"I guess it was fate," Tucker said. "There are just certain people that have a knack for doing this kind of work. It just kind of came natural to me. It’s just like walking."
Tucker opened Cowboy Construction in 2010 and serves the south suburbs, though he's done jobs in Chicago, Elmhurst and other parts of the metro area. He got started in carpentry and construction when he was 19, tasked mostly with carrying around stuff. Although he was told it would take years before he understood everything, he was running the window installation crew within six months.
Because his family comes from Arkansas and Texas, and he was always fond of country music and pickup trucks, Tucker earned the nickname "Cowboy," which became the name for his business. And like any good cowboy, Tucker doesn't like to cut corners, a primary reason he wanted to start his own company.
"I use the best products available at the time and do things the way they’re supposed to be done," he said.
Cowboy Construction will do just about anything that isn't roofing, electrical or plumbing, Tucker said, but he'll always help find the right person for the job. The company will do anything from changing a basic light fixture up to a full remodel of a bathroom or kitchen.
One of the most memorable jobs was Tucker's first bathroom remodel, which was for a friend. It was a mess when he started, but his friend's daughter said it "looked like a princess bathroom." There was also a recent remodel of a 100-year-old coach house in Chicago, which he transformed from a small apartment into a one-bedroom home.
Tucker leaves the designs up to the customer, but will of course offer feedback if a vision won't work. Every day and every job is different, which is what he loves about the job.
"It’s building things. It’s making a difference," he said. "You start with something old and broken down, you put a little bit of time and effort into it and turn it into something new and great. To see the customers’ response to it is what keeps me going."
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