About Us

Gratias Construction, Inc. was founded in 1972 by Tom Gratias. Over the years, Tom has earned a giant name among home builders across the country. He is a rare hybrid; a tradesman with a keen business acumen and a marketer’s sense of what people want in a home. His businesses have evolved over the years under a single philosophy — We Build Dreams. Whether the preference is ranch or two-story, traditional of contemporary, big or small, Gratias and each of his four award-winning companies integrates specialized features to fit the design to the personal dream of each buyer.
Buyers are proud to work with Gratias because of his hands-on style, family approach and his enduring ties to the community. Gratis still designs every floor plan himself, and his wife, LaDonna, personally supervises the finish of each home for the trim stage on to ensure the right attention to detail. His son, Craig, and son-in-law, Al Wille, are active partners in all his building businesses. His daughter Jenny, an Iowa Realty agent, manages the marketing of all Gratias projects.


Village Classic Homes

Understanding their market and limiting their focus to approximately 30 to 40 homes per year, Tom Gratias and son-in-law Al Wille, who is also president of Wille Carpentry Inc., have fine-tuned their craft to fit a unique niche. With more than 40 years of combined building experience, Tom and Al are able to ensure that every Village Classic Home receives the utmost attention to detail and customer service, and understand the importance of the relationship between the builder and the homeowner. While Village Classic Homes can be found in various Gratias developments in the Greater Des Moines and surrounding areas, the company also has a thriving custom-building business, Construction Classic Homes throughout the metro area.


Country Classic Homes

Looking for a home building company with the experience and reputation you can trust? Two partners, with combined experience of more than 45 years . . . Tom Gratias and son-in-law Al Wille have defined the formula for building unique but moderately priced homes, Tom and Al have combined their talents to deliver quality and style at an affordable price. Country Classic Homes knows that every home deserves its own personality even if its price is more moderate.