Our Story

Our story starts back in 2010 when two guys who had a passion for home building decided to team up to create a company that built ‘em like they used to. Since then, Brandt Wilke and John Marek have had the privilege of building hundreds of projects in Bellville and the surrounding area. Their workmanship and commitment to exceptional service has made them a go-to builder in the central Texas area.

Brandt Wilke is from Seguin, Texas and a graduate of Southwest Texas State University. He has worked for large construction firms in both Houston and Austin. In 1997, he decided to move to his lovely wife's hometown of Bellville to escape the big city. He commuted to Houston for the next 10 years. He was tired of the long hours working away from his family and decided he wanted to set up shop closer to home. That’s when he joined forces with John.

John Marek is a Bellville, Texas native and a graduate of Southwest Texas State University. He spent several years working in both the Houston and Austin areas, but decided to move back to his beloved hometown in the early 90’s. In 1998, he began building custom homes. When Brandt brought up the idea of creating Custom Homes by Willmark, John knew that their combined experience and knowledge would make them a great team.

Since its inception, Willmark has added several team members and created long-lasting relationships with their customers and trades. We are proud of the reputation that Willmark is known for and will continue to never skimp on quality or service.

One of the most important team members that we have the privilege of working with is our builder, Clay Elkins. He is from Houston, Texas and a graduate of the University of Houston. He has been with Willmark for the past five years and our homeowners appreciate the attention to detail and service that Clay always provides. He is meticulous in everything he does and it shows in each home he builds. He does not close a project until every aspect has passed his several rounds of inspections and the homeowner is a raving fan of their home and the Willmark team. When we speak to our homeowners about their experience with Willmark, they never fail to mention how grateful they are to have Clay as their builder. It is his goal to build as quickly and efficiently as possible while never wavering on delivering the quality expected in a Willmark home.

Then there is me, Sabrina Sandoval. I am from the wonderful little town of Bellville. I graduated from Texas A&M University (WHOOP!) and have been working for Willmark Homes for over a year now. One of the biggest things that drew me to Willmark was the company’s personality. They make everyone who walks through their doors feel like family. I knew right away that I would be a valued team member if I worked for them and I was not wrong. A year later, I am still so thankful to work for a company whose values never change. They are dedicated to building a house the right way, the only way they know how. I have not met one homeowner that has built with us that did not love the workmanship that Willmark put into their home. We do not quit offering our services after your home is complete. When you become a part of our family, we will take care of you and your home. That is why we provide warranties on every project we do.

Don’t just take our word for it, read some customer testimonials below to hear about real experiences with our team.

Jordan & Krista Goebel

"When the time came for us to go ahead with our building process, we asked everyone we knew who their recommendations for building a custom home would be, and Willmark was at the top of the list. We sat down with Brandt and John and instantly felt like this was where we belonged.  After that meeting, we felt comfortable and confident that the home we had dreamed about would be executed flawlessly and we haven’t been disappointed. They worked hard to keep us right on budget and we couldn’t have asked for a better guy than Clay to ensure everything was perfect right down to the move in day! Any issues we had, they handled it and made the whole process not as daunting as one would think it would be. Everyone on their team has been a joy to work with and made the past year an extremely exciting time for our family. We are happy to finally be home in our lovely new custom house that turned out to be better than we ever hoped it would be.  Thank you Willmark Homes and team for being awesome!"         

--The Goebel’s 

Lynn & Nancy Gros

"Four years ago, we had a dream. That dream was to get back to our small-town roots. Having visited Bellville, TX many times, we fell in love with the community. We decided this is where we wanted to be and purchased land on the outskirts of Bellville.

Next came the decision; who will we hire to build our home? In our search for a custom home builder who we could work with to construct a unique quality home, we walked into Willmark's office. We were welcomed with such friendliness by John Marek and Brandt Wilke; we knew immediately they would be the builder of our dream home. We left their office feeling like we knew them all our lives.

As with any project of this size, there were decisions to be made and a few issues to be resolved along the way. The project manager, Clay Elkins, was always available to ensure things went smoothly and all items were followed up on. After working with our architect on what we thought was the perfect designed home, Clay was there to refine our design by making suggestions which resulted in a more livable home that fit our lifestyle. The dedication from everyone involved in the building of our home resulted in a beautifully finished home we are proud to own and say Willmark was the builder. Willmark was always there throughout the process to guide us, help us along with choosing lighting, paint colors, plumbing fixtures and all the other choices we needed to make while staying within our budget. We wish to extend our sincere thanks to everyone at Willmark in making this experience a painless and hassle free journey.

A big THANK YOU to everyone at Willmark,

Lynn & Nancy Gros"

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us a little better. Now we would love the opportunity to get to know you! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and stop by the office when you get a chance to meet the team in person. Look for our next blog coming soon. We will talk about our love/hate (mostly love) relationship with Fixer Upper!

The Willmark Team

     Brandt Wilke                 John Marek                  Clay Elkins              Sabrina Sandoval