When Jim Lambie decided to strike out on his own 38 years ago, he knew what he wanted out of his career. He wanted to set a standard of quality that was unmatched and accompany that quality with the personalized attention to make sure that each of his clients felt valued.
Fast-forward those 38 years and Lambie Custom Homes Inc. has become synonymous with quality and personalization. And with the addition of his son, Steve, to the business, that standard of quality is transcending generational boundaries.
Steve Lambie took a page out of his father’s book, working on Lambie projects throughout his high school career and into college. He worked his way up to the position of superintendent before deciding to try his hand at the movie business. After a stint in California working in the film industry, he decided to return to the family business to build the kind of life that he wanted — one filled with family, community and creative projects of a more residential sort.
That was 12 years ago. Since then, Steve has come to helm many of the Prairie Village projects that Lambie Custom has taken on, working within his own neighborhood. As a project manager, Steve has a great example to look to — his own father, who invests personal time into each home, making sure that each buyer receives the custom home of their dreams.
Unsurprisingly, Steve and Jim share a love of working with the clients.
“I’m a people person — there’s a unique relationship that develops through this process. It’s not the easiest thing to go through, it can be stressful. My favorite part of the process is getting to know the client, learning their preferences and personalities and developing a relationship with them,” says Steve.
Although Lambie Custom offers ranches, maintenance-free villas, 1.5 stories, reverse ranches and two story options, within each model there is plenty of room for customization. Seldom do they build any one of their designs without making alterations to suit the client’s needs. At Lambie Custom, they enjoy the process of working directly with a client and architect to design and build a completely original house. Working with architects allows Lambie Custom to continue innovating and designing homes that are on the cutting edge of energy efficiency and user friendliness for people from all stages of life.
That diversification is a big part of what fuels Steve’s passion for the business.
“There are really no two projects that are alike. I have 10 to 12 projects going at any one time and they are all different, whether we are talking about homeowner’s personality or finishes or design preferences. Every day is totally different and you learn something different every day. It’s really rewarding,” says Steve.
This commitment to personalized projects is one of the things that have set Lambie Custom apart for the last 38 years. Jim meets with each potential client personally, learning their likes and dislikes and finding the best solutions to their unique housing needs. Through long-standing relationships with highly qualified subcontractors, Lambie Custom has a team of craftsmen that they trust but that doesn’t stop Jim or Steve from doing site inspections and walk-throughs themselves.
“It’s just a matter of pride in my work. I want each client to be completely happy with his or her new house. One of the things that I’m the most proud of is how many people come back to us after years in a Lambie home and tell me, ‘we loved working with you the first time. Let’s do it again.’ That kind of repeat business is how I know that we are doing a good job,” says Jim.
Jim’s example is strong enough that he has convinced not only the home buying community, but also his own son. This continuation of quality and commitment to personalization is the hallmark of the Lambie Custom product and a promise to future clients looking for their dream home.
Lambie Custom Homes Inc. is continuing to grow and change to meet the needs of the community, one generation at a time. For more information or to see available floor plans, visit www.lambiecustom.com or visit their office at 8712 W. 151st St., in Overland Park, 913-897-0040.
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