Over the past 35 years, Darol Rodrock has forever altered the landscape of Johnson County, carving out quiet communities in which families could grow and flourish. There are more than 85 communities that bear the Rodrock Development name and more than 30,000 families who made the investment to call these special neighborhoods “home.” During this season of thanksgiving, Darol took a moment to reflect on his more than three decades in the residential-real-estate development business — and to extend his heartfelt appreciation.
“The words ‘thank you’ seem so insignificant and far too small to express the enormity of my gratitude for 35 incredible years building not just communities but safe havens for families to call home,” says Darol. “There have been a lifetime of friendships and memories built within this span of time, and it’s just awe-inspiring. I can’t begin to thank everyone for helping me grow my business to the point where I can now return the many blessings I’ve received through the Darol Rodrock Foundation. I want to thank the homeowners for always believing in me and trusting I would follow through with my promises. For filling my communities with laughter and hard work and pride in their homes.”
Still, happy homeowners are but the final product of immense upfront work by hundreds of hardworking individuals. There are so many integral players to the development and building up of a neighborhood. The process, which can span years, relies on hundreds of committed workers, continued communication, flexibility, and some hard-won luck. It truly takes a village to build a village!
“I really want to thank all of the sub-contractors for all of their hard work,” Darol continues. “These men and women give it their all each and every day building homes that build memories for families. They are dedicated to the finest workmanship and treat every home as if they were building their own. These talented individuals are true craftsmen dedicated to their profession.”
“Our vendors,” Darol continues, “stand by their products, strive to put the best out on the market, and make our homes excel, from the strongest in framing materials to the finest in finishes. We so appreciate all that they do.”
And it’s the builders who take all these elements and put them together to make a home. “A lot of people don’t realize the intensity it takes to be a homebuilder,” Darol says, speaking from firsthand experience as a builder himself. “The builders in our communities have survived and thrived during even the most challenging of times due to their commitment to families. Homebuilding isn’t just a job to our builders — it’s a passion. I am proud to have the group of builders that we have in our communities, and I can’t thank them enough for choosing Rodrock Development.”
“The subcontractors and builders are working outside in the elements year round,” adds Brenda Sanders, President of Rodrock & Associates, Realtors®. “They power through inclement weather and some back-aching work and take pride in all that they do. Beginning with the architects and engineers who start the process all the way through to the cleaning crews and landscapers who provide the finishing touches…there’s probably more than 100 people who pass through the home during the building process. And at Rodrock Development, we can’t begin to adequately thank them all for giving of their time and talents.”
Still a house is just a house until a family moves in, making it their own, and transforms it into a home. This is where the tireless devotion of agents comes into play, as they find the right family to fit the right house.
“I know that there are a lot of new home communities that the area real-estate agents can show,” Darol says. “I truly appreciate every single agent who puts buyers in their cars and brings them to our communities. I am humbled and consider it a great privilege that the real-estate community has supported me and shown confidence in what we have created over the 80-plus communities we have built. We couldn’t have done it without their support.”
Bringing a community to life is no small endeavor. There are so many people who play a role — both big and small — in this very complicated process. But the end result is nothing short of miraculous. Because these dedicated people take bare land and transform it into thriving communities, helping families flourish, neighbors come together, and improving society as a whole.
“Thank you to everyone who has — in one way or another — made this life’s work possible,” Darol says. “I feel so humbled and so honored to have played a role in what turned out to be an incredible and impactful creation, one that improved so many lives...mine included.”
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