When Brad and Lori Gregory were looking at where to retire, they narrowed it down to two locations — South Carolina and Lake of the Ozarks.

When Brad and Lori Gregory were looking at where to retire, they narrowed it down to two locations — South Carolina and Lake of the Ozarks.
They started their search in 2010 after taking out a map and crossing off states where they didn’t want to live for one reason or another. Taxes, weather and available activities all played a role in their decision. Their initial list was larger so they set out to visit those states to narrow it down even further.
It was during a work-trip to Tennessee that the Gregorys discovered Lake of the Ozarks.
“Being adventurers, we decided to take a detour on the way and swing by this ‘big’ lake in the middle of Missouri,” Brad says. “We really liked everything. The scenery, the lake contour, the small-town appeal …” By 2015 they had their list down to two places, but Lake of the Ozarks won out due to the proximity to their grandchildren who live in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. The other option would have required a much longer drive.

Searching for a home
“Having majored in architecture in school it was always my dream to design and build my own home, so in preparation for retirement, I developed the floor plan designs and specifications for our home at the Lake,” Brad said. “The designs included the best characteristics and features from each of the homes we previously lived in.”
After researching the area, they decided to visit Old Kinderhook and found the perfect lot that allowed them to maximize the many different views of the Lake and the terrain of the hills surrounding it.
Brad says they chose Thomas Construction to build their home due to their reputation for quality and attention to detail. Chad Nugent and Matt Stephens met with the Gregorys, taking their designs and turning them into final plans.
Once Brad officially retired in June 2017 he was free to oversee construction. He wanted to be involved in all aspects of the project although he knew he was in good hands. Thomas Construction superintendent Mike Littrel treated this project like his own home was being built, Brad said. Every detail mattered.

Home Resource List
Builder & Designer: Thomas Construction
Roofing: Quality Roofing, Inc.
Drywall: Barklage Painting
Pest Control: Best Pest Control
Insulation: Bolivar Insulation
Light Fixtures: Butler Supply, Inc.
Finish Carpentry Labor: C.B.E. Trim & Time Construction
Concrete: Clary Construction
Cabinets: Classic Industries, Inc.
Structural Steel: DAM Steel and Supply, Inc.
Electrical: DC Electric LLP
Masonry: Dinwiddie & Sons Masonry
Landscaping: Longfellow’s Garden Center
Irrigation: Doctor’s Lawn and Landscape
Plumbing: Four Seasons Plumbing, LLC
Propane: GASCO Energy Supply, LLC
Engineering: Harms, Inc.
Rough Carpentry Material: High Brothers Lumber Company
Rough Carpentry Labor: Hopewell Construction, LLC
Appliances: Jacobsen Appliances, Inc.
Pool: L.O. Pool Services, Inc.
HVAC: Martin Heating & Cooling, Inc.
Excavation: Ramboldt Excavating
Plumbing Fixtures: Riback Supply Company, Inc.
Windows: Scruggs Lumber
Siding: Shields Exteriors
Concrete Cutting: Stressless Concrete Cutting & Coring
Shower Shelves: Wells Glass Service, Inc.
Central Vacuum System: Alliance Garage Doors
Garage Doors: Alliance Garage Doors