“Building a new lake home is exciting, add the distance of 250 miles and it becomes daunting. Eric and his staff at Cook Building Center are nothing short of amazing. The distance of our new property, as we were not on site, required constant communication between Eric, his staff and our builder Jared Sandberg (Sandberg Construction). The multiple e mails, phone calls and zoom meetings were a weekly form if not a daily form of communication. Tim and I were very comfortable with Eric, his staff and Jared taking the lead, their professionalism and respect were outstanding and we had no issues or creative differences . If we had a request on a change the answer was always “yes”. Eric also has a very clear design mind and we appreciated his expert input. Eric is very good at what he does and understands the importance of doing things the right way. The products available at Cook Building Center are high quality, beautiful and timeless. Stunning finishes and a large selection of materials in every price range. Tim and I are very happy with our beautiful new lake home and looking forward to making many memories.

Thank you Eric, Cook Building Center and Sandberg Construction.”

Thank you CBC for your expert guidance, service, and communication throughout the entire process!”

Tim and Robby Lockler, Tower, MN

“We have worked with the Cook Building Center for the past decade. While we always seem to have some sort of project happening at the cabin, in 2018 we embarked upon a multi-phase project that began with a garage and boat house, moved into a renovation and addition to our main cabin, and finished off with a sauna in 2021. From the design phase to the finishing touches, CBC and our builder, Sandberg Construction, were there at every step to guide us through the project with ease. Throughout our three year project, the world was faced with prices changes, the pandemic, and supply chain issues. CBC guided us through choosing materials that would make our dreams for the cabin a reality and insured quality products that met our budget and were delivered on time at every step of the process. We could not be happier with the service and quality that CBC provides our local community. They have an excellent understanding of the materials needed for the northern climate, have a vast array of suppliers, and have a staff that is amazing to work with.

Thank you CBC for your expert guidance, service, and communication throughout the entire process!”

Marnie and Jeff Bigler

“I want to give a huge thank you to the staff at Cook Building Center. I was quite nervous about building a new home on Lake Vermillion while living eight hours away. Working with CBC made this process seamless. The staff is knowledgeable, supportive and informative. The distance I was so concerned about wasn’t an issue thanks to the regular communication and open relationship we developed with the staff. They answered all my questions and addressed all my concerns, no matter how big or small. It would be an oversight to not mention the showroom at CBC. It is absolutely beautiful and filled with quality products that made our job of picking out everything from roofing to flooring enjoyable. The showroom gave us so many great ideas that we were able to springboard off some of the products to create a full upscale cabin look. I can wholeheartedly recommend the Cook Building Center for any housing project you are looking to complete!”

Dan and Tami Kroc and Jason DeWilde

“Debby and I built a cabin on Lake Vermilion with assistance and direction from the team at Cook Building Center. We were novices when it came to building a home and needed professional advice. The CBC team guided us about material selection, cost alternatives, design options, and timing requirements. Our journey to become cabin owners started and ended with information provided by the team at CBC.

After a year of working together, we feel the team at CBC became much more than a supplier. They were our partners and have a great customer service business model. Our experience could not have been better. We will fondly recall the decision-making process and the quality guidance we received as our requirements evolved from design through fabrication.”

Dave & Debby Becker

“If you are looking for an honest, helpful, professional team to help with your next building project, choose Cook Building Center! We’ve worked with Eric and the team from CBC for over ten years now and recommend them completely! They are simply good people! Eric first helped us find a contractor to work with that is simply the best, and then over the course of several projects, helped us make the selections that have made our dream cabin come true. Eric’s knowledge of all the latest product options is amazing, and everyone we worked with was fantastic. CBC’s honest, helpful, professional, straightforward, hardworking approach made the whole process a pleasure. We can’t imagine having done this without CBC, and we can’t thank them enough for all their help!”

Brian & Jan Johnson

“Five stars to a local family owned business, the Cook Building Center. When my wife and I decided to start our Lake Vermilion retirement home, we were not able to connect with any of the local general contractors. With the help from Eric & the CBC we did find the needed subcontractors to help with our project. We were also happy to see CBC carried all the products we were familiar with (Marvin windows, LP SmartSiding, etc.). Excellent service, always willing to help with advice, and always so friendly. Thank you CBC for helping us build our dream.”

Tom and Lisa Tamte

“We recently built on Lake Vermilion and the Cook Building Center was wonderful to work with. Eric researched so many products and suppliers until he found the precise materials we were looking for. His attention to detail and design was impeccable and he offered so many great suggestions that we implemented. Eric listened to every request with kindness and understanding and assisted in figuring out so many decisions. Greg was great in getting our kitchen just right. We highly recommend the Cook Building Center. They made the process so much more fun and we love everything about our new lake house!

We can’t imagine having built our lake home without their help!”

Thank you CBC!!
Bill & Liz Morice

“Belated thank you for the great service you and others at Cook Building Center gave us during the construction of our cabin. You worked very closely with our contractor to ensure building supplies were delivered timely, and just as importantly helped us make the endless decisions on siding, windows, doors, cabinets, paneling, etc. You offered many good ideas and suggestions that improved our end result. It was also very helpful for you to procure items that you might not normally handle, but were able to coordinate the purchase and the delivery to the construction site. “

John and Linda Revier

“Thanks to the whole team at the Cook Building Center for their knowledge and professional staff. No question, or decision, was too big or small when asking for advice during the building of our new home on Lake Vermilion. Their selection of products is outstanding and had every item that was envisioned down to the last detail. We couldn’t be any happier with their products or service. I felt like they really cared about our new home as much as we did. CJ, was especially detailed oriented and felt like he knew exactly “the look” we were trying to achieve. Eric, Bob, and Janine were all equally helpful and knowledgeable as well. Someone was always available for questions and concerns. The Cook community and surrounding area is very fortunate to have such a outstanding family business available.”

Thank you CBC! Kelly and Hugh Bonner

“CBC has played an extremely important role in helping build our Minnesota dreams. From plywood sheeting to custom cabinetry & flooring they can provide it all. Their friendly & knowledgeable staff have serviced us for over a decade and have created solutions for challenges big & small. Working in close contact with our contractor, CBC’s resources allowed us to build numerous structures while making many decisions from 600 miles away. We would recommend their services for any level of construction or remodeling needs.”

Steve & Nancy Yacyshyn.

“We would like to thank everyone at Cook Building Center for the impressive service we received while building our new home on Lake Vermilion. From Janine’s friendly voice answering the phone, to having questions answered by you, CJ and Bob, to Eric’s advice, and the great group of delivery guys……we couldn’t be happier! The community is lucky to have such a great business in Cook!! Can’t wait to have you out to see the house! Thanks again CJ”

Alicia & Dan Milbridge

“A 1,000 foot cabin over 80 years old, on an island on Lake Vermilion, whose owners live 1,500 miles away is to be doubled in size in 5 months – a daunting long distance task. Not so with Cook Building Center, the mainstay of the project. Every decision was made by phone or e-mail. The selections offered; the attention to every detail carefully presented with a myriad of options given; every question thoughtfully answered; the follow-up and follow-through exemplary…and they listened!

Doubling the size of the cabin from 1,000 feet to 2,000 feet included a living and dining area, kitchen, powder room, bedroom, bunk room and mud room. Every window, door, wall material (inside and out), roof, kitchen cabinet, appliance, hardware, flooring and finishes were made through long distance communication with Eric and his crew. Communication! This was the key and their strength. Their prompt presentations of quality materials and their immediate responses heightened our confidence in their guidance on the project.

Over a period of 5 months, the crew at Cook Building Center became my best friends, my “go to guys” and we had never met them face to face. Finally meeting them was like coming home. The finished product – a cabin of quality materials surpassed our highest expectations.
Remodeling fun –“you betcha”! Would we do it again? We are – now it’s the sauna’s turn and with Cook Building Center just a phone call or e-mail away we are ready to begin. To all my friends at CBC, we can’t wait to get started.”

Thank you from the Tellepsen Family

“It is our pleasure to recommend Cook Building Center. Eric and his staff could not have been more helpful while we deliberated over the many product choices to build our retirement home.

No matter when we called or emailed, someone was always willing to go the extra mile to help us answer our many questions or offer tactful professional opinions when asked to help the two of us resolve our design conflicts. Since we were building in a boat access only area, our project took us through two construction seasons. CBC staff worked well with our contractor to have all materials available either to the contractor as he drove through Cook or delivered directly to our local marina.

Due to the long timeframe, our favorite floor tile was no longer available in the size we wanted. A bigger tile was available, but not enough to complete our floor without holding up the project. Eric found a solution by working with his tile supplier to combine remaining stock of the tile size we first chose, with the available bigger tiles. The resulting new floor design is one of our most favorite features! We are so pleased with the way it all worked out ­ better than our original plan! This was typical of the Cook Building Center staff overall, they always were able to resolve any issue quickly and professionally! We highly recommend CBC to become your construction and design partners.”

Tim and Joan Bonner

“Cook Building Supply truly made building our home an enjoyable and memorable experience. The excellent teamwork exhibited by Eric, Greg, and Bob exceeded our expectations and all staff were a pleasure to work with. Knowledge, competency, organization, and quality were exhibited on a consistent basis.

Please accept our gratitude and appreciation for delivering excellent service, sharing your knowledge, and making our dream come true!”

Sincerely, Rick Cocke and Diana

“I have been in the construction business as a General Contractor for almost 40 years. I have had many experiences with suppliers both good and bad. When my wife and I decided to move to Lake Vermilion I was wondering how my construction needs would be met in the small town of Cook. After meeting Eric and his crew, and working with them on my own projects it is a pleasure to write this testimonial and let everyone know that my dealings have been very positive. They are more than pleasant to work with, they know their products, and have great ideas to help with the often elusive budgets that many projects are subject to. Deliveries are always on time, as promised, orders are as scheduled and all with a helpful smile.

In this era of non-service, Eric understands what the word actually means and puts the customer first, always. I would recommend CBC for any size project you have. For the concern of how my construction needs would be met, no need for concern. I call it small city friendly with big city knowledge and availability.”

Jeffrey Stebbins, Gentry Construction

“We found CBC on the internet when we were deciding who could help us with our cabin remodel. After reading many testimonials we decided to contact them and set up an appointment to meet them. We knew right away that this was the professionals we were looking for. They were terrific at helping us plan our overview of remodeling. We found everyone at CBC were very helpful and courteous. If we needed something out to the cabin the delivery was as soon as possible. This along with the quality products they supplied made the job go smoothly. We would recommend them to anyone wanting a first class experience.”

Nancy & Bruce Young

“Selecting all of the items that go into the construction of a new house can be stressful and overwhelming. The staff at the CBC helped make that process enjoyable rather than it being a dreaded and fearful chore. They provided many suggestions and alternatives to consider when choosing items. We formed many friendships working with the great people at the CBC.”

Rob and Rhonda Joki, Lake Vermilion

“Over the past three years I have worked with the friendly owners and staff at the Cook Building Center to construct a cabin, garage/loft, boathouse and sauna on Lake Vermilion. I found everyone to be helpful, pleasant and hardworking with a strong commitment to make my cabin the best quality for the price. I am very happy with the construction materials recommended.

In particular, their kitchen planners were the best I have ever worked with from layout to cabinet recommendations and selection of helpful accessories. My cabin kitchen is efficient for me and my guests; a small kitchen that turns out gourmet meals every time!

The CBC has also been great to work with on the few warranty issues which have come up since completion. They stay on top of suppliers and vendors to make sure their customers are well taken care of.

I recommend the CBC completely. They are family owned in the Cook community and they will treat your project like it is their own every step of the way.”

Mary McNellis

“Eric and his team at Cook Building Center were instrumental in helping us through the many decisions and challenges of building a cabin. Eric’s ability to understand our vision and provide consultation throughout the process helped to make our decisions a lot easier. He was willing to spend a lot of time with us, patiently answering our questions and guiding us through the many products and material choices to achieve just the right look and feel for our cabin, both interior and exterior. We couldn’t be happier with the outcome and would recommend Eric and his team at Cook Building Center without hesitation for anyone working on a project in the Cook area. Thank you.”

Steve and Ellen Diedrichsen

“We recently built a year round cabin and almost all of the construction materials as well as the cabinets, doors, windows and hardware were supplied by CBC. Eric was extremely helpful in finding the right materials, colors and finishes to compliment our design and he was a full partner in managing the project from the materials scheduling perspective. We found that the CBC could supply most everything we needed at competitive prices. It was a great convenience to have the people and resources of the CBC available to help us achieve the results we were looking for. Thanks to the CBC and staff.”

Todd and Sue Middleton

“Cook Building Center provided us with outstanding care in the construction of our cabin. The result exceeded our expectations–excellent communication, dependability, and attention to detail. We were impressed with the quality of materials provided and the coordination of delivery and construction with our builder. Our representative’s expertise and professionalism proved invaluable.”


“Building our cabin on Lake Vermilion was a very exciting time but extremely confusing. Without Eric and Co o k Building Center we would have been completely lost.

Never have we experienced a group of people who are so friendly, so eager to help us to make sure we ordered the right product and made sure that the end result was what we were looking for. Especially in the kitchen, Eric and his dad both came out to make sure everything was exact. They explained to us our different options, what it would look like when it was done. There is no way we could have gotten the results we did without them.

We told Eric the look we wanted to finish the inside of the house and he introduced us to a product call “Scan Log” and had the manufacturer prepare it so it could be used with chinking and the finished result was outstanding.

The Cook Building Center was involved in every aspect of our cabin and there isn’t anything that we were unhappy about. All of the employees at Cook Building Center were extremely helpful to us.”

Ed & Rhonda Ford