Our Story

Oak Tree Homes began in 2005 when Dan and his wife Michelle decided that while life in the U.S. Air Force was an awesome adventure, it was time for a new challenge. They returned to Wilton, Iowa where Dan grew up and with the support of family, started Oak Tree Homes.

The Oak Tree Homes Team

Fourteen years of military service as an aircraft maintenance officer solidified Dan’s strong core values of integrity, service and excellence originally forged as an Iowa farm boy. Together with his wife Michelle, they lead the Oak Tree Homes’ team of skilled designers and builders.

Dan Marine


Dan founded Oak Tree Homes with his wife Michelle in 2005 when they moved back home to Iowa after completing 14 years of service in the United States Air Force. He has significant experience in leadership, project management and communication which prove as the foundation for Oak Tree Homes, a full service design-build firm. Dan has extensive knowledge in building science and construction gained through both academic and hands-on experience.

Dan leverages his thorough understanding of building practice to work with clients to create projects that are, beautiful,  practical and economical. Dan’s approach draws from his core values of integrity and excellence as well as a desire to create an exceptional building experience for his clients.

As one of Iowa’s only true design-build firms focusing on highly and ultra-energy efficient design and construction, Oak Tree Homes provides unparalleled service to its clients.


Professional Credentials

Professional Affiliations


  • Quad Cities Builders and Remodelers 2016 Remodeler of the Year

Michelle Marine

Creative Content Director

Michelle Marine is a bilingual, semi-crunchy mom of four with a snarky sense of humor and an MA in Linguistics. Twelve years abroad in Europe and Asia fueled her passion for green living and her role as Creative Content Director for Oak Tree Homes allows her to share this passion with other people. Michelle loves Great Pyrenees dogs, backyard chickens, solar power, passive houses, and aspires to be Barbara Kingsolver and eat only locally produced food. She also blogs at SimplifyLiveLove.com where she encourages people to grow their own food and live a green life.


  • University of Missouri, B.A. in German
  • Arizona State University, M.A. in English Linguistics

Professional Credentials

  • Simplify, Live, Love - Editor and Content Director
  • State Fair Community College, adjunct instructor

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Home Builders Builder 20 club

Travis Hugunin

Production Supervisor and Master Carpenter

Travis has worked as a professional in the construction industry for over 20 years. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Central College in Pella, Iowa, he started his career as a carpenter in the in the residential building environment. Through multiple years of hands-on work, he gained the skill set and experience required of a master carpenter. He then transitioned to co-owner of a custom cabinet shop where he perfected precision carpentry and cabinetmaking skills as well as high-end finishing technics, production management and team leadership.

Travis uses his extensive experience to ensure all projects meet the impressive standards of craftsmanship and quality that Oak Tree Homes’ clients expect.

Jeff Kokemuller

Master Carpenter

Jeff has been involved in the construction industry for over 25 years. He started his career as a laborer working for his father’s company. After graduating from high school, he continued to develop his carpentry skills working with his father. Once he achieved the skill set as a master carpenter, he started his own residential construction company, as well as a custom cabinet and millwork shop. Jeff’s knowledge of the industry, attention to details, impeccable skill set and passion makes him a true craftsman.

Dan Darnold

Project Development Manager

Dan is an Iowa Western Community College graduate with a degree in design technology and prior experience in commercial drafting and design. As Project Development Manager for Oak Tree Homes, Dan works closely with clients to develop project specifications. He has strong ties to the Wilton community where he lives with his wife and young family. Dan’s upbeat attitude and consistent attention to detail ensures that all projects meet the impressive standards of craftsmanship and quality that Oak Tree Homes’ clients expect.

Devan Wheeler

Lead Carpenter

Devan is a Muscatine High School graduate and joined Oak Tree Homes in 2009. He has a wide range of construction skills and also has education in building science and ultra-high-performance home construction.

Jeremy Stigers

Assistant Carpenter

Jeremy Stigers joined Oak Tree Homes in 2015 as an assistant carpenter. He is knowledgeable in multiple areas of construction to include framing, trim, insulation, air sealing and building science. Jeremy lives in Wilton and enjoys shooting, sports, and spending time with his family.


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