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Glammeier Homes & Design

Find Out How We're Changing Home Building in Sioux Falls

At Glammeier Homes, we are striving to meet the needs of our community, one home at a time. We are simplifying the home building process by giving you pricing up front and being open and deliberate about the features and options available in our portfolio of homes. We have a beautiful showroom where buyers can see and select the majority of finishes going into their home, instead of visiting dozens of shops to make selections, often without the knowledge of what is budgeted or not. We have painstakingly selected the right materials and options so each home we build can be as unique as you are, while keeping a watchful eye on the bottom line.

Once we begin the process, our team is approachable and committed to building a quality home you’ll be proud to own. We have decades of experience and a variety of skill sets so you can be sure the person you are working with is knowledgeable in their specific field. We have taken those skills and developed a process driven approach to home construction so whether you’re purchasing a home we’ve already started or selecting one from our portfolio to start new, you can rest assured that we are working hard to deliver an enjoyable, transparent and seamless experience.

Why Work With Us

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Meet Our Team

Glammeier Homes & Design Staff

Alicia Sturges

Selections Coordinator

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND RELEVANT TO YOUR POSITION? My education background is actually in healthcare coordinating, patient care, and phlebotomy. I have worked in fields that involve: directing childcare, chiropractic care, and dental care. In each of these positions, I have always loved working with people of all ages and helping them. As long as I can remember, I have had a love for building, designing, and remodeling homes. I love to watch HGTV and get ideas and learn about current style trends in home building. Being the selections coordinator with Glammeier Homes allows me to do two things I love every day…help people and design beautiful homes! I almost feel guilty calling it a job each day since I get to have fun!

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN NOT WORKING? I have two daughters who are competitive dancers, so I am one of those crazy dance moms! We travel to different states, and I love nothing more than being their loudest cheerleader. I also love to cook and try new recipes that I find on Pinterest. In the summers I enjoy spending time with family and friends swimming in our backyard pool.

FAVORITE QUOTE: “If you judge people, then you have no time to love them.” – Mother Teresa

TELL US SOMETHING QUIRKY: I am sort of a goofball in general and most people say I do not have a “filter”, so it’s sort of difficult to narrow it down to one specific quirk. LOL!

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Carl Risty

Site Superintendent

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND RELEVANT TO YOUR POSITION? I have 15-plus years in the home building industry. I have done all aspects including framing, sheet rocking, painting, trimming, flooring, roofing, siding and concrete work. I worked nearly 10 years as primarily a framer.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN NOT WORKING? I enjoy spending time with my family. We like to spend time outdoors as much as possible doing sporting activities, camping, fishing, carnivals, etc.

FAVORITE QUOTE: “Live for today. Tomorrow may never come.”

TELL US SOMETHING QUIRKY: My mother once sent out a search party near our family farm, concerned that I was lost or injured someplace when I was little. They were relieved when I woke up and came out of the quiet closet that I had hidden in and fell asleep.

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Eric Van Ruhler

Construction Manager

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND RELEVANT TO YOUR POSITION? I have been in construction most of my adult life. I started off in the floor covering industry as an installer.  Then I became a remodeler doing all aspects of construction including framing, drywall, painting, tile, trim, concrete, and landscaping. I then moved to full-time trim carpentry specializing in high-end homes. I then moved into construction management as a commercial construction superintendent.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN NOT WORKING? Golfing and riding motorcycle.

FAVORITE QUOTE: “A smart man/woman learns from their mistakes, a wise man/woman learns from others’ mistakes.”

TELL US SOMETHING QUIRKY: I have a quirky husky named Bandit.

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Rob Speckman

Carpenter - Laborer

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND RELEVANT TO YOUR POSITION? Fifteen-plus years in construction and custom furniture building.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN NOT WORKING? Listening to music and working on art projects.

FAVORITE QUOTE: “A smart man learns from his mistakes, but a wise man learns from other’s mistakes.”

TELL US SOMETHING QUIRKY: I built a farm and treehouse in Belize.

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Adan Marquez

Jobsite Laborer

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND RELEVANT TO YOUR POSITION? I have worked with concrete, so I have proven to not shy away from heavy workloads.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN NOT WORKING? Play basketball and hang with my family.

FAVORITE QUOTE: “I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing and that is that I know nothing.”

TELL US SOMETHING QUIRKY: My girlfriend says I have extreme selective hearing.

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Brent Fowler

Office Administrator

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND RELEVANT TO YOUR POSITION? After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, I never had a desire to pursue my CPA, because I prefer to do the accounting rather than audit other peoples’ work. Since entering the workforce, I have done numerous things in the business world from management to payroll to yes, auditing. I love working with numbers and enjoy customer service. This position allows me the opportunity to do accounting and yet still interact with a variety of personalities both internal and external.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN NOT WORKING? Raising a set of twins (Caleb (boy) and Austin (girl)), has been the focus of our life. While sometimes challenging, it has been unbelievably rewarding. My wife Lisa and I tried to provide a good life for our twins and for the most part the lives of the twins really embodied our goals and livelihood. As they are now college students with life plans of elementary education and law, the next steps will be interesting. I am a sports nut and unfortunately Caleb has followed that mantra as we are Twins/Timberwolves/Vikings fans. Needless to say, heartbreak has been a big part of our fandom.

FAVORITE QUOTE: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get”. – Forest Gump.

TELL US SOMETHING QUIRKY: My mind is so full of useless information that it is sometimes astounding and sometimes just downright weird. A classic example is the fact that my oldest sister and her husband got married 44 years ago. To this day, I have always remembered their phone number (5912) because Pam and Steve were both born in 59 and Pam is 12 days older than Steve. This may explain why I enjoy playing trivia games.

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Daniel Glammeier

Owner

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND RELEVANT TO YOUR POSITION? Prior to building houses I was in banking. My last position I held was a VP for a contact center in Sioux Falls. While in banking I finished my Bachelor’s Degree in business where I focused on learning how to work with a team and build a successful business. I started building houses in 2014 and wanted to combine my previous interest in construction projects with a strategic business process to complete projects accurately and timely. I believe the best formula for successful home building is to leave the actual construction to the skilled and talented tradesman who specialize in their specific trade. This frees up time to manage and coordinate for a successful and satisfying build experience.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN NOT WORKING? My wife Amy and I have a very active household with three children in or nearing their teens. We spend a lot of time attending school functions and sports or shuttling the kids around. I have been building a trike in my shop for nearly 10 years that I am excited to finish one day. Other than that, I love spending time working on our acreage or tinkering on equipment. There is always something needing to get done.

FAVORITE QUOTE: “Patience is a virtue, and I’m learning patience. It’s a tough lesson.” – Elon Musk

TELL US SOMETHING QUIRKY: I have taught myself many complex skills such as CAD design software, cabinet design software and even taught myself to solve a Rubik’s Cube. However, I have not acquired the skill of remembering someone’s name right after they give it to me or remembering what I just picked up my phone to look up half the time.

Adan Marquez

Jobsite Laborer

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND RELEVANT TO YOUR POSITION? I have worked with concrete, so I have proven to not shy away from heavy workloads.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN NOT WORKING? Play basketball and hang with my family.

FAVORITE QUOTE: “I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing and that is that I know nothing.” 

TELL US SOMETHING QUIRKY: My girlfriend says I have extreme selective hearing.

Choosing a builder

Tips For Choosing the Right Custom Home Builder

Contractors have become as numerous as fish and some are nearly as slippery. It can be very difficult separating the good from the bad. A good meeting with a contractor should be like interviewing an employee for a job, after all, you’re hiring them to build you a home. The qualities below are critical to a smooth and pleasurable building experience. We hope you find this helpful and would be pleased to discuss how Glammeier Homes can meet your unique needs.

  • Experience

    Okay, so experience is a little cliché but no custom home ever goes exactly as planned. Having the experience to solve issues that arise and having the right subcontractors ensures your project goes smoothly. If your builder stresses you with the issues that arise creating your dream home, you’ve picked the wrong one. Your only stress should be deciding what paint colors match your cabinets and countertops.

  • Imagination

    No, I’m not talking about having an imaginary friend. A great builder uses their imagination to bring you a home like no other. Picking out all of your finishes in one small showroom is like wearing the same dress as another girl at the prom. Even the thought of doing the same thing twice should bore a builder who enjoys the challenge of unique, custom home building.

  • Flexibility

    I’ll never forget the reaction I got when I asked for the paint color to be changed in one of my homes. I had methodically chosen just the right shade of grey in the store and once the painter had most of it on the wall it was clearly purple and I asked him to change it. The painter’s reaction, “oh thank goodness, I didn’t like this color either.” Building a home should be about getting it right for you. Whether a last minute change is because something didn’t work or you just changed your mind, a great builder is focused on your complete satisfaction and is happy to adapt.

  • Value

    Picking a builder based on the lowest bid is like buying the cheapest car on the lot and assuming it will have the same features as the luxury car. In the home building business there are many set costs that are difficult to negotiate down. These are things like lot, excavation, concrete, wood and even labor. So why the difference in bids? Well, some builders think awfully high of themselves. But usually it’s because the allowances for finishes can vary greatly and some builders will give you unrealistic allowances to drive down the bid. For example, on a 1000 square foot house, one flooring budget may be $4000 and another $8000. That $4000 budget quickly disappears depending on the floor you purchase and you’re stuck with the upcharge to get the flooring you really want. Don’t forget about the underlayment and installation charges. $4 per sq foot may get you a wood floor but that doesn’t include the cost to nail it down and it’s hard to enjoy it sitting in the box. Tile is even more misleading and can cost 3-5 times more to install correctly than the cost of the tile! Your $2 per square foot bargain tile can quickly end up costing you $8 per square foot or more to stick it to the floor. Get the details or your dream of wood floors can quickly turn into carpet squares or break your budget.

  • Honesty

    There is a single question that can determine if your builder is honest. Simply ask if they can build your home in 3 months. If they respond yes, you have found a dishonest builder. Okay, so there is much more to finding an honest person but this is a good start. While a home can be mapped out to finish in 3 months, it requires every tradesman to be ready and available on the exact day they are needed. There are other factors to consider like the time to get your loan approved, time for appraisal and the weather that will draw out your timeline. A builder who tells you 5-6 months isn’t slow, just honest.

  • Attention

    We’re all impressed by the waiter or waitress who takes our order without writing it down and somehow gets it right. A builder who’s not taking notes is not taking your ideas seriously. There is too much to simply remember and not getting that covered deck you wanted is much more serious than forgetting fried onions on your steak. Your first meeting should be focused on getting to know you, your family and your needs in a new home. When your first bid comes back it should include each detail you voiced was important, if it doesn’t, that’s a sign that they don’t value your ideas or don’t pay attention.

Put that all together and you have what we call EIFVHA. Okay, so it’s not a clever acronym but it will help you know what to look for as you interview builders for your next home, we hope Glammeier Homes will be one of them.

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