The Longfellow Story
In the Beginning
In the early 1990s, Barry Bogosian bought an old farm and developed a few homes in Auburn, Massachusetts, including his own. His son Mark helped him work on these projects and kickstarted the boy’s lifelong passion for architecture and design. “Through that experience working with my dad, I discovered that I loved everything about home construction,” says Bogosian. “I started doing small projects in my neighborhood: painting houses, carpentry, and building decks. I realized there was an opportunity for someone who worked hard and produced quality work at a fair price.”
In the years that followed, Bogosian became an advocate of the design-build approach to construction: where a team of dedicated professionals works with the homeowner from preliminary planning stages all the way through to project completion. “If architects, designers, and builders work alongside each other day after day, they develop relationships that result in a higher level of communication and efficiency that is not possible when the Architect and Builder are separate.”
Laying the Foundation
In 2012, just two short years after graduating from Boston College, Bogosian founded Longfellow Design Build, naming the firm after the street he and his father worked on their very first project. Bogosian built Longfellow around the very same design-build principle he came to favor at a young age.
Longfellow’s business model is unique because much of the design and construction process is completed by in-house staff. By keeping architects, designers, framers, finish carpenters, plumbers, and electricians all on staff and in constant communication, Longfellow can increase value for clients while streamlining and expediting the process in a way other firms just can’t rival. Longfellow’s architects and designers are familiar with a wide range of styles, materials, and challenges common to the home construction process. They’re always seeking out new, innovative resources to leverage. For example, our teams have recently begun taking advantage of 4D modeling, 3D printing, and drone video to determine the best placement of window and second-floor decks to maximize views.
“Although we are happy to work with clients at any stage in the building process, we know that the most successful, cost-efficient projects happen when the homeowner, architect, designers, and builders work together as a team from start to finish.”
In the ten short years since the company’s inception, Longfellow has become prolific in the Massachusetts home design/construction space with 100+ employees and countless projects completed. Our design teams have been recognized time and again with awards and accolades for their breathtaking work for clients stretching from Cape Cod to New Hampshire. Most recently, we’ve been recognized by The Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston, and The Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod, including awards for ‘Best Historical Renovation’ and ‘Excellence in New Construction.
We are proud to be an active participant in our local communities and we sponsor many events in our area, including; Chatham’s Shark in the Park and 4th of July parade, the Falmouth Christmas Parade, Osterville Village Days, and the Woods Hole Film Festival.
Today, Bogosian remains an active part of the Longfellow team and still works personally with most clients. He oversees quality, cost-control, timely completion, and is responsible for the building and managing of sales, project management, construction, and design teams.”Our mission is to continue to build and design custom homes that reflect our client’s lifestyle and elevate their quality of life,” Bogosian says.
In addition to his continued work within Longfellow, Bogosian is a visible and respected community leader and an active board member of Falmouth’s Chamber of Commerce. An avid boat enthusiast, he lives in Falmouth with his wife, Jeanie, and their three boys; Jack, Ryan, and Wes.
For Bogosian, building high-quality custom-designed homes continues to be an unyielding passion, but he primarily credits Longfellow’s continued, long-term success to surrounding himself with talented, dedicated people. “I’ve been planning for this company since I was in high school. I’ve always believed that hiring talented, honest people and treating them well is the road to a successful business,” says Bogosian. “That has been the key to our growth.”