Trevor Kurz (center) put his interest in architecture and his building background on hold for a few years while he tried other things, but was drawn back to the profession in 2001. He began buying and renovating older houses on Cape Cod. His dedication to maintaining the style of classic New England houses garnered the attention of vacation-home owners, who began asking him to work on their homes.

About 80% of Kurzhaus Designs’ work includes in-house design. Kurz and his designer use Chief Architect and SketchUp to design projects. He also uses a program specifically for cabinetry drawings, and the cabinetry is then made in the company’s millwork shop.

“For the projects we do, we need custom items that are not available off the shelf,” Kurz says, noting that the company built kitchen and bath cabinetry for all the projects it completed during the last two years. Though the cabinet shop started as a service for Kurzhaus Designs clients, the staff also builds cabinetry for other contractors.

The company’s reputation for good design is reinforced by the upscale design of its website and the multitude of project photos on the site. “If I were a consumer looking for a builder, I’d want to see the company’s work,” he says.

- Nina Patel