About us

Building Homes and Communities for Over 50 Years

Homes Built since 1970

Personal attention, quality craftsmanship, the finest materials and a proven investment are the reasons to buy a Crana Home.

Crana Homes has been building since 1970…building homes, building communities, building a sterling reputation, and most importantly to Founder and President Frank Bradley, Sr., building relationships.

Trained as a Master Carpenter in his native Ireland, Frank Sr. brought his skills and commitment to quality workmanship with him when he settled in Chicago’s south suburbs. While the industry has evolved with new tools, changing customer interests and expectations, and the introduction of energy conservation and green initiatives, Crana Homes has evolved, too, but without changing the commitment to quality and value. Crana Homes feature the latest design concepts while integrating the newest building materials. When we talk about cutting corners it’s with a mitre saw not as a means of compromising on quality.

Rather than simply constructing homes, Crana Homes has focused on creating communities throughout the vast expansion of Chicago’s south and far south suburbs like Oak Lawn, Homer Glen, Orland Park, and Tinley Park. That area is now dotted with Crana developments of 60 to 1,600 or more homes. Each one custom built with care by tradesmen hand-picked by Frank Sr. and his son Frank Jr. Many of those providers have been a part of the Crana experience
for decades. 

Long-term relationships are also prominent among buyers of Crana homes. It is not uncommon for sons, daughters, and siblings of Crana Home owners to themselves settle into another of Frank’s thoughtfully designed and expertly built custom homes in a new Crana community.

While other leading builders have offices out of state and trade their stock on the New York Stock Exchange, Frank Sr. and his son are local. They prefer to meet every buyer personally. They understand the complexities of their business but still appreciate a handshake and a cup of tea as part of any interaction.

Trends and tastes may change, but what doesn’t change is Crana Home’s commitment to meeting the desire of south suburban residents to invest in homes with custom options built by caring craftsmen using the finest materials, completed on time and within budget. For more than 50 years, the Bradley family and Crana Homes have built the trust of their neighbors by delivering all of that and more. 

With thousands of homes built across numerous projects, Crana Homes knows that the most important home they will ever build is yours.


Frank Bradley builds homes that stand the test of time. He also builds relationships with his customers because he believes that listening to them creates a bond that lasts long after their home is built.

“I feel I could stop by anytime with any of my customers and have a cup of coffee,” he said.

“My greatest satisfaction has always come from seeing so many families enjoying their new homes in one of the communities I created.”

What Some Have to Say About Crana Homes

Tresa S.

From the first day we walked into the models at Crana, and we saw the Ballinary, we knew this was going to be the place we would build. After meeting with Frank, we felt that we were in good hands and making the right decision for our future.

Carol was very helpful, especially since we had no idea what we were doing being first time home buyers. Due to circumstances beyond everyone’s control we needed to move the closing date from the end of the month to the middle of the month, and Frank went out of his way to make this happen.

Crana got the job done and we brought our 3-year-old and our 2-day-old son home! We sold our home 6 years later and made $145,000. What a great investment we made!

Nicole B.

We built a townhome with Crana first and really enjoyed their work, so when we decided to build a second time, we went with Crana again. We had the townhome for three years and then built the home about a year ago. Both have been great; we haven’t had any problems, and the salespeople at Crana are very friendly and great with questions.

We called them nonstop during the process, and they were always really nice. The quality of our home is great. We chose to build the Cranna II, and we love everything–from its tall ceilings and the wide-open feeling the home gives you the moment you walk through the door.

Tim C.

This is our second Crana built home. My in-laws built with Crana first and recommended them to us. We had such a good experience the first time, that we decided to use them again when we were ready for our next home. We just closed on our second home recently—I can recommend Crana because we’ve had two great building experiences with them!

Crana offers a good value—high quality at a reasonable cost. Frank and his staff were wonderful to work with. We made substantial changes to our model, and they were very accommodating.


In addition to the pleasure of working with a builder that is personally involved with the construction of your home, a Crana Home has proven to be a great investment – in some cases achieving a 10 to 15% annual increase in value!!