The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team. —Phil Jackson
Southfen believes that collaboration between owner, designer and the hands of labor delivers the finest outcome. Every opportunity to build, restore or create begins with our team. This focus requires realistic design, detailed planning and master craftsmen. Our team has 175 years of experience and have been together since 1990.
David Sutphen, founder of Southfen, has been at this for many years and it’s evident, with each opportunity, that passion fuels his work. That passion was formed at an early age when David found a carpenter’s pencil on the construction site of their family’s new home in 1963. With that, he drew a log cabin for a school project and wrote a report on the importance of “the home”. When the Sutphen family home was completed, David’s father built a small barn and set up a wood working shop. Here, David learned wood working and then in high school he excelled in mechanical drawing.
Good design begins with honesty, asks tough questions, comes from collaboration and from trusting your intuition. —Freeman Thomas
Today, quietly, but with purpose, David continues to provide homeowners with creative, functional designs and well-executed craftsmanship.
As the business has grown and evolved, so has David. His passion for restoration continues and the importance of “living small”. He draws on his talents to design and craft smaller homes and unique spaces – using the highest quality materials and practical designs. “Build what you need and use what you build”
To read more about David’s ideas on Design, visit here.