm.



Cyndi at New Ulm Design Home Center  Cyndi Hillesheim

Cyndi is a decorating consultant and project coordinator and has been working in Design Home Center’s Interior Decorating department since 1994. Her natural gift for design and organizational skills, and her years of experience make Cyndi a good choice to plan and coordinate your next interior project – whether it’s a total makeover, a kitchen remodel or just a color change in the master bedroom. Cyndi is a Network New Ulm graduate, is active in her church and community and helps husband Mick on their dairy farm near New Ulm.



Sue at New Ulm Design Home Center Sue Sullivan

Sue has joined the Design Home Center Team with 20 plus years of Interior Design experience specializing in kitchen design. Sue’s ability to develop client relationships based on respect, trust, and confidence has been the key to her success as a designer.  Sue strives to make each project the reflection of her clients tastes and personality. Outside of design, she enjoys camping, going for long runs, and spending time with her girls.



Smokey at Design Home Center - New Ulm Lumber Yard  Tom “Smokey” Dittrich

Smokey started working for “Manderfeld Lumber” in 1967 and has been here ever since! Smokey is our Yard Foreman and a part owner in the business. There is nobody better in the business at getting orders delivered accurately and on time! He is also the guy to talk to if you need a shingling estimate. Smokey enjoys deer hunting, four wheeling and cutting firewood.


Jim at New Ulm Design Home Center  Jim Schreiner  – 

Jim has been with Design Home Center since 1977.  With 38 years of experience there isn’t a question that he has not been asked. His knowledge and experience offers a customer a perfect avenue to get their jobs done. Jim enjoys wood working in his spare time.


Mike at Design Home Center in New Ulm Mike Hoppe

He works behind the counter and answering phones.  He enjoys meeting and helping people.  Hobbies include camping, grilling, walking the dog and riding bike. When time permits he enjoys going to New Ulm Festivals.


Bryan at Design Home Center in New Ulm Bryan Apitz

Bryan serves as our lead carpenter and is multi talented in many aspects of carpentry.  Bryan joined our team and has brought 26 years of experience working with wood.  He communicates well and enjoys being around people.  In his free time Bryan  visits the race tracks with his own cars.

Jay at New Ulm Design Home Center Jay Erlandson

Jay’s been on the road working in communities around the area in the utility field for the last 30 plus years. He joined our carpenter department to be around New Ulm.  A good sense of needs to be done and knowledge of how to contribute each task is a blessing.


Beau at New Ulm Design Home Center Beau Brinkman
Delivery and Customer Service. Beau enjoys farm living, horses and participates in barrel racing.

 Andrea Boettger

Andrea Boettger joined the Design Home Center team in October of this year as a bookkeeper. A native of Allentown, Pennsylvania, she moved to Minnesota in 2009 with her husband Jeff, who is originally from New Ulm. She has two children, Jordan (8) and Jackson (4).  Andrea’s background consists of business credit, banking and human resources.  In her free time, Andrea enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with family.


 Andy Klingler

Andy Klingler – has joined our team in Sept. and helps lead our yard and delivery department. Enjoys playing softball and volley ball. Throughout the summer can be found at the Sigel Ballpark helping out. In the fall enjoys coaching football at New Ulm Cathedral and has done this for the past 6 years.