D.H.E., a company specializing in high-end residential work, was founded in 1986 by Douglas Cohen. We quickly became known for our attention to detail and ability to coordinate and execute intricate designs that require fine craftsmanship. This is in no small measure due to the expertise of both our employees and the subcontractors we call upon.
From the start, we looked for people who were not only skilled artisans, but also honest, thoughtful and cooperative in their dealings with clients. We take real pride in the fact that so many of the foremen and carpenters on staff have been with us for the past ten to twenty-five years. It is only through such continuity that a consistent standard of excellence is assured.
Over the years, our work and reputation have generated a steady stream of referrals. It has been gratifying to find that the same architects and designers repeatedly contact us; clients refer us to families and friends; and those for whom we’ve created a home call on us for their next renovation. We see our clients as part of the D.H.E. family. Whatever needs they may have in the future, we are there for them.
Our mission, here at D.H.E., is to create a home that will match our client's dreams. Such an endeavor entails a high level of craftsmanship, of course. But what drives our work is a commitment to the needs of our clients. We believe this to be paramount.
The people on our teams are incredibly dedicated. They are personally invested in the project; the work becomes part of their selves. The site supervisor stays on the job from day one to completion. Project managers are only a phone call away and Douglas is always within reach.
Homeowners often speak of the fine workmanship that marks our projects. But what we are more proud of is that they feel D.H.E. cared, cared about what was important to them, their homes and their families. That commitment does not end with the completion of a job. When clients call, years later — in need of further work or to launch a brand new project — we are there, ready once again to meet their needs.
I was born and raised in New York's Greenwich Village. Our house was part of the MacDougal-Sullivan Street Gardens, a wonderful part of the world where two rows of 4-story buildings face each other, enclosing a block-long garden open to all who live there. Those townhouses, built in the 1860s and remodeled in the '20s, formed a community that has had an enormous impact on me. It fostered close friendships and underscored the importance of working together as a group.
Growing older, I began to roam the city – the winding streets of the Village, the cast-iron buildings of SOHO, the soaring skyscrapers uptown, a range of styles that fostered a life-long interest in architecture and design. In my early 20s, I spent a year studying in England and, building on courses I had taken in college, I continued to research a diversity of styles and the importance of historic preservation. In particular, I came across a house in an English village that had been built in 1510. It not only spoke of the past in the most evocative of ways, but it reinforced for me a commitment to fine craftsmanship in whatever one makes, whether a cottage, high-rise or a chair.
While growing up an admirer of architects and designers, I was also a builder at heart. Over summer breaks in high school and college, I worked as a carpenter, cabinetmaker and mason. Building a chest with the proper joinery, erecting a chimney with the correct materials and technique, learning the proper way to frame a house were all part of a desire to create something beautiful that would last. That passion is still with me.
I founded D.H.E. Company in 1986. During the years since then, I have derived great pleasure in the work we've done on clients' houses and apartments. I take pride in the care and skill that our carpenters and sub-contractors bring to their work. Always, they are collaborative efforts, where everyone is committed to working together and to the highest standards of their craft to achieve our client’s vision.