Quality Over Quantity.

Thornton Construction’s mission is to provide the highest-quality workmanship possible. As a local, family owned business, we limit the amount of projects each year so our quality isn’t compromised.

With over 40 years of experience, we specialize in spec and custom new construction homes of all sizes in the Manhattan, KS area. We have a commitment to a solid work ethic, a passion for the industry, and a devotion to making sure our buyers reach desired outcomes when building a new construction home.

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Meet the Team

Don Thornton


Don is a Kansas native and has been building homes in Manhattan, KS since 1983. He began his career as a sub-contractor and progressed to a job foreman for a reputable local construction company. After 20 years, Don decided to go into business for himself and founded Thornton Construction in 2003. He has experience in residential remodeling, new construction homes, and light commercial buildings. Don prides himself on supporting and employing local subcontractors and building quality homes with great attention to detail.

Tyler Thornton


Tyler was born and raised in Manhattan KS. He joined his father in the family business in 2008 as a carpenter, progressing to foreman and then to his current position as a site superintendent. When asked what he enjoys most about building homes, Tyler said creating and maintaining relationships with happy homeowners. Tyler and his wife, Megan, were married in 2014 and have two boys. When he’s not working, you can find Tyler enjoying the outdoors, hunting and fishing whenever possible.

Megan Thornton

Client Coordinator, Realtor®

Megan was born in Hays and moved to Manhattan in 1998. After attending Kansas State University, she became a special education teacher and taught at Fort Riley for several years. After she and Tyler were married, her interest in real estate began to grow. She obtained her real estate license in 2020 and began working as a Realtor for Thornton Construction. She enjoys interior design and working with home buyers to create a vision for their home. Megan prides herself on making the new construction process easy and enjoyable and helping first time home buyers pursue purchasing their first home.