Paul Gifford Custom Construction,
has been building custom homes in the Kansas City metropolitan area
since 1983. The homes range from the mid-six figures to the
mid-seven figures, and are truly unique, custom-built homes.
builds what he refers to as "lifestyle homes," homes that
incorporate both the home buyer's quality-of-life objectives and
the qualities of the lot. "We do not just develop homes for
each home buyer, we develop specifically for them and their site,"
explains Mr. Gifford.
"Typically, clients will call us when they have a special place
in mind. Lakefront, golf course and acreage sites are typical. We
like working with our clients on challenging sites; it forces our
creative juices to flow. Our team is able to take the lot's characteristics
into account from the beginning, and we develop a plan for that
site which really maximizes the reasons our client chose it."
He continues: "We build truly custom homes, which means we
start the project from scratch. One of the main benefits of building
a custom home, as opposed to taking a model and slightly modifying
it, is that it takes optimum advantage of a specific site. This
means you are controlling costs while giving your client all the
design elements he desires instead of some portion of them, which
he would have to settle for with a modified model home."
homeowners who want to build a high-end, genuinely custom home seek
out Paul Gifford Custom Construction. Paul has built or re-modeled
homes in Lakewood, The Bluffs, Riss Lake, Weatherby Lake, Lake Quivira,
Loch Lloyd, Lake Winnebago and other prime subdivisions.
Paul initially came to the home building business at a young age.
He grew up in Booneville, MO. At age 14 he went to work for a local
builder and learned home building from the most basic elements.
He relates: "In a small town, back then anyway, there was no
such thing as subcontractors. When you built a house, you literally
built the house. We did everything from putting in the footings
to putting on the roof, including framing, wiring, plumbing and
He went to Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg where
he received his undergraduate degree in psychology with course work
emphasis in business management. While attending CMSU, he got work
at a lumberyard 35 to 40 hours a week, The business was owned by
a married couple who had just started the company nine months before.
He not only learned more about building materials, but he learned
how to build a business. The owners' honest and straightforward
style is something Paul incorporated into his own business.
After his bachelor's degree, he went on to receive a master's degree
in industrial management and began his professional career in the
human resources department of General Motors. Paul moved around
a good deal, and every place he moved he used his talent and training
in construction to build and remodel homes for himself. He also
found his life's partner, Toni, and while he was courting her, he
put together a construction business. These were both good choices
to form a rewarding life.
Some home builders with Mr. Gifford's prominence do not want to
do remodeling, but Paul does remodel as well as build new homes.
Remodel projects range from $25,000 to several hundred thousand
dollars. "We are one of the few builders that does remodeling
and admits it," Paul jokes.
Most of his company's remodeling projects deal with homes that are
located on land that has appreciated significantly because of amenities
in their location. "Lakewood is a good example," Gifford
explains. "There was a mixture of new construction and some
decades-old homes. Our goal in a remodeling project here and elsewhere
is to take an existing house in an excellent location and turn it
into a today house. Once it's a today house you recapture the appreciated
value of the lot. Your clients now have a property that has a much
greater value than the investment in the original property and the
addition or remodel. It may mean a simple addition and some sprucing
up or it may mean taking it down to the sub-floor and starting all
Mr. Gifford enjoys answering the creative challenges posed by remodeling
projects. "Many times, when you are forced to be creative by
unanticipated conditions, it turns out better than the original
idea. It sort of forces you to think outside the box."
Customers can expect integrity and a commitment to communication
throughout the process when working with Paul Gifford Custom Construction:
whether it is working with Paul in the conceptual stages or working
with the project manager in charge of the daily administration of
"When people invest in a home with us, they invest in all of
our team. We have an exceptional team with many years of experience
and strong construction backgrounds," Mr. Gifford relates.
"We deal very openly with people. There are no secrets in our
Paul attributes his straightforward business approach to his family
orientation and Christian commitment. He emphasizes that everyone
involved must have a working relationship based on trust to achieve
success. "We do what we say we are going to do, and we expect
the same from our subcontractors, our suppliers, and our clients."
The Gifford team fosters pride in workmanship by dealing with subcontractors
with integrity. His subs have been known to bring families to the
project sites on Saturdays to show them the quality work they have
Integrity can be a greater determining factor than price when a
home builder selects a supplier or subcontractor. "You can
always find cheap," Paul states, "but it is difficult
to find people of integrity who have the skill to provide the level
of quality that we put in our homes."
He points out that building and remodeling are communication-intensive
processes. His team's ability to communicate is an important reason
why home buyers choose Paul Gifford Custom Construction. "Our
ability to work with people is seen in our ability to help the client
take their ideas and transfer them onto a piece of paper and then
translate their dream into a place their family can live and enjoy
for the rest of their lives."
Mr. Gifford believes in participating in the industry and continuing
education. Not only is the company a member of the Home Builders
Association of Greater Kansas City, but Paul is a former president
and a life director of the National Association of Home Builders.
When he is not working, Paul pursues hobbies he can enjoy with his
family, including snow skiing and boating. Paul Gifford and his
wife, Toni, have four grown children: sons Sean, Nate, and Chris,
and a daughter, Amy. They also have two grandchildren: Mariah and