Zen Custom Homes

"We've built our company around simplicity, transparency and common sense"

Our Principals:

  • A dedication to understanding our clients' needs
  • A personalized approach to design and building
  • Integrity and transparency

Our Process


We are a design-build firm.

Price our homes on a cost-plus fee basis, fully disclosed to our clients

Competitively bid every aspect of our projects with time tested contractors that have proven their quality and expertise

Manage payments & lien releases through a 3rd party title company. Your payments are disbursed direct to those that have invoiced and done the work

Operate on a fully open book basis – all bids and invoices are open to client review

We don’t ask our clients to sign a construction contract until we have a final home design, material selections, and a budget that meet our client’s expectations

We utilize professional project management and season on-site field manager to make sure your home is built with precision, per specification, and on time

Design-build vs Traditional Build

Credit: Design Build Institute of America



Dave Dybsand

Dave Dybsand
Construction Manager

With 25 years of comprehensive experience creating, developing and managing high-end residential design-build construction firms in the Twin Cities area. Highly skilled in project management, scheduling systems and site operations. Dave started Dave Alan Homes and City Homes and is diligent in safety management with an unblemished record.

Ben Nelson

Ben Nelson

Nelson Residential Design, Inc. {NRDI} has been involved in construction and home design for over 25 years. After completing a professional degree in architecture at the University of Minnesota, he initially coordinated construction design and has since focused on custom home design. As an architectural designer with commissions throughout the state and metro area, he maintains a wide range of home projects from interior remodeling to designing estate-level homes. Ben enjoys the challenge of creating an exciting home design that respects the needs of each client.

Debbie Price

Debbie Price
General Contractor

16 years in the real estate industry, with a background in residential mortgages and selling real estate. There is an old saying I have never liked, "Build a house, lose a spouse". After my husband and I spent months designing, discussing, and disputing every detail of our future home, I grew frustrated to learn the lack of options in Southeastern Minnesota to bring our vision to realty. I started Zen Custom Homes in 2012 to build my dream home and found my passion in building beautiful homes.

Nicole Pierson

Nicole Pierson
Interior Designer

A Rochester native who proudly calls Rochester home. After earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture from the University of Minnesota, she spent 15 years on an array of commercial and residential projects at The Urban Studio, LLC, a former boutique architectural firm in Rochester. In addition to overall design work, Nicole specializes in exterior and interior finishes and color consultation.

Kara Gyarmaty

Kara Gyarmaty
Realtor with Edina Reality

Kara is a leader, professionally and personally, a Realtor with outstanding skills and training that distinguishes her in real estate. Her business negotiating experience gives you a strong plus, whether you want to sell or buy a home. Kara is "well connected" in Rochester and has a multitude of contacts to achieve the goals you desire. Her vibrant, professional, and “you” focused personality makes her a natural choice for you and your real estate needs.


Watch as we maneuver the custom built, fully assembled staircase into the house!