A satisfying career and the opportunity to help others
The creativity of transforming a raw piece of land into a beautiful home and landscape and all the processes in between is what Greg Gallup loves about contracting. He began hammering nails in 1969 and became a licensed contractor in 1981. His company, Gallup Construction, specializes in custom houses and upper end remodels. They currently have seven employees.
Gallup Construction is usually working on three houses at a time in various phases of planning, building, or finishing. “My goal is to have my owners walk away happy. I like having customers on the job as much as possible so they can see the process as it happens. People entrust me with a big chunk of their life’s savings, and it’s easier for all of us if they know me and trust I can do the job.” One of Gallup’s favorite projects was a 4500 square foot house built for Lou and Debra Dobbins. The finish carpenters loved creating the intricate woodwork. They also built a 3000 square foot workshop for Lou who is a model train enthusiast. The shop included three train tracks which were poured into the concrete including one narrow gauge track. The doors to the shop were built large enough for the trains to come through.
Gallup is currently building an owner designed house at the end of You Bet Road. At 3500 feet elevation the house sits on an oak covered knoll with a 360 degree view. It is designed to utilize the sunlight efficiently to keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Greg met his wife of 28 years at the Lockheed Jet Propulsion Lab in Southern California where he worked as a carpenter. He often tells friends, at least the gullible ones, that he built wooden space ships for Lockheed. The Gallups vacationed one summer in Nevada County and, like so many other transplants, went home and started packing. Greg has been a contractor here ever since. Wife, Joan, works at Sierra Nevada in what Greg calls a great recession proof career” diagnostic imaging. His son,Tyler, attends Sierra College and works for their company as well. Younger son, Blaine, just began his summer job training with dad.
Gallup has particularly appreciated the ROP students who have trained with him and a few are still his employees. “When the kids are in school they can’t really see what math is about. Getting out here on a construction site, they understand its practical uses and math begins to make sense. Laying a concrete foundation is understanding algebra and roofs are all about geometry,” Gallup commented. It’s tough these days to get young kids interested in this line of work. Gallup feels we need to have a better system for young people to be able to learn the trades.
Greg feels he has been extremely lucky to able to build his company here in Nevada County and appreciates the opportunity to train the young men who come through his company.
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