The Next Wave: Profiles on emerging building & design professionals
Longfellow Design Build
Mark Bogosian named his design-build firm “Longfellow” as a nod to the home on Longfellow Way in Boylston that he helped his father, Barry Bogosian, build when he was just 12 years old. Bogosian had his hands in every part of the project, from clearing the lot to wiring the house. “I knew from a very young age that I loved seeing and creating spaces,” he says.
Nearly 20 years later, Bogosian, now in his early 30s, has turned his passion for design into a booming custom home business on Cape Cod. Having opened three Longfellow design showrooms in Falmouth, Osterville and Chatham within the last four years, Bogosian is quickly establishing his firm as a major player in the local building and design industry. His company’s focus, he explains, is to provide consistently high-quality construction—which leads to referrals—and that starts with a one-stop, teamwork approach.
“At Longfellow, there is a teamwork environment where quality comes first, which allows clients to be at ease that the project is being done properly,” Bogosian says. “We understand that homeowners are looking for somebody that can do a high-end, quality kitchen or new home but not charge an outrageous price. By having everybody in-house, we’re able to remain affordable while maintaining incredibly high-end finishes.”
Bogosian also credits his success to surrounding himself with the right people. “I have partnered with and employed people who are hard working and care about the details,” he says. “As the company has grown, it has grown not just by my efforts but also by the efforts of the now 50-plus employees that treat the company like their own.”
In an industry that is ever changing and evolving, Bogosian says his company strives to stay ahead of the curve. He and his staff regularly attend national conferences around the country, searching for the latest products and technologies to offer his Cape clients. “We always want to be two or three steps ahead of our competition,” he says, “and looking to see what’s next.”
“Keep your eyes open while you’re learning the business. There are so many moving parts when it comes to building a quality home, and learning the fundamentals of what that takes will enable you to do things the right way. If you’re quality oriented you’ll always be busy.” -Mark Bogosian
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