Who we are

Welcome To Cedar Winds

We, Glenn and Teresa Evans, founded Cedar Winds in 1998 with one goal: to design and build custom homes and cottages in the Haliburton and Minden area that are a personal expression of the families who live in them. After guiding nearly 100 families through the design and build journey over the past 20+ years, that goal hasn’t changed. We’ve just perfected the process.

We were raised in the Haliburton area and have raised our own family here, so we understand and are deeply connected to the thriving four-season community, and we appreciate all that living close to nature has to offer. Our love of the Haliburton area, our emphasis on integrity and kindness, and our local design and build expertise give families true peace of mind over an experience that is a huge commitment of time, money, and passion.

Cedar Winds team members, including our son Nelson, bring their own unique set of skills, experience, and perspective to every design-build project. Cedar Winds translates your dreams into technical components, including detailed design drawings and blueprints. Cedar Winds only works with top-rate, specialized tradespeople to manage seamless construction. 

Teresa, a product expert and trained bath and kitchen designer, lends her expertise at all steps to support the decisions that will bring your final vision to completion.

Nelson brings nearly a decade’s worth of construction experience – with Cedar Winds and other companies – to his role as our project manager. His passion, organizational skills, and strong relationships with our tradespeople and suppliers alike, make him a great asset to our company and our clients. 

We’re happy to connect you with past clients so you can hear for yourself how we’ve perfected a truly outstanding design-build journey. You can also check out our Success Stories.

If you’re seeking pre-construction consultations, home and cottage design, or project management, please feel free to call the office for a no-obligation conversation to explore whether your goals align with our approach, which we believe is the better way to build. We look forward to hearing from you.

— Glenn and Teresa Evans

  • Glenn Evans
    Glenn Evans


  • Teresa Evans
    Teresa Evans


  • Nelson Evans photo
    Nelson Evans

    Project Manager

  • Gail Kent

    Office Administrator/Customer Service Rep.

  • John Szpara

    Architectural Technologist

  • Jesse Dillon

    Project Manager

  • Lauren Poetker

    Interior Designer

The Cedar Winds team

Quality construction requires strategic, thoughtful planning and skilled technicians to implement those plans. All the trades we work with—from carpenters to electricians, from insulators to welders—are hand-selected from the best local tradespeople. We count on each of them to not only get the job done to exacting standards, but to find ways to improve efficiency and cost-effectiveness wherever possible. 

Working with local tradespeople also helps to support the local economy. We’re proud members of the Haliburton County Home Builders’ Association and the Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce. 

We’re also extremely proud to have supported a number of local charities and events, including the Rotary Club, Lions Club, YWCA, Highland Storm hockey, Moose FM’s Food Drive, the Highlands Summer Festival (live theatre), Head Lake Bandshell Initiative, Highlander Brewfest, the Santa Claus Parade, and many others. 

Learn more about Your Design and Build Journey with Cedar Winds.

Take The Journey

Our promise to you

We’re passionate

Building is not just a job for us; it’s our passion. But we don’t design and build houses—we design and build homes. We live and work in the community, and look forward to helping others become a part of it, as well as helping current residents achieve their goal of living in their dream home

We listen

We love design, but you are the only one who knows your family’s lifestyle and needs in a home. We invest the time to truly understand your dreams and goals for your home or cottage.

We’re committed

Whether you’re building a cottage or home, every client receives our full, dedicated attention from start to finish. Our new Client Project Window is an online platform that helps us communicate throughout the process, and enables you to monitor progress from wherever you are, around the corner or around the world. (Literally – we have had clients based as far away as Hong Kong who were able to stay on top of their project wherever they are.)