OUR History & Our Mission

Our History

Echterling Builders was started by Frank Echterling on the outskirts of Chicago, Illinois in Hammond, Indiana. Frank worked as a foreman at a lumber yard and built his first home in 1951. Frank had eight children, five boys and three girls. All of the boys were in the construction field at one time or another. After returning from service in the Korean War in 1959, Fred and Donald Echterling, two of Frank's sons, joined forces to build many homes in the Chicago suburbs.

Fred and Donald split in 1961 to explore different endeavors. Fred continued to build quality custom homes doing most of the work himself. He wanted to work and live in a warmer climate and in 1969 he moved to Waco, Texas.

Fred and his son, Bert, decided to incorporate and on January 30, 1998 Echterling Builders Incorporated was formed.

Today Echterling Builders builds an average of 20 custom homes per year averaging 2,500 square feet. EBI handles medium to large remodeling projects and also deals in light commercial projects. The company offers design & finance consultations, in-house blueprint modifications, 10 Year HOME Warranty, and one of the largest customer bases found in Waco.

Meet Bert Echterling

Bert is an avid outdoorsman enjoying spending time with his four children. Being a family business, his father started him early in the construction field. From framing to flooring, his upbringing and experience are key components to the success of Echterling Homes.

Bert is involved with the community by serving on several committees and board of directors such as:

  • Heart of Texas Builders Association (HOTBA) - Board of Directors

  • Robinson City Councilman

  • Robinson Economic Development Committee (REDCom)

  • Robinson Economic Development Corporation- President 2007

  • Greater Robinson Chamber of Commerce - Board of Directors

  • Park Committee (City of Robinson)

  • Campus Education Improvement Committee (CEIC) - Robinson I.S.D. - 2005

  • Little League - Member

  • Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce - Member

  • Texas Association of Builders (TAB) - Member

  • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) - Member

Our Mission

Our mission at Echterling Builders is to bring value to your home, provide convenient and professional customer service, provide a dependable warranty, maintain integrity, and build homes that complement your lifestyle and community. 

Buying your first home is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. It should also be an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. The Echterling Builders team understands your feelings and with our professionalism and experience you can count on us to help your home buying experience be a pleasant one.

Of all the qualities to admire in a home, we at Echterling Builders focus on keeping one thing strong… Pride, Pride, Pride. Pride in our quality, Pride in our service, & Pride in helping people fulfill their dreams.

Education is key to success and a properly constructed home.

Bert is dedicated to the home building industry and is designated as a Graduate Master Builder (GMB) by the National Association of Home Builders. The following is an on-going list of educational courses, seminars, and conventions Bert has taken. These courses and conventions provide an invaluable support network for Echterling Homes.

  • Graduate Master Builder (GMB) Certification - 2007

  • Certified Graduate Builder (CGB) Certification - 2007

  • EPA Storm Water Training - 2001

  • National Green Building Conference, St. Louis - 2007

  • Negotiating Skills - NAHB

  • Land Acquistion & Development Finance - NAHB

  • Financial Management - NAHB

  • Risk Management and Insurance for Building Professionals - NAHB

  • Diversification: Capitalizing on New Business Opportunities - NAHB

  • Business Management for Building Professionals - NAHB

  • International Builders Show

  • Energy & Environmental Building Association (EEBA) - training seminars

  • Energy Star® Training & Qualification