A house is just a collection of rooms under one roof but a home is where families gather to build memories. The Lupi family understands this well, and that is why every client Lupi Luxury Homes works with is delivered the home of their dreams. And it has been that way since Antonio Lupi founded the company 50 years ago.
In 1963 Antonio and his wife Antonia embarked on a journey travelling from the small town of Fossacesia, Italy to immigrate in Calgary. Antonio began working at a local bakery in the morning and doing construction in the evening to support his family. After learning essential skills like cribbing and framing, Antonio became eager to master the entire home building process. Shortly afterwards, he attended the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) where he not only received his Journeyman Carpentry Certificate but also fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Lupi Construction Ltd. was founded in 1970 in the Lupis’ Huntington Hills home. Antonia managed the reception duties for the company while raising three children as Antonio lead the job sites and sales of the company.
The birth of a family legacy truly came to fruition once their sons Luciano, Nick and Emilio joined the team. As young boys they would often assist Antonio on the sites sweeping and cleaning up. Through his dedicated work ethic and his ability to take risks, Antonio proudly crafted a legacy of old-world quality, craftsmanship and integrity. Not much has changed in the past half-century; the Lupi team has remained small to stay connected to clients and continues to create quality homes for all its clients. The business has only a half-dozen of the best people running the operation in the office. Antonio left the award-winning company he built in the capable hands of his sons knowing they would carry on as he had.
“Very few family businesses survive this long,” says Antonio Lupi. “It’s my sons who have brought the company to the next level. They are doing a great job.”
Unexpectedly, Luciano, the eldest of the Lupi brothers passed away last year. To honor his spirit, Nick, Emilio and the entire Lupi family wanted to do something special. Lupi Luxury Homes introduced the Luciano Lupi Memorial Student Award to support students in the SAIT School of Construction to honor both him and Antonio as alumnae. Luciano oversaw the quality control department and managed the post-possession service. He was integral in establishing and maintaining the reputation for quality and service associated with Lupi Luxury Homes, always going above and beyond to ensure clients were fully satisfied with their Lupi home.
Antonio always hoped his beloved company would continue to be run by the family throughout its growth and progression. The addition of a third generation Lupi with Nick’s daughter, Daniella, joining the company as its marking coordinator represents the best kind of growth for this family business and is encouraged by Antonio.
Today, family continues to be a key part of the business for Lupi Luxury Homes, and even those employees without the Lupi last name are treated like family. The brothers value their family of trade partners who are so much more to them than contractors on their job sites. Many of these partners have worked with the company for decades and have become an important part of the Lupi family. To preserve this, the brothers are careful when bringing on new partners to ensure they have the same philosophy, work ethic and focus on quality that Antonio established in 1970.
Lupi has earned a stellar reputation in the business, both with other professionals in the field and with clients, and the team does all it can to build upon that reputation. In fact, Lupi Luxury Homes has been a finalist three consecutive years, winning H.O.M.E. award’s “best customer experience” in two of three years and many local, provincial and national awards as well.
“The great thing about remaining small is we treat every home as if it is our own. That’s something we’ve taken pride in over the years,” says Daniella Lupi. “There’s a lot of thought and love put into each home.”
Currently the builder is developing homes in Rock Lake Estates in Rocky Ridge. Lupi has lots ranging from 40 to 58 feet wide available in both the “Five Lakes” and the final phase of the development “The Summit.” This coveted northwest area features natural reserves as well as mountain views and allows buyers to enjoy the convenience of city living while being surrounded by nature. The Lupi team is well versed in the area after building homes there for over a decade. Nick and Emilio are excited about creating more incredible homes in the development. Homebuyers are excited too. Lupi’s showhome sold within weeks of being open, and they are currently working hard to build another to showcase their craftsmanship and design. The new showhome will be ready in 2022.
Lupi will also soon be building in Sage Meadows, creating 28 stunning villa units. This development will feature mainly walk-out lots with breathtaking views with most lots backing west onto a beautiful greenspace. This sensational project is still in the preliminary stages and is set to launch in the fall of 2021.
“One of the benefits of being a customer-driven, custom-home builder is our ability to be flexible not only in how we build but in where we build,” Emilio Lupi, general manager says.
The Lupi name has become synonymous with quality and integrity in all their developments around Calgary. While they have built in northwest communities like Arbour Lake, Edgemont, Hamptons and Hawkwood, Lupi Luxury Homes has left its mark on south neighborhoods like Aspen Estates and West Grove Estates as well. It is also known for its quality inner city infills in established areas like Varsity, Bridgeland, Hillhurst, Lakeview, Elbow Park and Parkdale and for building spectacular custom homes in the surrounding communities of Priddis, Bearspaw, Cochrane and Chestermere.
“Consumers are looking for two main things. A home that stands the test of time, not only in design but quality, and secondly, a builder they can trust,” says Nick Lupi, president.
It’s easy to maintain relationships with clients a year or five years or 20 years later when the company focuses on quality and takes the time to ensure clients are satisfied. The family is honoured to be trusted partners in that journey with clients and to take those relationships further. Lupi began doing renovations after new home clients kept coming back to the company asking for renos for their kitchens, basements and more over the years. Lupi undertakes the renovation process with as much focus and care as they do with their new home construction.
When reflecting on the future of both new home construction and renovations, Nick emphasizes how important it is that they hold on to their principles of superior customer service, open communication with their clients, and delivering a high-quality experience from consultation to turning over the keys and post-possession service.
For 50 years, those standards have put Lupi Luxury Homes in a category all its own. From custom homes to renovations, the Lupi team will continue to turn houses into homes and clients into friends for years to come.
That close client relationship is important to all three generations of Lupis. Over the year-long building process, clients become friends and often remain friends for decades. In the early days, Antonio even helped clients with financing if they couldn’t get bank approval, and those clients paid him back and built their second and even third homes with Lupi. Antonio can still remember all the families for whom he has built homes and is still greeted with a hug when he sees them.
Now, Antonio Lupi spends his well-earned retirement travelling with his wife Antonia and reveling in watching their seven granddaughters grow up. When he is in town, he drops by the office and although things have changed since he was at the helm, he is glowingly proud of the family business he started by pushing wheelbarrows of concrete and framing homes with his own hands.
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