We had spoken with and even signed with another builder. However, once we met with Lynne, we felt the most comfortable and liked the customizable options and Prairie II floorplan. Throughout the building process, the vendors were fabulous to work with. It was great to see how everything came together at the end and we were left with a fantastic home.

– Gabriele B.

Bill and I came away from the Framing / Electrical walk-through today feeling as if we’ve accomplished a lot. All of our questions were answered and we feel as if we are part of the team.

The project manager Josh along with the electrician Steve and all the other tradesmen on the job are doing an amazing job.

The quality of the materials and the quality of the craftsmanship is easy for us to see. We also appreciated the thoroughness with which Josh and Steve shared their information and hard earned experience with us.

We know that we are in good hands and are so excited to see the house progress. It’s like every day is Christmas Eve and you are waiting for Christmas morning because something new is added every day!

We previously lived on the other side of Manhattan and wanted a new home we could grow with – more space and new trees. Nikki was born and raised in Manhattan and was previously a teacher in the Manhattan school system. We also have a lot of family nearby.

We checked out many builders in the area and Distinctive had the floor plan and upgrades we were looking for within our price range. From the moment we met with Lynne we were connected – our kids loved her and she was not pushy. The key decision were the layouts compared to what else was out there. We even had a home to sell they kept our lot and held it for us. We wanted to extend our loft upstairs. Bryan worked on the floor plan with us and we were able to do it! We have been our new home one year and three months.

There was also great communication throughout the process. We met with Bryan, the owner, and reviewed designs. There is even an App on your phone where they posted building progress. Everything went smoothly. It was a breeze making selections with the vendors – they told us that Distinctive was great to build with. We have two children, ages 2 and 4 and the whole family came with for walk through! Distinctive was very responsive after we moved in when we had a leak from a storm. They came out the next day and took care of the issue right away.

– Nikki and Tony U

The end result is exactly what we wanted. Our neighbors are amazing and there are so many kids. It’s a young community; everyone was so welcoming and we have made so many friends.

– Sherry and Anthony C

Our experience with Distinctive Home Builders could not have gone more smoothly. Everyone said building a home is one of the most stressful experiences but ours could not have been better.  Our initial home search was for a resale home with not much luck, then we saw an article in the newspaper for new homes in Manhattan.  We went there and met Lynne and we were SOLD.  We found a great lot and a perfect model for us.  We worked closely with Lynne and Bryan on the design and without their help we would not have been able to build such a beautiful home.  We made a lot of modifications to the standard Prairie model which was never a problem. We loved that we were able to see the progress on their client portal and Distinctive delivered our home in the time frame they promised.  All of the subcontractors treated the building of our home as if it was their own.  Thank you Bryan, Josh, Lynne, Jeff and everyone that we came into contact with at Distinctive Home Builders you gave us our Dream Home.

– Karie and Jason E

We raised four sons in a large five-bedroom home in Mokena that have since flown the nest. We had a big house to clean! We knew and liked the area but could not find what we were looking for in New Lenox and Mokena. We went a little further to Manhattan and saw this home on an oversize lot with pond views and it held our interest. We met with Bryan and Lynne and liked what we heard. Bryan sat down with us and allowed us to make changes we thought we might like such as enlarging the width of the home to accommodate a larger kitchen and we bumped out a three car garage because my husband likes to woodwork and needed the extra space. The building process was great. We brought a picture of a home we wanted to buy in Colorado and Bryan customized the facade of our new home to replicate it. We also liked the fact that Bryan lived locally and that we worked with a family company. He had a good handle on what we were looking for even making suggestions about things that we didn’t even think of. So overwhelming but we would do it all over again. Everything Distinctive said they would do they did. If anything wasn’t kosher with us, they changed it. We built a home before and the builder was reluctant to make changes. Distinctive was so willing to make us happy, was always present to walk us through our home under construction and answer any questions.

– Nancy and Jim S

We were interested at looking at homes and initially had no intention of building. We then put a deposit down with another builder and soon after had to cancel. When we came back to them we lost all of our incentives. We found out that Distinctive Home Builders offered incentives and after meeting with Lynne; who took us through many different homes, we put down a deposit.

We built a Foxgrove. Model on one of the big selling points was customization. We did three custom changes: We moved the master suite from the front of the house to the back so we could enjoy the lake views, made the loft bigger and relocated the downstairs bath by the garage which bumped the garage out giving us a mud room.

The building process went really fast for us because the weather was on our side and moved in last May. Lynne explained all of our options and she and Bryan went over everything at a later date pretty much seamlessly. Our old house lacked in natural light so we added additional larger windows throughout our new home. We knew what we wanted and appreciated Lynne’s suggestions and accessed the online portal for construction updates and pictures. We have one child (16) still living at home currently attending Lincoln Way West, a fine school.

– Molly and Harold H

Two of our grown children live across the street in another subdivision and a third not too far from here. When Distinctive opened up we were curious. We wanted to be close enough to help with the kids but not too close. We built an Arbor ranch and made some custom changes and have plenty of room for us. We modified the master bath and replaced the second closet with a walk-in shower. We also added a lot of canned lighting; so far we have been told that we have the most canned lighting in the subdivision!

We have been in our new home since October. We previously built a townhome so we were familiar with building. The process was fine with Distinctive. They were very accommodating and were willing to meet us after work. Distinctive also has a web site where we logged in and can check progress and pictures as our home was being built. Even though we drove by often it was a nice convenience and understand how some people who live further away can appreciate it. Lynne and Josh are so nice and helpful! We appreciate all the help throughout the whole process from both of them! Everyone at Distinctive is nice and even now that we are moved in they still wave to us when they drive by! It’s so nice out here we can see the lake from our home, the neighbors are very friendly and we absolutely love the fact that the “Wauponsee Glacial Trail is so close for us to just hop on with our bikes.

– Linda and Frazer G

I just wanted to start the new year by saying thanks to you and your company for making our dream home a reality. We wanted a quality home, in an area of good schools and maintenance free living. Distinctive filled all those requirements.

From the time we met you and chose our lot and house style you guided us through what could have been a complicated and mind blowing experience, to a finished product which my husband and I are both proud to call our home.

The Quality of the craftsmanship and the materials available for the selection were awesome. The Contractors we met were state of the art and you could also tell they take pride in what they do. I know from past experiences that this is important.

One of the most important business policies that I have seen in Distinctive is that they stand by their word. I have heard horror stories of other builders and the stress they put you through, but not this company. If you said you would do something, you did it. We didn’t have to track anyone down, we didn’t have to wait weeks for phone calls to be returned. The fact that I could send information and requests to selections while at work, saved everyone so much time. I have to say we were impressed with the entire process, which has lead to our complete satisfaction.

We truly love our home and everyone who visits our home feels the same way. While we will be taking a break for while in building another home; I would recommend and use this builder anytime, anywhere.


“Thank You: We are so excited to be moving into Manhattan and starting our new life together in our brand new home. You have all been so helpful in the whole process and appreciate all you have done. Thank you again!”

David and Jennifer

“We just wanted to thank you so much for all of your assistance as we were going through the process of building. We had heard so many horror stories from friends who had built in the past, that we were dreading it. We, however, can honestly say that we have NO complaints! We couldn’t have imagined it going any smoother! We appreciate all that you did to help make it a “painless” experience. From the kind words to the hospitality, helpful and practical suggestions, and the checklists. All were very much appreciated!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!”

Kurt, Missie & Alex

“Thank you for all your help and kindness during our move. Our home is beautiful, and we are so happy. The gift basket made us feel even more welcome!”

The Cheney’s

“Seems like being nice just comes naturally to all of you. We wanted to thank you for your time, honesty, and professionalism. You’ve helped us very much in our choices. We hope we’ll be seeing a lot of you in the future, maybe even for coffee. Thanks again. God Bless You.”

Nellie and Don

“Just wanted to say thank you for all your help during the process of building our home.”

Jeanine and Brian

“Thank you very much for all your help with the entire process. It is very much appreciated!”

Shawn & Jill

“You’re in a bright spot in my life. Thank you for making the process as simple as possible. We are very excited to be involved with Distinctive.”

Lou and Tracey