Name: Jacob DeHaus
Company: Harmony Cabinets
When did Harmony Cabinets start? Harmony Cabinets, for me, started in 2014 when the original founder – Glen Steed, put the word out that he was retiring to Hawaii and the business was going to close upon his departure. The news traveled to me in Ohio via a close network in the OBHBA who had frequent customers of Harmony Cabinets. I think I was on the next flight down to speak to and learn from Glen! At the time I was doing concrete countertops in Columbus, Ohio and while it was a thriving business, my heart and family were down here on the coast.
How long have you worked for Harmony Cabinets? Officially, as the owner, since May 2015.
What is your favorite thing about your job? Working with my hands, wood, and to create something custom and beautiful. I don’t always have the opportunity to build the cabinets and furniture myself, but when I do – it feels right. Also, our shop is on the island – you can smell the ocean from there!
If you could do another job for just one day what would it be? I would love to be an architect who designs houses inspired by and coinciding with their surrounding environment in the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright.
How long have you known Mark and Sandy? Well, I have known of Mark & Sandy since I took over Harmony Cabinets, but I have had the pleasure of working with and getting to know them personally for about two years now.
What is your favorite thing to do on the Outer Banks? Surfing and sharing my love of surfing with my kids.
What brought you to the Outer Banks? My family. My parents and brothers are here, and my wife encouraged me to take over this business, so we could raise our family on the Outer Banks. We love the community; we love it here!
Where is your favorite vacation spot? My wife and I vacationed in Bali years ago, and that was pretty amazing too.