Larlham Contracting was incorporated in 1991, but its legacy goes back another decade. Mark and Dan’s father/mentor, also named Mark, started building homes in 1979 after marrying, settling in Dover and starting his family. Mark senior had learned the trade while working for an Amish carpenter and painter. When Dan reached his early teens he and brother Mark joined their father whenever not in school. Upon graduation they briefly went their separate ways as painters, but by 1991 incorporated with their father and the trio began building and selling spec houses.

For the next twenty years the Larlhams worked together, learning the business and expanding their skills as they worked side by side with house framers, trim carpenters, cabinet makers and other skilled tradesmen. Guiding the business was their father’s exacting standards and personal integrity.

By around 2010 Mark senior was ready to slow down and the two brothers re-incorporated as Larlham Contracting, Inc. Customers appreciated working directly with principals from day one. The Larlhams friendliness, reliability and high standards quickly created a regional fan base and soon they were being asked to do major and minor renovations. That was incorporated into their business model and Larlham Contracting thrived.

By now they have built over 300 custom homes and established themselves as builders with the right priorities. “We’re carpenters first, bookkeepers and managers second,” said Dan.  

He continued: “Our customers know they are dealing directly with the people doing the work. It’s not like a salesman who makes his money and moves on. I sit down, make the deal, and then either my brother or I is onsite every step of the way to answer questions, offer advice and make sure we do exactly what we said in the beginning. At Larlham, the buck stops with us.”

Our Projects

Larlham homes are built to last. Specifications often exceed local building codes from foundation to the spacing of roof trusses and the quality of shingles. Inside it’s the same story. Finishing details in a Larlham home advertise the quality workmanship that lies beneath. Take a look at our galleries to see examples of our work.

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