After building houses for many years, Chris & Peggy Rutten decided to take on the other side of the construction world – a lumberyard. Together, they’ve built a team of experts that can help bring your building dreams to life.

Chris’s construction business, Guck-Rutten Construction, was one of the first pioneers to start the speculative building in the Westwind and East Park neighborhoods of Perham. With numerous houses and years under his belt, he came upon a good opportunity to continue working in the building industry with a different approach.
The leap of faith began with purchasing the Homestead Building Supplies location in New York Mills in April of 2011. The original building was landlocked without adequate delivery or showroom space, so we purchased the inventory and moved into a temporary location. We had high hopes that we would be expanding and need more space down the road.
While we were designing and building the new Lumber Depot building, Chris’s experience as a contractor shaped his vision for how he thought the facility should flow and operate. Customer service and experience were major components in all decisions that were made.
We are proud to say that Lumber Depot has now expanded to include our storefront with showroom and retail space, a number of warehouses, storage condos, and seven employees. We like to think that this is just the beginning, but only time will tell.



We are not your average lumberyard. What does that mean? We think of ourselves as a design center that focuses on everything from plan drawing and design through construction and the finishing touches. From selecting your products to making sure your space flows they way you had planned, we are there throughout the process to ensure that your project stays on time and on budget.


One of the hardest parts of building, remodeling, or updating a home is picking out all of the different materials and products. There are so many to choose from. Let our design studio inspire you, as we work together to pick out all of the finishes for your home that make it uniquely your own.


We have more than just pallets of wood. We also have a variety of tools and other supplies needed to complete the construction or DIY projects that you’ve been dreaming of. Our retail space is full of different displays to inspire you in your building or planning. From cabinets, countertops, and flooring to power tools, we have what you need and the know-how to create a space that you are proud to call your own.


By the stick or by the bundle, we got wood. We are proud to offer free delivery of our products. Our courteous staff strives to be organized, tidy, and timely. We even have cool machinery that makes unloading a breeze for all of us. No assistance necessary, and you don’t even need to be there!


We have tons of different products to offer. Whether you are looking to upgrade your bathroom vanity or building a brand new house, we can help. Learn more about all of our product lines by clicking the button below!