David Brown’s father, Boyce (center), started Craftsmen Construction a half century ago as a small remodeling and repair operation. Today, whole-house renovations are the company’s most common project, followed by large additions. Craftsmen Construction’s average job comes in at about a quarter of a million dollars. The company is one of the largest full-service remodeling operations in a city with many good ones.

Sales have more than tripled in the past five years, as the company has added sales and estimating staff and boosted its technological capacity to coordinate a number of big projects simultaneously. David Brown (standing, right, Rembert Rogers is seated) says his niche consists of projects passed along to him by architects in upscale first-ring Charlotte suburbs such as Myers Park, Dilworth, and Foxcroft.

“It’s a hard business,” Brown says. “You’ve got everything that any other small business has to deal with. And more.”