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Building Something Better!

We’re taking a break from our typical home blogs this week. The circumstances facing our country are heart-wrenching and tragic. The divisiveness, anger, and hate that we have fallen victim to has started to tear to pieces the very foundation of love and hope that we as a nation have come to be known for. I have felt compelled to write or comment myself on the situation we are in, but can’t quite find the words to describe how I feel. For that matter, I’m not a 100% sure how I feel about the circumstances at all. That being said, I wanted to share a passage from the Bible that has always stuck with me.

12 The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.” David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.” Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man!…”

-1 Samuel 12: 1-7

This whole conflict is centered around our differences- different races, different social and economic statuses, different beliefs; but the solution lies within each of us. Don’t misinterpret the point of the above passage. The lesson doesn’t lie in the finances, races, or beliefs of the rich and poor man. The lesson is that David was quick to lash out against others without first examining his own faults.

I believe in God. I believe that God has the same love for each and every one of us, regardless of our differences. I believe he truly cares for us as His children in the same way we do for our own children. Like everyone else, I forget this at times (and so I’m not excluding myself), but I know it to be true. Having said that, think about the love you have for your children. Think about the hope and dreams you have for their wellbeing. Then, consider the way you view and speak to others because, in the big scheme of things, we are all equally important to a loving Creator.

Here is another passage that may serve as a guide in the midst of this turmoil:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

-1 Corinthians 13:4-13

We build homes for a living, but ultimately this country is home to all of us. We should strive to protect it from the destruction of hate!

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Why We Build!

I was about 13 years old when my dad came to my brother and I and asked if we wanted to make some money- not allowance, an hourly wage for hard work. He had become a homebuilder and was building his first home in Lakes of Cedar Grove. The thought of having a real job over just doing chores around the house was exciting! At $5.00/hr, we would be able to do anything! Money was no longer an issue! Of course, looking back, “no” was not a viable answer anyway. We would have just ended up working for free. My dad always told us he believed in child labor laws- if you were a child in the Gustafson house, you were going to labor. So, we put on some old clothes, grabbed a shovel, wheelbarrow, and rake, and my dad drove us to the place where we would experience our first day of hard work. When we got there, I stepped out of the truck and onto the dusty, hot job site. It was covered with busted bricks, bags of mortar, and loose plastic. We were the cleanup crew. So, we started. This was nothing like cleaning up our rooms (or even our whole house). This was the biggest mess I’d ever seen in my life! It would take forever to clean up! But we kept on… trying to break the boredom by pretending the wheelbarrow was a basketball goal as we through bricks in. We built ramps to help us run the wheelbarrow full of heavy trash into the dumpster. It probably took us a week to complete that job, only to find the next crew would mess it all up again. We developed a system though. The next house my dad started only took us a couple of days at a time to clean up; then, just one day. We were getting faster at what we were doing. We were getting better, and we had stepped into something that would have as much impact on our lives as our family themselves… homebuilding.

What started out as a new business for a young father and a first job for two boys, turned into something that would continue to mold us in the men we would become for years. Some of the most sobering moments of our lives happened on those job sites. I remember my dad tearing up as we stood by a fire on one of the jobs in 2004 and talked about my grandfather, cousin, and great uncle who would all die a month apart that year. I laughed with friends that worked with us through the years. I learned how to frame walls, install flooring, and paint. The company brought my family closer together. On more than one occasion, I jumped into jobs bigger than one man could handle, only to have my dad and brother run to my aid. For years, I worked in the blistering heat and the rainy cold, for the sake of raising one more home! We built something bigger than we thought our family would ever be able to, only to watch it take countless beatings by a failing economy in 2007-2009. Then, we began working to build it back strong again. Gustafson Properties has given us priceless memories and heartaches all at the same time. Years of hard work gave my dad back problems. At the same time, framing punch-outs, flooring jobs, and long days of throwing sod brought us closer together.

Why do we build?

It’s rewarding. To take a piece of land, clean it off, and construct a home from the ground up is an amazing experience. To drive through neighborhoods years later and watch couples working in their yard, taking pride in their home and knowing that we were the ones who put it there, gives us a sense of satisfaction that is different from any other. When we meet with customers about building a home, we get asked a lot of questions. Very rarely (if ever) have I been asked why we build. In my opinion, it is one of the most important questions to ask. You wouldn’t want a teacher teaching your children because she likes the work schedule or a doctor performing heart surgery on your loved one because he likes the pay! People that do work they are passionate about doing excel over people that are in that line of work for other reasons! We build homes because we love the art of building. We love implementing new designs and features into our homes! We love the excitement of starting a new home and the satisfaction of seeing the finished product! Everyone should know a little about their builder before they purchase a new home. That’s just a little about Gustafson Properties!

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might…”

Ecclesiastes 9:10

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The Gustafson Properties’ Team!

If you ever need to know who to contact for what regarding Gustafson Properties, all of our contact information is listed on our website under the “Contact Us” tab. You are always welcome to reach out to us for any information or questions concerning homebuilding. Having said that, we haven’t really officially introduced all the members of the Gustafson Properties’ team through social media. So, we’re going to take the opportunity to now!

The CEO of Gustafson Properties, LLC is Keith Gustafson. He established the company in the late 90’s and is a good contact person if you are interested in scheduling a meeting to obtain more information about building a home. He is also the “go-to” person for providing estimates. You can contact him by phone at (901) 336-1814 or by email at keith@gustafsonproperties.com.

The CFO is Kathy Gustafson. She handles all of the accounting for the company, but is also a licensed real-estate agent and can gladly answer any questions you may have concerning the process of buying or building. Her phone number is (901) 340-1814. Her email is kathy@gustafsonproperties.com.

I (Brandon Gustafson) am the Operations/Marketing Manager. I oversee the general functions of the company, including customer service and follow-ups, and handle advertising. You can reach me at (901) 428-8086 or brandon@gustafsonproperties.com.

Again, we gladly welcome any questions you may have regarding Gustafson Properties building your home! Also, don’t forget to visit www.gustafsonproperties.com!

 

 

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Our Mission at Gustafson Properties!

Every business should have a mission, a driving force that defines who they are. It is the mission of Gustafson Properties, LLC to provide our customers with quality housing to their fullest satisfaction through the construction of custom built homes. We also seek to improve the quality of existing homes, for our customers who do not desire to make a new purchase, through remodels and the construction of additions.

To do this, we try to constantly be innovative in the way we build. Building homes is more than just a job to us. It’s a passion. We know how excited our customers get about their new home, and we look forward to sharing in that experience! Every new project brings a variety of new ideas and design concepts. In the past we’ve incorporated custom paint, reclaimed wood, interior brick and stonework, and more into our homes! Check out these pictures below!

IMG_1742 slider 966x446 Gustafson Properties Custom Home stairs

Do you have some design ideas you would like to suggest? Comment on our Facebook page beneath this blog! If you’re interested in building or buying a new home, visit our website at www.gustafsonproperties.com and contact us today! We would love to meet with you and provide you with one of our customer information packets! We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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Getting Connected!

The first step to buying or building a new home is finding a reliable contractor. If you’re in the market for a home, we would love to work with you! You can contact us in a number of ways. Visit us online at www.gustafsonproperties.com. There you will find more information on our company, pictures of our homes and projects, and several blogs such as this one! You will also find a contact form that will link you with our email, customhomes@gustafsonproperties.com. If you would like to speak to someone personally, you can reach Keith Gustafson at (901) 336-1814 or Brandon Gustafson at (901) 428-8086. We are also on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube and invite our customers to view our work and give us some feedback!

Gustafson Properties has Team Couch of Bob Leigh & Associates, Realtors list all of our homes! If you are interested in viewing or purchasing one of our homes, you can contact them at any of the numbers listed on their website, www.teamcouch.com. Team Couch is among the top producing realtors in the area, and we would highly recommend them to anyone looking to list their home!

Again, we want to help you build the home that you’ve always dreamed of! If you’re unsure of where to start or would just like a little more information on our method of building, don’t hesitate to contact us! We would be more than happy to meet with you or email you an information packet! Thank you for your interest in working with us, and we hope to hear from you soon!