The Magnolia Homes Story - For Over 33 Years

Karen Garner founded Magnolia Homes in 1987. A single mother of two children with a passion for building, Karen not only created a successful business but raised her son, Reggie, Jr., with the same commitment to quality and love for custom home building. I’ve learned that perseverance can take anyone beyond the limits placed before them. If you continue to work hard, don’t get discouraged, and try to learn something new every day, success will come.

With success comes not only a change in one’s critics, but also in what is said about you. After more than 40 years in business, 30 as the owner of Magnolia Homes, I now hear, “How can we be more like Magnolia Homes?” and “I cannot believe she builds such beautiful homes.” My favorite, however, is “Let’s copy her floor plan and we can be just like Magnolia Homes.”

They’ve missed the point. Success doesn’t come from the design or construction. It’s the owner’s commitment to uncompromising standards, and respecting the importance of your role in the lives of your homeowners. We treat every customer with care, respect, and honesty.

A positive attitude is the most important trait you need to succeed in business and in life. And that attitude must come from your heart. This is where we store our life lessons. It’s where kindness originates and allows us to be patient and tolerant.

Perseverance and a positive attitude guided my business for the past 40 years, and personally for my entire life. It is why Magnolia Homes has enjoyed such success, coupled with the heart and soul I put into every home we build. “That extra touch” is not a slogan for Magnolia Homes; its what we do every day, and what we believe every single day.

Meet the Team

Get to know a little bit about the amazing Magnolia Homes staff that will be there to guide you through the purchase of your dream home. We make it our top priority to make sure all your questions are answered and all your needs are met.

Awards & Accolades

Since 1985, Magnolia Home has received numerous awards and accolades. Take a look a some our awards and affiliations below and see what makes Magnolia Homes the best in the business. We can't wait to put our award-winning services to work for you and your family.

Trophy icon2019 Memphis Most 1st Place Best Home Builder
Trophy icon2019 Memphis Business Journal Small Business Awards Finalist
Trophy icon2019 AIVA Distinctive Communicator Content and Marketing Award for Community Building and Engagement
Trophy icon2019 AIVA Distinctive Communicator Features Award for Use of Video
Trophy icon2019 AIVA Distinctive Communicator Content and Marketing Award for Overall Social Presence
Trophy icon2018 Karen Garner - Super Woman in Business Memphis Business Journal
Trophy icon2018 Best Construction Design Website
Trophy icon2018 Memphis' Most Favorite Home Builder
Trophy icon2016 Parade of Homes Favorite Home Award
Trophy icon2015 Memphis' Most Favorite Home Builder
Trophy icon2014 City of Germantown Preferred Builder Award
Trophy icon2013 City of Germantown Preferred Builder Award
Trophy icon2012 Voted #1 Builder by Magnolia Homeowners
Trophy icon2012 City of Germantown City Beautification Award
Trophy icon2011 Voted #1 Builder by Magnolia Homeowners
Trophy icon2010 City of Germantown Preferred Builder Award
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Our Clients

I took our youngest son for a walk this morning and he always likes to go see what’s going on with the latest building efforts. The gentlemen that are working in the new section today were so very friendly. Everyone waved and smiled and it was just so sweet. The areas were all very clean, too. I  don’t know how you manage to keep a construction site tidy because I can’t even get two little boys to pick up their room but thank you for that!  The new houses in The Cove at Cypress Grove are going to be beautiful. Thanks for continuing to make this a great place to live.

Laurie | Cypress Grove

Wow!  The search for the perfect home started and ended after we spoke with Mary and then toured the Magnolia Preserve model home.  We were mesmerized by the beauty and sophistication of the floor plan, as well as the light fixtures, wood floors, and the differences not offered by other builders.  We were also very impressed with the genuine attitude of the Magnolia team.  The home was gorgeous but the willingness and patience of all the staff to treat you like a potential homeowner long before the decision is made to move forward is truly amazing.  Patiently, Jordan answered every single question as if we had already made a deposit.  The horror stories you hear about building wasn’t our story thanks to the partnership between Jordan, David, Laurie, Hunter and ourselves.  Everything was executed with profound results.  And the icing on the cake was that Karen attended both the new home orientation and closing, making sure everything was understood.  The passion Karen has for these beautiful, elegant homes is evident in her smile and warmth.  We are pleased that we followed our intuition and built our dream home with Magnolia Homes!

George and Betty | Magnolia Preserve

We are very pleased with the recent purchase of our Magnolia Home. Jordan was very helpful in answering all our questions, even after hours. She is such a sweet person. David, Hunter, and James gave us a detailed walk through and had everything ready for move-in day. They even helped out after we had moved in. Finally, thank you Karen and Reggie for building an outstanding quality home. Your attention to detail is above and beyond. Everyone on staff is terrific. We love our new home.

Jeff and April | Cypress Grove

We love our Magnolia Home. The building process was absolutely fabulous. All the staff makes you feel fantastic from day one. We’ve been in our home for a year now and every day we look around in amazement. From the attention to detail to the eco-friendliness of the home, we were truly blessed to find Karen, Reggie, Thomas, Hunter, Chuck, and Laurie.

John and Angie | Villages of Saunders Creek

It was truly an amazing experience with Magnolia Homes.  We were very overwhelmed when we initially purchased the home.  But the whole team made the process of construction and making selections very easy.  Our dream came true as everything came out just like we wanted, all thanks to Jordan, David, Hunter and Karen.

Naganath | Cypress Grove

We purchased a home in Magnolia Preserve and absolutely love it! The process was stress-free and they guided us through the entire way! We highly recommend the Magnolia team for anyone wanting a great quality home!

Robert and Heather | Magnolia Preserve
Our family has had an absolutely incredible experience with Magnolia Homes! From the beginning, as we worked to choose the perfect home, until the end, when we did a final walk-through with Karen Garner, it was a seamless process. Our home is perfect for our family. The Garners along with their staff, listened to our questions and comments to understand the building process along the way. We really appreciate everyone who made our home what it is today. We love it!! Highly recommend going through the home building process with Magnolia, who has years of experience in homebuilding.
Ken and Jennifer | Shepherd’s Creek
It’s been almost a year now since I’ve moved into my new home built by Karen and her team at Magnolia Homes. I can honestly say that I could not have been happier with the whole experience of buying a home from them and living in one of their subdivisions. The home is extremely well built especially compared to other contractors. Karen’s team, including Hunter and David, do an amazing job orienting you with your new home and taking care of you even after you purchased the home! These two gentleman are extremely professional and their people skills are impeccable. Karen, the owner of Magnolia Homes, is one of the most down to earth, hardworking people that I have ever been in contact with. She really makes you feel important and valued before, during, and after the closing of your home. Everyone on her team is so friendly and a pleasure to speak with. I highly recommend Magnolia Homes to anyone looking to build a new home in the near future.
Joseph | Magnolia Preserve

We love our new Magnolia Home in Shepherd’s Creek. The entire Magnolia staff were all helpful throughout the building process. We could not have built this house from long distance (New Orleans) without the help of the Magnolia team. They went above and beyond their jobs, they were always there for me answering all my questions, sending pictures and keeping me updated so that I did not fall behind on the process. We plan on loving our home for a very long time!

Carol and Nick | Shepherd’s Creek

I recently sold a Magnolia Home to my buyers. The homes are beautifully constructed with attention to every detail–love the kitchens! Appreciate how Karen takes such an interest in the buyers and gives them a “boatload” of information about how to care for the home. Jason Gendron did an outstanding job of responding to every question and— yes, to every request too!
Great experience.

Realtor Bonnie Aeschliman | Oak Hill

Magnolia Preserve

From $571,601 | Collierville, TN

From $571,601

Collierville, TN

The Cove at Cypress Grove

From $519,000 | Collierville, TN

From $519,000

Collierville, TN

Villages of Saunders Creek

From $489,996 | Rossville, TN

From $489,996

Rossville, TN

Cypress Grove

From $516,838 | Collierville, TN

From $516,838

Collierville, TN

Oak Hill

From $547,455 | Collierville, TN

From $547,455

Collierville, TN

Shepherd’s Creek

From $1,088,000 | Collierville, TN

From $1,088,000

Collierville, TN

Karen Garner


Karen founded Magnolia Homes in 1987. A single mother of two children with a passion for building, a passion that's continued over 30 years later. Karen spends her weekends with her husband, Steve, and their grandchildren.

Reggie Garner, Jr.

Vice President

Reggie has been raised in this industry because his mom, Karen, created the business over 30 years ago. On the weekend you can find Reggie hanging out with his wife Jennifer and their three boys, cheering on the Grizzlies, or duck hunting.

Jenna Bostick

Manager of Oak Grove Realty

Jenna coordinates our website and also makes sure closing on your new home is always a smooth process. She has been with Magnolia for over 7 years so she has worked many aspects of the company. Jenna went to the University of Memphis, so she is always ready to cheer on her Tigers! On the weekend you'll find her at a local 901 event, shopping for her nieces and nephews, or at Shelby Farms with her puppy, Gracie Mae.

Whitney Harvey

VP Sales & Marketing

Go Vols!

Hunter Dawson

Vice President of Operations

Hunter and his wife Samantha, a teacher, are die-hard Memphis Tigers Basketball fans. Hunter was hired through the Construction Management program at MTSU. Now at Magnolia Homes for over 8 years, Hunter handles the day to day operations of our communities and keeps us organized during the build! He is the proud father of two, Drew and Caroline!

Mary Brown

Online Sales Counselor

Mary is a graduate of Mississippi State University and a native Memphian. Her love for real estate began as a child when her mother would take her to open houses and on historic neighborhood tours. With 15 years of experience in customer service, she is dedicated to providing everyone she encounters with the best experience possible! During her free time, you will find Mary spending time with family and friends, cooking up something tasty, and cheering on her MS State Bulldogs!

Laurie Shropshire

New Home Design Specialist

Laurie has lived in the Memphis area for most of her life. She has worked in the building and design industry for several years and loves helping people making selections to create their dream home. Laurie and her husband, Skip, have been married for 10 years and have 6 children. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and pets, which include chickens, peacocks, and ducks.

Chuck Barrett

Construction Manager; The Villages of Saunders Creek

Chuck has more than 20 yrs experience in the building business. Having started with Bowden Homes to Levitt & Son's to JSweeney Homes, he is well versed in the industry. He and his wife of over 20 yrs, Pat, have 3 children, Trey, Brandon, and Christina. Chuck and his wife share a strong faith and family. He is proud to be a part of Magnolia Homes.

Dean Pakis

Construction Manager; Shepherd's Creek

Dean has lived in Memphis for 35 years. He graduated from Memphis State University in 1987 and has been in the Building/Construction business for 30+ years. He is married to Laurie and they have 2 sons. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, golf, and sports.

Joey Hurt

Construction Manager; Cypress Grove and The Cove at Cypress Grove

Joey is a former avionics technician who has worked in construction management since 2001. He has been married to his wonderful wife for 12 years and has two boys.

Sandra Johnson

Quality Control & Home Warranty Specialist

Sandra has been in the home building industry for over ten years. She is now helping our company keep our top builder title with her new position. She is a mother of 5 and a grandmother of 6!

Donna Chilson

Financial Officer

Donna pays the bills and keeps us organized! She is also Auburn's #1 fan, which is where her son attended college. Often Donna travels to visit her daughter and her husband and precious grandchildren, Stella, Grayson and Asher.

Katie Callahan


Raised a Memphian, Katie's blood runs Crimson. She can be found cheering on her alma mater, The Alabama Crimson Tide, whenever they are playing.

Ryan Arthur

New Homes Specialist

Ryan is an Affiliate Broker of Oak Grove Realty, LLC. He and his wife have two kids that have made him one proud dad! Ryan has been a great asset to our company with his knowledge of sales and Real Estate!

Sarah Bard

New Homes Specialist

Sarah is originally from Fulton Kentucky, where she spent 5 years in medical and pharmaceutical sales, and 2 years as an inside sale rep in the flooring industry. With a passion for home design and a degree in Interior Design, the direction towards real estate was inevitable. She is proud and honored to represent Magnolia Homes and their gorgeous craftsmanship. She attended Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, and finished at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi, where she spent 4 wonderful years learning under the distinguished designer of Old Waverly Golf Club, Stephen Bengel. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, being out on the lake, playing golf, and playing with her yellow lab, Mae Moore.

Jason Gendron

New Homes Specialist

Jason is originally from New Orleans, but he has called the Memphis area home for over two decades. If you want to talk about the New Orleans Saints or LSU Tigers, he’s your guy. He is thrilled at the opportunity to help others build the Magnolia home of their dreams. He spends most of his free time with his lovely wife and their two chorkies.

Jordan Pidgeon

New Homes Specialist

Jordan is a native Memphian and is following her dad's footsteps in Real Estate. She is excited to continue her career in real estate, and especially excited to be with Magnolia Homes. She loves to cheer on her Memphis Tigers and Grizzlies, as well as the Ole Miss Rebels. Jordan spends her free time with her husky dog, Suzie, and friends.

Lorna Skelton

New Homes Specialist

Lorna is new to the sales team at Magnolia Homes, however she isn’t new to the new homes industry. She is as excited today about helping buyers make their dreams come true as she was with the first home she designed. With a strong background in sales and marketing in the broadcast industry, she brings years of leadership serving her community. She says she chose Magnolia Homes because she's never seen a builder with more rave reviews. Lorna loves her husband, her home, and church. She’s known as 'Honey' by her grandchildren, friends and family. Being surrounded by those constantly saying 'Honey, Honey' is about as sweet as it gets!

Thomas Spencer

New Homes Specialist

Thomas was born in Billings, Montana and has lived all over the world. He has lived from Germany to Hawaii and from Austin to Knoxville and several other places in between. His favorite place is Fayette County, where he currently resides. He is married to the love of his life and has one child. He enjoys Fayette County because of the friendly people, low taxes, and little crime.

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