“We drove through Bellville Texas for years dreaming of one day raising our boys here. We sold our home in Katy and decided to make the big move. After days of looking at homes we were devastated not being able to find anything that fit our needs and budget. We truly thought it was a lost cause. We decided to walk into Mill Creek as a last effort to simply ask them if they knew of any small lots or where someone had thought they were going to build and had a change of heart. After explaining our situation, without any hesitation, Lance said, “Jump in your car and follow me. I think I know exactly what you guys are looking for.” He drove us out to Sycamore Hill near Bellville Texas and walked lots with us all while explaining the ins and outs of the small town life. We immediately felt at home. We left that day with full hearts knowing we were one step closer to making our dream a reality. We purchased our lot and met with Lance, Chuck and Jewell to begin building our new custom home. They walked us through designing a custom home that fit our lifestyle. Jewell took us through the selections and made that process go smoothly. Chad is a true “go-getter” and went above and beyond to make sure our new home was perfect. There aren’t enough words to describe how pleased we are. We have a beautiful new custom home and love every bit of it! There is no wasted space, the details are stunning and the porches are amazing. It is more than we could have ever imagined. A HUGE thank you to the wonderful team at Mill Creek for all your hard work!”

—Justin and Heather Mays
Bellville, Texas


“A few years ago we visited the Mill Creek Custom Homes model home in Bellville Texas. We were greeted by Jewell Fontenot. She was very friendly and assured us Lance Abel could build us a custom home we would love. Time passed and we continued to pray for guidance in all our decisions concerning building our new home…someday.  After a time we went back to Mill Creek and Jewell was there to greet us again. We met with the builder, Lance Abel and the architect, Chuck Dibala and the rest is history.  We knew we were in capable and thoughtful hands from our first meeting. Soon the rest of the team, John Hill and Christie Abel joined in and we were on our way to our dream home. We had a lot of custom design requests…they were able to bring everything together beautifully.  We are so pleased with everything about our new home…from the front porch to the back porch and everything inside.  Family and friends all agree we are blessed to have such a beautiful and comfortable home.  Our new home is great! We are, indeed, so proud to recommend Lance Abel and his team at Mill Creek Custom Homes.”

Thank you all so much!

—Jon & Allyson Cawthon and Scooter


“We just wanted to take the time to thank you for all of your hard work and efforts in building us a beautiful new home. We moved to the Brenham Texas area over 3 years ago and continuously searched for a place to call home. We could not find a house that fit us and our price range. Thankfully, we now have a perfect home for our family and friends to share with us. We would like to thank all of those who had a part and are very pleased with our home.

Your whole company made the process very easy and comfortable. You always listened to our concerns and guided us throughout the process. Jewell always met us at the door with a smile on her face. She helped us pick out every detail with a great eye to color and design. Lance and Chuck were very knowledgeable and paid attention to details. They met with us during the process to make sure everything was going great. They would write down any concerns and work on correcting these. All of you worked together as a team to build us a beautiful custom home of excellent quality that fits us. I would recommend your company to all my friends.

—The Hines


“We would like to share with you our journey with Mill Creek Custom Homes in building our new custom home.  We were very fortunate in having close friends that had their house built by Mill Creek and highly recommended them.  We had a definite idea of what we wanted in our new home and a basic floor plan for the flow of our house.  When we met with the Mill Creek team, Lance, Chuck, John and Jewell, we were so impressed.  Lance was very decisive, direct and gave us a sense of having great expertise in his role as team leader and owner.  Our journey continued as we worked with Chuck in finalizing our plans, in which he offered good recommendations that we have been very pleased with.  There is no wasted space.  Jewell was always available to coordinate our visits with the vendors that we met with in making the many choices that have to be made in having a house built.  John wore many hats in overseeing and coordinating the construction phase.  He was always readily available and helpful with us at all times.

In conclusion we have our beautiful dream home with many wow factors and above average workmanship.  We have a large family and entertain a lot.  Our family and friends always comment on the quality and beauty of our home.”


—Royce and Millie Lewis


“My husband and I spent much of our time for the last 10 years dreaming and designing a home for our beautiful farm. We knew we did not want a “box”. We wanted a custom home that reflected our taste and our love for New Mexico. We had talked to numerous home builders for the two years prior to us selecting Mill Creek as our builder. None of them seemed to understand our “dream”. My oldest son, who sells new homes in the Katy area, suggested that we visit Mill Creek and talk with Lance Abel. Lance was in management of the home builder my son worked for at one time and they had become friends. He thought both Lance and Chuck would bend over backwards to help us fulfill our new home destiny.”

Within a few months Mill Creek had created the “New Mexico home with a bit of Hill Country flare” that gave us a sigh of relief and we signed a contract. This was the first custom home we had ever built and I must admit, it probably added quite a few gray hairs to our heads, but we love our home and highly recommend Mill Creek. My husband and I are both quality oriented and perfectionists, so the process was at times frustrating, but the end product was worth every minute. God bless Jewell, as she has the patience of Job. Thanks also to Christie for handling all the finance and finding us the very best mortgage. Building a new custom home is not for the faint of heart, but Mill Creek delivered the goods!

—The Lang’s
Cat Spring, Texas


“We searched for a custom home builder for many years throughout southern Texas and finally decided on Mill Creek Custom Homes in Bellville Texas. Of course our decision was not made lightly and we probably would have thought about it a bit more if it were not for a statement Lance made to us during our first meeting. He may not have been aware that we were paying that much attention to his every word but very softly during our conversation he stated, ‘I have to sleep at night!’ There are many positive words we can use to describe Lance and his team but the most important of all is ‘integrity!’ We want to thank Lance, Chuck, Ms. Jewell and John for helping us design and build a custom home in Brenham Texas where our children can make life long memories to cherish for many years to come. Without any reservations, we are more than pleased with our decision to choose Mill Creek and want to recommend anyone looking to build a custom home.”

—The Cunningham’s
Brenham, Texas


“From our first visit to Mill Creek’s beautiful custom model home to the day we moved into our new home, the team at Mill Creek Custom Homes made the home building process a pleasure!  Our family had dreamed of building a new home for years and had even had plans drawn at one time.  In one short meeting with Lance, Chuck, and Jewell, they were able to produce a plan we loved even more, with a floor plan and style that really worked for us.  We would highly recommend Mill Creek Custom Homes to anyone desiring a streamlined, efficient, and enjoyable custom home building experience!”

—Brett and Sandra Smith
Brenham, Texas


“Lance, Doris and I want to thank you for the wonderful job you and your crew did in building our Lake House.  We are very pleased with the high quality of the work – everything about this home is beautiful – which is not surprising given the caliber of your skilled craftsmen.  Every detail of the job was perfect, exceeding our highest expectations.  You and your crew gave us everything we wanted – on time and within budget.  We look forward to working with you again in the future.

Thanks again!

—Bruce and Doris Harrison
Bellville, Texas


“Thank you Mill Creek!!! We absolutely love our house!!! Thanks for all your hard work and great efforts. We just can’t thank y’all enough for making our dream come true!! Jewell –thanks for your help in selections! Chuck – I will miss our chats of progress and issues! John – a special thanks for getting everything accomplished so we could move in so quickly! Lance – thanks for all you do and for having such a great company!!!”

—The Djordjevic’s
Brenham, Texas


“We had worked with an Architect to design our new home for a couple of years but had not decided who would build this truly custom home. We looked at custom builders from Houston, College Station and Bellville Texas and decided to work with Mill Creek to build our home. We were one of the first few homes that Lance and Chuck were building in/around Bellville; we liked what we saw from those other homes. Chuck did a wonderful job to create the construction drawings from our architectural drawings. We had a great experience building our home with Lance and his staff. Jewell kept everyone in check as we were varying from the standard interior package. The millwork, paint and roofing guys exceeded our expectations. They were professional and were very skilled in their trade. The built-in cabinets exceeded all expectations with additional trim and finish. They worked with us to accommodate the things that we bought specifically for our home. As with any custom home there were change orders that were provided to us for approval, prior to any change made. Lance and the entire team went out of their way to keep us happy during the construction process. We have recommended Mill Creek Custom Homes to all our friends and will continue to do so.”

—Bill and Donna Henn
Bellville, Texas


“We had a great experience building our home with Mill Creek Custom Homes. Chuck was able to design a floor plan that is perfect for our family’s needs. The quality of the trim work sets our house apart from others. Having a model home to use as a guide helped us make our selections with ease and without wasting time driving all around town. Our house was completed on time and to our satisfaction. We have recommended Mill Creek Custom Homes to all of our friends!”

—Chris and Kathleen Mires
Needville, Texas


“We love our Mill Creek Custom Home. The fit and finish are just perfect. The workmanship in the framing, masonry, trim, cabinetry, tile work, and paint and staining are all top quality; and just what we wanted. We also appreciate the way in which Mill Creek Custom Homes worked with us through the entire building process; from design, to the building process, and follow up after the sale. We are very satisfied with our new Mill Creek Custom Home.

Thank You”

—Neil and Cheryl Kulhanek
Brenham, Texas


“Building a custom home is never easy. It’s a lot of work and planning, but when we decided to build ‘one more time,’ for the third and last time, we thought it could also be a lot of fun if we found the right builder. We are not new to Bellville Texas and we knew alot of the home builders that work in our area so choosing Mill Creek was something of a leap of faith for us. The preconstuction phase and the actual construction phase were carried out in a professional and timely fashion. The work went rapidly, contractors showed up when scheduled and they did a great job. Chuck’s guidance was invaluable and Lance and John were always available if we had any concerns. We think we have a beautiful and well built custom home that we truly love. We couldn’t be happier with Mill Creek and its staff.”

—Adrian and Anne Ford
Bellville, Texas


“Some home builders just build homes….some like Mill Creek Custom Homes build homes and build them right! I started with a rough floor plan and the Mill Creek team turned this rendering into my dream home. Being retired, I had a lot of time on my hands to watch my home being constructed from the ground up and I was truly impressed by the skills and diligence of the various tradesmen. Lance Abel, along with his excellent staff, were on top of every detail. Thanks Lance for going beyond the call of duty and a special thanks to Jewell Fontenot for helping me make my various selections. Everything turned out perfect and I would not change a thing. The house is beautiful, very comfortable, highly efficient and reasonably priced. If you are thinking of building a new home, talk to the people at Mill Creek Custom Homes.”

—Lanny Nash
Bellville, Texas


“Why I recommend you consider Mill Creek Custom Homes to build your home?

  1. I had worked on my plans for over four years but when it came time to build it the builders that I interviewed seemed to want to change my plans so much until the plans were no longer my plans, but a standard model the builder had built many times over. Lance and his team took the plans and made them into a beautiful custom home that I love and has a comfortable feeling to it.
  2. Also, I needed a home building team that I could depend on to get the job done while I was away at my job. Lance and his team were able to build the house with no interference to my job. This was a major factor in my decision to go with Mill Creek. I felt comfortable with them building the house while I was away from the area.
  3. They regularly reviewed with me the building stages of the house and where I was from a budget standpoint which, made me aware of how much I had spent and how much I could spend on additional features to the house that I dearly wanted.
  4. They made the home better than what I could have dreamed from the design or from the colors that I had chosen.

I recommend anyone looking for a custom home builder to consider Mill Creek Custom Homes. They will not be sorry if they choose Lance and his team.”

—Glenda Wylie


“Finding the right homebuilder for us was a two-year process.

We visited numerous building sites and spoke with local trade contacts in order to gather their thoughts of the home builders in the Brenham Texas area. We short-listed over a half dozen builders, so when it came time to build, we chose the one that could give us the best quality and value, and could still ensure timeliness. We chose Lance Abel of Mill Creek Custom Homes in Bellville, Texas. We wanted a builder that we would still like after the job was completed. Never once during or after (months after) was a call not accepted or returned by Lance or his staff of professionals. So I guess in the end it’s not simply a matter of liking Mill Creek Builders, I would have to say. . . we love them!”

—Evelyn & Claude Free
Brenham, Texas


“Mill Creek Custom Homes thank you for building us a dream home that is better than we could have imagined it to be.”

—Matt and Tanya Jackson
Bellville, Texas
“We recently had a long time dream become a reality. We moved into our custom home built by Mill Creek Custom Homes of Bellville. Lance Abel and his entire group of employees and tradesmen were able to take us through the entire process of building a new home with very few bumps down the road. They all were professional and very experienced. There seem to be a lot of extra jobs in building in the country including new well, septic system, providing electrical service, etc. This team was able to meet all the challenges thrown their way. After being in the house for a few months we are very happy with how energy efficient the house is, the electrical bills are on the order of what we were paying for our old house which was 13 the size! The kitchen is absolutely wonderful to work in and the cabinet work looks better every time we look at it. We LOVE the back porch! One option that we added to our home was to put in three shower heads in the master bath, ALL Mill Creek Custom Homes should come with that, they are WONDERFUL!!! We feel we have a beautiful, sound home that will endure for many years. We could not have done this without the entire team, but there were two ‘go to’ people that were indispensable to us during the process, Jewel Fontenot and John Hill. We proudly recommend Mill Creek Custom Homes to anyone considering a new home in the area.”

—Ray and Carol Ethridge


“On our land, we trusted Mill Creek Homes because we got everything we wanted for the price we wanted to pay. Lance and his team exceeded our home building expectations.”

—Jeff and Kim
New Ulm, Texas


“Our experience with Mill Creek Homes was a group effort from design, planning, financing and building only because Lance and his staff want to make sure that every detail and facet is a positive experience for the home buyer. It’s not about getting it done but more about getting it right and that’s how we feel – we ‘got it right’ including all the details. More importantly, when the house was inspected, we were further assured that our home was ‘well built, energy efficient and beautiful’!

Mill Creek builds a legacy home that will stand the test of time. Thank you for taking such special care of us and building our own personal legacy for our sons.”

—Frank and Cyndi Haba
Bleiblerville, Texas


“My friends call it the “Barbie Dream House”. I like to call it home!”

“Thanks to Lance and his team, 12 years of dreams, clippings and drawings became a reality. They worked with me from start to finish, finding ways for me to have the house I always wanted. I hope they are as proud of my house as I am!”

—Pamela Burgeson
Bellville, Texas






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