Mark Gudenkauf Construction in Dubuque, IAAfter receiving a BS in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University in 1992 Mark worked as a county planner in Dekalb, Illinois. He quickly learned the importance of building inspections, zoning laws (including variations, zoning amendments, and permitted /non permitted uses), environmental impacts of building and the importance of working with the city/county governments to minimize the negative impact for all. Most importantly, he learned how to work well with people.

In 1995, Mark returned to Dubuque where he began working for the family construction business. By 1997 Mark began his own business, now called Mark Gudenkauf Construction, Inc.

Mark has a wonderful ability to communicate with customers and prides himself in bringing projects in on budget and on time – when time & money matter! He also values his solid relationships with subcontractors which ensures projects are being done correctly.

Mark Gudenkauf Construction, Inc. can customize any space to fit your needs and/or your budget, specializing in custom trim and cabinet making. Being a carpenter at an early age has enabled Mark to excel in his field.

Mark is a working contractor, often carrying a tool apron. This enables on site supervision of all projects, large & small.

We offer a free consultation to get you moving in the right direction. Every good plan begins with open lines of communication between homeowners, builders and design professionals.

Give us a call today! (563) 582-1939

Degree:  Community & Regional Planning from Iowa State University / 1988-1992


“Lynette and I cannot thank you enough for helping us with our dream home here in Dubuque!  This was our second home we built with you and we were very happy with your guidance and support.  The whole process was an amazing experience!  We know this will be our home for a very long time and we love having such a beautiful place to raise our family in.  We are thrilled we decided to build with you.Thanks again,

Rich and Lynette Woods

“Mark built our sunroom and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome and the overall building experience.  He came to us with some great ideas that not only made it look fabulous but also helped us stay within our budget.  I would definitely go back to Mark with any other building needs we have in the future.

Building with Mark was a pleasure.  We called Mark after a deal with another contractor went bad.  During the initial call Mark offered to meet in person at the lots he had available 15 minutes after I called.  Yes, that is the kind of turnaround Mark provides.  His costs are competitive, build quality is superb, and he has the connections to get everything done as promised – on time, on budget, as expected.”

Before we chose Mark we asked about a dozen people for their feedback.  They all had good things to say, in fact, not a single person had a negative comment.  Try finding that with another builder!  Mark is someone you can trust to be fair, easy going, and flexible to meet your needs.  His employees are craftsmen – not just cheap labor that you find with some contractors.  A good example of that is his top of the line custom made cabinets, I don’t think there is another contractor in the tri states that build their own cabinets – they are top notch.

If you are thinking of building, I strongly recommend having Mark Gudenkauf be your general contractor.  You will not be disappointed.”

Kevin & Alison Knepper

“We were extremely pleased with our experience with Mark Gudenkauf as the builder of our new home in Dubuque. Since we were still living 1,000 miles away when we first started the planning process, we anticipated some communication issues but they never materialized. Mark made himself available to us when we visited Dubuque, and was responsive in emails and telephone calls prior to our moving here. Once we were in our apartment here, his responsiveness continued, whether by telephone or email or in person.

The workmanship on our house is superb. Mark always made us feel welcome to visit the construction site, and was always willing to answer questions and make suggestions as the construction progressed. Friends were amazed at how quickly our house was finished. Mark always kept his commitments to us and we found him to be an ethical and honest businessman. We highly recommend Mark to anyone contemplating building or remodeling a home in Dubuque.”


“We could not be happier with our house and to have selected Gudenkauf Construction when we decided to build.  Mark is easy to work with and has the experience needed to build top quality homes.  Mark and the Gudenkauf Construction team take pride in their work which shows in the close attention given to detail.  We are especially happy with the quality of the woodworking in our home.  We will continue to recommend Mark and the Gudenkauf Construction team to anyone looking to build a new home.”

Tom and Alanna Callahan

“We hired Mark to build our first home in 2004. We enjoyed working with him and his team. We enjoyed our experience so much that when we built our 2nd home in 2010 we knew we wanted Mark to build it. With Mark, we got a talented, knowledgeable, dependable guy that did what he said and more! His ideas for custom trim around our front door and four season room really make our house a step above your typical custom home. We are forever getting compliments about the trim work, the coffered ceilings, the railings, and the fireplace surrounds that Mark built. I would definitely recommend Mark to help with any project you are working on.”

Thanks again,

Rick and Gina Smith
3426 Arrow Wood Lane

Mark and his team did an outstanding job on our cabinetry and woodwork in our new home.  Mark told Dave and I to find a picture of the fireplace we liked and provide it to him.  Mark then created a replica of the fireplace.  This custom built fireplace is one of our favorite things in the house.  We fell in love with it and all of the cabinetry and woodwork throughout the house which were beautifully done.

Dave & Dawn Danielson

 ”If you are looking to build a house with a confident, qualified general contractor that you can trust, choose Mark Gudenkauf and his team.  From our first meeting, until the house was complete, Mark, his guys, and the subcontractors he enlisted made the process fun.  Mark kept us informed throughout the build.  When the situation called for decisions to be made, Mark explained the pros and cons and helped us make an informed decision.  Mark’s expertise and experience helped us build our dream home on time and within budget.”

“While we had developed fairly extensive plans with our architect, Mark and his guys made recommendations during the build that made our home even better.  His practical approach and extensive experience provided us with a fun and enjoyable home building experience.  If you choose to work with Mark Gudenkauf, you will not be disappointed.”

Peter and Kate Arling

Gudenkauf Construction put an addition on my house (expanded my kitchen and added a screened in room). Mark not only built the space, but he consulted and helped me with every detail along the way. From start to finish, Mark and his team were fantastic to work with – they were respectful of my time, planned and kept my “downtime” to a minimum, worked strategically around the winter weather, clean up every day to ensure my living areas were kept comfortable, and just had overall respect for and patience with me. Mark also built the most beautiful custom cabinets, kitchen table and benches; he is a true talent in this area. After some time had passed, Mark had asked me if there was anything I would have done differently and I honestly replied – “nothing”. The room is wonderful and far exceeded my expectations.

Laura Trenz