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The decision symbolizes the customer-first philosophy Dombach has held since the company's beginnings in 1977. In those
days, he repaired barns, built new chicken houses and dairies
throughout Lancaster County, Pa. Dombach had a background in
masonry work and eventually moved on to residential construction. "My uncle was a realtor," Ken Dombach says. "He partnered
with my father to develop some land in 1986. It was basic "residential construction."
Taking ownership in a project is a lesson Larry Dombach shared
with his son early on. "He taught me to never cut corners because
it will always come back to haunt you," Dombach says. "He told
me to treat all projects as if they were my own." Dombach heeded
his father's advice. Today, he routinely meets with clients to understand their specific expectations for a new home. "This is somebody's home and lifetime investment," he says. "I still handle a lot
of the stuff on the client end."
GROWING WITH THE COMPANY
Dombach was 8 years old when his father started the company. By
the time he was a teenager, he was working on jobsites over the
summer and learning the trade. "I grew into the company," Dom-
bach says, adding that he became a full-time employee in the early
1990s, shortly after graduating high school.
He learned all phases of the work and eventually focused on the
company's custom building and remodeling projects, and took over
when his father retired in 2015. Today, there is little Dombach can't
do in his company's day-to-day operations. "I can be anything from
the cleanup man to the guy making corporate decisions," he says.
Dombach eschews building "cookie-cutter" homes that lack
character or appeal. "We have more of a craftsman style," Dombach says. "I prefer more crafty kind of designs." He adds that he
enjoys receiving pictures from clients that portray the types of
homes they want build.
Dombach Builders complete two or three custom homes each
year along with 10-12 townhomes. The rest of the company's
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