Custom Home Builders and Remodelers


In 2001, Elite Custom Builders (ECB) was incorporated by Matt Robinson and Rick Dorner. Together we bring 30+ years of industry experience working in some of the most premier neighborhoods in the Twin Cities.

As owners of ECB, we take a hands-on ownership approach. We pride ourselves on quality and measure a hard day’s work by results. We approach each project as if it were our own home.

The reputation of our company is built on quality construction dedicated to the build of custom homes, residential remodels and additions to existing structures – - throughout the Twin Cities. We work with some of the premier home builders in the Twin Cities and 75% of our residential customers are referrals from previous clients.

At the core of our business, we strive to provide quality craftsmanship on every project while ensuring a straightforward and honest relationship with each client. Each project is approached with discipline, quality and integrity.


matt-robinson-minnesota-builderMatt Robinson began his career in the carpentry business framing homes, as a young teen, working summers during high school.  While in college, he worked for a leading landscape company in the Twin Cities.  He attended the University of St. Thomas for two years, but then left to return to his true passion – - building custom homes.

Over the next 10+ years Matt gained industry experience in many different aspects of construction including; carpentry, foreman, project management and estimating.

During this time Matt worked with some of the Twin Cities premier home builders. His projects included building custom homes throughout the Twin Cities including the communities of North Oaks, Edina, Woodbury and Stillwater, to name a few.  He was a carpenter on Wooddale Builders projects; he then joined Charles Cudd as a carpenter culminating to Foreman and then moved to American Classic Homes as their Foreman.

It is during this time that Matt’s path crossed with Rick Dorner.  With over 20 years of experience in carpentry, many as a subcontractor for Charles Cudd, Rick joined American Classic Homes. After becoming colleagues, they both realized a mutual interest in the craft of creating quality built homes and created Elite Custom Builders.

Matt Robinson’s reputation as a builder and contractor has been created by years of hands-on experience, quality craftsmanship, honest relationships and respect. As seen in the top border picture, Matt’s hands are a testament that his office is the job site.  When you spend time with Matt you see his passion and knowledge for the industry, his attention to detail and his creative ability to handle complex projects.


rick-dorner-minnesota-builderRick Dorner brings to ECB over 20 years industry experience building quality homes throughout the Twin Cities. As a young adult he began as a carpenter for a subcontractor who primarily framed custom homes for Charles Cudd.

During Rick’s 20+ years in the industry his projects included building homes in Eden Prairie within the communities of Bearpath and Big Woods, Cedar Pass in Minnetonka, Interlachen Woods in Woodbury and Liberty on the Lakes in Stillwater to name a few. Rick Dorner has the knowledge, expertise and a keen eye for detail to ensure every aspect of the job is carried out with the highest quality standards.