About Vail Builders Inc.:
A Family-Owned and Operated Minnesota Independent Contractor


At Vail Builders, building and remodeling homes has been our life’s passion and our life's work for two generations. We have been building quality homes and undertaking remodeling projects for over 50 years.

At Vail Builders, we strive to have the highest standards while preserving the age-old tradition of our own hands-on craftsmanship.

Every day, our greatest satisfaction is delivering the best craftsmanship and the promise of superior customer service to our clients for years to come. We are committed to excellence in all our building projects from small mudrooms to complex additions and even new homes.

We are dedicated in our commitment to customer satisfaction, striving to realize your ultimate dreams for your home!

The Morals of Vail Builders Inc


Bringing your dreams to life...
Building and remodeling homes is our lives' passion, and our lives' work. Vail Builders Inc. is family owned and operated, and has been in the construction business for over 46 years; one could say building is in our blood. Today, James Vail still does most of the construction, he keep their standards high while preserving the age-old tradition of doing their own hands on craftsmanship.

Our greatest satisfaction is delivering the best craftsmanship with the promise of superior customer service to you, now, and for years to come. We guarantee perfection in all of our building projects, from small mud rooms to big additions and new homes. We have dedicated ourselves to customer satisfaction as we strive to make your dreams a reality.

MN Builder License #BC004010

How Did Vail Builders Inc. Get Started?

Just a little information about our history...

Our construction company started was created when Richard Vail (founder of Vail Builders Inc) built his first house in 1966 in the city of Hugo. His wife and six children where honored to live in Vail Builders Inc's first official home. Ever since then it has been a family business; he hired relatives and friends, even some qualified co-workers who were looking for work, as his business grew.

After 20 years, his son James R. Vail officially joined the company as a master carpenter and contractor.  James Vail had acquired the knowledge of digital design programs; which directed the business into another branch of construction, design.

In 1972 Vail Builders Inc constructed a development in Hugo, called Evergreen Hills, it contained 34 homes total. A few years later they started another development in White Bear Lake, on the southwest corner of Buffalo street and North western, it consisted of 22 homes.

In 1982 Vail builders Inc. constructed another development in Hugo called Shamrock Glen, it had a total of 13 homes and multiple single family homes.

Company Biography

James Vail started working for the business since he was 5 years old. In 1996 James took and passed the Minnesota residential contractors exam, allowing him to take over the Vail Builders, Inc license. In 1996, while he was still working for his father, James decided that the future of construction was going advance through CAD (Computer Aided Design) programs. So James and his Father enrolled in a class through Hennepin Technical College to learn about and better understand the Chief Architect CAD program. Instantly James was the top architect in his class, he soon created his first virtual home with the CAD program. With years to come, James changed the direction of the business by helping homeowners get a clearer vision of their plans for their future home; by showing remodeling plans and new homes designs. Back then and currently, James designs all of Vail builders, Inc designs; such as, additions, bathroom remodels, custom cabinetry, decks, front porches and screen porches, kitchen remodels, finished basements, new mudroom entries with custom cabinet cubbies, full house remodel jobs and most of their new homes.

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Testimonials


TOTAL KITCHEN REMODEL
After working with another remodeler to build a new kitchen for a couple of months and becoming increasingly concerned about the lack of professionalism, I contacted Vail Builders after seeing them highly recommended on Angie’s List. Jim Vail promptly returned my phone call and set up an appointment to measure the room and to meet with my wife and I regarding our ideas. In just a couple of weeks, Jim had created a set of preliminary plans and the most comprehensive contract I’ve ever seen. Jim is thorough and extremely detail oriented, which is exactly what you need in a general contractor. Jim has high expectations of his subcontractors and is responsive and fair to his clients. I will plan to hire Vail Builders for any and all of my future building needs.

Mike A.

2018-01-15T10:31:42+00:00

Mike A.

TOTAL KITCHEN REMODEL After working with another remodeler to build a new kitchen for a couple of months and becoming increasingly concerned about the lack of professionalism, I contacted Vail Builders after seeing them highly recommended on Angie’s List. Jim Vail promptly returned my phone call and set up an appointment to measure the room and to meet with my wife and I regarding our ideas. In just a couple of weeks, Jim had created a set of preliminary plans and the most comprehensive contract I’ve ever seen. Jim is thorough and extremely detail oriented, which is exactly what you need in a general contractor. Jim has high expectations of his subcontractors and is responsive and fair to his clients. I will plan to hire Vail Builders for any and all of my future building needs.
GENERAL REMODELING
Am nothing but very please and impressed with Jim's customer service and 
communication. He helped us with the details ( who knew there were so many 
details!), and made recommendations along the way when a part of the plan came into question.

Caroline B.

2018-01-15T10:32:35+00:00

Caroline B.

GENERAL REMODELING Am nothing but very please and impressed with Jim's customer service and 
communication. He helped us with the details ( who knew there were so many 
details!), and made recommendations along the way when a part of the plan came into question.
It went fabulously! Jim Vail was easy to get a hold of and very punctual. Very 
polite and respectful. Came out to my house and measured the space. Also made 
recommendations to change the thin set mortar and the grout to a product that would last longer than the product I had originally bought. I'm glad I listened to Jim. The finished product looks beautiful. Got a very detailed bid for the work that same day. Was able to get me scheduled within one week of me accepting his bid. They covered my wood floor, granite counter tops and appliances with protective mats and plastic. Used a sticky mat at the garage door to prevent dirt and dust from being tracked in. The tile installer Rick Johnson was fantastic. Very laid back and polite. Showed up both days exactly at 8 AM like they said they would. When the work was finished, everything was cleaned up. No mess left behind. I would hire this company again in a heartbeat.

Bruce L.

2018-01-15T10:33:21+00:00

Bruce L.

It went fabulously! Jim Vail was easy to get a hold of and very punctual. Very 
polite and respectful. Came out to my house and measured the space. Also made 
recommendations to change the thin set mortar and the grout to a product that would last longer than the product I had originally bought. I'm glad I listened to Jim. The finished product looks beautiful. Got a very detailed bid for the work that same day. Was able to get me scheduled within one week of me accepting his bid. They covered my wood floor, granite counter tops and appliances with protective mats and plastic. Used a sticky mat at the garage door to prevent dirt and dust from being tracked in. The tile installer Rick Johnson was fantastic. Very laid back and polite. Showed up both days exactly at 8 AM like they said they would. When the work was finished, everything was cleaned up. No mess left behind. I would hire this company again in a heartbeat.
KITCHEN & REMODELING, DECKS AND PORCHES
We wanted to create a unique deck. We went back to Jim Vail who had done such an awesome job with our kitchen renovation several years ago. The deck is 
beautiful (not something I say very often about decks), maintenance free, and is exactly what we wanted. Jim knew what we wanted, even though we hadn't figured out how to describe what we were after. The quality of Jim's work is outstanding and his crew are great. He is a real pleasure to work with. Indeed, we've now asked him to remodel our master bathroom - our third project with Jim Vail.



Scott L.

2018-01-15T10:34:08+00:00

Scott L.

KITCHEN & REMODELING, DECKS AND PORCHES We wanted to create a unique deck. We went back to Jim Vail who had done such an awesome job with our kitchen renovation several years ago. The deck is 
beautiful (not something I say very often about decks), maintenance free, and is exactly what we wanted. Jim knew what we wanted, even though we hadn't figured out how to describe what we were after. The quality of Jim's work is outstanding and his crew are great. He is a real pleasure to work with. Indeed, we've now asked him to remodel our master bathroom - our third project with Jim Vail.
BASEMENT REMODELING
Vail Builders provided excellent quality and craftsmanship. The design 
influences that Jim provided, as well as the extra efforts he and his crew put forth 
resulted in a spectacular finished product for our family.


David J.

2018-01-15T10:34:33+00:00

David J.

BASEMENT REMODELING Vail Builders provided excellent quality and craftsmanship. The design 
influences that Jim provided, as well as the extra efforts he and his crew put forth 
resulted in a spectacular finished product for our family.
KITCHEN & BATHROOM REMODELING
Excellent work! Vail remodeled two of our bathrooms at the same time...quite 
the project. Enjoyed the entire crew and loved watching the progress. Very 
service oriented and responsive to our needs and wants. Great quality.


Kathy S.

2018-01-15T10:34:54+00:00

Kathy S.

KITCHEN & BATHROOM REMODELING Excellent work! Vail remodeled two of our bathrooms at the same time...quite 
the project. Enjoyed the entire crew and loved watching the progress. Very 
service oriented and responsive to our needs and wants. Great quality.