Updated: Aug 1
Laura Gloor, LPG House —
Restoring Parker County’s History, One Home at a Time
“I try to repurpose everything I can in a way that connects the old and the new.”
Laura Gloor has always had a knack for building things. “I always enjoyed building things with my dad when I was a child [in Shreveport, Louisiana],” she says. “We built barns and did home repair often… He still comes to help on my houses now. Everything I know about construction is from him. He is my hero.”
Her father’s motto was always “Do what you can do, and hire what you can’t do.” As it turns out, Laura and her company can do a lot of things.
Laura struck out on her own at the age of 44, armed with decades of construction know-how and experience.
“I finally figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up,” she jokes.
Her secret to success is her support system, according to Laura. “My family and friends stand beside me and support me throughout the process.” Her kids, now grown, used to work for her while in high school. She’s very proud whenever they call to tell her that they figured out how to fix or build something on their own. Her husband Jeff, whom she credits with much of her success, continues to work with her on the weekends.
“He talks me off the cliff when needed,” she says.
“He’s my rock and my cheerleader. I couldn’t do this without him.”
We asked Laura about her favorite part of what she does. “I enjoy seeing the buyers’ eyes light up when they know it’s the home for them. Several of my homes have sold before I was even finished. This tells me I must be doing something right.” She continued to gush about the pure satisfaction of standing back and thinking to herself “I did this.” “To know that I can tear a house down to the studs and rebuild it, mostly by myself, is a tremendous pat on the back.”
Laura believes that what most sets her apart in her industry is the fact that she is a woman in what traditionally has been a man’s world. “When I started, it was hard to be taken seriously,” she admits. “Most people think that women my size couldn’t possibly do the things I do.” Laura has proven that mindset wrong time and time again. “One day I may be ripping out and supporting load-bearing walls, the next I’ll be
installing six-foot windows. You just have to
figure out ways to accomplish your goals.”
These days Laura and her company specialize in restoring old homes, preferably from the 1920s or earlier. “I try to repurpose everything I can in a way tha
t connects the old and the new,” she explains. “The history that a home has should be shown today as much as when it was built.” Laura typically looks for the homes that no one else wants to tackle. She loves the challenges they present, finding that they most often have the most reward.
"Parker County is a wonderful place to live. We have everything you need close by, but still have a small-town feel.”
Fortunately for Laura, old homes with great potential are not in short supply in Weatherford and Parker County. “I strive to keep the history of Weatherford alive by restoring these homes and helping lead new families to the Parker County area,” she says, adding that, “We should be proud of the area we live in!”
Laura also functions as a general contractor for those who don’t want to move but do want to change the house they already love and live in, helping to make it work for their needs. “As families evolve, so should their homes,” she says.
When working on her old homes, Laura says that she always likes to take one of the original windows and make a shadowbox of items that she has found in the house. “Whether it is old wallpaper, pictures, documents or license plates, I feel it shows a little piece of history from the house,” she says. “You wouldn’t believe the items people leave in the walls and under these houses.”
Laura’s timeframe for completing a house is typically around six to eight months to completely restore a home. Of course, that depends on many factors and isn’t helped by the ongoing supply shortage caused by the pandemic. That being said, Laura says that one of the biggest changes she’s had to make in response to the last two years is making sure that she “stays on top of things a little more. I definitely have to plan ahead on supplies and subcontractors’ availability.” While once she was able to get big items in six weeks or less, she now has to wait as long as six months. “It’s all about compromise and patience,” she says.
As for the future of home construction, Laura says, “I think the new-build market will always be strong in our area. Parker County is a wonderful place to live. We have everything you need close by, but still have a small-town feel.”