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About Outdoor Solutions Inc.

Outdoor Solutions Inc. began in 1997 as a family owned and operated company, originating with 2 employees and a concept. We now utilize a larger staff, but the original concept remains the same: to design and build an environment that will enhance the use and enjoyment of our client’s home.

Outdoor Solutions Inc. is a licensed and insured general contracting company, offering an array of services from decks, additions, installing new windows and doors, finishing your basement, to working with insurance claims on your home.

Please take a few moments to look at our site and see what Outdoor Solutions Inc. can do to help you with your next home improvement project.

Meet The Team

Jim and Christy founded Outdoor Solutions, Inc. in 1997, and have enjoyed building the company into what it is today – a trusted construction company specializing in decks and additions. Their favorite part of their job is the people; they are thankful to work with such wonderful clients and a phenomenal staff.

When they’re not working, they love spending time in their RV meeting new people and sitting by campfires under the stars – especially with their children and grandchildren. Jim is an avid Minnesota Wild fan, while Christy loves gardening of all kinds.

Jim and Christy, Owners

Jim and Christy Funk Prior Lake
Steve Funk
Steve FunkOperations Manager and Sales
Steve is our Operations Manager and has been with us for five years. His favorite part of his job is assisting new clients with product choices and project designs. When he’s not working, Steve can often be found on the links – he especially loves playing a round of golf with his son Adam.
Brandon Funk
Brandon FunkSales and Building
Brandon is part of our Sales and Building team. He started building with us more than 15 years ago as a high school student. As an outdoor enthusiast, his favorite part of his job is building spaces that help others enjoy nature.
When he’s not working, Brandon loves hunting and exploring Minnesota with his girlfriend Abbie.
Michael Funk-Anderson
Michael Funk-AndersonSales and Landscape Design Specialist
Michael is our Landscape Design and Build Specialist. His favorite part of his job is being able to play with all of the trucks and equipment that he has loved since he was a young child.
When he’s not working, Michael is either spending time with his family – fiancé Stephanie, their daughter, and their golden retriever Diesel – or playing hockey or softball.
Chris Garin
Chris GarinSales and Building
Chris is on our Sales and Building team, bringing with him 20 years of experience in the construction industry. His favorite part of the job is problem-solving to create innovative designs with careful attention to detail.
When he’s not working, Chris devotes his time to his wife Lenni and their special needs son, Taylor.
Tim Poncin
Tim PoncinSales and Building
Tim is part of our Sales and Building team and has been in the construction industry for more than 20 years. His favorite part of his job is creating the custom deck or addition of the client’s dreams.
When he’s not working, Tim can either be found motorcycling and camping with his wife Lorraine or playing “Farmer Tim” on his hobby farm.
Michael Butorac
Michael ButoracSales and Building
Mike is a part of our Sales and Building team and has over 20 years of building experience. His favorite part of his job is getting to know the homeowners and building strong relationships with them.
When he’s not working, Mike enjoys camping and fishing with his two best Yorkie buddies, Monster and Squirrel.

Testimonials 

Jim Funk and his team did a fantastic job helping us design and build our deck. He had excellent design concepts, but was also very conscientious about listening to our ideas. He incorporated them when appropriate and offered creative alternatives when necessary.

Jim made the whole process fun and painless, and our deck is a joy to use, and (we think) the most unique and attractive one in our neighborhood.

Dan S., Plymouth, MN

We are very pleased with the landscaping! We received two bids in addition to Jim’s. Jim’s price was competitive and we chose him because he had the most creative design. The work was done quickly, and we really like the way is looks. We have received compliments from friends and neighbors. Based on our experience, we recommend Outdoor Solutions!

Scott S., Bloomington, MN

Dear Jim: Just wanted to drop you a note thanking you for the excellent job your company did building our deck. Everything you have done far exceeded our expectations and you have given us more than we were hoping for. Please feel free to use us as a reference any time. Thanks again and good luck to you in all that you do.

Paul G., Brooklyn Park, MN

Jim, I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for designing, constructing and installing our 2 new decks. I know it wasn’t easy going, especially with all the rain we had. You and your team endured to get the job done and the outcome of the project was excellent! The material you used and the craftsmanship were second to none. The experience we had using your company was, to say the least, an absolute pleasure. It was such a delight not having to worry about any details, i.e., permits, laborers and inspectors. In the end, it was comforting to know that when the project was completed there were no surprises. Beth and I are extremely happy with our new decks and we will be enjoying them now and for years to come! If we ever have a need for an outdoor solution, be assured we would use you and your team again. Thank you!

Paul and Beth T., Prior Lake, MN
Dear Jim: We love our front yard. Your ideas and design were perfect for our wooded lot. We bought our house nearly three years ago and have had extensive work done to the interior. As a result, we have worked with many different businesses in the home improvement arena. Without a doubt the experience we had working with you and your staff was top notch! You started and finished the job as planned. You were willing to answer our questions and to get our feedback before, during, and after the project. Furthermore, you acted on what we told you by your willingness to provide additional ideas and to make minor changes as the project progressed. Thank you for the positive experience. We would be more than willing to refer you to family and friends looking for landscaping services.
Carrie and Dallas E. , Bloomington, MN
Dear Jim: Thank you so much for the installation of my deck last summer. It was a large project that required expertise in material selection, city permit requirements, and construction. I especially appreciated the creative suggestions that you made during the planning stage. Your ability to visualize the end product was most helpful. I am very pleased with the deck. It added a most enjoyable living space to my home. In addition, it significantly increased the value of my property. Thank you again and best wishes on all your future endeavors.
Marjorie C., Minnetonka, MN