Builder – Sam Cohen of JOEY Corporation
Sam Cohen enters the 2011 Homearama with 14 show homes on his resume. Building homes in past shows from 1,500 sq ft town homes to a 10,000 sq ft show home. Sam is the winner of numerous awards including “Best in Show”, “Best Craftsmanship”, Best Floor Plan, Best New Features and many many more.
Sam has been involved in the building business since 1978. Starting as a carpenter’s helper in new construction, he worked on some of the finest homes in the Tidewater area. He worked for a builder, who is now retired, that taught him from the ground up every aspect of new construction. He was part of a team that dug the foundations with shovels, framed, roofed, corniced, and did all the interior trim work. They did everything that a carpenter could do. He was transformed into a master carpenter. He takes pride in the construction education he received.
In 1984, with the support and encouragement of his employer, he went into business for himself. With this foundation in construction and physically being involved in each phase, Sam has an edge in the building business. His attention to detail and craftsmanship is unmatched in the industry. He places his signature on each home he builds. It is not often that you find a builder who is a carpenter or craftsman, as well as a contractor. Sam is very creative and has a knack for changing the ordinary into a masterpiece. The level of detail begins with the foundation work to the final phase.
Sam spent several years building his reputation as a trim carpenter and then as a builder. Still working in his homes on the mantels, bookcases, stairways and woodwork, he enjoys placing his fingerprints on each home.
Sam is a board member of his church and he, as well as his family, are very active there. Sam is also active in the Tidewater Builders Association.