Who REALLY is Pete Stefani? We asked him some hard-hitting questions to get to know the man behind King’s Court Builders. Meet Pete:
Where did you grow up?
I was born in Chicago Heights and lived there until I was 2 when we moved to Kankakee. We lived there until I was 10 when we moved to Naperville.
What kind of house did you live in as a kid?
The house in Naperville was a 2,400 square foot two story with a Mansert roof. My 5 siblings and I shared one hall bath.
What was your first job?
Before I had a driver’s license I had a paper route, de-tasseled corn, sold pop to construction workers working in my neighborhood, and worked at a mushroom farm. Once I got my license I worked at a White Hen Pantry (convenience store).
When did you know for sure that you wanted to build homes for a living?
At the tail end of college while I was still working for a builder, I was out looking at homes under construction one Saturday and came across another builder that I knew of working on one of his homes. We talked for an hour or so about the industry and I walked out of that house positive that I wanted to do this for the rest of my life.
What project are you most proud of and why?
The Showcase Home we built in 2008 in Naperville. Yes, it was the most expensive home I had ever built ($5 million) but the collaboration involved with so many features was so invigorating. Fully decorated and furnished, a pool, incredible landscaping, a pub in the basement, and so much more. It was built as a spec home and within two weeks of the Show opening it sold!
What current home trends do you think will stand the test of time?
Taller ceilings in basements, really functional Mudroom/Owner’s Entry/Laundry Rooms as you enter from the garage.
Which ones should be forgotten?
Multiple showerheads in the master shower
If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?
Have a traditional big college experience.
What are you most grateful for as an adult?
Spending time with family and friends.
What is your superpower?
The ability to look at something from multiple viewpoints
Name your three favorite albums of all time.
Darkness on the Edge of Town, Born to Run, The Rising (all Bruce Springsteen)
If you could master one skill that you don’t have, what would it be?
Great computer skills
City or the woods?
Cubs or the Sox?
Cubs, Cubs, Cubs, did I say Cubs?
Sausage or pepperoni?
Ketchup or mustard?
What is “home” to you?