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Overview of MarketJune 2023
In 1981, Randy Tupper started Fantasy Homes, Inc. As his business grew and his name became more well known and synonymous with beautiful, quality homes, the business transitioned to operating under the name Tupper Homes. Soon after, his wife, Glenda, became involved in the business. The two met in college where he was studying architecture and she was studying interior design – it was destiny! Her entrance into the business was a natural start to what would become an incredible journey for the Tupper family.
The Tuppers’ dream was twofold. “We wanted to create a business we loved and could do together,” says Glenda. “We also wanted to make the dream of homeownership come true and to build the homes of our customers’ dreams.” Their enthusiasm and love for building and design became the perfect pairing.
In 2005, Randy and Glenda’s son, Matt, joined the family business. Eventually his wife, Amber, would lend her business and creative skills to the team, creating a family owned and operated business that has had a hand in development all across the region. “We have always worked on the principles of doing our absolute best to give our customers the best product we can provide,” says Glenda. “What sets our business apart is our dedication to provide our customers with a pleasant and fulfilling building experience. Building a home is something most people do not do often, and we want it to be the best experience possible.”
As you can imagine, there have been significant changes to the industry in the over 40 years the Tuppers have been in business. “We have seen so many changes over the years,” says Glenda. “Building materials, building codes, design selections, technology in the home. And of course, interest rates were just crazy. There is always another challenge just around the corner.” A continual stream of seminars, webinars, and continuing education keeps the Tuppers up to date on the newest information. “We navigate through changes a lot, but we navigate them together as a family,” says Amber.
Not only have the logistics of homebuilding ebbed and flowed over time, the stylistic options are so much broader than they were in 1981. “When we started, appliances were white. That was pretty much your only choice,” says Glenda. “The available metal colors were antique brass or chrome. Now you have those two plus at least ten more.” Amber adds, “Interior trends are constantly changing; it’s a revolving door. One week it’s in, the next week it’s out!” That’s where this team’s expertise shines. A custom builder can marry your expectations with what is available in the market to form a plan that guides you through the entire process.
Perhaps the biggest change that has occurred several times in the history of the business is rising interest rates. “When we started Fantasy Homes, the rates were as high as 18%,” Glenda says. “And yes, people still wanted custom homes. We have built homes through the crazy highs and lowest lows of interest rates.”
Tupper Homes provides customers with a wide range of skills and talents – beginning with plan design and finishing with the perfect interior design plan. There is a large focus on quality construction and skilled craftsman doing trim work and custom-built cabinets. “We hold our customer’s hand and guide them every step of the way,” Glenda says.
Working with family can be challenging, but the Tuppers say it’s worth it every time. “We get to do what we love together,” says Amber. “Even in experiencing the highs and lows, we are never alone.” As anyone who is self-employed can attest, there are both good and bad days in business. The pressure to keep work steady and continually deliver quality workmanship can be daunting. “The best part is we’re all working towards the same goal,” says Glenda. “We hold each other accountable. There is no blame or excuses. You learn, make it right, and move on.”
What’s ahead for Tupper Homes? “We know how hard Randy and Glenda have worked to make a name for Tupper Homes in the Lake Area and we want to be able to continue their legacy, moving forward with the same principles they have bestowed,” says Amber.
To learn more about Tupper Homes, visit www.tupperhomes.com or call 337-477-2167.