Building and selling Las VegasStacey Ranieri, owner of Ranieri Construction, is a licensed general contractor and licensed Realtor who really enjoys building, remodeling and selling buildings in Las Vegas. She followed the path of her father, who was a superintendent for large construction firms. According to Ranieri, “He taught me how to hammer and make my own arrows for my bow when I was 7 years old.”
Raised in Salt Lake City and the Seattle area, she moved to Vegas at age 17 and graduated from Valley High School. She attended vocational school for manicuring, real estate and interior design and graduated trained in all three disciplines.
Ranieri would meet the man she called “my soul mate, my husband, the love of my life, whom I was blessed to have 41 wonderful years with. He was a licensed general contractor, and I just melded right into it with him showing me how to do things. I picked everything up with ease.”
As she explained, “My husband was my primary inspiration. He took me by the hand and taught me the trades that I utilize today. I can do everything required to build an entire home, such as concrete, framing, plumbing, electrical, roofing, drywall, tiling and painting, because he took the time to teach them all to me.”
From 1974 to 2008, the company provided services primarily for custom homes, along with remodels, room additions, garage conversions and other renovations in the residential field. Ranieri Construction also had a contract with Home Depot for 10 years to provide door installations for three of its stores in Las Vegas. As a general contractor with a B2 license, she is qualified for residential and small commercial jobs. Ranieri currently specializes in kitchen and bath remodels as well as all living spaces.
In fact, her company was selected by the HGTV network to complete a home remodel for its show “Vacation House for Free.” Ranieri did all this while her husband was severely incapacitated with cancer to honor him and their years together. He would pass away from metastasized prostate cancer to the bones on St. Patrick’s Day.
Today, she is surrounded by family including her mother, Mary Lee, daughter, Tasha, and two grandsons, Beckham and Braxton. Ranieri is an active member of The Women’s Club of Summerlin, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that raises funds to benefit women and children in the Las Vegas Valley. She also loves teaching her friends and other women how to assemble a kit, lay their own floor tile, mask and paint a room, build a garden planter, refinish furniture and other remodeling projects.
Along with construction and real estate, Ranieri enjoys music and crafts. “As a child, I crocheted as well as played the cello and ukulele. I was in chorus and choir all through school and took art class, woodshop and home economics.” Other interests included tole painting, cake decorating, macramé, ceramics, porcelain doll making, painting and sewing. “I love creating most anything. I love to sing and even studied piano for three years in my 30s.I enjoy my rose garden and maintaining my landscape. Cooking is also something I enjoy. I use my creativity to replicate dishes I have in restaurants that I want to be able to have at home.”
Most importantly, for those who are considering entering the field of construction, she encourages women to stay strong and not be intimidated by men. Ranieri advises others to take every opportunity to learn as much as possible about each facet of each trade. She should master and align herself with a professional tradesperson to mentor her. Once a woman is in the business, make certain she uses qualified, licensed subs for the work.
Despite the hardships she has faced, the highs she has experienced along with the love and support of her family have helped Stacey Ranieri to always carry herself as a Fearless Female