56 West Homes and Design began with a mutual love of custom woodworking and beautiful design skills.  Our team started with a devotion to our craft and to each other to create beautiful custom homes that reflect quality, beauty and functionality all at once.

We devote ourselves to the highest standards and do our very best to build a home for our clients with as much passion and enthusiasm as if it were our very own home.  Home building can be a very overwhelming thought, we walk along side each of our home owners and develop relationships that last- and we try to make it fun! Its more than a color palette or a persons individual style, its how the spaces will feel and the impressions you will be left with

Your home should be your sanctuary, the place you look forward to being in the most, where you will create memories for a lifetime – we will help you get there.

Our team is built by individuals who are passionate about the design and build process. With over 40 years’ combined experience in the industry, Joel, Daniel and Lisa have the knowledge, experience, and dedication needed to take a concept from start to finish.


Our team is committed to quality and service. We have been around since 2013 and look to help you with your next project.

Lisa Terpstra


Lisa has had a love for design her entire life. Following her dream and earning a bachelor’s degree from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids was the first of many achievements. Lisa has a unique style and talent for melding together colors, shapes, and textures into a unique and seamless way. Walking through a build process Lisa will give confidence to all clients that beautiful spaces are being created, pushing them to see ideas and guiding through the entire process through the completion of their dream home. Lisa is very dedicated to her craft and works diligently on the clients behalf in every build.

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Joel Terpstra


Joel began his career in the construction field early on with hand-on experience. Working for several construction companies as a young adult allowed for him to hone in on his carpentry and building skills. This experience, coupled with a business degree gave him the skill set to efficiently and passionately manage the daily workings of 56 West, ensuring the highest level of quality in every home. The effective management of each project enables clients to focus on what is most important: the creation of their dream home.

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Daniel has been enthusiastic in his love for woodworking and, trim carpentry and the creation of beautiful things for most of his life! He grew up swinging a hammer, later pursuing his obvious natural talent and passion for perfection in woodworking. Overseeing and participating in the custom cabinetry design and production for 56 West, his appreciation for beauty in crafting wood and the unique cabinetry designs makes him one of the best custom-cabinet carpenters in the West Michigan area.

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Contact  Us to help us start the process to make your dream home


    Although each new project / home is unique, we use our process to ensure that your dream home is completed with Quality and keep you informed during the entire project.


    Understanding lot choice and home placement shapes the whole scope of the project. We handle all the technical details of the things unseen by most homeowners that reflect where your home should be set and what would result in the most effective build. The budget is also a large influencer for nearly every homeowner and having a realistic idea of materials, labor and costs up front on your lot is where we like to begin.


    One of the biggest advantages to building custom is helping the homeowner design a home around the way they live and how they want to live. Often it is difficult to articulate style preferences, but our designer helps marry the individual styles and preferences of our clients and provides deep knowledge of products, finishes and functionality of spaces. We pride ourselves on the quality of the custom cabinetry built in our very own wood shop and are able to create so much more potential for a space and its function. All finishes are selected strategically through a staggered process, and Lisa is there to guide our clients each step of the way!


    Every last detail is thought through and handled until the day the homeowner turns the key! It is always our goal to maintain lasting relationships and to truly be satisfied with the finished products that 56 West produces. We want every client to be proud of their home and we feel honored to give them the 56 West brand!


    We are committed to providing quality and craftsmanship in every project we take on.